Jan 15, 2014

Teacher manuals next front in islet disputes

The Abe administration is considering describing the Senkaku Islands and the Takeshima islets as integral parts of the country in instruction manuals for school curriculum guidelines, education minister Hakubun Shimomura says.

Dec 29, 2013

Japan to take foreign reporters on 10-day isle dispute junket

The Foreign Ministry plans to invite more than 100 U.S. and European journalists stationed in China and South Korea to come to Japan early next year to school them on the government’s stance on two territorial disputes involving tiny islands. The ministry will take ...

Nov 8, 2013

Japan, S. Korea, China to make joint effort for trilateral summit

South Korea, Japan and China have agreed to try to arrange a trilateral summit despite their frosty relations over contrasting perceptions of wartime history and territorial disputes. The agreement was reached Thursday at a meeting in Seoul of senior diplomats from the three countries, ...

Nov 5, 2013

Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing envoys to talk Thursday

Senior diplomats from South Korea, Japan and China will hold talks Thursday in Seoul to discuss regional and international issues of common interest, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyung-soo, Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and Chinese ...

Abe unlikely to meet with Li, Park by year's end

Oct 16, 2013

Abe unlikely to meet with Li, Park by year's end

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will probably not meet with China’s or South Korea’s leaders this year as the possibility of a trilateral summit being held before Dec. 31 is slim, a Japanese government source said Wednesday. Japan’s ties with its Asian neighbors remain sour ...

Google Maps naming policy prompts Japan to request home page bans

Sep 28, 2013

Google Maps naming policy prompts Japan to request home page bans

The government has asked local authorities and state-run universities not to post maps provided by Google Inc. on their websites because some of them include foreign place names that undermine Japan’s territorial claims, sources said Saturday. In dispute are the South Korean-controlled islets in ...

Jul 9, 2013

Seoul protests mention of islets as part of Japan

Seoul lodged an official protest Tuesday with Tokyo after the Defense Ministry in its annual white paper described South Korea-controlled islets in the Sea of Japan as Japanese territory. The Foreign Ministry in Seoul called in a senior diplomat from the Japanese Embassy to ...