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National May 20, 2014

Amami Island set to host GSDF troops

The government has begun plans to deploy a Ground Self-Defense Force unit on Amami-Oshima Island as part of efforts to boost defense of remote islands amid the territorial row with China, a government source said. Similar GSDF units will be stationed on Ishigaki and Miyako ...

Beijing, Seoul leery of Abe's military drive

National / Politics May 16, 2014

Beijing, Seoul leery of Abe's military drive

China and South Korea have expressed concern over Thursday's recommendations by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security panel for legalizing collective self-defense, saying they are watching developments vigilantly. In Beijing, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China has "full reasons to be highly vigilant about Japan's ...

National / Politics May 2, 2014

U.S. urges clash avoidance system

A senior U.S. diplomat handling Asia and Pacific affairs expressed hope Thursday that Japan and China will set up a bilateral mechanism aimed at avoiding clashes in the East China Sea. Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, voiced the ...

APEC summit eyed to repair China ties

National Apr 28, 2014

APEC summit eyed to repair China ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recognizes that the Pacific Rim leaders' meeting later this year in Beijing will present an opportunity to improve strained relations with China, Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Monday. "I told him we should consider APEC as one possible target," Masuzoe, who ...

China releases trove of Japanese sex slave records

National / Politics Apr 27, 2014

China releases trove of Japanese sex slave records

China has released previously confidential Japanese wartime documents, including some about "comfort women" forced to serve in military brothels during World War II, state media reported. The publication comes during a fraught period in Japan-China relations. Last week, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. paid about $29 ...