Nov 25, 2014

Chinese ships pay first visit to Senkaku Islands since Abe-Xi summit

Chinese ships returned to Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands on Tuesday, the Japan Coast Guard said, the first incursion since a Sino-Japanese summit aimed at reducing tensions. Three Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile zone around the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, ...

Oct 1, 2014

Chinese ship sinks off Shimane; nine reported missing

A China-registered ship sank off the coast of Shimane Prefecture Tuesday morning, leaving nine people missing while five crew members have been saved, the Japan Coast Guard said, citing a rescue request it received from Chinese authorities late Tuesday night. The Coast Guard said ...

Pair missing after fishing boat catches fire

Aug 19, 2014

Pair missing after fishing boat catches fire

A fire broke out Monday night on a fishing boat about 20 km off the coast of Otsuchi Bay, Iwate Prefecture, and two members of the crew are missing. One of the other 14 rescued members was injured. The Japan Coast Guard is searching ...

Coast guards share duty, language in border zone

Apr 17, 2014

Coast guards share duty, language in border zone

by Shinji Tanaka

Though tensions remain high between Japan and South Korea over territorial and historical issues, the safety of maritime transportation must be maintained irrespective of diplomatic relations, according to a Japan Coast Guard official who monitors maritime communications in the Tsushima Strait. In the strait ...