May 31, 2014

Japan reports latest incursion by Chinese ships around Senkakus

Two Chinese coast guard ships steamed through Japanese waters off the Senkaku Islands on Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned China over its increasing regional assertiveness. The Japan Coast Guard said the vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one ...

Chinese jets, SDF flirt with 'Top Gun' scenario near Senkakus

May 25, 2014

Chinese jets, SDF flirt with 'Top Gun' scenario near Senkakus

Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen meters of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, officials in Tokyo said Sunday, prompting Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to accuse Beijing of going “over the top” in its approach to disputed territory. The Chinese ...

May 8, 2014

New LDP delegation set to meet China's No. 4 leader on Friday

A group of lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will meet with Yu Zhengsheng, the fourth-highest ranking member of the Communist Party of China, on Friday as the two countries work to repair bilateral relations badly damaged by territorial and historical issues. Former ...

May 2, 2014

U.S. urges clash avoidance system

A senior U.S. diplomat handling Asia and Pacific affairs expressed hope Thursday that Japan and China will set up a bilateral mechanism aimed at avoiding clashes in the East China Sea. Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, voiced ...

Apr 28, 2014

Japan, EU planning cybersecurity summit

With China a suspected source of cyberattacks, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders will agree at a summit in Brussels on May 7 to launch a dialogue to boost cybersecurity, according to a draft of a statement to be issued after the ...

Apr 9, 2014

Japan's jet scrambles against Chinese planes hit record high

Japanese fighter jet scrambles against Chinese planes hit a record high in the year that ended in March, the Defence Ministry said Wednesday, as Sino-Japanese ties were strained by disputes over territory and interpretations of history. Japan scrambled combat planes against Chinese aircraft 415 ...

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Apr 4, 2014

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Japan's territorial disputes with China and South Korea will enter all social studies textbooks for elementary school students starting in 2015, the education ministry says.

Apr 4, 2014

Seoul blasts textbook plan

South Korea on Friday criticized a move by Japan to include the government’s territorial claims to two tiny South Korean-held islands in elementary school textbooks. “Our government strongly criticizes the Japanese government’s approval of elementary textbooks that stepped up the level of provocation over ...