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 ...

Ex-islanders set off for Russia-held Kunashiri on visa-free trip

May 24, 2014

Ex-islanders set off for Russia-held Kunashiri on visa-free trip

A group of 65 people, including former residents of Russian-held islands claimed by Japan off Hokkaido, left the port of Nemuro on Saturday bound for Kunashiri, one of the disputed isles, under a visa-free exchange program. The members, including former Diet lawmaker Muneo Suzuki, ...

Shelve Senkakus scrap, follow the money: ex-envoy

May 24, 2014

Shelve Senkakus scrap, follow the money: ex-envoy

Japan and China should “freeze” their differences over the Senkaku Islands and focus on economic matters to improve strained relations, former Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa said. “Neither of us can compromise on those uninhabited islands even by 1 millimeter,” Niwa said in ...

Korean buys on Tsushima rouse rightists' fears

Apr 10, 2014

Korean buys on Tsushima rouse rightists' fears

South Korean businesses are increasingly acquiring real estate around the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s base on Tsushima Island, arousing speculation that some of the purchases are related to espionage by Seoul. Tsushima is situated in the Sea of Japan about 50 km from the Korean ...

Jan 31, 2014

Japan, Russia discuss territorial issue

by Mizuho Aoki

The deputy foreign ministers of Japan and Russia met Friday in Tokyo to resume talks for settling the long-standing territorial dispute over the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido. Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama is representing Japan while the Russian delegation is led by Deputy Foreign ...