Mar 30, 2014

Sasebo likely to host SDF marines

The new amphibious unit being formed by the Self-Defense Forces will likely be based in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, according to Defense Ministry officials. The ministry has opened talks with the Sasebo Municipal Government on the plan, the officials said. It calls for the new ...

U.S. vows to defend Japan if conflict erupts in East China Sea

Feb 8, 2014

U.S. vows to defend Japan if conflict erupts in East China Sea

Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Friday that the United States would defend Japan against attack, even in conflicts involving islands claimed by China and Taiwan, as tensions continue to boil between the Asian powers. Kerry, who said he would visit China next week, ...

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.”