Jul 2, 2014

Diplomats in Beijing mull ways to improve Sino-Japanese ties

A high-ranking Foreign Ministry official from Tokyo and his new Chinese counterpart on Tuesday “apparently” discussed ways to improve deteriorated relations between the two countries, NHK television reported. Visiting Beijing, Junichi Ihara, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, talked ...

Interpreter hopes to improve China relations

May 28, 2014

Interpreter hopes to improve China relations

by Tomomi Tomita

A Japanese interpreter who worked on a series of delicate Japan-China meetings says he hopes his language skills can help to improve relations at a time when bilateral ties are pained by a territorial dispute and by tension over conflicting readings of history. In ...

China accusation over jets rejected

May 26, 2014

China accusation over jets rejected

Japan again rejected on Monday China’s accusation that Self-Defense Forces aircraft interfered with joint naval drills being held by China and Russia. SDF units regularly carry out early-warning and surveillance activities in line with international law, the government said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed ...

Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe gets Olympic tips from Beijing

Apr 25, 2014

Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe gets Olympic tips from Beijing

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe on Friday got some tips about hosting the summer Olympics from Beijing after the leaders of the capitals of Asia’s two biggest economies decided to boost cooperation despite political tensions between their central governments. Masuzoe, the first Tokyo governor to ...

Aug 16, 2013

Four Chinese vessels intrude near Senkakus

Four Chinese Coast Guard ships entered Japanese territorial waters Friday near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said. Junichi Ihara, head of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, lodged a protest with a senior diplomat at ...

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.

Jun 30, 2013

All eyes on Kishida at ASEAN talks

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s regional diplomacy skills were to be tested in Brunei from Saturday as he looks to improve ties with China and South Korea. Japan’s relations with both neighbors have been strained by differences of perception regarding its wartime history and disputes ...