Sep 1, 2015

Four dead, two missing after fishing boats capsize off Nagasaki

Four people were killed and two were missing after six fishing boats capsized early Tuesday off Nagasaki Prefecture as a low pressure system brought strong winds and heavy rain to the region, the Japan Coast Guard said. Five fishing boats capsized off Tsushima Island, ...

Stolen Buddhist statue arrives from South Korea

Jul 18, 2015

Stolen Buddhist statue arrives from South Korea

One of two ancient Japanese Buddhist statues stolen in 2012 by South Korean thieves arrived Saturday in the southwestern island city of Tsushima, where it was originally kept, the city office said. A bronze standing figure of the Tathagata Buddha, designated an important national ...

Coast guards share duty, language in border zone

Apr 17, 2014

Coast guards share duty, language in border zone

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Though tensions remain high between Japan and South Korea over territorial and historical issues, the safety of maritime transportation must be maintained irrespective of diplomatic relations, according to a Japan Coast Guard official who monitors maritime communications in the Tsushima Strait. In the strait ...

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 ...

Jun 15, 2013

Tsushima to seek return of Buddhist statue in South Korea

The mayor of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture has vowed to directly ask South Korea to return a Buddhist statue that he claims is the property of a temple on the island. In an interview Wednesday, Yasunari Takarabe said he will submit a petition seeking ...