National Apr 21, 2014

China ship seizure hikes redress fears

China's seizure over the weekend of a containership owned by shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K Lines for its failure to respond to a wartime compensation order related to a contractual dispute has raised concerns in Japan that further assets may be confiscated if more rulings ...

National / Politics Apr 21, 2014

Chinese admiral to snub Japan at meeting

The commander of the Chinese Navy will refuse to meet Japanese military officials at a regional naval symposium in China this week, a navy spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, citing what he called hurtful actions by Japanese leaders. The decision to snub Japanese ...

National / Politics Apr 18, 2014

U.S. reluctant to specify Senkakus in Obama-Abe statement

The United States is reluctant to mention the islets at the center of a dispute between Japan and China in the statement to be released after next week's summit, a person familiar with Tokyo-Washington ties said Wednesday. The government proposed releasing a leaders' statement that ...

National / Politics Apr 10, 2014

Japan, China navy chiefs set to meet for talks

The chief of the Maritime Self-Defense Force is expected to meet China's top naval officer during a trip to attend an international symposium later this month, a Japanese government source has said. The meeting of Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, the MSDF's chief of staff, and Adm. ...

National / Politics Mar 30, 2014

China seen snubbing Japan for fleet review in Qingdao

The Chinese Navy has not extended an invitation to the Maritime Self-Defense Force to take part in an international fleet review China will host late next month, a senior Japanese defense official said Sunday. Beijing is believed to be intentionally excluding Japan from the event, ...

Asia Pacific / Politics Feb 26, 2014

Chinese to sue Japanese firms over wartime forced labor

A group of Chinese experts and citizens will on Wednesday file a lawsuit against Japanese companies to seek compensation for victims of wartime forced labor, a lawyer involved in the plan said Tuesday. The lawsuit, if accepted by the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court, ...

National / Politics Feb 25, 2014

Japan to raise air defense zone again at U.N. agency

Japan plans to propose taking up the issue of air defense identification zones with the International Civil Aviation Organization as it did last November after China's declaration of an ADIZ in the East China Sea that covers the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands. The ICAO, a U.N. ...