Oct 14, 2014

Japan, China eye resumption of maritime talks by end of month

Japan and China are considering resuming negotiations for a maritime communications mechanism involving defense authorities, possibly by the end of the month, sources said Tuesday. The envisaged mechanism is aimed at preventing unintended maritime collisions around the Senkaku Islands, which are claimed by Beijing ...

Aug 13, 2014

Hong Kong blocks Senkakus-bound boat carrying isle sovereignty advocates

Hong Kong maritime authorities on Tuesday blocked the navigation of a fishing boat carrying a dozen people, including Hong Kong-based activists, asserting Chinese sovereignty over the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands after it left a local port, an official said. According to the authorities, the fishing ...

Jul 27, 2014

Japan, Brazil to repeat refrain on rule of law

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are expected to stress in a joint statement this week that they share basic values including respecting the rule of law, a Japanese delegation source said Saturday. Their statement, to be released following their meeting ...

City in Okinawa mulls environmental research on Senkakus from air

Jul 15, 2014

City in Okinawa mulls environmental research on Senkakus from air

The city of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, which has jurisdiction over the Senkaku Islands, is considering conducting environmental research this summer on the disputed islets from the air using a chartered aircraft, sources said Monday. The research to study the environment and ecosystem of the ...

May 31, 2014

Japan reports latest incursion by Chinese ships around Senkakus

Two Chinese coast guard ships steamed through Japanese waters off the Senkaku Islands on Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned China over its increasing regional assertiveness. The Japan Coast Guard said the vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one ...

Mar 9, 2014

ASDF scrambles jets to intercept three Chinese planes

The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled jets Sunday after three Chinese planes approached Japanese airspace, defense officials said. The ASDF response was prompted by a Chinese Y-8 surveillance plane and two H-6 bombers that were flying in international airspace over the East China Sea between ...