May 19, 2015

Japanese visa-free visits to Russian-held isles halted

A visit this month by Japanese to the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido under a visa-free exchange program has been canceled due to Russia’s request for the submission of certain travel documents, sources said. The documents, which Russia says have become necessary due to legal ...

Mar 10, 2015

Russian-held islands 'shrink' by 33 sq. km

by Masaaki Kameda

The total area of the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido claimed by Japan has shrunk by about 33 sq. km — thanks to more accurate mapping techniques by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI). The annual survey by the GSI, released Friday, found that ...

Feb 17, 2015

High-ranking official to attend Takeshima Day ceremony

The government is sending a high-ranking official to the ceremony this Sunday commemorating the day of Japan’s incorporation of the Takeshima islets, despite the organizer’s request for a Cabinet member. Eriko Yamatani, state minister in charge of territorial affairs, said Tuesday that Yohei Matsumoto, ...

Feb 10, 2015

Senior government official to attend Takeshima Day ceremony

The government plans to send a senior official to a ceremony this month commemorating the designation of two islets controlled by South Korea as Japanese territory. Yohei Matsumoto, a Cabinet Office parliamentary secretary, will take part in Takeshima Day on Feb. 22 in Matsue, ...

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 ...