Apr 17, 2014

Kishida to postpone visit to Russia over U.S. ties

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has decided to postpone his planned visit to Russia, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The government has determined that the trip this month could affect Japan’s alliance with the United States, which blames Russia over growing unrest in eastern Ukraine, ...

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Apr 4, 2014

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Japan's territorial disputes with China and South Korea will enter all social studies textbooks for elementary school students starting in 2015, the education ministry says.

China accused of using water cannon on Filipinos

Feb 25, 2014

China accused of using water cannon on Filipinos

Filipino fishermen have reported that a Chinese coast guard vessel used a water cannon to drive them away from a disputed shoal, the Philippine military chief said Monday, adding that his forces seek to avoid trouble but would respond if any country involved in ...

Feb 12, 2014

Abe's Russia initiative

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should realize that his revisionist perception of Japan's war in the 1930s and '40s is putting Japan in a weak position diplomatically, especially with regard to its negotiations with Russia to resolve a northern territorial issue.

Student seeks Japan-Russia isle thaw

Feb 10, 2014

Student seeks Japan-Russia isle thaw

by Mizuho Aoki

For Yuki Nishida, 23, the Soviet Union and Russia had long been the frightening foes who seized Kunashiri Island, where his grandmother lived, after Japan’s World War II surrender. His 78-year-old grandmother routinely told Nishida about her agonizing days in 1945 when the Soviets ...

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 ...

Nov 5, 2013

Japan arrests Chinese coral boat captain

A Chinese coral fishing boat captain was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of fishing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone, the Japan Coast Guard said. The captain allegedly tried to flee despite an order to stop, the Coast Guard added. The Chinese captain and 11 other ...

Nov 5, 2013

Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing envoys to talk Thursday

Senior diplomats from South Korea, Japan and China will hold talks Thursday in Seoul to discuss regional and international issues of common interest, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyung-soo, Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and Chinese ...