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On 15 June in Asian history

ON 15 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 15, 2017

1073: Death of Go-Sanjo, 71st emperor (1068-1073), born on September 3, 1034
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Sanj%C5%8D

1189: In Japan, Minamoto no Yoshitsune dies during the battle of Koromogawa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Yoshitsune
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Koromo_River

1410: In the decisive battle of Onon River, the Mongol forces of Oljei Temur are decimated by the Chinese armies of the Yongle Emperor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yongle_Emperor%27s_campaigns_against_the_Mongols
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96ljei_Tem%C3%BCr_Khan

1659: Coronation of Mughol emperor Aurangzeb at Red Fort, Delhi
http://www.indhistory.com/aurangzeb-coronation.html

1763: Birth of Kobayashi Issa, Japanese haiku poet, who died on November 19, 1827
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobayashi_Issa
http://haikuguy.com/issa/

1896: In Japan, a tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku. 27,000 are killed, with 13,000 houses destroyed
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1896_Sanriku_earthquake

1913: During the Philippine-American War, The five days Battle of Bud Bagsak between the American and the Moro rebels concludes by a massacre
http://netwar.wordpress.com/2007/07/19/battle-of-bud-bagsak/
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Battle_of_Bud_Bagsak
http://www.morolandhistory.com/13.pg-battle%20of%20bud%20bagsak/001.battle_of_bud_bagsak.htm

1913-06-15 battle of_bud bagsak

1918: Birth of Zhang Ruifang, Chinese actress, who died on June 28, 2012
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Ruifang
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1278106/
http://www.chinesemovies.com.fr/acteurs_Zhang_Ruifang.htm

1919: Birth of Paul Joseph Pham Dình Tung, Vietnamese cardinal, emeritus archbishop of Hanoi who died on February 22, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Joseph_Pham_Dinh_Tung
http://www.catholic-pages.com/hierarchy/cardinals_bio.asp?ref=121

1926: Birth of Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist, who died on 6 May 2006
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Kayano

Shigeru Kayano

1927: Birth of Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet, who died on January 11, 1978
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn-e-Insha

1930: Birth of Hirayama Ikuo, Japanese painter who died on December 2, 2009
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikuo_Hirayama
http://www.peramuseum.org/Exhibition/Ikuo-Hirayama/98 
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=5,4869,0,0,1,0
http://www.google.fr/search?q=hirayama+ikuo&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&biw=979&bih=446&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=EuD3TY3rM9GLhQfFl6CGDA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CBEQ_AUoAQ

1937: Birth of Anna Hazare, Indian activist
http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/08/18/who-is-anna-hazare/
http://www.annahazare.org/biography.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rStjjC-oP7M

1944: Beginning of the Battle of Saipan, in Mariana Islands, till July 9
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-saipan
 
http://www.battleofsaipan.com/seabee.htm
http://www.battleofsaipan.com/Saipan1944.htm

1944: First US B-29 raid against mainland Japan
http://www.rarenewspapers.com/view/619957
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Yawata_(June_1944)

1947: The All-India Congress accepts a British plan for the partition of India
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-15-1947-all-india-congress-accepts-british-plan-for-partition-of-india-in-new-delhi
http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/history/why-the-congress-accepted-the-partition-of-india-in-1947/4446/

1953: Birth of Xi Jinping, president of China and Communist Party chief
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11551399
http://chinese-leaders.org/xi-jinping/

Xi Jinping 2010

1954: The Conference of Geneva on Korea is closed with result
http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/collection/7/geneva-conference-of-1954
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_Conference_(1954)#On_the_Korean_question
http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/FRUS/FRUS-idx?type=div&did=FRUS.FRUS195254v16.i0007&isize=M

1954: After Prince Prince Buu Loc resigned, Emperor Bao Dai asks Ngo Dinh Diem to form a new government
http://indochine.uqam.ca/fr/le-dictionnaire/965-ngo-inh-dim-jean-baptiste-1901-1963.html

1961: Birth of Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshimi_Iwasaki

1964: President Johnson decides to postpone submitting a resolution to Congress asking for authority to wage war
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/johnson-decides-against-submitting-resolution-to-congress

1965: US planes bomb North Vietnam
 
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-planes-bomb-north-vietnam

1968: Birth of Oh Dal-su, South Korean actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh_Dal-su
http://asianmediawiki.com/Dal-su_Oh

1972: In Uttar Pradesh (India), twenty-four people are killed in Hindu/Muslim clashes sparked by the implementation of an equal education law that requires Muslim schools to open admissions to all students, regardless of religious affiliation

1981: USA announces a total aid of  3 billion USD in six years to Islamabad

1983: Death of Srirangam Srinivasarao, Indian poet
http://www.idlebrain.com/celeb/bio-data/bio-srisri.html

1984: Birth of Airu Shiozaki, Irish-Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Shiozaki_Airu

1988: In Strasbourg, France, speaking to the European parliament, the dalai lama elaborates the Five-Point Peace Plan and proposed the creation of a self-governing democratic Tibet, « in association with the People’s Republic of China. »
http://www.dalailama.com/messages/tibet/five-point-peace-plan

1988: Birth of Miku Ishida, teen idol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miku_Ishida

 

1989: In Shanghai, three Chinese workers are sentenced to death for setting fire to a train during a pro-democracy protest

1991: In India, Congress Party wins the 10th general elections which started on May 20. Narasimha Rao becomes Prime Minister sworn in on June 21
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_general_election,_1991

1991: In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupts in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. In the end, over 800 people die
http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1997/fs113-97/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7NnLO5NNb8

1995: Taiwan Premier Lien Chan starts a “private” trip in Austria and Czech Republic before appearing in Kiev on 19. It is the first time a top leader from Taiwan makes a trip to Europe

1998: In Indonesia, violent riots in several towns aiming to get the resign of corrupted leaders

1999: South naval forces sink a North Korean torpedo boat during an exchange in the disputed Yellow Sea
http://www.nytimes.com/1999/06/15/world/south-korea-sinks-vessel-from-north-in-disputed-waters.html

2001: China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=shanghai_cooperation_organization_(sco)http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/topics_665678/sco_665908/t57970.shtml
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5260.html

2002: Death of Korean General Choi Hong Hi , founder and president of the International TaeKwon-Do Federation, born on November 9, 1918
http://www.itatkd.com/choi_hong_hi_passesaway.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2002/aug/09/guardianobituaries.northkorea

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6smQqlZG9BE

2004: In Taiwan, a new political party is created: the Non-Partisan Solidary Union with Chang Po-ya as chairwoman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-Partisan_Solidarity_Union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chang_Po-ya

2010: North Korea warns of military action if UN slams ship sinking
 
http://www.france24.com/en/20100615-un-calls-north-south-koreas-reduce-tension-warship

2011: Pakistan has arrested five Pakistani CIA informants for helping the US agency kill Osama bin Laden earlier this year, according to The New York Times
http://www.english.rfi.fr/americas/20110615-pakistan-arrests-five-cia-informants-over-bin-laden-raid
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13773541

2012: Japanese police arrests Katsuya Takahashi, the final fugitive member of a religious cult that launched nerve gas attacks on Tokyo’s subway in 1995, killing 13 people and injuring thousands
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120615-353169.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18453996

2013: Death of Manivannan, Indian actor and director, born on July 31, 1954
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/master-of-character-roles-manivannan-passes-away/article4817104.ece
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/regional/telugu/news-interviews/Tamil-actor-Manivannan-died/articleshow/20602651.cms?referral=PM

2014: Pakistan launches a « comprehensive operation » against armed groups northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, after killing scores of fighters in air raids
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/pakistan-air-raids-20146152339256306.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140615-pakistan-launches-comprehensive-offensive-against-militants-taliban-north-waziristan/

2014 : Death of Sardar Fazlul Karim, Bangladeshi philosopher and academic, born on May 1, 1925
http://www.thedailystar.net/sardar-fazlul-karim-passes-away-28609
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardar_Fazlul_Karim

2016: Barack Obama angers China by meeting Dalai Lama at White House
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1975847/barack-obama-angers-china-meeting-dalai-lama-white-house
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-16/barack-obama-meets-dalai-lama-at-white-house-in-spite-of-china-protest/1590690

2016: For  the first time since 2004, a Chinese warship enters Japanese territorial sea in East China Sea
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/for-first-time-since-2004-chinese-warship-enters-japanese-territorial-sea-in-east-china-sea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/15/national/politics-diplomacy/chinese-naval-ship-briefly-enters-japans-territorial-waters-off-kagoshima/#.V2HKZ49OLNP

 

Japan Defense & foreign policy

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15 JUNE 2017

Putin: Russia considers constructing bridge to Sakhalin Island in Far East

A bridge to Sakhalin would be very useful in terms of reviving territorial integrity of Russia, President Putin said
https://sputniknews.com/russia/201706151054662806-putin-russia-sakhalin-bridge/

12 APRIL 2017

Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise

Japan is preparing to send several warships to join a US aircraft carrier strike group heading for the Korean peninsula, in a show of force designed to deter North Korea from conducting further missile and nuclear tests
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/12/japanese-warships-join-us-fleet-north-korea
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201704120031.html

28 MARCH 2017

Japan prepares to create force like U.S. Marine Corps

Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force stepped up preparations Monday toward creating an amphibious force like the U.S. Marine Corps by putting in place a new unit that will offer training to members of the envisioned brigade
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/123019-japan-prepares-to-create-force-like-us-marine-corps

22 MARCH 2017

Japan now has two big helicopter carrier ships as Kaga enters service

Japan’s second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation’s military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China’s growing influence in Asia
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2081156/japan-now-has-two-big-helicopter-carrier-ships-kaga-enters
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/japan-rolls-military-vessel-170322085927402.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/22/national/politics-diplomacy/msdf-boosts-overseas-deployment-capabilities-second-big-helicopter-carrier/#.WNK2y4WcE2w

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese emperor kicks off landmark visit to Vietnam

Japan’s emperor arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after World War II
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-emperor-kicks-landmark-visit-vietnam
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170228_33/
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/173575/vietnam—japan-economic-relations.html

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese arms for sale

After decades of a self-imposed ban on arms exports, the Abe government in 2014 began to allow the country’s producers to export arms and military equipment. This is a significant development, albeit part of an evolutionary and incremental process. Still, it will be a while before Japan appears on the list of major global arms suppliers
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/16/japanese-arms-for-sale

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump reiterates US support for Japan over Diaoyus in meeting with Abe

US President Donald Trump, fresh from patching up ties with China, has reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of US support in any conflict over the disputed Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyus in China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2070017/trump-and-abe-vow-deeper-trade-and-security-ties-us-and-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/trump-assures-abe-disputed-east-china-sea-islands-170210201048825.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251648725

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Japan, US test-fires new interceptor missile

Japan’s defense ministry says it has successfully test-fired at sea a new interceptor missile jointly developed with the United States
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170205_01/

3 FEBRUAY 2017

Abe, Mattis reaffirm ties on defense including Senkaku

Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Friday, reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the military alliance with Japan as global concern grows over the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/03/national/politics-diplomacy/shinzo-abe-james-mattis-u-s-japan-bilateral-ties-defense/#.WJTKAoWcHSE
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003500222
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170203_28/

27 JANUARY 2017

Abe’s Pacific Rim Diplomacy – Analysis

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo started the year 2017 with his foreign policy activism by undertaking a six-day tour to four Asia-Pacific nations –the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam in January 2017
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012017-abes-pacific-rim-diplomacy-part-i-analysis/
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012017-abes-pacific-rim-diplomacy-part-ii-analysis/

24 JANUARY 2017

Japan launches satellite to modernise military communications

The Japanese defence ministry’s first communications satellite was successfully placed in orbit on Tuesday, as part of the country’s efforts to upgrade the Self-Defence Forces’ (SDF) communications network to better deal with security challenges
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2064980/new-arms-race-japans-defence-ministry-launch-first-ever
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_30/

14 JANUARY 2017

Abe, Turnbull sign pact boosting Japan-Australia defense ties

Following a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Japan and Australia on Saturday signed a revised pact to boost logistics cooperation between their defense forces
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/14/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-arrives-australia-talks-turnbull-security-trade/#.WHqSEoWcE2w
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/14/australia-and-japan-to-strengthen-military-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-01/14/content_15557168.html

6 JANUARY 2017

Japan recalls envoy after South Korea puts ‘comfort woman’ statue outside consulate

Japan has recalled its ambassador to South Korea in protest at the placing of a statue symbolising victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside its consulate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2059912/japan-recalls-its-ambassador-south-korea-over-new-comfort-women
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/06/japan-says-recalling-envoy-to-skorea-over-new-comfort-woman-statue

29 DECEMBER 2016

Anger as Japanese minister visits ‘war crimes’ shrine after Pearl Harbor trip

Japan’s defence minister, Tomomi Inada, has provoked anger in South Korea and China following a visit to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, a day after she accompanied the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, on his reconciliatory trip to Pearl Harbor
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/29/anger-as-japanese-minister-visits-war-crimes-shrine-after-pearl-harbor-trip
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2057841/japan-defence-minister-visits-yasukuni-war-shrine-one-day-after

28 DECEMBER 2016

Japan PM Shinzo Abe offers Pearl Harbor condolences

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, where he offered « sincere and everlasting condolences » to the victims of Japan’s attack on the base 75 years ago
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38438714
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161228_07/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/28/shinzo-abe-pearl-harbor-horrors-of-war-memorial-hawaii-obama

Beijing ‘dissatisfied’ with name change of Japan’s de facto Taiwan embassy

Beijing Wednesday expressed « strong dissatisfaction » with Japan’s decision to change the name of its de facto embassy in the Republic of China to include the word « Taiwan. »
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/china-says-extremely-dissatisfied-renaming-de-facto-japan-embassy-taiwan/

20 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s top court backs Tokyo in bid to relocate Okinawa base

Japan’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in favour of the central government in its bid to relocate a US airbase on Okinawa, dealing a significant blow to opponents of the plan led by the island’s governor
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056041/japans-top-court-backs-tokyo-bid-relocate-okinawa-base
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38381107
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161220_34/

16 DECEMBER 2016

Abe-Putin summit ends with economic deals but no isle steps

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan and Russia will start negotiations on a special system to conduct joint economic activities on 4 Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/16/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-putin-summit-ends-economic-deals-no-isle-steps/#.WFQcuIWcE2x
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161216_34/

15 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s Shinzo Abe and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discuss disputed islands at hot spring

Japan and Russia agreed at a leaders’ summit on Thursday to revive security talks and start discussing economic cooperation on disputed islands at the core of a row that has kept them from signing a peace treaty formally ending the second word war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2054925/japans-shinzo-abe-and-russias-vladimir-putin-discuss-disputed
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161215_31/

3 DECEMBER 2016

Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

Russia’s foreign minister warned Japan Saturday against expecting a quick breakthrough in the territorial dispute between the two nations ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to Japan
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/russia-warns-japan-not-expect-quick-progress-islands-123919543.html
http://www.dw.com/en/a-solution-to-the-kuril-islands-dispute/a-36624291

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Kuril islands missiles should not spoil Putin’s visit, Russia tells Japan

Ahead of president’s trip, tensions rise over weapons on Russian-controlled Kurils, some of which are claimed by Japan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/23/missiles-on-islands-should-not-spoil-putins-visit-russia-tells-japan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/23/japan-vows-respond-russian-missile-deployment-disputed-islands/
https://sputniknews.com/politics/201611231047762708-russia-japan-kurils/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

Security and the meaning of Japan’s constitution

This new political circumstance allows Abe to propose a national referendum to revise the constitution. The LDP presented a draft for constitutional revision in 2012 and will lead the coming debate because of its strength in the Diet
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/21/security-and-the-meaning-of-japans-constitution/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-south-korea-ink-controversial-intelligence-deal/3287968.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/116_218205.html

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan competes with China for Myanmar influence with 800 billion yen (7,73 US $) aid deal

Japan will provide aid worth 800 billion yen (US$7.73 billion) to Myanmar over five years as it competes for regional influence with the country’s biggest trading partner China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2042380/japan-competes-china-myanmar-influence-800-billion-yen-aid-deal
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161102_34/

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to strengthen their countries’ strategic partnership but skipped forging a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that would allow joint war games of their armed forces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/japan-philippines-vow-closer-partnership-1.1919702

13 OCTOBER 2016

Japan to expand Djibouti military base to counter Chinese influence

Japan will lease additional land next year to expand a military base in Djibouti, eastern Africa, as a counterweight to what it sees as growing Chinese influence in the region, three Japanese government sources said
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-military-djibouti-idUSKCN12D0C4

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

US, Japan finalize new military cooperation amid tensions with China

Washington and Tokyo have signed a bilateral agreement to increase military logistics cooperation as tensions with China continue to escalate
https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160927/1045728300/us-japan-amended-asca.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan scrambles jets over China flights along Miyako Straits

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that Tokyo had scrambled fighter jets after the Chinese planes passed over the Miyako Strait on Sunday, east of the islands which both neighbors claim as their own.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37469983
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-scambles-jets-over-china-military-fly-past/a-35890212

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan PM raises North Korea nuclear programme with Cuba’s Fidel Castro

Abe arrived in Cuba for summit talks with President Raul Castro to seek Havana’s assistance in responding to Pyongyang’s nuclear activities
https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160923/1045621554/japan-cuba-visit.html
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-cuba-japan-abe-idUKKCN11S2BT?il=0

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan to provide planes, ships for Philippines amid sea dispute with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday agreed to provide two large-sized patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, a Japanese government spokesman said, with both countries locked in territorial disputes with China.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2016212/japan-provide-planes-ships-philippines-amid-sea-dispute
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160906_37/

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

For Japan, developing new missiles helps prevent China’s provocations

To prepare for military provocations by China and North Korea, it is essential to steadily make progress on bolstering Japan’s defence capabilities
http://www.asianews.network/content/editorial-developing-new-missiles-helps-prevent-china%E2%80%99s-provocations-27160

19 AUGUST 2016

Japan defence ministry seeks record budget in 2017 to upgrade missile system, fighter jets

Japan’s defence ministry will seek a record budget of 5.16 trillion yen (US$51 billion) for fiscal 2017, as tension rises in the East China Sea and North Korea steps up its missile threat, a government official with direct knowledge of the plan said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2006071/japan-defence-ministry-seeks-record-budget-2017-upgrade-missile
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608190031.html

14 AUGUST 2016

Japan to develop missile as tensions with China mount: report

Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with China increase over the disputed territory, a report said Sunday (Aug 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-to-develop-missile/3041898.html

9 AUGUST 2016

Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands

Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37019028
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_15/

02 AUGUST 2016

Japanese Defense white paper: China still destabilizing factor in region

This year’s defense white paper expressed concern about China’s habit of portraying all its actions as accomplished fact and again referred to Beijing’s « heavy-handed » efforts to increase its military presence in the East China Sea and South China Sea
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608020072.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160802_14/

29 JULY 2016

US military to return a large portion of Okinawa

The United States military said on Friday it was preparing for the biggest land return in Okinawa since 1972, as it faces a surge in opposition to its presence following the arrest of one its civilian contractors for the murder of a local woman.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/29/content_15470591.html

24 JULY 2016

Survey: Japan is favorite country of Taiwanese

 A survey of people in Taiwan shows that a record 56 percent of respondents picked Japan as their favorite country. About 1,000 Taiwanese responded to the survey that was carried out in January and February
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_15/

18 JUNE 2016

Russia calls on Japan to jointly develop disputed islands

Russia’s minister for development of the Far East has called on Japan to jointly develop the disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160618_13/

15 JUNE 2016

For the first time since 2004, a Chinese warship enters Japanese territorial sea in East China Sea

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Type 815 Dongdiao-class spy ship entered Japanese territorial waters on Wednesday, according to Japan’s defense ministry. The move is the first of its kind since 2004, when a Chinese nuclear submarine entered Japan’s 12 nautical mile territorial sea near Sakishima Islands, in Okinawa prefecture
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/for-first-time-since-2004-chinese-warship-enters-japanese-territorial-sea-in-east-china-sea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/15/national/politics-diplomacy/chinese-naval-ship-briefly-enters-japans-territorial-waters-off-kagoshima/#.V2HKZ49OLNP
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160615_37/

9 JUNE 2016

Japan protests as China’s PLA Navy sails near disputed Diaoyu Islands in East China Sea

A People’s Liberation Army vessel entered waters surrounding the Tokyo-administered isles, called the Diaoyu Islands by China and the Senkakus in Japan, at 12.50am and left at 3.10am, the Japanese foreign ministry said.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1970375/japan-protests-chinas-pla-navy-sails-near-disputed
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160609_12/ht

27 MAY 2016

Obama makes historic visit to Hiroshima

U.S. President Barack Obama emphasized the need to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons during his visit to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima on May 27, the first by a sitting U.S. president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36394975
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201605270097.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160527_34/

25 MAY 2016

Why has Japan been cozying up to Vladimir Putin ?

