Mar 6, 2015

Japan, China to hold first security talks in four years

Beijing and Tokyo will hold their first security talks in four years in the Japanese capital later this month, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, the latest sign of a possible improvement in ties strained by a territorial dispute. Relations between the world’s second- ...

Residents of remote isle back GSDF surveillance deployment

Feb 23, 2015

Residents of remote isle back GSDF surveillance deployment

A referendum Sunday in the Okinawan town of Yonaguni found that most voters support the planned deployment of a Ground Self-Defense Force surveillance unit. The outcome of the vote in the town of around 1,500 is not legally binding, but it supports Mayor Shukichi ...

China launches website laying claim to Senkaku Islands

Dec 31, 2014

China launches website laying claim to Senkaku Islands

Beijing has launched a website asserting Chinese sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands. The website,, was unveiled Tuesday by China’s National Marine Data and Information Service. It came as a trio of Chinese coast guard vessels made their latest patrol of the waters surrounding ...

Nov 26, 2014

China defends dispatching ships to Senkakus

China on Wednesday defended its decision to send Coast Guard vessels to waters near islands it disputes with Japan just weeks after the countries agreed to work toward improved relations. The decision was an “official action exercising China’s sovereign rights,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman ...

Sep 25, 2014

Japan, China hold second maritime affairs talks, with isles row on agenda

Japan and China have held their second intergovernmental talks on maritime affairs to discuss security and crisis management in the East China Sea, including waters around the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said. The central government hopes the dialogue will contribute ...

Sep 16, 2014

Repairing Japan-China ties

The leaders of China and Japan need to take quick action to repair mutual ties that have unraveled since the Japanese government two years ago nationalized three of the Senkaku Islands — over which China also claims sovereignty.

Sep 12, 2014

¥1.4 billion in Senkaku donations left unused in Tokyo's coffers

About ¥1.4 billion collected by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to purchase some of the disputed Senkaku Islands off Taiwan has not been used, metropolitan government sources said Friday. In April 2012, then Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara proposed purchasing the uninhabited islets in the East ...