Aug 26, 2014

H.K. fishing boat carrying Senkaku sovereignty advocates to set sail

A fishing boat carrying Hong Kong-based activists asserting Chinese sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands will set sail again Tuesday following a failed attempt late Monday. “About two dozen marine police officers climbed on our boat, broke into the wheelhouse and forced us to stop ...

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

Aug 20, 2014

SDF hold drills as roles expand under defense shift

The Self-Defense Forces showcased the ability to defend remote islands Tuesday, as its role expands at home and abroad under new defense policies instituted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that have divided the nation. The military began large-scale annual “Fire Power” exercises at the ...

Aug 13, 2014

GSDF to station unit on Amami-Oshima for island defense

The Defense Ministry asked local authorities on Tuesday for their cooperation in establishing a Ground Self-Defense Force unit on Amami-Oshima Island as part of efforts to boost the defense of remote islands in the region. Parliamentary Senior Vice Defense Minister Ryota Takeda made the ...

In China, Sino-Japanese War still stings 120 years later

Aug 1, 2014

In China, Sino-Japanese War still stings 120 years later

When China and Japan first went to war 120 years ago this Friday, Beijing suffered a “national humiliation” that resonates to this day as tensions between the Asian rivals intensify again. Unlike most defeated nations, China marks the anniversaries of its losses with fervor, ...

Jul 27, 2014

Think tank's peace proposal: Stop visiting Yasukuni

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should stay away from controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, an international think tank said, as it offered ideas on defusing mounting Sino-Japanese tensions. In a recent report, the International Crisis Group warned that Abe’s visit to the shrine last December ...

Jul 15, 2014

Japan's direct investment in China fell by half in first half

Japan’s direct investment in China dropped nearly 50 percent in January-June from the same period last year to $2.4 billion, China’s Commerce Ministry said Tuesday. That is less than South Korea’s direct investment in China. Observers attributed the sharp decrease to Japanese businesses’ skittishness ...