In early May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia. It was the 13th time the two leaders have met since 2013, when Abe made the first official visit by a Japanese premier to Russia in a decade. But when Abe has only held seven meetings with his U.S. counterpart, why is he meeting Putin so often?http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/opinion-why-has-japan-been-cozying-vladimir-putin

6 MAY 2016

Abe meets Putin to advance bilateral talks on isle row and peace treaty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, eager to promote bilateral dialogue and advance talks on the decades-old territorial row that has prevented Japan and Russia from signing a postwar peace treaty
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/06/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-meets-putin-advance-bilateral-talks-isle-row-peace-treaty/#.Vy0Je49OLNN
http://www.voanews.com/content/russia-japan-leaders-meet-as-tensions-loom/3318571.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160507_10/

3 MAY 2016

No nuke bombing apology to Japan: White House

US President Barack Obama does not believe that his country owes Japan a formal apology for the 1945 nuclear bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-05/03/content_15426640.html

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

Japan will lease military aircraft to the Philippines in another sign of deepening security ties between the two former foes to counter Beijing’s increasing regional influence.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan-agrees-lease-military-aircraft-philippines-050815514.html?nhp=1

30 APRIL 2016

 Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks on relations

China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/564593/news/world/china-wants-cooperation-not-confrontation-with-japan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/30/content_15425617.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160430_27/

22 APRIL 2016

Japan-made stealth aircraft takes to skies for 1st time

With an eye to the future, the nation’s first stealth airplane made its maiden flight on April 22, making Japan the fourth country in the world to successfully fly a manned stealth Aircraft.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-made-stealth-aircraft-takes-skies-first-time
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/japan-succeeds-test-flight-first-stealth-fighter-jet-060235847.html?nhp=1

19 APRIL 2016

Japan’s South Asia Focus: Growing Association With Bangladesh – Analysis

Solid bilateral economic relationships between the two nations can be regarded as a testimony of Japan’s influence in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has been keen to exploit its economic potential and diversify its relationship with Japan, it has also used it to as an option to balance Beijing’s increasing influence in the region.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-japan%E2%80%99s-south-asia-focus-growing-association-bangladesh

12 APRIL 2016

Japanese Maritime SDF destroyers visit port in Vietnam for 1st time

For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604120043.html

11 APRIL 2016

Kerry visits Japan’s Hiroshima memorial

US Secretary of State John Kerry has paid a historic visit to the Hiroshima memorial located on the site where American planes launched the world’s first nuclear attack. The blast and the radiation that resulted killed some 140,000 people
http://www.dw.com/en/kerry-visits-japans-hiroshima-memorial/av-19178054
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/11/john-kerry-lays-flowers-at-hiroshima-memorial/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/kerry-deeply-moved-by/2685544.html

3 APRIL 2016

Japanese submarine, destroyers arrive in Philippines for port call near disputed South China Sea waters

A Maritime Self-Defense Force flotilla of three ships arrived in the Philippines early Sunday on a goodwill visit — the first to include a Japanese submarine in 15 years — amid China’s growing assertiveness in the region.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/03/national/msdf-submarine-escort-ships-arrive-philippines-port-call-training/#.VwF2bThXrIV
http://asia.nikkei.com/Japan-Update/Japanese-sub-arrives-in-Philippines-on-training-exercise
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/conflicts/17217-japanese-submarine-warships-dock-at-philippine-port-near-disputed-south-china-sea-waters

2 APRIL 2016

Two years after Crimea, are Japan–Ukraine ties weakening?

Times of crisis are a chance to discover who your true friends are. Ukraine learned this lesson two years ago. While it was largely Euro–Atlantic nations that spoke out against Russia’s actions in Crimea, Ukraine also found a supporter in Japan.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/04/02/two-years-after-crimea-are-japan-ukraine-ties-weakening/

29 MARCH 2016

China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law

China has accused Japan’s “warlord” prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of threatening peace in the region, following the enactment on Tuesday of controversial laws allowing Japanese troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the end of the second world war.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-accuses-japan-threatening-pacific-peace-military-law
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12206654/Japans-controversial-law-allowing-troops-to-fight-overseas-comes-into-force.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=189546

28 MARCH 2016

 Tokyo’s new ‘self-defence’ laws take effect, allowing Japan to fight in foreign wars

 Japan’s new security laws took effect enabling its troops to fight overseas for the first time since the second world war in a landmark defence policy shift in a country with a war-renouncing constitution.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1931393/tokyos-new-self-defence-laws-take-effect-allowing-japan-fight
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160329_02/

24 MARCH 2016

A more sincere attitude needed in new talks on Futenma issue

That requires both the Abe administration and the Okinawa prefectural government to offer sincere and straightforward answers to questions posed by the other side as part of serious efforts to find common ground
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201603240018

21 MARCH 2016

India and Japan get closer as China flexes its muscles

This recalibration of their national interests has brought countries such as Japan and India closer in ways like never before. Recently, in a move that is bound to raise quite a few eyebrows in Beijing, Japan and India began discussing the modalities for cooperation to set up a 15MW diesel power plant in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/03/india-japan-closer-china-flexes-muscles-160320134401362.html

8 MARCH 2016

Japan invites Robert Mugabe to summit as it eyes Africa for growth

The Japanese government has invited Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, to Tokyo for talks later this month as Tokyo seeks to expand its influence and business opportunities in Africa
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12187070/Japan-invites-Robert-Mugabe-to-summit-as-it-eyes-Africa-for-growth.html

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

Under a series of landmark agreements Washington served as the de facto guarantor of Philippine national security for almost a century. But in recent years Japan has rapidly upgraded its security cooperation with Manila. Today, Japan is the Philippines’ top provider of development aid, leading trading Partner
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/05/turning-over-a-new-leaf-in-japan-philippines-relations/

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

South Korea on Monday urged Japan to stop provocations over disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries as Japan sent a senior government official to attend the controversial « Takeshima Day » event.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/22/content_15388451.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/s-korea-protests-over-japan-sending-official-to-disputed-isle-event

15 FEBRUARY 2016

Six Challenges for US–Japan Cooperation in Asia

 A key question as 2016 progresses will be: how best to focus US–Japan cooperation to address both the challenges and opportunities that accompany the rise of China? There are six thorny issues that carry the potential to undermine US–Japan cooperation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/15/six-challenges-for-us-japan-cooperation-in-asia/#more-49565

12 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea disbands committee on Japan abduction issue in response to sanctions

North Korea said Friday it has disbanded a special committee that was set up in 2014 to look into the whereabouts of missing Japanese nationals suspected of being abducted decades ago and in its territory, in response to Tokyo’s decision earlier this week to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/n-korea-disbands-team-probing-fate-of-japanese-abductees
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/12/national/politics-diplomacy/north-korea-disbands-committee-on-japan-abduction-issue-in-response-to-sanctions/#.Vr5ZnTjMtjp

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan announces new sanctions on Pyongyang

Japan has decided to impose more sanctions against North Korea following the country’s launch of what it called a satellite-carrying rocket on Sunday. The launch is seen by the international community as a long-range ballistic missile test
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160210_38.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/japan-slap-sanctions-north-korea-rocket-160210112644465.html

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan moves toward unilateral sanctions over North Korea’s missile launch

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Feb. 8 he is preparing to slap unilateral sanctions against North Korea for its “intolerable” act on firing a long-range ballistic missile that flew over islands of Okinawa Prefecture.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201602080046
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-plans-to-impose/2499056.html

03 FEBRUARY 2016

Abe calls for amending part of Article 9 of Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday advocated amending part of the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, saying there is a contradiction between the existence of the Self-Defense Forces and the article that stipulates Japan never maintains land, sea and air forces.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-calls-for-amending-part-of-article-9-of-constitution

02 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan tells UN no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

Japan says it has found no evidence its WWII government and military forcibly rounded up women to be sex slaves, Tokyo has told a UN committee, the latest pronouncement in a corrosive row over interpretations of history
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187796
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-tells-un-no-evidence-forced-wwii-sex-slavery

31 JANUARY 2016

Clinton e-mail: U.S. asked Japan to talk with China before buying Senkakus

The United States urged Japan to consult with China before its provocative Senkaku Islands purchase in 2012, a declassified email forwarded to then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201601310039
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/31/national/u-s-urged-japan-consult-china-2012-senkakus-purchase/#.Vq6FdzjMtjp

Japan doubles number of F-15s on southern island of Okinawa

Japan has doubled the number of F-15 fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said Sunday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-doubles-number-f-15s-southern-island-okinawa
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160131_15.html

28 JANUARY 2016

Japan reconsiders, decides to join U.N. nuclear disarmament group

Tokyo, in a sharp reversal of policy, will now join a U.N. nuclear disarmament group even though it still does not want a treaty banning weapons of mass destruction.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201601280036

27 JANUARY 2016

Japan steps up campaign for full UN Security Council seat

Tokyo believes 70 years of pacifism and a commitment to international law and order give it a right to a permanent seat at the UN’s top table. But regional rival China is unlikely to allow that to happen
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-steps-up-campaign-for-full-un-security-council-seat/a-19007001

23 JANUARY 2016

Japan must carefully evaluate China’s strategic intentions

There is no doubt that China is building up its military capabilities. Nor that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the threat of China, which spends three times as much as Japan does on its national defence, as a justification for new security legislation in Japan. But deeper scrutiny of this issue requires a broader perspective on China’s strategic intentions.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/23/japan-must-carefully-evaluate-chinas-strategic-intentions/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Japan, UK to develop air-to-air missile system

Japan and the UK are taking defence co-operation a step further. The two countries’ foreign and defence ministers announced this after a meeting in Tokyo on Friday (Jan 8)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-uk-to-develop-air/2410918.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/12087634/RAF-fighters-bound-for-Japan-for-first-time-in-decades-as-UK-builds-military-ties.html

5 JANUARY 2016

Will Japan and Russia finally resolve their territorial dispute?

Japan and Russia have yet to sign a peace treaty after WWII. The reason is a sovereignty dispute over an island chain. Now PM Abe has called for a summit with President Putin to tackle the issue. But can it succeed?
http://www.dw.com/en/will-japan-and-russia-finally-resolve-their-territorial-dispute/a-18959623

4 JANUARY 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants summit with Vladimir Putin to resolve territorial row over islands

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin must take place in order for the countries to forge a peace treaty
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35219262
http://www.dw.com/en/japans-abe-to-try-and-resolve-world-war-ii-row-with-russia/a-18956623

1 JANUARY 2016

Japan’s Master Plan to Destroy the Chinese Navy in Battle

 It seems that Japan is developing plans to craft its own Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy—or what one former Japanese official describes as “maritime supremacy and air superiority”—against the Chinese Navy
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/japans-master-plan-destroy-the-chinese-navy-battle-14779

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186676
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151228_24.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/foreign-ministers-japan-and-republic-korea-comfort-women

3 DECEMBER 2015

Japan Set to Test Stealth Jet as Abe Boosts Defense Focus

Japan is closing in on becoming the fourth nation to test fly its own stealth jet, a move that could further antagonize neighboring Asian countries who’ve opposed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to strengthen the role of its armed forces
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-02/japan-set-to-test-stealth-jet-as-abe-strengthens-armed-forces?cmpid=yhoo.headline

1 DECEMBER 2015

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

Russia has begun building two modern military compounds on the far eastern Kuril islands, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, heightening long-running tensions with Japan over the disputed islands
http://news.yahoo.com/russia-building-military-bases-islands-claimed-japan-134635651.html

20 NOVEMBER 2015

U.S. approves sale of Global Hawk drones to Japan

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of three unmanned drones worth $1.2 billion to Japan, the Pentagon said Friday
http://news.yahoo.com/u-approves-sale-global-hawk-drones-japan-165257370–finance.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

25 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan president says should remember good things Japan did

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday it was important to remember the good things Japan did for the island while not forgetting the bad, as he marked 70 years since Japan gave up control of Taiwan at the end of World War Two
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-president-says-should-remember-good-things-japan-did

20 OCTOBER 2015

S Korea, Japan defence ministers meet as ties thaw, but Seoul, Tokyo differ over Japan’s overseas military operations

The defence ministers of South Korea and Japan held talks in Seoul on Tuesday, in a further sign that relations are beginning to emerge from an extended diplomatic deep freeze
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-defence-ministers-meet-ties-thaw
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151020_42.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151020001104

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan, US, S.Korea discuss N.Korean missile issue

The foreign affairs chiefs of Japan, the United States and South Korea have agreed that they will work together to dissuade North Korea from launching a long-range ballistic missile
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150930_03.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan must recognise Kuril islands for peace deal: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated on Monday (Sep 21) that there is no room for compromise with Japan over the disputed south Kuril islands, calling on Tokyo to « recognise » post-WWII « historic realities »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-must-recognise/2142368.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan passes law allowing troops to fight abroad

Japan’s upper chamber of Parliament early Saturday approved controversial bills allowing the country’s military to engage in overseas combat in limited circumstances — a major shift after seven decades of pacifism
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/18/asia/japan-military-constitution/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/japan-passes-law-allowing-troops-fight-150918125944422.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japanese-diet-enacts-security-laws-marking-japan%E2%80%99s-departure-pacifism

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam

Japan has promised Vietnam ships to strengthen its forces in the South China Sea, with the two nations describing large-scale land reclamation there as a threat to peace — a veiled reference to China
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/japan-pledges-maritime-security-aid-vietname-150915125026675.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan ‘disappointed’ by Chinese leader Xi’s WWII speech

Japan said Thursday it was « disappointed » there were no signs of rapprochement in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech to mark the 70th anniversary of Tokyo’s WWII defeat, as Beijing showed off its growing might with a huge military parade
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-disappointed-chinese-leader-xis-wwii-speech http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/09/04/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-regrets-absence-reference-reconciliation-xi-speech/#.VelMrDjAJMt

26 AUGUST 2015

Barack Obama apologises to Japan over US spying claims released by Wikileaks

United States president Barack Obama apologises to Tokyo over WikiLeaks claims that Washington spied on Japanese politicians, a Japanese government spokesman says
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-26/barack-obama-apologises-to-japan-over-us-spying-claims-released-by-wikileaks/1486028

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/08/24/how-to-normalise-sino-japanese-defence-relations/

22 AUGUST 2015

Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the Kuril islands, prompting a swift rebuke from Tokyo, which claims sovereignty over the archipelago in a long-running dispute
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/russian-pm-visits/2069404.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-08/22/content_15307412.html

25 JULY 2015

How Russia Tries to Intimidate Japan

Russia plans to massively invest in military and civilian infrastructure projects on the Kuril islands, TASS reports quoting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/how-russia-tries-to-intimidate-japan/
http://tass.ru/en/russia/810266?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2ASituation%20Report&utm_campaign=SitRep0724

21 JULY 2015

Japanese annual Defense white paper stresses threat posed by China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet have approved this year’s Defence White Paper, which warns of a severe security situation that is growing in the region, with China as one of the factors
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-says-security/1998914.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002302049
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/21/national/politics-diplomacy/defense-white-paper-stresses-threat-posed-china/#.Va68Du_ALVJ
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1842676/japan-sharpens-its-criticism-china

19 JULY 2015

Japan Defense Ministry picks Fuji Heavy and Bell to build new military transport helicopter

Japan has awarded Fuji Heavy Industries and Textron Inc’s Bell Helicopters a $3.02 billion deal to build a fleet of military transport aircraft that would also be sold overseas
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/defense-ministry-picks-fuji-heavy-and-bell-to-build-new-military-transport-helicopter

16 JULY 2015

Japan’s lower house of parliament approves a set of bills to allow the military to fight abroad for the first time since World War II.

