Jul 12, 2013

Chinese military slams defense paper

China’s military is “strongly discontented with and firmly opposed to” the Japanese defense white paper that criticized intrusions by Chinese government ships into Japanese waters around the Senkaku Islands, according to a Ministry of National Defense spokesman. “The new edition of Japan’s defense white ...

Jul 11, 2013

Defense Ministry makes its case

Japan has a high-wire act cut out if, as a white paper says, it must improve its defense capabilities and maritime vigilance in the region without provoking China.

Jul 9, 2013

China using force, defense report says

Japan is concerned that China's potentially dangerous maritime activities around the Senkaku Islands could lead to an emergency and Beijing should act according to international rules rather than use force.

Jul 9, 2013

Seoul protests mention of islets as part of Japan

Seoul lodged an official protest Tuesday with Tokyo after the Defense Ministry in its annual white paper described South Korea-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan as Japanese territory. The Foreign Ministry in Seoul called in a senior diplomat from the Japanese Embassy to ...