Nov 25, 2015

Japan to deploy 500 GSDF troops on Ishigaki Island

The government will deploy some 500 Ground Self-Defense Force troops in the island city of Ishigaki to strengthen the defense of southwestern Japan’s remote islands, a government source said Wednesday. Kenji Wakamiya, parliamentary vice minister of defense, will visit the city in Okinawa Prefecture ...

Nov 23, 2015

Three Chinese ships enter Japanese waters near Senkaku Islands

Three Chinese patrol vessels entered Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the first violation of Japanese territorial waters by a Chinese government ship in two weeks and the 31st this year. According ...

Jul 1, 2015

Japan to bolster ship patrols near Senkakus

The central government announced plans Tuesday to strengthen patrols around the Senkakus Islands in the East China Sea by sending more large patrol ships, apparently to counter China’s growing maritime assertiveness. Under a new policy on guarding and managing the nation’s remote islands, the ...

Mar 6, 2015

Japan, China to hold first security talks in four years

Beijing and Tokyo will hold their first security talks in four years in the Japanese capital later this month, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, the latest sign of a possible improvement in ties strained by a territorial dispute. Relations between the world’s second- ...

Residents of remote isle back GSDF surveillance deployment

Feb 23, 2015

Residents of remote isle back GSDF surveillance deployment

A referendum Sunday in the Okinawan town of Yonaguni found that most voters support the planned deployment of a Ground Self-Defense Force surveillance unit. The outcome of the vote in the town of around 1,500 is not legally binding, but it supports Mayor Shukichi ...

China launches website laying claim to Senkaku Islands

Dec 31, 2014

China launches website laying claim to Senkaku Islands

Beijing has launched a website asserting Chinese sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands. The website,, was unveiled Tuesday by China’s National Marine Data and Information Service. It came as a trio of Chinese coast guard vessels made their latest patrol of the waters surrounding ...