Japan’s House of Representatives approved of a package of 11 security bills that would allow its Self-Defense Forces to assist its allies abroad, even if there is no direct threat to Japan, for the first time since the end of World War II
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33546465
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/16/japan-lawmakers-approve-contentious-bills-to-bolster-military-presence-abroad/
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Abe-pushes-security-bills-through-lower-house-desp-78221.html
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/today-headlines/2015-07/17/content_6589202.htm

7 JUNE 2015

US, Japan say first test of Raytheon’s new SM-3 missile a success

The United States and Japan on Sunday announced the first live fire test of Raytheon Co’s new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile that is being jointly developed by the two countries for a combined cost of around $2 billion.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/500058/news/world/us-japan-say-first-test-of-raytheon-s-new-sm-3-missile-a-success

6 JUNE 2015

Abe reassures Kiev on Japan’s support

Japanese and Ukrainian leaders on Saturday agreed not to allow the changing of the status quo by force, in reference to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in southern Ukraine in March last year.
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002204570
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150606_35.html

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

Manila and Tokyo have agreed to start talks on allowing Japanese military aircraft and naval vessels to use bases in the Philippines for refuelling and picking up supplies, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/philippines-japan-military-bases-150605072014102.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201506050050

1 JUNE 2015

Japan aims to boost support for Asean to thwart China

Japan’s defence minister Gen Nakatani has declared Japan’s intention to heighten its support of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ member countries, to counter China’s moves to reclaim land on reefs in the Spratly Islands and establish military facilities there
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japan-aims-to-boost-support-for-Asean-to-thwart-Ch-75860.html

14 MAY 2015

Japan Cabinet approves greater overseas defense role

Japan’s Cabinet has endorsed a set of defense bills allowing the country’s military to go beyond its self-defense stance and play a greater role internationally, a plan that has split public opinion
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/14/japan-cabinet-approves-draft-laws-to-expand-military-role/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/561543/japan-cabinet-oks-bills-to-expand-military-role
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32735359

12 MAY 2015

Japan steps up maritime engagement with Philippines, Vietnam

The Philippines and Japan held their first joint naval exercises in the South China Sea on May 12, while Japan’s coastguard works with Vietnam this week, as Tokyo boosts maritime ties with two nations at odds with Beijing over the disputed waterway
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201505120079

7 MAY 2015

187 scholars urge Abe to address Japan’s wartime history

A group of historians and scholars of Japan studies has called on Japan to make an unbiased accounting of history as a step to promote peace and friendship in Asia. 187 noted scholars in the United States, Britain, and other countries made the appeal in a statement titled “Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan. »
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/07/national/politics-diplomacy/187-scholars-urge-abe-address-japans-wartime-history/#.VUvfKO_GNjo
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/554499/japan-academics-call-on-tokyo-to-face-history

30 APRIL 2015

Japan considering joint US air patrols to show China they don’t own the South China Sea

Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, a Japanese and a U.S. source familiar with the discussions said.
http://chinadailymail.com/2015/04/30/japan-considering-joint-us-air-patrols-to-show-china-they-dont-own-the-south-china-sea/

29 APRIL 2015

Abe addresses US Congress, the first ever Japanese PM

Today Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan became the first Japanese leader ever to address a joint session of Congress. Abe summarized key themes for U.S.-Japan relations including history, as August marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150430_05.html
http://cogitasia.com/abes-speech-to-congress/
http://www.bbc.com/news/32522234

28 APRIL 2015

Abe’s Visit Marks ‘New Era’ for US-Japan Alliance

 US President Barack Obama has hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House to showcase a deeper defence partnership between the two countries and advance a Pacific trade pact
http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/abes-visit-marks-new-era-for-us-japan-alliance/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/29/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-obama-bolster-alliance-globally-declare-trade-talks-progress-prime-minister-repeats-comfort-women-remorse/#.VT_8qu_GNjp

27 APRIL 2015

U.S., Japan announce new defense guidelines

The US and Japan signed a new set of defence agreements on Monday that allow for greater co-operation between their militaries at a time of rising Chinese influence in Asia.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/83bffa24-ecf7-11e4-bebf-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3YXqvYqpL
http://www.defensenews.com/story/breaking-news/2015/04/27/us-japan-new-military-agreement/26443297/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002110981

22 APRIL 2015

China, Japan leaders meet in sign of easing tensions

The leaders of China and Japan held talks on Wednesday (Apr 22) for only the second time since taking office, seeking to repair a relationship damaged by territorial disputes and a bitter wartime legacy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-japan-leaders-meet/1801078.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-04/22/content_15254581.html

16 APRIL 2015

Putin ready to discuss isle row but hits Japan’s sanctions over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow is ready to hold territorial talks with Japan but that Tokyo’s move to back sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict has effectively halted such discussions
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/17/national/putin-says-hes-ready-discuss-isle-row-hits-japans-sanctions-ukraine/#.VTLCl-_GPIU

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

 South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/korea-japan-hold-first-security-talks-5-years-135959997.html

6 APRIL 2015

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

South Korea condemned on Monday (Apr 6) Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-condemns/1769134.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/06/school-text-books-fuel-south-korea-japan-island-dispute/

31 MARCH 2015

Japan extends North Korea sanctions amid stalled abduction probe

Japan says it will extend sanctions against North Korea for two more years, citing no progress in talks on abducted Japanese nationals
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32126588

26 MARCH 2015

Japan unveils Izumo, its largest warship since World War II

Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) has taken delivery of the Izumo, the largest Japanese military vessel to see service since World War II
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/26/asia/japan-msdf-new-helicopter-carrier/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11497780/Japan-receives-biggest-warship-since-Second-World-War.html

21 MARCH 2015

China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/asian-powers-hold-talks-year-hiatus-150321065405173.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/21/china-japan-and-south-korea-meet-to-improve-frosty-relations/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-china-japan-vow-bring-about-leadership-summit

19 MARCH 2015

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

Japan and China held security talks Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials said http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/502123/japan-china-in-security-talks-after-4-year-break
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

18 MARCH 2015

Japan ruling bloc agrees on new security legislation

Japan’s ruling parties reached broad agreement on Wednesday that paves the way for the most drastic change in the nation’s security policy in six decades and sets the stage to update guidelines for defence cooperation with Washington.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-ruling-bloc-agrees/1725000.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/18/national/politics-diplomacy/komeito-agrees-to-permanent-law-on-dispatch-of-sdf/#.VQn41e9_lMs

13 MARCH 2015

Japan, France sign defence pact to spur cooperation, joint development

Japan and France signed a deal on military equipment and technology transfers on Friday, in a move to drive cooperation and joint development of defence gear, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strengthens security ties with major powers
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-france-sign-defenc/1714548.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-03/13/content_15238805.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/13/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-france-ink-defense-gear-transfer-pact-at-two-plus-two-meeting/#.VQNlvO9_nmQ

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-calls-return-isles-s-korea

7 FEBRUARY 2015

Abe hopeful for Japan-Russia island dispute resolution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a decades-long territorial dispute between Japan and Russia could soon be resolved, but Tokyo’s decision to slap sanctions in response to Moscow’s involvement in Ukraine, appears to have complicated the progress of the territorial talks.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/abe-hopeful-for-japan/1643770.html

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan says it won’t give in to terrorism – but no troops

Japan told the world’s nations Thursday it will never give in to terrorism and will continue providing non-military assistance for the fight against the Islamic State and other extremist groups — but not military troops or equipment “at this point.”
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-says-it-wont-give-in-to-terrorism-but-no-troops

3 FEBRUARY 2015

Doubts raised over Japan’s ability to handle international crisis

Japan’s failure to rescue two hostages beheaded by Islamic State militants has raised doubts about its ability to handle an international crisis, as the country reels from news of journalist Kenji Goto’s killing
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/doubts-raised-over-japans-ability-to-handle-international-crisis

1 FEBRUARY 2015

Prime Minister Abe condemns Islamic State, vows justice for Goto

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 1 condemned the apparent killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State, vowing to work with other nations to bring those responsible to justice.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201502010016
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/01/national/islamic-state-group-purportedly-releases-goto-execution-video/#.VM6q4u83Nla
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201502010012

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida used a visit to India on Saturday (Jan 17) to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-seeks-closer/1596552.html

14 JANUARY 2015

Japan approves largest ever defence budget

Japan’s cabinet has approved the country’s largest defence budget, with plans to buy surveillance aircraft and F-35 fighter jets to improve defences of disputed islands amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/japan-approves-record-defence-budget-2015114391974279.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11345913/Japan-approves-largest-ever-defence-budget-as-Hiroshima-mayor-calls-for-peace.html

10 JANUARY 2015

Japan eyes new law to aid non-U.S. forces in international conflicts

The government plans to enact a law authorizing the Self-Defense Forces to support allied foreign militaries other than U.S. forces in the event of international conflicts, an outline of security-related legislation showed Saturday.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/10/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-eyes-new-law-to-aid-non-u-s-forces-in-international-conflicts/#.VLGk7b3LTUA

28 DECEMBER 2014

USA, Japan and South Korea sign a “Sharing Arrangement Concerning the Nuclear and Missile Threats Posed by North Korea”

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Defense of Japan, and the Department of Defense of the United States of America finalized a trilateral information sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea
http://www.asiaobserver.org/security-in-asia

26 DECEMBER 2014

US delivers second radar defense system to Japan

The new Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance system (AN/TPY-2) aims to « enhance sensor coverage for ballistic missile defense of Japan and the US homeland, » the Defense Department said in a statement.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/452294/us-delivers-second-radar-defense-system-to-japan

5 DECEMBER 2014

The Okinawa Reality

Geopolitical realities suggest that the recent election of an anti-base candidate is unlikely to change much.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/the-okinawa-reality/

1 DECEMBER 2014

Japan starts destruction of WWII chemical weapons in China

A Japanese-built facility in China on Monday began destroying the largest cache of World War II chemical weapons abandoned in the country, Tokyo officials said, in a rare case of cooperation between the two countries
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-starts-destruction-wwii-chemical-weapons-china

27 NOVEMBER 2014

Sino-Japan Ties Improving?

Graded on a curve, there was progress at the APEC summit
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/china-japan-ties-improving/

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced his intention to aggressively provide assistance for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, his latest move to counter efforts by China to gain influence in the region.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201411130062

10 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan leaders hold talks in Beijing

The leaders of China and Japan have held one-on-one talks for the first time since they took office, signalling willingness to put on the back burner a bitter row over disputed islands and Japan’s war-time aggression.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/china-japan-leaders-hold-talks-beijing-201411104626592285.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-japans-abe-hold-landmark-meeting-after-awkward-handshake
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29983537

7 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan smooth over East China Sea island row

Beijing officials said a crisis management mechanism had been set up to prevent the situation from worsening.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29947967
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201411070091

4 NOVEMBER 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan’s new self-defense policy

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Tuesday he is backing the Abe administration’s reinterpretation of the Constitution to be able to exercise the right to collective self-defense
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/04/national/aquino-explains-backing-japans-new-self-defense-policy/#.VFlUAb3LTIU

27 OCTOBER 2014

Japan delegation arrives in N.Korea over kidnapping probe

A Japanese delegation arrived in North Korea on Monday for talks centred on Pyongyang’s investigation into the Cold War kidnappings of Japanese citizens, which has marred relations for years.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439903/japan-delegation-arrives-in-n-korea-over-kidnapping-probe
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=2996554

26 OCTOBER 2014

Japan Builds Response to Chinese Area-Denial Strategy

Japan’s response to Chinese anti-access/area-denial threats rest on three planks: increasingly large helicopter carriers, next-generation 3,300-ton Soryu-class submarines and new Aegis destroyers.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141026/DEFREG03/310260020/Japan-Builds-Response-Chinese-Area-Denial-Strategy

22 OCTOBER 2014

China-Japan talks fuel hope of meeting to end tension

Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has met China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing, fuelling speculation of a possible meeting between the two countries’ leaders.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29724179

17 OCTOBER 2014

Japan’s Abe irks China, S Korea with shrine offering

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine yesterday, prompting sharp rebukes from China and South Korea, even as Abe seeks meetings with their leaders to improve strained ties.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/10/18/2003602336
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/17/china-protests-japan-shinzo-abe-yasukuni-shrine

16 OCTOBER 2014

Abe plays up friendship with China while pushing for summit with Xi

In the world of diplomacy, words can be a weapon. With this in mind, the Japanese prime minister’s latest remarks are particularly significant. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has recently started using the expression « stable friendly relations » in reference to Japan-China ties.
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Abe-plays-up-friendship-with-China-while-pushing-for-summit-with-Xi

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan, Intelligence and Security

In 1997, the Japanese government unveiled a plan for wide-scale centralization and reform of the nation’s intelligence community. Hoping to consolidate the myriad of small intelligence agencies and bureaus, the plan called for the creation of super-agencies that combined military and civilian, foreign and domestic intelligence operations
http://www.faqs.org/espionage/Int-Ke/Japan-Intelligence-and-Security.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan steps up sanctions as tensions rise with Russia

Japan has imposed additional sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29345451
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-says-visit-putin-aide-disputed-island-regrettable

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ex-Japan PM Hoshiro Mori visits South Korea in hope of easing troubled ties

Former Japanese premier Hoshiro Mori brings a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a visit to Seoul from Friday, a government spokesman, as Tokyo seeks a thaw in frosty ties
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140919000872
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-japan-pm-visit-south-korea-hope-easing-troubled-ties

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

History and the Possibility of Taiwan-Japan Relations

Many Taiwanese have a surprisingly positive take on Japan’s colonial legacy, with memories that remain salient today.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/history-and-the-possibility-of-taiwan-japan-relations/

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

Australia ‘to buy Japanese submarines’

News Corp Australia claims the Australian government will select the Japanese-built Soryu Class submarine to replace locally built Collins Class boats, when they retire in 2030.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2014-09/08/content_15164405.html

Chongryon chief visits North Korea for first time in eight years

The head of the most influential pro-North Korea organization in Japan is back in Pyongyang for the first time in eight years and might end up meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/07/national/head-of-japans-top-pro-pyongyang-group-arrives-in-north-korea-for-the-first-time-in-eight-years/#.VA3FKL1OLmI

7 SEPTEMBER 2014

Dhaka quits UN race for Tokyo

In a major policy decision in favour of Japan, Bangladesh has withdrawn its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2016-17
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Dhaka-quits-UN-race-for-Tokyo-64237.html

Abe becomes first Japanese PM to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years

Shinzo Abe on Sunday became the first Japanese prime minister to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years, on the second leg of a South Asian tour that sought to assert Tokyo’s interest in a region where it has ceded influence to China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/abe-becomes-first-japanese-pm-visit-sri-lanka-24-years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-sri-lanka-leaders/1350640.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan’s Shinzo Abe appoints pro-China MPs in bid to mend fences with Beijing

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has signalled a rare attempt to mend fences with China when he appointed two MPs considered friendly towards Beijing to two senior posts in his governing Liberal Democratic party (LDP).
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/03/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-five-women-cabinet

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit

Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia’s second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the « expansionism » of some nations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-and-india-vow-boost-strategic-ties-during-summit
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429897/india-and-japan-will-shape-21st-century-says-modi

29 AUGUST 2014

UN issues fresh call to Japan over WWII ‘comfort women’

A UN watchdog issued a fresh call Friday to Japan to take full blame for forcing women from Korea and elsewhere in Asia to work as sex slaves during World War II.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429474/un-issues-fresh-call-to-japan-over-wwii-comfort-women29

22 AUGUST 2014

Japan Joins the Great Arms Bazaar

Japan’s major defense contractors are wasting no time taking advantage of a decision by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last April to relax the half-century self-imposed ban on sales of military equipment abroad. There had been a total ban on such exports since the late 1960s.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/japan-joins-great-arms-bazaar/

6 AUGUST 2014

Japanese white paper raps China’s dangerous ADIZ

Japan’s defence white paper for 2014 criticises China’s air defence identification zone, which declared unilaterally in November over the East China Sea, as dangerous, asserting the move could result in “unintended consequences,” and expressed strong concern over China’s expansion of military power
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-white-paper-raps-China’s-dangerous-ADIZ-63125.html

1 AUGUST 2014

Tokyo gives Hanoi six naval ships to counter China

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announces the gift during a visit to Vietnam, adding that both nations agree on « maintaining peace and stability » in the region. For a Chinese scholar, the action will be « perceived as hostility by China »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-gives-Hanoi-six-naval-ships-to-counter-China-31789.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28599397

29 JULY 2014

Japan, France agree on defence equipment cooperation

Japan and France on Tuesday agreed to enhance defence cooperation, including the joint development of military equipment, Japanese officials said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423156/japan-france-agree-on-defence-equipment-cooperation

28 JULY 2014

Japan to step up sanctions against Russia amid Ukraine unrest

Japan will impose additional sanctions on Russia for failing to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, where the recent downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet killed all 298 people aboard, the government said Monday
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125204/japan-to-step-up-sanctions-against-russia-amid-ukraine-unrest/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/28/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-announces-additional-sanctions-on-russia-over-ukraine/

26 JULY 2014

Tokyo releases records to boost claim to islands

Japan has released declassified diplomatic archives indicating that both China and Taiwan started asserting their ownership of the Japanese-administered Senkaku islands only from 1971
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Tokyo-releases-records-to-boost-claim-to-islands-62776.html

25 JULY 2014

Japan rejects UN watchdog’s call on ‘comfort women’

Japan on Friday rejected a call by a UN watchdog to accept full blame for pressing Asian women into wartime sexual slavery in military brothels, saying it was not obligated to do so
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/422563/japan-rejects-un-watchdog-call-on-comfort-women
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623442/japan-rejects-un-watchdogs-call-on-comfort-women

3 JULY 2014

Japan to lift some sanctions against North Korea after abductions decision

Japan is to lift some sanctions against North Korea after the regime in Pyongyang agreed to reinvestigate the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by its agents during the cold war
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/japan-to-lift-some-sanctions-against-north-korea-after-abductee-move
http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/03/japan-set-to-lift-sanctions-on-north-korea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/03/national/japan-outlines-sanctions-reward-for-n-koreas-action-on-abductions/#.U7WuNL1OLmI

2 JULY 2014

What Japan’s military shift means

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country’s 1947 constitution, permitting its Self Defence Forces (SDF) to participate for the first time in collective self-defence related activities
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28122791

24 JUNE 2014 

Aquino backs Abe’s bid to amend Japan charter for stronger military

President Aquino on Tuesday endorsed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend Japan’s constitution and expand the Japanese role on regional security amid China’s expansionism moves
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/107009/aquino-backs-japans-larger-military-role

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

Taiwan’s first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island’s exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416777/taiwan-first-lady-drops-japan-visit

3 JUNE 2014

Japan PM may visit North Korea in kidnap probe

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may make a rare visit to North Korea, his foreign minister said Tuesday, days after announcing a deal to re-open the probe into Japanese citizens kidnapped by spies in the Cold War years
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413446/japan-pm-may-visit-north-korea-in-kidnap-probe

1 JUNE 2014

Japan, Vietnam deepen defence ties

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh agreed Sunday to strengthen defence cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413008/japan-vietnam-deepen-defence-ties

31 MAY 2014

Chinese ships in disputed waters with Japan

Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned Beijing over increasing territorial assertiveness http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412843/japan-says-chinese-ships-in-disputed-waters http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-05/31/c_133375656.htm

30 MAY 2014

Abe backs Asean position

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Friday to support Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial disputes with China, saying the use of force and intimidation to change the status quo cannot be justified.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412721/abe-stands-up-for-asean

Japan plans more proactive role in Asian security

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday that his country would play a larger role in promoting peace in Asia, and called for the rule of law to be upheld in the region.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412722/japan-plans-more-proactive-role-in-asian-security
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27630604

25 MAY 2014

China and Japan trade blame over plane action

Japan and China have traded accusations after China scrambled fighter jets when Japanese military aircraft entered an air defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-japan-trade-blame-over-plane-action-2014525123455438729.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/china-japan-jets-south-china-sea

21 MAY 2014

Japan to set up 3 military outposts near disputed isles: Report

Japan plans to set up military outposts on three islands far west of Tokyo to boost the defence of its outlying islands, including a group of rocky outcrops also claimed by China

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-set-3-military-outposts-near-disputed-isles-report

17 MAY 2014

Japan, China ministers hold first meeting since war shrine trip

The Japanese and Chinese trade ministers held talks Saturday in the first high-level meeting between the two countries since a visit by Japan’s premier to a controversial war shrine sparked a furious diplomatic row in December.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-china-ministers-hold-first-meeting-war-shrine-trip

15 MAY 2014

Shinzo Abe reveals plans to lift Japan’s ban on fighting in conflicts overseas

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for a new interpretation of the constitution, which could pave the way for the military to fight overseas
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/15/shinzo-abe-plan-lift-japan-ban-fighting-conflicts-overseas
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27420077

4 MAY 2014

Japan delegation leaves for Beijing to mend ties with China amid territorial dispute

A delegation of senior Japanese lawmakers left for China Sunday to try to mend ties amid a territorial dispute which has prevented a leaders’ summit
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-delegation-leaves-beijing-mend-ties-china-amid-territorial-dispute

25 APRIL 2014

Obama says Japan’s wartime sex slavery was ‘terrible’ violation

The Japanese wartime system of sex slavery was a « terrible » violation of human rights and its victims need to be heard, US President Barack Obama said Friday in Seoul
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406628/obama-says-japan-wartime-sex-slavery-was-terrible-violation

23 APRIL 2014

Obama pledges Japan islands support as Asian tour begins

US President Barack Obama has assured Japan that islands at the centre of its territorial dispute with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27116863
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2014/04/24/406109/Diaoyutais-within.htm

22 APRIL 2014

Japan lodges protest against China ship seizure

Tokyo said Tuesday it has lodged a formal protest against China’s seizure of a Japanese ship over unpaid bills dating back to the 1930s, in the latest row to underscore the bitter enmity between the Asian giants http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406059/japan-lodges-protest-against-china-ship-seizure

21 APRIL 2014

Chinese Court Orders Japanese Boat Seized for Wartime Compensation

A court in Shanghai has ordered the seizure of a Japanese ship as reparation for a debt dating back to the 1930s. The move is considered the first confiscation of Japanese assets in a lawsuit over wartime compensation
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-court-orders-japanese-boat-seized-for-wartime-compensation/1897720.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405922/japan-warns-over-china-ship-seizure

19 APRIL 2014

Japan risks angering China with military expansion

Planned construction of radar station near Taiwan is latest twist in row over disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/19/japan-china-radar-station-near-taiwan
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-expands-army-footprint-first-time-40-years-risks-angering-china

31 MARCH 2014

UN orders Japan to halt whaling in the Antarctic

United Nations judges have ordered Japan to end whale hunts in the Antarctic after dismissing Japanese arguments that the hunting was carried out for scientific research purposes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10734305/UN-orders-Japan-to-halt-whaling-in-the-Antarctic.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/31/un-court-bans-japanese-whaling-in-antarctic/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-says-abide-un-courts-antarctic-whaling-ban

30 MARCH 2014

Japan, North Korea diplomats seek thaw in ties

At their first formal talks since November 2012, senior Japanese and North Korean diplomats on Sunday agreed to work toward settling “outstanding issues” impeding bilateral ties
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/30/national/diplomats-seek-thaw-in-dealings-with-north/#.UzhnJ71OLIU

20 MARCH 2014

Could China and Japan Work Together in East Africa?

