Feb 4, 2014

British envoy warns against Asia instability

British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens has warned against moves that damage stability in Asia, apparently concerned about tensions between Japan and neighboring nations such as China. The British government “would be worried by actions which heightened regional instability,” Hitchens said in a conference ...

Teacher manuals state official positions on isles

Jan 28, 2014

Teacher manuals state official positions on isles

The education ministry instructs junior high and high school teachers to use newly revised manuals to teach their students that the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets are “integral parts of Japanese territory.”

Jan 17, 2014

Japan owns Senkakus: Taiwan's Lee

Former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui repeated Thursday that the Senkaku Islands belong to Japan. The islets are “Japanese territory based on international law,” Lee, 91, said in a speech to Japanese employees at a Taipei hotel. The uninhabited islets long administered by Japan in ...

Jan 15, 2014

Teacher manuals next front in islet disputes

The Abe administration is considering describing the Senkaku Islands and the Takeshima islets as integral parts of the country in instruction manuals for school curriculum guidelines, education minister Hakubun Shimomura says.

U.S. lawmakers urge tough stance on China sea claims

Jan 15, 2014

U.S. lawmakers urge tough stance on China sea claims

The United States must not tolerate China’s use of military coercion in pursuit of its territorial claims in the seas of East Asia, lawmakers said at a hearing Tuesday, where experts warned that Beijing’s assertiveness is unnerving its neighbors and challenges American security interests. ...

Sendai's plan to lease pandas stalls

Jan 14, 2014

Sendai's plan to lease pandas stalls

by Jumpei Sugiyama

“Have the pandas gone back to China already?” a young schoolgirl asked last spring at Yagiyama Zoological Park in tsunami-hit Sendai. Zookeeper Toshikazu Abe was at a loss for words. Indeed, Japanese and Chinese leaders had agreed in December 2011 for China to lease ...

Izumo to serve as command ship

Jan 13, 2014

Izumo to serve as command ship

The brand new Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer Izumo will undergo a refit to serve as the command center for defending remote islands in the southwest, sources said. By deploying a vessel with front-line headquarters functions, the Defense Ministry aims to strengthen the integrated ...

Jan 10, 2014

China trade soars globally but falls 5.1% with Japan

China’s trade with Japan fell 5.1 percent in 2013 to $312.5 billion, down for the second straight year, the General Customs Administration said Friday. The decline was even worse than the 3.9 percent contraction in 2012 and reflected the lingering effects of the Senkaku ...