Aug 3, 2015

Body found on ferry burning near Hokkaido

The Japan Coast Guard said Monday a search team found a body believed to be that of a missing crew member from the ferry that caught fire off last week off Tomakomai, Hokkaido. Kunihiko Orita, 44, the ship’s second officer, went missing after rushing ...

Jul 7, 2015

MSDF, Coast Guard to hold 'gray zone' drill off Izu Oshima

The Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard are planning their first joint drill for a “gray zone” incident that would stop short of a military attack on Japan, according to a government source. The drill will be held “soon” near Izu Oshima ...

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 ...

Killer whales spotted in Tokyo Bay

May 27, 2015

Killer whales spotted in Tokyo Bay

Killer whales have been spotted in Tokyo Bay, prompting the Japan Coast Guard to warn ships passing through the area to avoid the cetaceans. It is very rare for killer whales to be seen in Tokyo Bay. A patrol ship belonging to the Yokohama ...

Mar 25, 2015

Imperial Couple to spend night on Coast Guard ship in Palau

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will spend a night on a Japan Coast Guard ship for the first time ever during their official trip to Palau on April 8 and 9, the Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday. The Imperial Couple will spend the night ...

Nov 25, 2014

Chinese ships pay first visit to Senkaku Islands since Abe-Xi summit

Chinese ships returned to Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands on Tuesday, the Japan Coast Guard said, the first incursion since a Sino-Japanese summit aimed at reducing tensions. Three Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile zone around the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, ...

Oct 1, 2014

Chinese ship sinks off Shimane; nine reported missing

A China-registered ship sank off the coast of Shimane Prefecture Tuesday morning, leaving nine people missing while five crew members have been saved, the Japan Coast Guard said, citing a rescue request it received from Chinese authorities late Tuesday night. The Coast Guard said ...