Despite troubled relations at home, the two countries have a shared interest in Africa
http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/could-china-and-japan-work-together-in-east-africa/

Japan, N. Korea move to restart formal talks

Japan and North Korea are moving to restart formal government-level talks, a Japanese foreign ministry official said Thursday, after a shift over the contentious issue of Pyongyang’s past abductions of Japanese citizens
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400850/japan-n-korea-move-to-restart-formal-talks

12 MARCH 2014

Japan, South Korea Hold High-level Talks Amid Strained Ties

South Korea and Japan held vice ministerial-level talks Wednesday in Seoul to discuss improving strained relations
http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-skorea-hold-highlevel-talks-amid-strained-ties/1869376.html

7 MARCH 2014

Japan: No N. Korea Aid Until Abduction Issue Resolved

Japan says it will not provide any aid to North Korea until the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the North is resolved
http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-no-n-korea-aid-until-abduction-issue-resolved/1865975.html

1 MARCH 2014

South Korea warns Japan over comfort women review

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has warned Japan it will only bring isolation on itself if it reviews a statement acknowledging its wartime use of sex slaves
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26394850

26 FEBRUARY 2014

Japan moves to relax arms-export ban

Japan’s ruling party wants to loosen self-imposed rules banning arms exports in a bid to boost the country’s defence influence, a report said Wednesday, a move that would mark a major shift from its pacifism and could irritate China

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397092/japan-moves-to-relax-arms-export-ban-report

China steps up propaganda war on Japan

China has embarked on a major propaganda campaign, including plans to mark the ‘rape of Nanjing’ in new national holiday, to discredit Japan on the world stage
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10662966/China-steps-up-propaganda-war-on-Japan.html

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Russo-Japanese Rapprochement Moves Forward

Despite the mounting ferocity of Sino-Japanese rhetoric, China’s partner Russia is moving forward on normalizing its ties with Japan. Indeed, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Sochi on February 8, and Putin has accepted an invitation to visit Tokyo in May

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=42009&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=665&cHash=65d664eb52b912540a07701edf9b4f2b#.Uw0BmL3LTIU

5 FEBRUARY 2014

NHK governor campaigns for revisionist in Tokyo election

A Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) governor handpicked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Nanking Massacre was a fabrication designed to cancel out U.S. atrocities during speeches supporting a like-minded candidate in the Tokyo gubernatorial election. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201402040048 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26029614
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393410/china-furious-at-japan-nhk-manager-nanjing-denial

3 FEBRUARY 2014

The Japan-India strategic equation is not working

If New Delhi’s motive in according Abe the high honour was to elevate the profile of this year’s summit meeting and nudge him to sign on the dotted line of the proposed Japan-India civil nuclear cooperation accord, the outcome was far from satisfactory.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/02/03/the-japan-india-strategic-equation-is-not-working/

28 JANUARY 2014

Disputed islands are ours, Japan’s new textbooks claim

Japan risked further irking their close neighbors China and South Korea on Tuesday, when the government announced textbooks were being changed to make it clear that two sets of remote islands at the center of sovereignty disputes are integral parts of their territory
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/28/22477682-disputed-islands-are-ours-japans-new-textbooks-claim?lite

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japan-revises-teaching-manuals-to-include-island-c-56596.html

27 JANUARY 2014

Peace Is The Only Answer In China-Japan Island Dispute – Analysis

The East China Sea territorial dispute between China and Japan figured prominently in various geopolitical risk forecasts for 2014, and with good reason. Neither side shows any sign of standing down, and with every new military deployment near the contested area comes an increased risk of a small-scale military incident spiraling into war

http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012014-peace-answer-china-japan-island-dispute-analysis/

Japan govt distances itself from NHK head’s ‘comfort women’ comments

Tokyo on Monday distanced itself from comments by the new head of national broadcaster NHK, who said the Imperial Army’s system of wartime sex slavery was not unique to Japan
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391754/japan-govt-distances-itself-from-nhk-head-comfort-women-comments
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/27/japan-sex-slaves-korea-nhk-katsuto-momii

26 JANUARY 2014

Japan TV chief dismisses wartime sex slavery

New NHK boss says Japan’s World War Two policy of forcing conquered women into brothels was « common in every country »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/japan-tv-chief-dismisses-wartime-sex-slavery-201412652738860639.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25901572

25 JANUARY 2014

India, Japan pledge stronger defence ties

India and Japan late Saturday affirmed plans to « further strengthen » defence cooperation against the backdrop of an increasingly assertive China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-japan-pledge/968530.html
http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41870&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=13fc3dd883ad5b6975463c2215ab0c80#.UuWCW8vLTIU
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/26/india-and-japan-asias-win-win-partnership/

24 JANUARY 2014

Abe’s Yasukuni visit: the view from Japan

Some analysts denounce Abe for his ignorance of the impact of his visit upon China and South Korea and upon security in Northeast Asia. Hugh White points to Japan’s strategic predicament between China and the United States as a reason for his visit. However, these views do not address the Yasukuni issue in Japan’s domestic politics.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/24/abes-yasukuni-visit-the-view-from-japan/

22 JANUARY 2014

Korea-Japan tension rises over memorial

Tension is intensifying further in Northeast Asia after Japan protested the launch of new facilities devoted to a Korean independence fighter in China, triggering strong condemnation from Seoul
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140121000770

20 JANUARY 2014

China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud

Japan on Monday protested against a Chinese memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official over a century ago, branding him a terrorist and saying the move did not help repair deteriorating ties

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-japan-protests-chinese-memorial-korean-assassin-ties-fray/1833517.html http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390509/china-memorial-to-korean-assassin-sparks-japan-feud

10 JANUARY 2014

China postpones private exchange programs with Japan

China has postponed its private sectors’ exchange programs with Japanese counterparts scheduled this month, the government’s top spokesperson said Thursday.
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000929349

9 JANUARY 2014

Japan, France discuss arms, Africa at two+two talks in Paris

Japan’s defence and foreign ministers were in Paris on Thursday to talk with their French counterparts about regional security, a first step towards future joint military equipment projects.

http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20140109-japan-france-discuss-arms-africa-twotwo-talks-paris

China takes Japan shrine dispute to UN

China has taken its feud with Japan to the UN, questioning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s « erroneous outlook » on history after he visited a shrine commemorating former leaders convicted as war criminals. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/china-takes-japan-shrine-dispute-un-20141912939172706.html

6 JANUARY 2014

Japan PM Abe urges dialogue with China, Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to explain to leaders in China and South Korea about his visits to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which honors the country’s war dead.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/117947/japan-pm-abe-urges-dialogue-with-china-korea/

30 DECEMBER 2013

Japanese goverment wants sea lanes part of self-defence

Japan wants to join patrols of vital sea lanes with foreign forces and launch counter attacks if ships of other nations come under attack

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-govt-wants-sea-lanes-part-of-self-defence-55538.html

27 DECEMBER 2013

Deal to Move Okinawa Base Wins Approval

A long-simmering dispute between the United States and Japan over the fate of a Marine base on Okinawa was apparently resolved on Friday when the Okinawan governor gave his approval to move the base to a remote area.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/28/world/asia/deal-to-move-okinawa-base-wins-approval.html?ref=asia
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/okinawa-governor-approves-us-base-relocation-2013122744845561601.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/okinawa-approves-relocation-us-airbase-japan-0

26 DECEMBER 2013

Yasukuni war shrine: what is its importance?

Key questions and answers about Tokyo’s Yasukuni war shrine, which has come back into focus after Japan’s Abe enraged neighbours by visiting it

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10538086/Yasukuni-war-shrine-what-is-its-importance.html

Japan’s Abe Condemned for Visit to Controversial War Shrine

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni shrine Thursday, sparking outrage in China and South Korea and further damaging Japan’s already frosty relations with the region
http://www.voanews.com/content/japans-abe-condemned-visit-controversial-war-shrine/1817699.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/26/china-and-s-korea-angry-over-japan-pm-s-visit-to-controversial-shrine/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/26/c_132999139.htm

17 DECEMBER 2013

Japan boosts military forces to counter China

Japan’s cabinet has approved a new national security strategy and increased defence spending in a move widely seen as aimed at China.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25411653
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/17/japan-takes-defence-policy-into-uncharted-waters/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/385305/japan-boosts-military-purchases-as-china-row-simmers

16 DECEMBER 2016

55% say Japan-US relations ‘good’

Fifty-five per cent of Japanese believe relations between Japan and the United States are good, the highest figure since 2000, according the latest joint survey conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun and Gallup.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/55-say-Japan-US-relations-good-55050.html

14 DECEMBER 2013

Japan, ASEAN Pledge Cooperation in Ensuring Freedom of Navigation

Leaders from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries have wrapped up a summit in Tokyo with a pledge to cooperate to ensure freedom of air and sea navigation.
http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-asean-pledge-cooperation-in-ensuring-freedom-of-navigation/1810301.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/japan-asean-call-free-seas-skies-201312146434816362.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Japan ‘to pledge $20 bn aid to Asean’

In a summit of Japan and 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce 2 trillion yen ($20 billion) in loans and grants over five years, public broadcaster NHK and business daily Nikkei reported.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384696/japan-to-pledge-20-bn-aid-to-asean

10 JANUARY 2013

Senkaku Islands tensions drive Russia and Japan closer

Increased tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the South China Sea are driving Russia and Japan closer.

http://www.worldreview.info/content/senkaku-islands-tensions-drive-russia-and-japan-closer?goback=%2Egde_2163586_member_5816189462866046977#%21

3 DECEMBER 2013

The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance

Forged in the wake of World War II, the U.S.-Japan security alliance has served as one of the region’s most important military relationships and as an anchor of the U.S. security role in Asia.

http://www.cfr.org/japan/us-japan-security-alliance/p31437?cid=rss-analysisbriefbackgroundersexp-the_u.s._japan_security_allian-120313

2 DECEMBER 2013

‘Minimal’ change eyed to view on collective self-defense right

The government may make only “minimal” changes to its constitutional interpretation so that Japan can exercise the right to collective self-defense when an ally or a nation with which it has close ties is under armed attack, provided there is no other way to deal with the contingency, according to a government draft.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000838087

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

Japan and South Korea said they have defied China’s newly-declared air defence zone with military overflights, showing Beijing a united front after US B-52 bombers did the same.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-skorea-defy-china-defence-zone-20131128131156925437.html

26 NOVEMBER 2013

Getting Senkaku History Right (A Japanese point of view)

Some of the claims to sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands don’t hold up well under scrutiny, argues Tadashi Ikeda.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/11/getting-senkaku-history-right/?allpages=yes

25 NOVEMBER 2013

81% of Japanese don’t feel affinity toward China

The percentage of respondents in a recent Cabinet Office survey who do not feel an affinity to China, hit a record 80.7 per cent, up 0.1 percentage point from the previous year

http://www.asianewsnet.net/81-of-Japanese-don’t-feel-affinity-toward-China-54272.html

China slams ‘inappropriate’ U.S. remarks on territorial dispute with Japan

China has told the United States to butt out of a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea after Washington warned that a military claim by Beijing to airspace in the region raises the risk of « misunderstanding and miscalculations. » http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/25/world/asia/china-japan-disputed-islands/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/25/china-lodges-complaint-against-us-and-japan-as-row-escalates-over-disputed-islands/

23 NOVEMBER 2013

China establishes ‘air-defence zone’ over East China Sea

China has demarcated an « air-defence identification zone » over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25062525

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-protests-new-china-air-defence-zone-2013112313117557543.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/23/china-air-defence-zone-sparks-fresh-row-with-japan/
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-11/24/content_17127120.htm

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Japanese team in China to mend ties

A 178-member Japanese business delegation visited Beijing yesterday, the largest business group to visit China since bilateral ties soured due to territorial disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku isles in September last year. The visit was organised by the Japan-China Economic Association, which has visited China yearly since 1975 but shelved their trip last year due to the disputes.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-team-china-mend-ties

5 NOVEMBER 2013

How serious is the recent China-Japan verbal escalation ?

http://conflictandsecurity.com/blog/how-serious-is-the-recent-china-japan-verbal-escalation/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_5803893475464204291#%21

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Korean president says talks with Japan would ‘serve no purpose’

South Korea president Park Geun-Hye says suggested summit would be of no value if Japanese continue to see « no need to acknowledge their past wrongdoings » http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2013/11/04/392848/S-Koreas.htm http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/10424217/Korean-president-says-talks-with-Japan-would-serve-no-purpose.html

2 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan, Russia hold first diplomatic-defence talks

The foreign and defence ministers of Japan and Russia agreed on Saturday to cooperate in fighting terrorism and piracy as the neighbours, still at odds over territorial woes, held an unprecedented security dialogue.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-russia-hold-first/871756.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/02/japan-and-russia-hold-highest-level-meeting-in-years/

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/02/national/japan-russia-to-ok-asia-security-cooperation-at-inaugural-two-plus-two-meet/#.UnVj-svLTmR

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan, Russia eye WWII peace talks: ministers

Japan and Russia took a step towards making a peace that has eluded them since World War II on Friday, with a loose agreement for talks on a treaty.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-russia-eye-wwii-peace-talks-ministers

Japan’s new (defensive) attack force

Japan’s rapid moves to develop an amphibious capability is sending a clear signal on a certain group of disputed islands.http://thediplomat.com/2013/11/01/japans-new-defensive-attack-force/

29 OCTOBER 2013

A Contracts-Based Survey of Japan’s Defense Industry

Japan is seeking to pull itself from an 11-year decline in defense spending with significant budget increases, including its largest year-over-year increase in over two decades. As scholars and analysts parse the implications of the budget trajectory for the future of Japan and the security environment in Asia, it is timely to assess the country’s defense industrial base.

http://cogitasia.com/a-contracts-based-survey-of-japans-defense-industry/

28 OCTOBER 2013

China Intensifies Press on Japan in East China Sea Dispute

China is stepping up pressure on Japan in a long-running maritime dispute, deploying Chinese vessels near contested East China Sea islands and accusing Japanese leaders of making provocative statements.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-intensifies-press-on-japan-in-east-china-sea-dispute/1778408.html

27 OCTOBER 2013

Japan will stand up to China, says PM Shinzo Abe

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says other countries want Japan to adopt a more assertive leadership role in Asia to counter the growing power of China.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24684683
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/27/war-of-words-in-asia-as-japan-hints-at-defence-changes-with-china-firing-a-warning-action/

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/db42ec8e-3fab-11e3-8882-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2j34uizoc

24 OCTOBER 2013

Japanese pacifism appears to be fading.

As the generation that experienced the Second World War is replaced by a new cohort that is psychologically detached from the horrors of the war, the number of devotees to fervent pacifism has been shrinking. Japanese pacifism as a meaningful policy alternative is no more.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/24/japans-persistent-pacifism/

23 OCTOBER 2013

Japan to review self-imposed weapons ban

Japan plans to review its self-imposed ban on weapons exports, according to a draft of the country’s new security strategy, a proposal that could unnerve China and South Korea.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/japan-review-self-imposed-weapons-ban-2013102305233607215.html

17 OCTOBER 2013

Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead

The visit came a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2013/10/18/391563/Japanese-cabinet.htm http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/18/controversial-visit-to-shrine-of-japanese-war-dead-sparks-tension-with-china/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-10/18/content_17041783.htm

3 OCTOBER 2013

Japan, U.S. to revise defense guidelines by end of 2014

Japanese and U.S. foreign and defense ministers agreed Thursday to revise defense cooperation guidelines between the two countries by the end of 2014 to reflect changes in the security environment in Asia.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000697798

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2013/10/04/390453/US-Japan.htm

US, Japan Agree to Bolster Defenses

The United States and Japan have agreed to boost regional military surveillance amid territorial tensions with China and nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. After security talks in Tokyo, U.S. defense officials also welcomed Japan playing a larger role in its own national defense.
http://www.voanews.com/content/kerry-hagel-meet-with-japanese-counterparts-in-tokyo/1761954.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Japan’s Abe: No Concessions, but No Escalation in Islet Spat With China

Japan will make no concessions on sovereignty over Pacific islets also claimed by China, but will not make any moves to escalate the situation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Fridayaipei and Tokyo struck a fishing agreement in April covering the waters around the islands that has eased tensions.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-abe-japan-china-islands-territorial-dispute/1758678.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371954/japan-pm-open-to-talks-not-concessions-with-china

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Japan signals major boost to defence budget

After 11 years of decline, Japan’s 2013 defence budget rose this year by 0.7 per cent to US$47 billion (4.68 trillion yen). It is conducting a review of its long-term defence policy guidelines that will set the course for the nation’s defence strategy for the next decade.

http://www.worldreview.info/content/japan-signals-major-boost-defence-budget?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_276011377#%21

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Leaders of China, Japan hold ‘brief talk’ at G20

China’s president and Japan’s prime minister held a brief, surprise meeting Friday at a Group of 20 summit in Russia in the first contact between leaders of the Asian neighbors since tensions flared a year ago in an island dispute. http://asiancorrespondent.com/113017/leaders-of-china-japan-hold-brief-talk-at-g20/

23 AUGUST 2013

Spy drone to be deployed in FY15

The government has decided to deploy the Global Hawk, an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, in fiscal 2015 to strengthen patrol and surveillance activities around Japan, government sources said.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000487880

19 AUGUST 2013

Russia and Japan launch territorial row talks

Russian and Japanese diplomats held talks in Moscow on Monday in a bid to restart stalled negotiations over a territorial row that has kept the two neighbours from signing a World War II peace treaty and rejuvenating economic ties.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365396/russia-and-japan-launch-territorial-row-talks

6 AUGUST 2013

Japan Unveils Biggest Warship Since WWII

Japan has unveiled its biggest warship since the Second World War as part of a plan to bolster its defense of territorial claims in disputed waters.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/111594/japan-unveils-largest-warship-since-world-war-ii/

http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-unveils-biggest-warship-since-ww2/1724301.html

27 JULY 2013

Japan’s Abe vows maritime help to Philippines amid China row

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged increased maritime cooperation with the Philippines on Saturday amid growing territorial disputes with regional rival China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-abe-vows-maritime/758032.html

26 JULY 2013

Japan military ‘needs marines and drones’

Japan should bolster its marine force and introduce surveillance drones, a defence review paper says, highlighting concerns over China and North Korea.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23433070

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137263929494940.html

9 JULY 2013

Seoul slams Tokyo claims over disputed islets

The annual Japanese defence white paper adopted by the cabinet said that the disputed three islands, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshim in Japan, are historically Tokyo’s land under international law.                                                                                                                               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137954039674879.html

Risk of incident from « coercive » acts by China: Japan

China’s « coercive » behaviour in waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan is dangerous and could trigger an incident, Tokyo said in a new defence paper                                                                   http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130709/DEFREG03/307090011           http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/risk-of-incident-from/738556.html

