Tokyo ramps up security ahead of Mie G-7 summit

May 25, 2016

Tokyo ramps up security ahead of Mie G-7 summit

As Japanese authorities prepare for the two-day summit of Group of Seven leaders in central Japan from Thursday, travelers and commuters have begun to see a heightened vigilance level in the capital with more uniformed officers on the streets and other security measures implemented. ...

Dec 7, 2015

Four bodies taken from net-entangled boat off Aomori

Four bodies were recovered from a wooden boat found entangled in a fishing net off Aomori Prefecture, the Japan Coast Guard said. The boat, spotted Wednesday, may have come from North Korea, according to the Aomori Coast Guard Office. The bodies were recovered Sunday. ...

Nov 23, 2015

Three Chinese ships enter Japanese waters near Senkaku Islands

Three Chinese patrol vessels entered Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture on Monday, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the first violation of Japanese territorial waters by a Chinese government ship in two weeks and the 31st this year. According ...

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 ...