National Apr 4, 2016

Japan Coast Guard deploys 12 ships to patrol Senkakus

The Japan Coast Guard said Monday it has finished deploying 12 ships assigned exclusively to patrolling areas around the Senkaku Islands amid China's growing assertiveness in the East China Sea. The 10 new 1,500-ton patrol ships and two helicopter-equipped patrol vessels will become fully operational ...

National Dec 7, 2015

Four bodies taken from net-entangled boat off Aomori

Four bodies were recovered from a wooden boat found entangled in a fishing net off Aomori Prefecture, the Japan Coast Guard said. The boat, spotted Wednesday, may have come from North Korea, according to the Aomori Coast Guard Office. The bodies were recovered Sunday. Measuring roughly ...

National Jul 7, 2015

MSDF, Coast Guard to hold 'gray zone' drill off Izu Oshima

The Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard are planning their first joint drill for a "gray zone" incident that would stop short of a military attack on Japan, according to a government source. The drill will be held "soon" near Izu Oshima Island, ...

National Jul 1, 2015

Japan to bolster ship patrols near Senkakus

The central government announced plans Tuesday to strengthen patrols around the Senkakus Islands in the East China Sea by sending more large patrol ships, apparently to counter China's growing maritime assertiveness. Under a new policy on guarding and managing the nation's remote islands, the government ...

Killer whales spotted in Tokyo Bay

National May 27, 2015

Killer whales spotted in Tokyo Bay

Killer whales have been spotted in Tokyo Bay, prompting the Japan Coast Guard to warn ships passing through the area to avoid the cetaceans. It is very rare for killer whales to be seen in Tokyo Bay. A patrol ship belonging to the Yokohama chapter of ...

Philippine and Japanese coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

National May 6, 2015

Philippine and Japanese coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams staged an anti-piracy drill on Wednesday, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack, in a show of maritime cooperation between the two nations amid rising tension in Asian waters. Both nations face a challenge from ...