7 JUNE 2013

Abe, Hollande agree on N-tech / Japan, France seek greater cooperation on security

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting French President Francois Hollande agreed at a meeting on Friday to enhance their nuclear and security cooperation.                                                                                                                                                             http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000289903

31 MAY 2013

Japan, India seek prompt N-accord

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to conclude a nuclear cooperation agreement as soon as possible.                                                                                                                                                   http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000268214

31 MAY 2013

Japan competing with China for Africa trade

In 2011, China’s trade with Africa reached 138.9 billion dollars, five times Japan’s. Tokyo needs oil, rare earths and markets for its vehicles and high tech. Its aid includes agricultural projects, technical training, and maritime security off the coast of Somalia. The Japanese capital will host an International Conference on African Development on 1-3 June, organised by the government of Shinzo Abe.                                                                                                                                     http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Japan-competing-with-China-for-Africa-trade-28073.html

15 MAY 2013

Japan PM Abe ‘would meet’ N Korea leader Kim over abductions

Japan’s PM has said he would consider meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to try to settle a row over Pyongyang’s kidnapping of Japanese nationals.                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22536186

14 MAY 2013

Japan PM adviser arrives in North Korea

An adviser to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday, a report said, amid speculation North Korea may be trying to re-engage an old adversary amid frosty ties with China.                                                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130514-422581.html  http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201305140120

Japanese mayor: WWII ‘comfort women’ sex slaves ‘necessary’ for morale

The outspoken mayor of Osaka is under fire not only from the government but from members of his own party for saying that the use of “comfort women,” some of whom were forced into prostitution, during World War II was necessary for the morale of Japanese soldiers. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/14/18245613-japanese-mayor-wwii-comfort-women-sex-slaves-necessary-for-morale?lite                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.voanews.com/content/china-denounces-japanese-mayors-sex-slave-comment/1660665.html

9 MAY 2013

Japan protests over Chinese article on Okinawa sovereignty

Japan has protested to China over a newspaper article that called for a review of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22460810

1 MAY 2013

Japan in Depth / Abe, Putin get ball rolling

Japan and Russia have agreed to restart stalled talks on the long-standing northern territories dispute, but high hurdles remain before a resolution acceptable to both parties can be hammered out.                                                                                                                                                 http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000180050                                                                                                            http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2013/04/30/world-war-ii-not-over-for-japan-and-russia/

23 APRIL 2013

Japan threatens China over disputed islands landings

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed on Tuesday to « expel by force » any attempt by China to land on the disputed Senkaku Islands, after eight state-owned Chinese ships sailed into the territorial waters surrounding the archipelago.                           http://www.france24.com/en/20130423-china-japan-senkaku-islands-territorial-dispute             http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-pm-vows-to-expel-by-force-any-chin/648614.html   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134234352877776.html                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22260140

13 APRIL 2013

In Okinawa, the war isn’t over: Protests aimed at new US base

The Pentagon plans to put a new Marine Corps air base in the seaside village of Henoko, Okinawa, in 2022, and many residents aren’t happy about it.                                                                                                                http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/13/17598118-in-okinawa-the-war-isnt-over-protests-aimed-at-new-us-base?lite

10 APRIL 2013

China anger at Japan-Taiwan disputed island fishing deal

Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express « extreme concerns ».                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22092853

9 APRIL 2013

Patriot missiles installed in Tokyo on N. Korea threat

Japan has deployed Patriot missiles in its capital as it readies to defend the 30 million people who live in greater Tokyo from any North Korean attack, officials said Tuesday.                                                                                                           http://www.france24.com/en/20130409-japan-patriot-missiles-tokyo-defend-north-korean-attack-usa

18 MARCH 2013

Japan’s new patrol aircraft equipped to combat Chinese submarine

Japan’s defense ministry has announced that its domestic P-1 patrol aircraft designed and produced by Kawasaki Heavy Industries will begin its service with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force this month, reports the Tokyo-based Kyodo News.              http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130318000059&cid=1101

17 MARCH 2013

North Korea Threatens Japan with Attack

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency carried a statement from the Foreign Ministry Sunday saying that it would be a fatal mistake for Japan if it thinks it will be safe when a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula.                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-threatens-japan-with-attack/1623026.html

13 MARCH 2013

Japan seeks defence ties with ASEAN amid China rows

Japan on Wednesday 13 March called for stronger security ties with Southeast Asia as Tokyo looks to boost alliances at a time of growing territorial tensions with China                                                                http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259652/1/.html

11 MARCH 2013

Beijing protests Tokyo’s one-China policy violation

China on Monday lodged strong protests to Japan over violations of the one-China policy related to Tokyo’s anniversary commemoration of its devastating earthquake.                                                                                                                                                        http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-03/12/content_16299877.htm

1 MARCH 2013

US sailors jailed in Okinawa rape trial

Two American sailors have been jailed for the rape of a Japanese woman in a case that has led to fury over US military in Japan.       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/201331112859759495.html

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Tokyo and Washington allied against North Korea, but diplomatic with Beijing

In the interview at the White House, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe and Barak Obama confirm the economic and political alliance between the two countries. Japan is the most important partner for the U.S. in Asia. Obama’s silence on disputed islands between Japan and China. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-and-Washington-allied-against-North-Korea,-but-diplomatic-with-Beijing-27221.html

8 FEBRUARY 2013

7 reasons China and Japan won’t go to war

Even as tensions between Beijing and Tokyo grow by the day, there are good reasons to believe outright conflict can be avoided.                                 http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/08/7-reasons-china-and-japan-wont-go-to-war/

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Russia-Japan dispute over erupts again

Two Russian fighter jets have violated Japanese airspace, prompting Tokyo to scramble its own aircraft, reports say.                                                           http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/07/russia-japan-dispute-over-islands-erupts-again/                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21364559                                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/japanese-pm-pledges-to-solve-territorial-dispute-with-russia/1598834.html

6 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan plans increased defence spending to deter neighbours

One of Japan’s political priorities under its new government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be to boost the capability of its Self-Defence Forces (SDF).                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.worldreview.info/content/japan-plans-increased-defence-spending-deter-neighbours

2 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan PM Vows to Protect Disputed Islands from China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to defend disputed islands from incursions by China, after a series of confrontations at sea. http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-pm-vows-to-protect-disputed-islands-from-china/1595783.html  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1251817/1/.html                                                                    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Disputed-Senkaku-/-Diaoyu-islands-to-be-defended-“at-any-cost”-says-Japanese-27034.html

2 FEBRUARY 2013

Japanese Premier Won’t Take Step in Relocating U.S. Base Before Meeting Obama

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said Saturday that he would not immediately ask the Okinawan authorities for approval to begin constructing a long-stalled American air base, casting doubt on his government’s hopes to show progress in a troubled base-relocation plan ahead of his planned trip to Washington later this month.                                                      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/world/asia/japanese-premier-holds-back-on-us-base-relocation.html?ref=asia

30 OCTOBER 2013

JCG to create 600-strong Senkaku unit

To beef up security around the Senkaku Islands, the Japan Coast Guard will create a 600-member unit exclusively engaged in front-line missions in waters around the islands, where spotting Chinese vessels has become a daily operation, according to sources. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130129004614.htm

25 JANUARY 2013

Japan pivots south, with eye on China

After decades of self-imposed pacifism, Japan is beginning to carve out a new role in regional maritime affairs. Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched a charm offensive across the Pacific, with Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam among the countries Tokyo is bidding to align against China’s rising  assertiveness                                                                                                                                                              http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/OA26Dh01.html

Japan Envoy Meets Chinese Communist Party Chief Over Island Dispute

A special envoy from Japan met China’s Communist Party chief, Xi Jinping, Friday and expressed the hope that the territorial tensions between the two countries over a group of islands in the East China Sea could be resolved.  http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/427929/20130125/senkaku-diaoyu-island-east-china-sea-japan-shinzo-abe-xi-jinping-natsuo-yamaguchi-new-komeito-beijin.htm                                                                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201312515545263204.html

24 JANUARY 2313

Asia’s other island spat…between Japan and Russia

As tensions mount in the East and South China Seas, a dispute over islands between Tokyo and Moscow has also been left unresolved.                         http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/24/history-aside-a-russian-japan-rapprochement/

19 JANUARY 2013

U.S. links Abe-Obama meet to progress on major issues

The United States has pressed Japan to achieve results concerning key bilateral issues before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Washington, effectively setting hurdles for Tokyo, which wants enhanced ties with its main ally, diplomatic sources said. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130119a3.html

18 JANUARY 2013

Clinton assures Japan on islands, invites Abe to U.S. in February

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Japan on Friday of U.S. support in Tokyo’s dispute with Beijing over a string of islands and invited new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Washington in late February for a meeting with President Barack Obama. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/18/us-japan-usa-idUSBRE90H1AX20130118

Abe Steps into Southeast Asia’s Spotlight: Japan Reengages ASEAN

Japan’s new prime minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Southeast Asia from January 16-18 for his first overseas trip with stops in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. Abe initially hoped to make the United States his first visit abroad, but Southeast Asia is a notable second choice. http://cogitasia.com/abe-steps-into-southeast-asia%E2%80%99s-spotlight-japan-reengages-asean/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_206487307

11 JANUARY 2013

New Japan PM: China’s island dispute moves ‘wrong’

Reaffirming his hawkish stance on China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that Japan will not negotiate with Beijing over a contested cluster of uninhabited islands and that China was “wrong” for allowing violent protests over the territorial dispute. http://asiancorrespondent.com/95259/new-japan-pm-chinas-island-dispute-moves-wrong/

1 JANUARY 2013

Tokyo eyeing purchase of US spy drones

The Japanese government has embarked on a plan to acquire the Global Hawk–a high-altitude, long-distance unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft–from the United States to enhance the ability of Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to collect information, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=40822&sec=1

31 DECEMBER 2012

Chinese fishing boat ‘detained in Japan’

Japan’s coastguard has detained a Chinese fishing boat within Japanese waters, China’s Xinhua news agency said, citing the Chinese consulate general in Fukuoka, a city in southwestern Japan.                                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121231443436671.html                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20873208

Three China ships in waters around disputed islands: Japan

Three Chinese government ships on Monday 31 entered territorial waters around East China Sea islands at the centre of a dispute with Tokyo, Japan’s coastguard said.                                                                               http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1245302/1/.html

21 DECEMBER 2012

Bill confirms U.S. backing on Senkakus / ‘Security treaty applies to isles’ in Okinawa

The U.S. Congress has approved a defense policy bill for fiscal 2013, which reconfirms the Senkaku Islands are subject to Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. security treaty obliging the United States to defend Japan in case of hostilities.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121222003037.htm

13 DECEMBER 2012

Japan accuses China of airspace violation in island row

Japan has lodged a formal protest with China after a Chinese plane reportedly flew close to islands claimed by both countries. http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/13/japan-accuses-china-of-airspace-violation-in-islands-row/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20707760
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/13/world/asia/japan-china-disputed-islands/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

9 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan turns to US amid fears over China

Japan’s defence minister has called for revision of the guidelines that govern its military co-operation with the US, amid concern in the region over China’s increasingly assertive maritime policies and rapidly growing naval power.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ddae432-2a62-11e2-a137-00144feabdc0.html?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_184578755#axzz2B9u2L8sh

3 NOVEMBER 2012

The Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute: can China and Japan trust one another?

China and Japan’s dispute over sovereignty of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands is getting more and more complicated. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/03/the-senkakudiaoyu-dispute-can-china-and-japan-trust-one-another/

2 NOVEMBER 2012

Understanding the complexity of Okinawa

For decades, the US military presence in Okinawa has been in the background of the US–Japan alliance, but this month the island received national and international attention.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/02/understanding-the-complexity-of-okinawa/

30 OCTOBER 2012

Japan to boost maritime defence

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has warned China and South Korea that his government intends to strengthen Japan’s defences in its surrounding seas, indicating it will not back down in its territorial disputes with both countries
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=38260&sec=1

29 OCTOBER 2012

The real reason China-Japan are locked in a territory dispute

As China and Japan spar over control of a group of tiny islets in the sea between them, the deeper issue is really the question of which of Asia’s two biggest economies will gain control first of the valuable oil and natural gas located there. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/1029/The-real-reason-China-Japan-are-locked-in-a-territory-dispute

24 OCTOBER 2012

From Kuriles with love

The geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region is getting set for a significant makeover, with Russia and Japan embarking on a fresh dialogue at the diplomatic and political level. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is scheduled to visit Russia in December and preparatory working-level consultations were held in Tokyo this past weekend between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and his Japanese counterpart Akitaka Saiki.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/NJ25Dh01.html

23 OCTOBER 2012

South Korean MPs trigger Japan protest with island visit

A group of South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday 23 visited an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan — prompting an immediate protest from Tokyo
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1232999/1/.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

Japan and China: warm trade ties temper political tensions

Japan and China have long used economics to sustain an otherwise difficult relationship. There are a number of reasons to expect that they will continue to do so for many years to come http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/22/japan-and-china-warm-trade-ties-temper-political-tensions/#more-29587

17 OCTOBER 2012

Tokyo’s Missing Muscle

Recent rhetoric concerning the East China Sea and the Senkaku Islands, which the Chinese call the Diaoyu Islands, makes it appear that the Japanese government is taking a tougher approach on foreign policy and military affairs. Its decision to purchase the disputed islands in September triggered outrage from China and spawned observations that Japan is veering toward the right
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138194/takashi-yokota-and-kirk-spitzer/tokyos-missing-muscle

16 OCTOBER 2012

Japan, U.S. may conduct joint drill to retake remote island

The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering holding a joint military exercise on an uninhabited island in Okinawa Prefecture in November. The exercise would simulate the coordination of forces to recover an island occupied by an enemy, according to sources close to the Japanese government. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121015001953.htm

13 OCTOBER 2012

Japan, China embark on ‘propaganda war’ / Government changes tactics on Senkaku Islands, begins appeals to international communit
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121012003485.htm

10 OCTOBER 2012

China officials to skip IMF meetings in Japan

China’s central bank governor and finance minister have withdrawn from upcoming International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings being held in Japan.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012101073632603923.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19893398

4 OCTOBER 2012

Diaoyu/Senkaku, risk now of a « disastrous » economic war

Ongoing military provocations on both sides keep the level of tension high. And the big companies of the Chinese economy decide to boycott the summit convened in Tokyo by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Lagarde urges both to return to dialogue: « The world situation is shaky, we cannot afford a confrontation between the two major Asian economies. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Diaoyu/Senkaku,-risk-now-of-a-disastrous-economic-war-25996.html

3 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese ships enter disputed waters: Japan

Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for the second straight day Wednesday, Japanese coastguards sai
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121003-375346.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2012

China accuses Japan of stealing islands

China has taken a bitter territorial dispute with Japan to the UN General Assembly, with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi accusing Tokyo of stealing disputed islands.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129283645792866.html

Japan vows no compromise on islands row

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has insisted that there could be no compromise with China on the ownership of a disputed island chain and denounced attacks on Japanese interests. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120927004054.htm
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201292722139105715.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan tries to turn back Taiwanese vessels

Japanese coast guard vessels have tried to turn away dozens of Taiwanese fishing boats near a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea after firing water cannons at them
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/25/japan-and-taiwan-tangle-over-islands/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19709355

23 SEPTEMBER 2012

China postpones ceremony to mark 40 years of Japan ties

China has postponed a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of its diplomatic relationship with Japan, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, amid high tensions between the two countries over a territorial disput
http://www.france24.com/en/20120923-china-postpones-ceremony-marking-diplomatic-ties-with-japan-amid-territorial-dispute

20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Dangerous Rocks: Can both sides back off peacefully?

The territorial dispute between Japan and China over the rocky outcrops, known as the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyu in China, has escalated beyond expectations as both governments have upped the ante and domestic politics constrains room for maneuver.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/20/opinion/china-japan-dispute-kingston/index.html?hpt=ias_r1

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands

A interesting Taiwanese point of view based on historic texts
http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/the-inconvenient-truth-behind-the-diaoyusenkaku-islands/

18 SEPTEMBER 2012

Beijing faces protests dilemma

Large anti-Japanese street protests took place in dozens of Chinese cities over the weekend after Tokyo’s purchase of the disputed Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands in Japan) from their private Japanese owners in order to nationalize them. Japanese media described these as the largest scale anti-Japanese demonstrations since the two countries normalized their relations four decades ago http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NI19Ad02.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

Panasonic, Canon shutter China factories amid violent anti-Japan protests

Major electronics firms Panasonic and Canon have temporarily suspended production at factories in China after a territorial dispute over a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea triggered violent anti-Japanese protest
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/17/13908056-panasonic-canon-shutter-china-factories-amid-violent-anti-japan-protests?lite#__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1347809914.1347900312.161&__utmb=238145375.2.10.1347900312&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1343667468.113.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=88745560

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

Anti-Japan protests hit China cities amid island row

Angry protesters have staged sometimes violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in cities across China, amid escalating tensions over disputed islands in the East China S
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19609945 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49044938/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Defying Japan, China sends ships to disputed islands

Six Chinese ships entered waters surrounding a disputed island chain claimed by both China and Japan on Friday amid deteriorating relations between the two regional powers, prompting Japan to summon its Chinese ambassador in protes
http://www.france24.com/en/20120914-china-defies-japan-sending-ships-disputed-islands-diaoyu-senkaku http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201291445921803663.html http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49027621/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

12 SEPTEMBER 2012

History proves Diaoyu islands are China’s territory

A Chinese point of view
http://gbtimes.com/news/history-proves-diaoyu-islands-are-chinas-territory

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan’s Future Depends on China: This is the Real Danger in the Territorial Dispute

As fractious and potentially incendiary at the Japan-China territorial tempest has become–and it has become horrendously fractious and potentially incendiary, and will certainly get worse before getting better–it is not without a very important, even vital, silver lining
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stephenharner/2012/09/11/japans-future-depends-on-china-this-is-the-real-danger-in-the-territorial-dispute/

Japan buys islands at center of row with China

The Japanese government has bought three uninhabitated islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with China, officials said on Tuesday, furthering heightening tensions between Asia’s two economic giants http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/11/japan-buys-islands-at-centre-of-row-with-china/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-09/11/content_15748704.htm http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-sends-patrol-ships-to-Diaoyu/Senkaku-25786.html

9 SEPTEMBER 202

Thousands protest in Japan against Osprey aircraft

The protesters — as many as 100,000, according to organizers — gathered at a seaside park on Okinawa to demand that the plan to deploy 12 MV-22 Osprey aircraft on the island be scrapped, saying they are unsafe http://asiancorrespondent.com/88983/thousands-protest-in-japan-against-osprey-aircraft/

5 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japanese government agrees terms to buy Diaoyu Islands

Japan has reached an agreement to buy the Diaoyu Islands from the family which claims ownership of them, according to Japanese media on Wednesda
http://gbtimes.com/news/japanese-government-agrees-terms-buy-diaoyu-islands http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9523416/China-reacts-angrily-to-Japanese-plan-to-buy-disputed-islands.html http://www.france24.com/en/20120905-japan-government-agrees-buy-disputed-islands-senkaku-diaoyu-china

30 AUGUST 2012

What’s behind the China – Japan island dispute?

