149 lawmakers visit Yasukuni

National / Politics Apr 22, 2014

149 lawmakers visit Yasukuni

by Tomohiro Osaki and Reiji Yoshida

A total of 147 lawmakers, as well as two Cabinet ministers, visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday morning, in a move that could be perceived as provocative by China, South Korea — and even the United States. Internal affairs minister Yoshitaka Shindo visited the ...

National / Politics Apr 22, 2014

South Korea, China hit Diet members' visit to Yasukuni Shrine

South Korea and China on Tuesday criticized a visit by nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, saying it represents the country's lack of remorse for wartime atrocities. The group visit by both ruling and opposition party lawmakers followed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ...

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, ...