SDF admiral urges prompt action on crisis management pact with China

Nov 29, 2014

SDF admiral urges prompt action on crisis management pact with China

Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, has urged the early start of a “crisis management” mechanism with China amid conflicting claims with Japan over the uninhabited Senkaku Islands off Taiwan. Relations between China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-largest economies, have ...

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.