The dispute over the Senkaku Islands, five islets and three rocky outcroppings, revolves around who got there first. China calls them the Diaoyu Islands and dates its authority there to the 14th century. Japan annexed them in 1895 after finding them uninhabited. Here’s a basic breakdown of the dispute. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/0830/What-s-behind-the-China-Japan-island-dispute

29 AUGUST 2012

Japan and North Korea begin intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years

Japan and North Korea on Wednesday began intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years to mainly discuss the retrieval of the remains of Japanese nationals who died in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula during the war
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/rss/nn20120830a5.html

27 AUGUST 2012

Japan protests after man seizes flag from ambassador’s car in Beijing

A man ripped a Japanese flag from a car carrying Japan’s ambassador in Beijing on Monday, triggering a protest from Tokyo in the latest flare-up of a territorial row that provoked the worst anti-Japanese protests in years
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/27/13504791-japan-protests-after-man-seizes-flag-from-ambassadors-car-in-beijing?lite http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1222419/1/.html

21 AUGUST 2012

South Korea rejects Japan’s court proposal in island row

South Korea rejected Japan’s formal proposal on Tuesday that the two countries ask the International Court of Justice to settle a long-running island dispute, officials said http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1221296/1/.html

Japan arrests Hong Kong activists in islands row

Japanese police have arrested five Hong Kong activists who landed on disputed islands, reports say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19264633 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1220325/1/.html

11 AUGUST 2012

Japan to take islands row to world court

Japan says it will take a long-running territorial dispute with South Korea to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, after Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, made a surprise visit to a group of disputed islands this week.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/2012811121058944233.html

27 JULY 2012

Japan may send troops to disputed islands

Japan’s defence minister on Friday warned Tokyo could send troops to a chain of East China Sea islands at the centre of a territorial row with China if the simmering dispute escalated http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1216103/1/.html

17 JULY 2012

Japan tests China’s eastern flank

As tensions continue to swirl in the South China Sea, pressure is also building on China’s eastern flank. The recent escalation of a long-standing dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands highlights significant regional and global changes in the balance of power. Waves from the stormy waters between China and Japan are being felt throughout the world.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NG18Ad01.html

11 JULY 2012

Japan summons China’s ambassador over islands dispute

Cheng Yonghua, the Chinese ambassador to Japan, was summoned to the foreign ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday and informed by Kenichiro Sasae, the vice foreign minister, that the violation of Japanese territorial waters is « extremely serious » and « unacceptable. »
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9391842/Japan-summons-Chinas-ambassador-over-islands-dispute.html
http://www.euronews.com/2012/07/11/japan-china-islands-row-overshadows-asean-talks/

8 JULY 2012

Tokyo will fight for Senkakus

Officials of the Tokyo metropolitan government, who have been working to purchase the Senkaku Islands since Gov. Shintaro Ishihara announced the planned move two months ago, were disturbed to hear the national government has suddenly started attempts to buy the islands.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120707002529.htm

26 APRIL 2012

U.S. comes to agreement with Japan to move 9,000 Marines off Okinawa

The U.S. and Japanese governments said Thursday 26 that they will move about 9,000 Marines off Okinawa to other bases in the Western Pacific, in a bid to remove a persistent irritant in the relationship between the two allies http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-comes-to-agreement-with-japan-to-move-9000-marines-off-okinawa/2012/04/26/gIQA1seKkT_story
html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17865198

5 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan, US negotiate defence plan

Japan and the United States are discussing the transfer of U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture out of the country ahead of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, government sources said
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120204003831.htm

27 DECEMBER 2011

Japan set to ease arms export ban

Japan is to ease an arms export ban that has been in place since 1967, the top government spokesman has confirmed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16336548 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1173511/1/.html

19 OCTOBER 2011

Japan’s new PM visits South Korea. Will the visit bring the countries closer?

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, on his first foreign visit to South Korea since assuming his post two months ago, returned ancient royal books stolen during Japanese colonial rule but made no concessions on long-running issues, despite rising concerns about China and North Korea. Japan-s-fresh-claim-to-disputed-islands-reignites-feud-with-South-Korea
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2011/1019/Japan-s-new-PM-visits-South-Korea.-Will-the-visit-bring-the-countries-closer

6 NOVEMBER 2010

Protests in Tokyo follow appearance of video  showing Chinese boat’s collision with coastguard vessels on September 7
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia-pacific/2010/11/201011619519809945.html

Here is one of the videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZbsmKrjxXk

19 OCTOBER 2010

Territorial disputes with Russia

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev’s visit Monday  November 1 to Kunashir, one of the four islands under dispute with Japan,  unnecessarily added to instability in Northeast Asia at a time when stronger  international cooperation is called for in the region, which has growing  economic and security importance.
http://www.koreaherald.com/entertainment/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20101029000865

4 OCTOBER 2010/10/04

Anger simmers over Okinawa base burden

The Japanese island of Okinawa is the reluctant host  of dozens of US military bases – and a row over moving an airfield has sparked  an angry stand-off.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11390281

23 JULY 2010

Aug. deadline for Futenma ‘abandoned’ / Indecision  fed by pressure from Okinawa

The August deadline for a final decision on the  location and construction method of a replacement facility for the U.S. Marine  Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture has been abandoned by the  Japanese and U.S. governments, several sources close to the issue said.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T100722004207.htm
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T100723005957.htm

9 MARCH 2010

Japan confirms secret pact on US  nuclear transit

Japan has confirmed the existence of a  secret Cold War deal allowing the transit of nuclear-armed US vessels through  its ports. The secret deal was sealed in the 1960s between US and Japanese  diplomats, who agreed that the transit of nuclear arms through ports did not  constitute the introduction of weapons into Japan, and so did not require prior  consultation on the US side
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8557346.stm

 

Japan’s home policy and society

15 JUNE 2017

Japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests

Japan has passed a controversial law targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, despite a warning by the UN that it could be used to crack down on civil liberties
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/japan-passes-brutal-new-terror-law-which-opponents-fear-will-quash-freedoms
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201706150014.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170615_10/

9 JUNE 2017

Japanese parliament passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Japan’s parliament passed a law on Friday that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097577/japanese-parliament-passes-law-allowing-emperor-akihito-abdicate
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-06-09/amid-a-shortage-of-royals-japan-enacts-law-for-emperor-akihito-to-abdicate/1677712

2 JUNE 2017

Japan lower house OKs bill allowing emperor to abdicate

Japan’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Friday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down and calls for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-passes-bill-allowing-emperor-akihito-to-abdicate/a-39089855
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2096661/japans-game-thrones-one-emperor-abdication-law-passed-and-calls

19 MAY 2017

Emperor Akihito: Japan’s government approves abdication bill

The Japanese government has approved legislation that will permit Emperor Akihito to abdicate the Chrysanthemum throne, becoming the first emperor to step down in more than two centuries
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/19/japan-cabinet-approves-bill-allow-emperor-akihito-abdicate/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/19/japan-emperor-akihito-abdication-bill-backed-by-cabinet
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/japan-cabinet-approves-bill-allowing-first-abdication-emperor-200-years/#yg9sKmVkFA3o4ZSj.97

3 MAY 2017

Abe declares 2020 as goal for new Constitution

In an unprecedented declaration, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he hopes to see a revised Constitution take effect in 2020, revealing the clearest goal yet of his long-held ambition to amend the national charter, which has remained untouched since its inception seven decades ago
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/03/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-declares-2020-goal-new-constitution/#.WQoEKoVOI2w
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003676123
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/03/content_15607817.html

5 APRIL 2017

The Rise of Women in Japanese Politics

Japanese women are making great strides in Japan’s political arena. Notable milestones include the emergence of a female leader in the Social Democratic Party of Japan (SDPJ)
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/392.html

5 MARCH 2017

New rules give Japan’s Shinzo Abe chance to lead until 2021

Japan’s ruling party on Sunday (March 5) extended term limits for its leaders, a change that gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a shot at becoming Japan’s longest-serving post-war leader
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/new-rules-give-japans-abe-chance-to-lead-until-2021
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/05/national/politics-diplomacy/rule-change-see-abe-become-japans-longest-serving-leader/#.WLxsZoWcHSE
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170305_17/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

Cult Japanese director Seijun Suzuki dies aged 93

 Celebrated Japanese film director Seijun Suzuki, best known for cult 1960s yakuza films Tokyo Drifter and Branded to Kill, has died at the age of 93. Suzuki died on 13 February, with the cause given as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a statement from Nikkatsu film studios
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/22/cult-japanese-director-seijun-suzuki-dies-aged-93

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Jiro Taniguchi, Japanese manga visionary who ‘bridged two worlds of cartoon art’, dies aged 69

Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan’s comic art of manga, died in Tokyo on Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line drawing of scenes from everyday life
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2070169/jiro-taniguchi-japanese-manga-visionary-who-bridged-two-worlds

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Does contemporary Japan need religion?

By Michael Hoffman the author of “In the Land of the Kami: A Journey into the Hearts of Japan” and “Other Worlds.”
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/04/national/media-national/contemporary-japan-need-religion/#.WJjz1eR-sdI

27 JANUARY 2017

Foreign workers in Japan hit 1 million for the first time

The number of foreign workers in Japan surpassed 1 million for the first time last year, as the labour-strapped country struggles to find enough Japanese workers
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/foreign-workers-japan-hit-1-million-first-time
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/27/national/foreign-workers-japan-hit-1-million-mark-first-time-last-autumn-ministry/#.WIvK9YWcE2w

11 JANUARY 2017

Japan’s Emperor Akihito ‘to abdicate on New Year’s Day 2019’

Japan’s emperor will abdicate and allow his eldest son to ascend the chrysanthemum throne on New Year’s Day 2019, media reports said, as the government prepares legal changes for the country’s first abdication for two centuries
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/11/japan-considers-changes-to-law-to-allow-emperor-to-abdicate-reports
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/11/national/era-name-new-emperor-may-announced-ahead-accession-sources/#.WHaKWIWcE2w

22 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s 2016 births likely fell below 1 mln for 1st time

The number of annual births in Japan is set to fall below 1 million this year for the first time since data became available in 1899, reflecting a fast-ageing society and the high cost of childcare, Japanese media reported on Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japans-2016-births-likely-fell-below-1-mln-1st-time

27 OCTOBER 2016

Emperor Hirohito’s younger brother, Prince Mikasa, dead at 100

The uncle of Emperor Akihito has died at age 100. The death of Prince Mikasa leaves only four heirs to Japan’s Chrysanthemum Throne, amid questions about the future of the 2,600-year-old monarchy
http://www.dw.com/en/emperor-hirohitos-younger-brother-prince-mikasa-dead-at-100/a-36167838
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161027_24/

17 OCTOBER 2016

Japan begins discussions on emperor’s abdication

A six-member advisory panel holds its first meeting on Monday (Oct 17) to discuss a critical issue facing the Imperial system: Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate in a few years’ time due to his old age
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37675261
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/17/national/imperial-abdication-committee-holds-first-meeting/#.WAVKUYVOI2w

3 OCTOBER 2016

Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi wins Nobel in medicine for autophagy research

Japanese microbiologist Yoshinori Ohsumi on Monday won the 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on cell autophagy, a process that helps the body remove unwanted proteins
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/10/03/nobel-prize-in-medicine-awarded-to-japans-yoshinori-ohsumi/?postshare=2341475489660323&tid=ss_in
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/10/03/world/japanese-microbiologist-yoshinori-ohsumi-wins-nobel-prize-in-medicine-for-autophagy-research/#.V_LLlYVOI2w
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2016-10/03/content_15505130.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

Weak opposition is a cancer in Japan’s political system

For close to 40 years after 1955, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) dominated Japan’s competitive party system. Opposition parties were not able to mount a successful challenge to LDP rule at the national level, but they had an important impact on policy and the political process. Japan had one dominant party but not a one-party system
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/18/weak-opposition-is-a-cancer-in-japans-political-system/

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

Half-Taiwanese Renho becomes first woman to lead Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party

 Japan’s Democratic Party selected acting leader Renho as its new leader Thursday, making the 48-year-old the first woman to head the nation’s main opposition party
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2019655/half-taiwanese-renho-becomes-first-woman-lead-japans-main
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160915_25/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/15/japanese-opposition-party-elects-first-female-leader

8  AUGUST 2016

In a moving video message, Japanese Emperor signals wish to abdicate in near future

In an unprecedented prerecorded video message aired Monday, Emperor Akihito expressed concern about how his advanced age is affecting the performance of his public duties. The speech was widely interpreted as conveying his wish to abdicate in the near future
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/08/japans-emperor-akihito-health-abdication-rare-tv-address
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160808_29/

31 JULY 2016

Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first woman governor

Former environment minister Yuriko Koike of the Liberal Democratic Party was elected the capital’s first female governor on Sunday by a wide margin
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tokyo-elects-yuriko-koike/3001534.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/31/national/politics-diplomacy/tokyo-elects-former-environment-minister-yuriko-koike-as-citys-first-female-governor/#.V55bO49OI2w
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160801_03/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1997374/yuriko-koike-promises-deliver-tokyo-you-have-never-seen-after

24 JULY 2016

Can Abe revise Japan’s peace constitution?

 Since the 10 July upper house election in Japan there has been widespread speculation that the government will move to formally revise the country’s constitution including the Article 9 ‘peace clause’. This now appears possible since the Abe-led Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), along with its junior coalition partner Komeito and sympathetic micro-sized right-leaning opposition parties, controls the two-thirds majorities in both houses needed to take constitutional amendments to a referendum
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/24/can-abe-revise-japans-peace-constitution/

13 JULY 2016

Japan’s Emperor Akihito plans to step down, according to report

The Japanese Emperor Akihito, who has spent much of his time on the throne trying to heal the wounds of the second world war, intends to abdicate in a few years’ time, public broadcaster NHK has reported, a step that would be unprecedented in modern Japan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/13/japans-emperor-akihito-plans-step-down-reports
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160713_34/

10 JULY 2016

Ruling bloc scores big in Japanese Upper House, bringing Constitution closer to amendment bid

The Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition scored a sweeping victory in the Upper House election Sunday that gave the Diet’s pro-revision forces the two-thirds majority needed to initiate Japan’s first constitutional referendum, early media projections showed
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003069791
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/11/national/politics-diplomacy/ruling-bloc-wins-big-in-upper-house/#.V4K83Y9OLNN

19 JUNE 2016

Thousands protest US military presence on Okinawa

Thousands of demonstrators have rallied on the Japanese island of Okinawa against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for décades
http://www.dw.com/en/thousands-protest-us-military-presence-on-okinawa/a-19340871
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-19/okinawa-protesters-rally-against-us-military-presence-on-japanese-island/1591664
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20160619210321173/

15 JUNE 2016

Tokyo governor resigns amid allegations of lavish personal spending

The reports say Governor Yoichi Masuzoe submitted the resignation Wednesday morning. The resignation is said to take effect on June 21
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/06/tokyo-governor-resigns-amid-graft-allegations/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160615_40/

7 JUNE 2016

Japan and its immigration policies are growing old

Japan is experiencing a serious demographic crunch. About 27 per cent of the Japanese population is over the age of 65 and there are 1.4 million fewer people today than there were in 2007
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/06/07/japan-and-its-immigration-policies-are-growing-old/

26 APRIL 2016

Japan eyes more foreign workers, stealthily challenging immigration taboo

Desperately seeking an antidote to a rapidly aging population, Japanese policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it an « immigration Policy »
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-eyes-more-foreign-workers-stealthily-challenging-immigration-taboo#sthash.KfGRsKus.dpuf

19 APRIL 2016

Japan plans final push to bring home its war dead

From the icy wastes of Siberia to the jungle-clad interior of the Solomon Islands, and from the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean to the border of India and modern-day Myanmar, more than 2.4 million Japanese who were killed during World War II remain unaccounted for
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-plans-final-push-to-bring-home-its-war-dead/a-19197835

28 MARCH 2016

Largest opposition party formed in Japan

The largest Japanese opposition party since the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration formed in late 2012 was established here on Sunday, eyeing confrontation with the Abe-led ruling bloc in the summer’s upper house election.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-03/27/content_15406848.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/new-opposition-party-launched-in-japan

4 MARCH 2016

Japan to suspend construction for US base relocation in Okinawa

Japan’s government will accept a court-mediated settlement plan and suspend construction work for the planned relocation of a US airbase in Okinawa and will begin a new round of talks with local authorities who want the base moved off the island
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-suspend-construction-us-base-relocation-okinawa
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160304_29/

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan’s population shrinks for the first time on census record

Japan’s population declined in 2015 for the first time since the national census began in 1920, but Tokyo is still growing, according to preliminary figures released by the internal affairs ministry on Feb. 26.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201602260079
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35666274

24 FEBRUARY 2016

DPJ, Japan Innovation Party to merge ahead of Upper House election

The Democratic Party of Japan and the Japan Innovation Party have agreed to merge in the latest–and boldest–move by the opposition camp to battle the ruling coalition in the Upper House election.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201602240068
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002769609
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/24/national/politics-diplomacy/dpj-endorses-merger-ishin-no-new-party-form-next-month/#.Vs4zGDjMvIV

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Reforming Japan’s labour market

Japan’s labour market situation is improving. The unemployment rate of 3.1 per cent in October 2015 was the lowest for 20 years. And, although improvement has been slow, wage growth has een accelerating. But Japan’s labour market still faces several serious issues.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/02/reforming-japans-labour-market/

31 JANUARY 2016

Labor shortage fuels record influx of foreign workers in Japan

Japan’s labor shortage has led to companies recruiting a record number of foreign workers, with 908,000 in the nation at the end of October 2015, labor ministry figures revealed Jan. 29
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201601300036

28 JANUARY 2016

Japan’s embattled economy minister Amari resigns over graft claims

Embattled economic minister Akira Amari on Thursday resigned over a graft scandal involving the misappropriation of funds within his office, dealing a hard blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/28/national/politics-diplomacy/amari-offers-step-economy-minister-graft-claims/#.VqqTvjjMvIV
http://www.dw.com/en/japanese-economy-minister-amari-quits-over-graft-claim/a-19009290

20 JANUARY 2016

The Battle for Okinawa

The Forgotten Island Has Its Say
https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/japan/2016-01-20/battle-okinawa?cid=nlc-twofa-20160121&sp_mid=50517250&sp_rid=Z29sZGZpZW1AZ21haWwuY29tS0&spMailingID=50517250&spUserID=MTA2MTUwMDgyNjY1S0&spJobID=842818660&spReportId=ODQyODE4NjYwS0

10 DECEMBER 2015

Japanese scientists receive Nobel prizes

Two Japanese scientists, Takaaki Kajita and Satoshi Omura, have received Nobel Prizes. Kajita, a winner in physics, and Omura, a laureate in physiology or medicine, attended the award ceremony in Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, on Thursday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151211_03.html

Japan needs immigrants to boost population or could lose to China – minister

Japan should craft an « integrated » immigration policy to cope with its shrinking population, or risk losing out to an ageing China in competition for vital foreign workers, the cabinet minister for administrative reform said on Thursday (December 10)http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/547517/news/pinoyabroad/japan-needs-immigrants-to-boost-population-or-could-lose-to-china-minister

 

30 NOVEMBER 2015

Manga fans around the world are mourning the death of famed Japanese artist Shigeru Mizuki

Known for having popularised horror manga globally, Mr Mizuki was best known for his series Gegege no Kitaro, about a young boy fighting monsters based on Japanese folklore. It was also made into an animated series that ran for several years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34971607http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/culturesports/20151201.htmlhttp://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/12/01/national/paris-seoul-death-manga-artist-mizuki-mourned/#.Vl4gyjgQVjo

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Setsuko Hara, star of Ozu’s ‘Tokyo Story,’ dies at age 95

Screen legend Setsuko Hara, who starred in several films by internationally acclaimed director Yasujiro Ozu before stunning the Japanese movie world by retiring at age 42, has died of pneumonia. She was 95
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201511260037

31 OCTOBER 2015

Hashimoto’s new national party inaugurated with 18 Diet members

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto’s new national party held its inaugural ceremony here on Oct. 31 with 18 Diet members from the embattled Japan Innovation Party
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201510310038

