Business / Economy Jan 10, 2014

China trade soars globally but falls 5.1% with Japan

China's trade with Japan fell 5.1 percent in 2013 to $312.5 billion, down for the second straight year, the General Customs Administration said Friday. The decline was even worse than the 3.9 percent contraction in 2012 and reflected the lingering effects of the Senkaku Islands ...

National / Politics Nov 5, 2013

Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing envoys to talk Thursday

Senior diplomats from South Korea, Japan and China will hold talks Thursday in Seoul to discuss regional and international issues of common interest, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyung-soo, Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and Chinese Vice ...

National Oct 31, 2013

Seoul holding off on treaty to share defense info

South Korea has no plans to seek a treaty with Japan on exchanging confidential military information, South Korea's Defense Ministry spokesman said Thursday. "There has been no progress made in discussing the signing of a treaty on exchanging confidential military information with Japan, and we ...

National Oct 31, 2013

Ex-PM Koizumi studied idea of nationalizing Senkakus

The government under former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi studied the idea of putting the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea under state control, before three were nationalized in September last year, Yoshihiko Noda, another former prime minister, said Wednesday. "During the time of the ...

Abe, Putin hold chat on APEC sidelines

National / Politics Oct 7, 2013

Abe, Putin hold chat on APEC sidelines

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Monday in Indonesia on the sidelines of a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum to apparently discuss a range of issues, including a bilateral territorial dispute. The talks in Bali are the fourth direct ...

China rise may break Russia impasse: expert

National Oct 4, 2013

China rise may break Russia impasse: expert

by Mizuho Aoki

China's growing economic and military might may pose a threat to Japan, but it also works in Tokyo's favor when it comes to settling a long-standing territorial dispute with Russia, a former high-ranking diplomat told a recent symposium in Tokyo. Kazuhiko Togo, who used to ...

National / Politics Jul 8, 2013

Putin expected to visit disputed Kunashiri next week

Russian President Vladimir Putin might visit one of the four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan next week, a person affiliated with a group of former residents who just returned from visiting the islands said Monday. Toyama Prefectural Assemblyman Hisayoshi Ono, who headed the group, said ...

National / Politics Jul 2, 2013

Ties said on mend despite summit lack

Kyodo Japan will not easily give in to Chinese conditions for holding a summit, but the two nations are moving toward restoring ties damaged by the Senkaku Islands dispute, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday. "We will not compromise where we cannot, and it is ...