May 29, 2014

Flurry of contacts with China takes positive swing toward commerce

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao and the head of the Keidanren business lobby agreed Wednesday to expand bilateral economic cooperation despite continuing political tensions. “Although China and Japan are currently fighting about historical issues” and over which country controls a group of islands in ...

Shelve Senkakus scrap, follow the money: ex-envoy

May 24, 2014

Shelve Senkakus scrap, follow the money: ex-envoy

Japan and China should “freeze” their differences over the Senkaku Islands and focus on economic matters to improve strained relations, former Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa said. “Neither of us can compromise on those uninhabited islands even by 1 millimeter,” Niwa said in ...

May 20, 2014

Amami Island set to host GSDF troops

The government has begun plans to deploy a Ground Self-Defense Force unit on Amami-Oshima Island as part of efforts to boost defense of remote islands amid the territorial row with China, a government source said. Similar GSDF units will be stationed on Ishigaki and ...

Apr 27, 2014

Beijing responds to summit with Senkaku ships

Two Chinese Coast Guard ships again intruded into waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Saturday, the Japanese Coast Guard said, two days after U.S. President Barack Obama declared his support for Japan. The vessels sailed for 12 nautical ...

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

| Apr 25, 2014

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

by Reiji Yoshida

For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Thursday’s summit with U.S. President Barack Obama should have been a big moment to trumpet the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance, which he claimed has greatly improved after relations soured under the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration that preceded ...