29 OCTOBER 2015

Japanese government. restarts landfill work in Okinawa

The Okinawan bureau of Japan’s Defense Ministry has restarted work to reclaim land for a new US military base in the prefecture, despite strong opposition from the governor and residents
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151029_35.html

7 OCTOBER 2015

Abe Cabinet gets 9 first-time members; main ministers retained

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed nine lawmakers to their first posts as Cabinet ministers in a reshuffle on Oct. 7 but retained most of the key figures of his administration
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201510070043

6 OCTOBER 2015

Takaaki Kajita wins 2015 Nobel physics prize for breakthrough in neutrino research

Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics on Oct. 6 for the discovery of oscillations in atmospheric neutrinos, which indicate that the elusive subatomic particles have mass
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201510060089
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002474816
http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=2565

17 SEPTEMBER 2015

Scuffles as Japan security bill approved by committee

A controversial bill to expand the role of Japan’s armed forces has cleared another hurdle in parliament, but sparked scuffles among lawmakers
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34275968
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002430527
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201509170046

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japanese goverment resumes work on controversial U.S. base in Okinawa

The Japanese government on Saturday resumed work on a controversial new U.S. military base in southern Okinawa following a month-long suspension, officials said, even as talks with local officials opposed to the project remained deadlocked
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-resumes-work-on-controversial-u-s-base-in-okinawa

8 SEPTEMBER 2015

Abe re-elected unopposed as LDP president

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a rare second consecutive term on Tuesday as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), pledging to retain focus on reviving the world’s third-biggest economy and deepen debate on revising its pacifist constitution
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-re-elected-unopposed-as-ldp-president

30 AUGUST 2015

Japanese protesters rally against controversial security bills that could see troops fighting abroad

Tens of thousands have rallied outside Japan’s parliament to protest against planned new laws that could see troops in the officially pacifist nation engage in combat for the first time since World War II
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-30/japanese-protesters-rally-against-controversial-security-bills-that-could-see-troops-fighting-abroad/1487272
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201508300022

15 AUGUST 2015

Reflecting strong belief in peace, emperor refers to ‘deep remorse’ over war

Emperor Akihito broke new ground in his address to the memorial service for the war dead held Aug. 15 at Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201508150055
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/world/asia/emperor-akihito-expresses-deep-remorse-for-japans-role-in-world-war-ii.html?ref=asia&_r=0

14 AUGUST 2015

Japan PM expresses Second World War remorse, but says next generation need not apologise

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, expressed « profound grief » on Friday for the « immeasurable damage and suffering » the nation’s military caused before and during the Second World War, but emphasised that future generations should not have to keep saying sorry
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11802967/Japan-PM-expresses-Second-World-War-remorse-but-says-next-generation-need-not-apologise.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/14/asia/japan-wwii-abe-apology/index.html
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/97_abe/statement/201508/0814statement.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Most Japanese believe US should apologize for atomic bombings

The majority of Japanese (61%) believe the United States should apologize for the atomic bomb attacks it carried out on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while 74% of respondents said that the attacks could not be justified by the war because the civilian death toll they inflicted was disproportionate
http://atimes.com/2015/08/most-japanese-believe-us-should-apologize-for-atomic-bombings/

6 AUGUST 2015

Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb

Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park has seen the entire Japanese political class and friends from abroad turn out for a memorial service for the city, one of only two to ever suffer an atomic Attack.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33792789
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/prayers-held-hiroshima-marks-70-years-bomb-150806055100557.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/06/hiroshima-holds-70th-memorial-of-atomic-tragedy/

20 JULY 2015

Mitsubishi apologizes to WWII Japanese prisoners of war

As Japan prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, one of its largest corporations has given a long-awaited apology for wartime atrocities.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/19/asia/mitsubishi-japan-pow-apology/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-20/mitsubishi-apologises-for-using-us-prisoners-of-war-as-slave-labourers-during-world-war-ii/1471862

23 JUNE 2015

Japan PM Shinzo Abe jeered at Battle of Okinawa ceremony

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the U.S. military’s continuing presence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33229432
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/06/23/national/history/japan-marks-70th-anniversary-since-guns-fell-silent-battle-okinawa/#.VYnNLO_ALmR
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-heckled-at-ceremony-in-okinawa-on-70th-anniversary-of-battle

17 JUNE 2015

Japan lowers voting age to 18

Japan passed legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from its current 20 on Wednesday, allowing teenagers into polling booths for the first time
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/595408/japan-lowers-voting-age-to-18
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150617_18.html

24 MAY 2015

 Most Japanese wary of security reform

Most Japanese neither support the passage of new defense legislation this Diet session nor feel that the government has adequately explained the proposed changes, a weekend poll by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo shows.
http://asia.nikkei.com/Japan-Update/Most-Japanese-wary-of-security-reform

17 MAY 2015

Thousands protest against US airbase in Japan’s Okinawa

Thousands of people have protested in Okinawa against a controversial US marine airbase in the southern Japanese island, as a two-decade-long row over the relocation of the site deepens.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/thousands-protest-airbase-japan-okinawa-150517075100117.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/17/national/politics-diplomacy/thousands-protest-u-s-futenma-base-in-okinawa/#.VVj5VO_GMcD

30 APRIL 2015

Why US military bases divide Okinawa and mainland Japan

For the past 70 years, the bases have helped deter external attacks on Japan, including on Okinawa. But with over 25,000 US military personnel in Okinawa, and about 18 per cent of its land area being used by the US military, the presence of the bases endangers the lives and properties of the local people
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/04/30/why-us-military-bases-divide-okinawa-and-mainland-japan/

23 APRIL 2015

Japan ministers go to Yasukuni hours after China talks

Just hours after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for his first substantial talks with China’s Xi Jinping, two of his cabinet ministers Thursday visited the war shrine that Beijing sees as a symbol of Tokyo’s violent past
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-ministers-go-yasukuni-hours-after-china-talks

21 APRIL 2015

Japanese maglev train sets new world speed record, hits 603kph in test run

Bullet train tops 603kph, with officials confident new technology is likely to shape a new global generation of trains
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/japan-breaks-train-speed-record-maglev-train-150421085448739.html

12 APRIL 2015

Japan’s ruling camp wins local polls in ‘Abenomics’ litmus test

Candidates backed by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and junior coalition partner Komeito were elected in all of the 10 gubernatorial polls held on Sunday across the nation, according to public broadcaster NHK and other reports
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-ruling-camp-wins/1780158.html

9 APRIL 2015

Emperor, empress mourn war dead on Palau’s Peleliu isle

The Emperor and Empress offered flowers at a monument for the war dead on Palau’s Peleliu Island during their commemorative visit to the Pacific island nation 70 years after World War II
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002069464
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2015/04/09/433207/Japan-emperor.htm

24 MARCH 2015

51% support revision of Japan’s Constitution

A nationwide mail-back survey conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun found 51 per cent of respondents support revising the Constitution and 46 per cent oppose revising it
http://www.asianewsnet.net/51-support-revision-of-Japans-Constitution-73203.html

23 MARCH 2015

Okinawa governor orders halt to work related to U.S. base relocation

The governor of Okinawa on Monday ordered a Defense Ministry branch to suspend all work in the area where a key U.S. military air base is to be relocated, in a growing confrontation between the island and the central government
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/okinawa-governor-orders-halt-to-work-related-to-u-s-base-relocation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/505591/japan-okinawa-orders-halt-to-us-military-base-work

24 February 2015

Japanese media self-censorship grows in PM Abe’s reign

Worries are growing in Japan about a trend of media self-censorship as journalists and experts say news organisations are toning down criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government for fear of sparking ire and losing access to sources
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-media-self-censorship-grows-pm-abes-reign

23 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan prince urges ‘correct’ history told

Japan’s crown prince has warned of the need to remember World War II « correctly », in a rare foray into an ideological debate as nationalist politicians seek to downplay the country’s historic crimes.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/481622/japan-prince-urges-correct-history-told

31 JANUARY 2015

Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist

An online video released on Jan. 31 purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201502010012
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Islamic-State-claims-it-has-beheaded-Japanese-hostage-Kenji-Goto/articleshow/46082253.cms

20 JANUARY 2015

Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe demands that Isis release hostages

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe demands the immediate release of two Japanese men taken hostage by Islamic State (Isis). Speaking following the release of a video demanding a $200m ransom he says: ‘It is an unacceptable act to threaten us in exchange for human lives’
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/jan/20/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-isis-release-hostages-video
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/is-threatens-to-kill/1604252.html

3 DECEMBER 2015

Japan’s natural population decline hits record 268,000 in 2014

Japan’s natural population decline – the number by which deaths exceed births – came to an estimated 268,000 in 2014, the largest drop on record, according to data compiled by the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japans-natural-population-decline-hits-record-2680-69906.html

24 DECEMBER 2014

Abe reelected PM, forms 3rd Cabinet

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his third Cabinet on Wednesday night after he was reelected as the nation’s 97th prime minister in votes held in both chambers of the Diet earlier in the day. Abe retained all ministers except for Defence Minister Akinori Eto, who is embroiled in a political funds scandal. Eto was replaced by Gen Nakatani, former director general of the Defence Agency, the predecessor of the Defence Ministry
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Abe-reelected-PM-forms-3rd-Cabinet-69492.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001814249

15 DECEMBER 2014

Unseated Japanese opposition leader Kaieda steps down

Banri Kaieda, who led the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) to its third consecutive thrashing at the polls, was among the casualties on a dreary night for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s main opponents.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/12/16/2003606845

14 DECEMBER 2014

Japanese PM Abe comfortably re-elected in low-turnout polls

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election Sunday in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but a record low voter turn-out threatened to cloud any mandate.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141214_35.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201412150006
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/dec/14/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-wins-election-video
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001790628

10 DECEMBER 2014

Japan secrecy law takes effect amid protests

Organizations representing journalists, legal experts and the entertainment industry issued statements calling for the abolishment of the state secrets protection law that they say will trample on the people’s right to know.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201412100049
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/12/japan-state-secrets-law-protests-2014129231715292756.html

3 DECEMBER 2014

Japan launches asteroid-hunting spacecraft

Japan’s space agency has launched an ambitious space mission which aims to mine an asteroid and hunt for clues about the birth of the solar system.
http://www.theguardian.com/science/video/2014/dec/03/japan-probe-hayabusa-2-asteroid-landing-science-video
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/03/world/asia/japan-rocket-launch/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2 DECEMBER 2014

Japan PM defends « Abenomics » after Moody’s downgrade

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, gearing up for the Dec. 14 lower house election, defended his economic policy on Tuesday after Moody’s Investors Service cut Japan’s debt rating, saying foreigners’ confidence in »Abenomics » remains solid
http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/japan-pm-defends-abenomics-after-moodys-downgrade

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Japan PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament for election

Mr Abe is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an unpopular increase in sales tax.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30140593
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/21/national/politics-diplomacy/lower-house-dissolved-general-election/#.VG_FX73LTVI

18 NOVEMBER 2014

Japan PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election in December

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called an early election, two years ahead of schedule.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30092633
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30093827
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-calls-election-for-dec-14-delays-sales-tax-hike

16 NOVEMBER 2014

Okinawa elects anti-U.S. base governor, in rebuke to Abe

Opponents of a new U.S. Marine Corps base in Okinawa delivered a fresh rebuke to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as former Naha Mayor Takeshi Onaga won the prefecture’s gubernatorial contest Sunday night in an election closely followed by Tokyo and Washington.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/16/national/politics-diplomacy/okinawa-elects-anti-u-s-base-governor-rebuke-abe/#.VGkgMr3LTmQ
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30074445

9 NOVEMBER 2014

What’s the score on Japan’s Abenomics

The December 2012 election gave Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party control of both houses of the Diet as the electorate sought positive, decisive, energetic leadership out of the malaise of the past two decades. Shinzo Abe offered himself as that leader, with Abenomics as his program
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/11/09/whats-the-score-on-japans-abenomics/#more-44150

1 NOVEMBER 2014

Can Japan’s feed-in tariff continue to promote growth in renewable energy?

The effects of Japan’s feed-in tariff (FIT) for renewable energy have been impressive. Since 2011, Japan has seen a massive expansion of solar photovoltaics (PV). The size of the domestic market increased from 1GW in 2010 to almost 7GW in 2013. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/11/01/can-japans-feed-in-tariff-continue-to-promote-growth-in-renewable-energy/

22 OCTOBER 2014

Why ‘womenomics’ is the way forward for Japan

‘Womenomics’ is a key pillar of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic growth strategy. In 2013, just 64 per cent of Japanese women aged 15–64 were participating in the labour force Abe has set a target to increase the ratio of female managers to over 30 per cent by 2020. In response, several large firms have set similar numerical targets.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/10/22/why-womenomics-is-the-way-forward-for-japan/#more-43917

20 OCTOBER 2014

In Japan, two female ministers quit, dealing a blow to Abe and ‘womenomics’

Two female Japanese cabinet ministers, appointed last month as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to let women “shine,” resigned their posts Monday amid allegations of financial impropriety.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-japan-two-female-ministers-quit-dealing-a-blow-to-abe-and-womenomics/2014/10/20/61ae5904-5881-11e4-bd61-346aee66ba29_story.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/oct/20/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-apologises-ministers-resign-video

7 OCTOBER 2014

Japanese trio win Nobel Prize in physics for blue LEDs

Three Japan-born scientists — Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura — won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes — a new energy-efficient and environmentally friendly light source.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/07/national/three-japanese-win-nobel-prize-physics/#.VDPkDL1OLTY
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29518521
http://news.asiaone.com/news/world/nobel-prize-physics-goes-inventors-low-energy-led-light

5 OCTOBER 2014

Princess Noriko marries son of Izumo Taisha priest, relinquishes royal status

Princess Noriko on Sunday married the eldest son of the head priest of the Izumo Taisha grand shrine in Shimane Prefecture, thereby relinquishing her Imperial status.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/05/national/princess-noriko-marries-son-of-izumo-taisha-priest-relinquishes-royal-status/#.VDG7r71OLTY

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan’s Shinzo Abe appoints pro-China MPs in bid to mend fences with Beijing

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has signalled a rare attempt to mend fences with China when he appointed two MPs considered friendly towards Beijing to two senior posts in his governing Liberal Democratic party (LDP).
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/03/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-five-women-cabinet

27 AUGUST 2014

Abe sent message to ceremony honoring war criminals

A message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was read out at a ceremony in April memorializing Japanese war criminals, who had, he wrote, “dedicated their souls to become the foundation of our homeland,” an organizer of the event has said.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/27/national/abe-sent-message-ceremony-honoring-war-criminals/#.U_497r1OLmI

15 AUGUST 2014

Japanese politicians visit controversial war shrine

More than 80 politicians — including three cabinet ministers — went to the leafy Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stayed away, after a visit in December drew an angry reaction from Japan’s neighbours
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/426875/japanese-politicians-visit-controversial-war-shrine
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11036115/Japan-makes-peace-pledge-on-war-anniversary.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/15/japan-shinzo-abe-war-dead-offering-anger-china-south-korea

1 JULY 2014

 Japan to ease army ban on fighting overseas

Japan’s cabinet has agreed on a proposal to end a ban on its military fighting abroad, a major shift away from the country’s post-war pacifism and a move that is riling China
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/japan-ease-army-ban-fighting-overseas-20147142229504192.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140701-japan-pacificism-constitution-military-expansion/

30 JUNE 2014

Thousands protest greater Japanese military role

Thousands of people protested outside the Japanese prime minister’s office Monday in anticipation his government will reinterpret the constitution to allow Japan’s military a larger international role.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/thousands-rally-against-greater-japanese-arms-role/2014/06/30/93240f78-0058-11e4-b203-f4b4c664cccf_story.html

28 JUNE 2014

Official role eyed for women who lose Imperial family status

The government might let female members of the Imperial family continue to engage in official activities after they lose their Imperial status by marrying, it was learned Saturday
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/06/28/national/official-role-eyed-for-women-who-lose-imperial-family-status/#.U671iL1OLmI

4 JUNE 2014

Japan acts on child porn possession

Japan edged closer to banning the possession of child pornography on Wednesday, the last major developed country to do so, but paedophilia portrayed in the country’s popular anime comics will be exempt
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413548/japan-acts-on-child-porn-possession

13 MAY 2014

New status for foreigners in strategic zones planned

The government will start considering increasing the number of foreign workers in national strategic special zones, where regulations will be drastically eased.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001276666

4 MAY 2014

Japan’s population continues to age as number of children hits new low

The number of children in Japan has fallen to a new low, while the amount of people over 65 has reached a record high as the population ages and shrinks, the government said
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/04/japan-population-age-children
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/number-children-japan-slips-new-low

1 MAY 2014

Thousands languishing in Japan children’s homes: Human Rights Watch

Almost nine out of 10 children taken from their families in Japan end up in institutions rather than foster care, a rights group said Thursday, a rate it said was the highest among developed nations

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407621/thousands-languishing-in-japan-children-homes-human-rights-watch

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/05/01/national/japans-orphans-neglected-hrw/#.U2Kx6b1OJMs

28 APRIL 2014

Japan cabinet minister visits controversial war shrine

Tomomi Inada, a Japanese cabinet minister known for her outspoken nationalistic views on Monday visited a controversial Tokyo war shrine, in a move certain to aggravate tensions with neighbours China and South Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-cabinet-minister-visits-controversial-war-shrine

27 APRIL 2014

Japan’s first lady Akie Abe joins gay parade

Japan’s first lady Akie Abe joined the annual gay parade in Tokyo on Sunday to show her support for sexual minorities

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japans-first-lady-akie-abe-joins-gay-parade

25 APRIL 2014

Tokyo consumer price growth at 22-year high

Consumer prices in Tokyo rose at their fastest pace in 22 years in April, surging 2.7% from a year earlier, according to preliminary data

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27152845

22 APRIL 2014

Japanese MPs visit controversial war shrine

Nearly 150 Japanese politicians have paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honours the nation’s war dead including a number of senior military and political figures convicted of war crimes after World War II

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/japanese-mps-visit-controversial-war-shrine-201442252843664327.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27107257

15 APRIL 2014

Japan population shrinks as elderly make up a quarter

Japan’s population has shrunk for the third year running, with the elderly making up a quarter of the total for the first time, government data showed today

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-population-shrinks/1072180.html

12 APRIL 2014

Japan minister visits controversial war shrine

Television footage showed Yoshitaka Shindo, minister for internal affairs and communications, paying homage Saturday morning at the Yasukuni shrine.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404659/japan-minister-visits-controversial-war-shrine
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-minister-visits-controversial-war-shrine

8 APRIL 2014

Japan lawmaker resigns over $8 mn loan scandal

Yoshimi Watanabe, the latest lawmaker to be felled by a cash scandal, said he was stepping down from the helm of the small but influential Your Party to try to contain the fallout from the incident
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404007/japan-lawmaker-resigns-over-8-mn-loan-scandal

1 APRIL 2014

8% consumption tax rate takes effect nationwide

The consumption tax rate was raised from 5 percent to 8 percent on Tuesday, with the 3 percentage point increase added to prices of many commodities and services

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001176929

20 MARCH 2014

Japan passes record $1.2 trillion budget

Japan on Thursday passed its biggest-ever budget, a S$1.2 trillion spending package aimed at propping up growth as consumers brace for the country’s first sales tax hike in over 15 years

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-passes-record-12-trillion-budget

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Former Japanese Prime Minister meets ‘comfort women’

Tomiichi Murayama, the former Japanese prime minister known for his 1995 apology over wartime aggression, met Tuesday with three South Korean « comfort women » who served as sex slaves to Japanese troops.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-japanese-prime-minister-meets-comfort-women

