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 ...

Jan 8, 2014

Beijing beefs up territorial campaign

China says it’s beefing up its police powers in the disputed South China Sea and requiring foreign fishermen to ask Beijing’s permission to operate within most of the vast, strategic waterway.

Jan 8, 2014

Seoul calls for action to resolve disputes

The South Korean foreign minister called Tuesday for “sincere” actions to defuse the tension over wartime history in Northeast Asia, pressing Japanese leaders to take a more conciliatory tone. Yun Byung-se said after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington that ...