9 FEBRUARY 2014

Pro-nuclear candidate Yoichi Masuzoe wins Tokyo’s race for governor

Yoichi Masuzoe, a former health minister backed by Japan’s ruling party, won Tokyo’s election for governor on Sunday, defeating two candidates who had promised to end nuclear power.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/09/yoichi-masuzoe-pro-nuclear-wins-tokyo-gubernatorial-election
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26103296

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Japanese broadcaster’s board member praised ritual suicide of rightwinger

A woman picked last year by the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, for the management board of the public broadcaster NHK has praised the ritual suicide of a high-profile rightwinger, saying his self-sacrifice made Japan’s emperor a living god.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/05/japanese-broadcaster-praised-ritual-suicide-rightwinger-nhk-hasegawa

3 FEBRUARY 2014

NHK governor campaigns for revisionist in Tokyo election

A Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) governor handpicked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Nanking Massacre was a fabrication designed to cancel out U.S. atrocities during speeches supporting a like-minded candidate in the Tokyo gubernatorial election.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201402040048
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26029614

19 JANUARY 2014

Japan’s Abe suffers setback with Okinawa election loss

A city mayor opposed to a plan to relocate a controversial US airbase on Japan’s Okinawa island was re-elected on Sunday, Kyodo news agency said, creating a political headache for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and threatening friction with Washington
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japans-abe-suffers-setback-okinawa-election-loss
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25802276

13 JANUARY 2014

Abe Cabinet rating recovers to 62%

The approval rating for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet rose to 62 percent, according to a recent Yomiuri Shimbun poll, up seven percentage points from the previous poll conducted Dec. 6-8.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000937185

12 JANUARY 2014

Ex-premier Hosokawa eyes Tokyo governor role

Former prime minister Morihiro Hosokawa is ready to contest the high-profile post of Tokyo governor, as the city eases into preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-premier-hosokawa-eyes-tokyo-governor-role

11 JANUARY 2014

Actress Keiko Awaji, best known for role in ‘The Bridges at Toko-Ri,’ dies at age 80

Actress Keiko Awaji, known for her role as the girlfriend of a U.S. Navy airman in the 1954 Hollywood movie “The Bridges at Toko-Ri” about the Korean War, died of esophageal cancer at a Tokyo hospital Saturday, her talent agency said. She was 80.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/11/national/actress-keiko-awaji-best-known-for-role-in-the-bridges-at-toko-ri-dies-at-age-80/#.UtG5nMvLRMs

1 JANUARY 2014

Japan’s population falls ‘by record 244,000’ in 2013

Japan’s population declined by a record 244,000 people in 2013, according to health ministry estimates.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25566868

Abe says Japan’s pacifist constitution may be revised by 2020

Japan’s nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the country’s pacifist post-World War II constitution which limits its military to self-defence could be amended by 2020.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/abe-says-japan-s-pacifist/939810.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2014/01/01/397307/Abe-says.htm

28 DECEMBER 2013

In Textbook Fight, Japan Leaders Seek to Recast History

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative government has begun to pursue a more openly nationalist agenda on an issue that critics fear will push the country farther from its postwar pacifism: adding a more patriotic tone to Japan’s school textbooks.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/world/asia/japan-fights-a-political-battle-using-history-texts.html?pagewanted=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20131229

27 DECEMBER 2013

Japan’s deflation era is not yet a thing of the past

There are still risks from a consumption tax increase and foreign investment pushing up the yen. Shinzo Abe will take no chances

http://www.theguardian.com/business/economics-blog/2013/dec/27/japan-deflation-nikkei-shinzo-abe

23 DECEMBER 2013

Japanese Emperor Akihito turns 80

Thousands of people thronged Japan’s Imperial Palace Monday to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s 80th birthday, as he lauded his wife for standing by him in his « lonely » pursuit of leading the world’s oldest monarchy.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/386313/japanese-emperor-akihito-turns-80

19 DECEMBER 2013

Tokyo governor resigns amid financial scandal

The governor of Tokyo has stepped down after receiving nearly $500,000 from a Japanese hospital tycoon ahead of his election. Facing mounting pressure to quit, Governor Naoki Inose, who helped Tokyo secure the 2020 Olympic Games just a few months ago, formalised his resignation on Thursday.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/tokyo-governor-resigns-amid-financial-scandal-2013121931253840180.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10527110/Tokyo-governor-resigns-over-financial-scandal.html

12 DECEMBER 2013

Is Abe threatening Japan’s democracy?

After his political resurrection in December 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has campaigned on the promise to ‘take Japan back’ from the institutional constraints of the country’s ‘post-war regime’.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/12/is-abe-threatening-japans-democracy/

7 DECEMBER 2013

Japan’s secrecy bill condemned by Nobel academics

Japan’s controversial new state secrets law was condemned Saturday as « the largest ever threat to democracy in postwar Japan » by a group of academics, including two Nobel prize winners, reports said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/383699/japan-secrecy-bill-condemned-by-nobel-academics

19 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan’s economy: can the remedy be found in its culture than Abenomics ?

Nearly a year has passed since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was elected with much europium in the 2012 general election.  Upon his re-election, PM Abe introduced a series of reforms, dubbed “Abenomics” to revitalise Japan’s faltering economy.  Japan has remained in the doldrums since the bursting of its bubble economy in 1985.  Abenomics stands on a platform of looser monetary policy; a mammoth fiscal stimulus and the devaluing of the Yen. These policies are bound as Keynesian styled packages of reform.

http://conflictandsecurity.com/blog/japans-economic-woes-can-the-remedy-be-found-in-its-modern-culture-rather-than-abenomics/

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Japanese politician breaks taboo by giving letter to emperor

A Japanese politician has caused a stir after handing a letter about the health impact of the Fukishima nuclear disaster to the Emperor.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/01/japanese-politician-breaks-taboo-by-giving-letter-to-emperor-about-fukishima-/

28 OCTOBER 2013

Rhetoric not enough for Japan’s working women

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may be keen to tout Japan’s untapped labor force, but will he go beyond the rhetoric?http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/28/rhetoric-not-enough-for-japans-working-women/

20 OCTOBER 2013

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Arm’s length: 45% of Japanese women aged 16-24 are ‘not interested in or despise sexual contact’. More than a quarter of men feel the same way. Photograph: Eric Rechsteiner

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/20/young-people-japan-stopped-having-sex

17 OCTOBER 2013

Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead

The visit came a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2013/10/18/391563/Japanese-cabinet.htm http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/18/controversial-visit-to-shrine-of-japanese-war-dead-sparks-tension-with-china/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-10/18/content_17041783.htm

25 SEPTEMBER 2013

Yusai Sukai, the monk who explained Buddhism to the pope, is dead

A kamikaze who converted to the Buddhist religion after the war, he was received by Pope John Paul II in 1995. He became famous throughout the world for twice performing the Sennichi Gyo, a 1,000-day pilgrimage on a Japanese mountain.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Yusai-Sukai,-the-monk-who-explained-Buddhism-to-the-pope,-is-dead-29110.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nintendo’s Hiroshi Yamauchi dies aged 85

Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who ran Nintendo for more than 50 years, overseeing the creation of Super Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, has died aged 85.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/video-games/nintendo/10320028/Nintendos-Hiroshi-Yamauchi-dies-aged-85.html
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/sep/19/hiroshi-yamauchi

15 SEPTEMBER 2013

Japan switches off last nuclear reactor

Japan has started the process of switching off its last working nuclear reactor for a scheduled inspection with no restart in sight due to public hostility towards atomic power.The move on Sunday leaves the world’s third largest economy without atomic energy for the second time since the Fukushima crisis erupted in March 2011.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201391552642399898.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24099022

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Japan launches ‘affordable’ Epsilon space rocket

Japan has launched the first in a new generation of space rockets, hoping the design will make missions more affordable.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24090322
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10309354/Japan-launches-first-rocket-in-12-years.html

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

Consumption tax fears risk stalling Abe’s ‘three arrows’

Abenomics is Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s policy package consisting of three ‘arrows’: aggressive monetary easing, flexible fiscal policy, and growth strategies. Together, they are aimed at lifting Japan’s economy from chronic deflation and stagnation to a normal economy with 2 per cent inflation and strong growth. But will they succeed?

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/08/abenomics/

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

Tokyo wins to host 2020 Olympics

Cheers and shouts of “Banzai!!” echoed across Tokyo just after sunrise as thousands of people started celebrating the city’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics, beating rivals Istanbul and Madrid despite concerns about a nuclear plant leaking radioactive water.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/24002795
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/08/celebrations-in-tokyo-over-successful-2020-olympics-bid/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113072/tokyo-celebrates-win-to-host-2020-olympics/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/10294080/Delight-as-Tokyo-awarded-2020-Summer-Olympic-Games.html

31 AUGUST 2013

Don’t write the Democratic Party of Japan off just yet

Japan’s opposition is in complete disarray. After gaining just 17 seats of the 121 contested in July’s upper house election, a record low for the party, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) has descended into infighting and could face years in the political wilderness.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/31/dont-write-the-democratic-party-of-japan-off-just-yet/

27 AUGUST 2013

Acclaimed anti-war manga earns reprieve in Japan

Restriction on the availability to children of Hadashi No Gen (Barefoot Gen), Keiji Nakazawa’s anti-war classic, has been reversed after protests

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/aug/27/manga-hadashi-no-gen-reprieve-japan

24 AUGUST 2013

Woman takes on Yakuza godfather over protection racket

Restaurant owner in Nagoya is seeking £120,000 from crime boss in landmark case

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/24/yakuza-godfather-sued-protection-racket

21 AUGUST 2013

Japan nuclear agency upgrades Fukushima alert level

Japan’s nuclear agency has upgraded the severity level of a radioactive water leak at the Fukushima plant from one to three on an international scale.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23776345
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/21/nuclear-regulation-authority-in-japan-plans-to-upgrade-fukushima-crisis-to-/

5 AUGUST 2013

Communist Party makes a comeback … in Japan

July’s elections were the first in Japan in which online campaigning was permitted, and it was Japan’s Communist Party that is widely seen as having made best use of it.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2013/0805/Communist-Party-makes-a-comeback-in-Japan

1st AUGUST 2013

Japan should follow Nazi route on revising constitution, minister says

The Japanese deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, has retracted comments suggesting that Japan should follow the Nazi example in how to change the country’s constitution, following protests by neighbouring countries and human rights activists.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/01/japan-revising-constitution-taro-aso
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/01/19810142-japans-deputy-pm-apologizes-for-praising-nazi-tactics?lite

In Japan, 25% of pregnant workers experienced harassment

So-called pregnancy harassment, which involves treating female employees unfavorably because of being pregnant or having children, sometimes to the point of making them quit their jobs, has been attracting attention, especially since a recent labor federation survey showed one in every four pregnant workers were made the target of such harassment.
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000420539

21 JULY 2013

Japan ruling bloc ‘wins’ upper house poll

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc has won majority of seats in the upper house of parliament in elections, giving it control of both chambers for the first time in six years, according to exit polls.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/2013721113616975336.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/22/national/one-party-rule-back-but-abe-could-blow-it-2/#.UexRYMtOLmQ

27 JUNE 2013

Japan: Return of the Communists

‘The only true opposition party’

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5528&Itemid=176

23 JUNE 2013

Shinzo Abe’s LDP wins Tokyo elections

Tokyo voters appeared to give their support to the economic policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, with his party winning a landslide victory in local elections in the capital.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/356579/shinzo-abe-ldp-wins-tokyo-elections

22 MAY 2013

The Hashimoto Controversy and Japan’s Failure to Come to Terms with its Past

http://www.fpif.org/articles/the_hashimoto_controversy_and_japans_failure_to_come_to_terms_with_its_past

15 MAY 2013

Japan Posts Surge in Economic Growth

Japan’s economic growth accelerated swiftly at the beginning of this year, the most concrete sign yet that new stimulus policies sparking euphoria in financial markets are starting to lift companies and consumers as well. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323582904578484711384991702.html?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_241510276

13 MAY 203

Is Japan’s economy at risk?

The Abe administration in Japan swung quickly into action with policies aimed at lifting the economy out of its long lasting doldrums. Prime Minister Abe appointed Haruhiko Kuroda, after eight years distinguished service at the Asia Development Bank, to implement a strong reflationary program through the Bank of Japan (BOJ): the first arrow of his three arrow revival strategy. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/13/is-japans-economy-at-risk/

6 MAY 2013

Can Japan turn to foreign workers?

Japan is the only developed industrial democracy to have become rich without heavily relying on foreign workers during its period of advanced economic growth. The government has followed two basic immigration principles: it welcomed specialised and technical labour while examining carefully the admission of unskilled labour. In practice, this meant Japan welcomed relatively few immigrants. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/06/can-japan-turn-to-foreign-workers/

5 MAY 2013

Population of children at record low

The estimated number of Japanese under the age of 15 hit a new low of 16.49 million as of April 1, down 150,000 from a year ago, government data showed Saturday.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000194474

20 APRIL 2013

Japanese should establish own constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also president of the Liberal Democratic Party, advocates revising the Constitution. He said he wants to make the issue of reviewing Article 96 of the Constitution, which stipulates conditions for proposing amendments, a central plank of the LDP’s pledges for this summer’s House of Councillors election.                                                                                                                                                                            http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000147008

28 MARCH 2013

Japan’s Workforce: Women Underutilized

Japan’s demographic trends are grim, but the Japanese make it harder on themselves by not better using the people they have. Women in particular are famously underutilized.

http://cogitasia.com/japans-workforce-women-underutilized/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_227534695

24 MARCH 2013

Cabinet’s approval rate slips to 71%

The approval rating for the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slipped 1.7 points from the previous opinion poll but remains sky-high at 71.1 percent, according to a Kyodo News survey                                                                          http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/03/25/national/cabinets-approval-rate-slips-to-71/

16 MARCH 2013

Japan joins Pacific trade talks at last

Japan has finally decided to join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, just half a year before negotiations for the free trade pact are due to end, despite strong objections by farmers and from within the ruling party                                                                        http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japan-joins-Pacific-trade-talks-at-last-44104.html

8 MARCH 2013

Child porn cases up 10% in ’12 / Record-high 1,596 cases found due to increased awareness, efforts

Police data collected by the agency indicated child pornography is spreading via the Internet, with about 20 percent of distribution cases involving images and videos that have been circulating on websites and DVDs for five years or longer. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130307004389.htm

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan executions resume with three hangings

Japan has carried out three executions – the first since the country’s conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was elected last December, and a sign that Tokyo will defy international pressure to abolish the death penalty.                           http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/21/japan-executions-resume-three-hangings

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21528526

3 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan’s demographic disaster

Japan is faced with an unprecedented population challenge that will have social, economic, and political consequences for years to come. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/03/japans-demographic-disaster/?all=true

1 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan ‘may revisit Second World War statement’

Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, intends to release a new statement on Japan’s attitude to the Second World War, a day after unveiling plans to revamp the US-imposed pacifist constitution.                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9842271/Japan-may-revisit-Second-World-War-statement.html

31 JANUARY 2013

Japan PM says to change post-war constitution

Hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers Thursday he intends to change the post-WWII constitution that imposed pacifism on Japan, in a move likely to stir suspicion in China and beyond.                                                                           http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1251340/1/.html

16 JANUARY 2013

Japan’s suicide problem: Serching for answers

For the last fourteen years at least 30,000 Japanese have killed themselves annually. Why? 

http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/16/searching-for-answers-japans-suicide-epidemic/

15 JANUARY 2013

Death of Nagasi Oshima, Japanese film-maker, born on March 3, 1932                       http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jan/15/nagisa-oshima                                                            http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130117a3.html

8 JANUARY 2013

Japanese destroyer could be modified into aircraft carrier

After purchasing F-35 Lighting II aircraft from the United States, the 22DDH class destroyer currently being built by Japan could be easily modified into an aircraft carrier, according to Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.                  http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130108000104&cid=1101

31 DECEMBER 2012

Japan PM Abe wants new nuclear reactors: reports

Japan’s new prime minister Shinzo Abe has voiced his willingness to build new nuclear reactors, reports said Monday, despite widespread public opposition to atomic energy in light of the Fukushima crisis                http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1245273/1/.html

27 DECEMBER 2012

Nationalism takes back seat to the economy

The lineup of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet seems to underline his determination to learn from his mistakes.                                       http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121227a2.html?goback=%2Egde_108552_member_199237096

26 DECEMBER 2012

Abe formally named as Japan’s prime minister

Japan’s lower House of parliament has formally elected Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, as country’s prime minister after he swept to power on a hawkish platform of getting tough on diplomacy while fixing the economy.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/26/shinzo-abe-new-japanese-pm/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/201212265133753467.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20842840

26 DECEMBER 2012

Abe Cabinet (Formed December 26, 2012)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cabinet/cabinet.html?formed=20121226_01&date=20121226

23 DECEMBER 2012

Imperial birthday as Emperor Akihito turns 79

Japanese Emperor Akihito has turned 79 and reassured thousands of well-wishers that he is in good health, following his heart bypass surgery last February.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/23/imperial-birthday-as-emperor-akihito-turns-79/

18 DECEMBER 2012

Abe to appoint cabinet Dec. 26 / LDP head to launch coalition with New Komeito

Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe took steps toward forming his own cabinet Monday, a day after the party won 294 seats in a landslide victory in the House of Representatives election.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121217004057.htm

17 DECEMBER 2012

The rise and fall of Japan’s Democratic Party

When the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) ascended to governance in 2009, analysts predicted a « sea-change » in the country’s politics. But with the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) strong showing in Sunday’s election, Japan appears to have again embraced the centre-right values that have dominated the nation for much of the past six decades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2012/12/2012121791810808515.html

16 DECEMBER 2012

Japan’s Abe says party ‘must achieve results’ after poll win

The conservative Liberal Democratic Party won almost 300 seats and, with its coalition partner, looks set for a two-thirds majority in the lower house.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20752308 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012121744448567805.html http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=40274&sec=1

6 DECEMBER 2012

‘Third force’ parties crowd Japan’s political scene

In the lead-up to the elections, political leaders are busy forming, re-forming, disbanding and merging political parties. Two new ‘third force’ political parties have emerged recently: the Japan Restoration Party and the Japan Future Party. These parties have been created to challenge the two established political parties, which many believe have been unable to address some of the most pressing social, political and economic issues facing Japan today.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/12/06/third-force-parties-crowd-japans-national-political-scene/
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/30/toru-hashimoto-and-the-japanese-election/

5 DECEMBER 2012

Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura dies at age 57

Kabuki actor Kanzaburo Nakamura, who helped boost the popularity of the traditional Japanese art form, has died. He was 57 http://asiancorrespondent.com/93047/kabuki-actor-kanzaburo-nakamura-dies-at-age-57/ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121206a2.html

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Ishihara left behind a mixed legacy

Tokyo is about to get its first new governor in almost 14 years, and whoever wins the Dec. 16 election will have to fill the shoes of Shintaro Ishihara, who leaves behind a legacy both positive and negative.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121130f1.html

20 NOVEMBER 2012

Japanese politics drift to the polls

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda last Friday dissolved the lower house of Japan’s parliament and called a general election for December 16, some eight months shy of its four-year term. While prime ministers in the past have dissolved the house before the full term for snap elections, their actions were carefully timed to gain advantage at the ballot box. This time, the polls indicate that Noda’s Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is set to lose.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/NK21Dh01.html

16 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan PM dissolves lower house for election Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament Friday for an election next month, in a political gamble widely expected to strip his centre-left party of power http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1237628/1/.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20352448

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan to hold general election on December 16

Japan will hold a general election on December 16, a senior governing party official confirmed Wednesday, putting an end to months of speculation over the date of polls
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121114-383451.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/91982/japans-pm-says-may-dissolve-parliament-by-friday/

13 NOVEMBER 2012

Can Japanese politics be saved?

Political leadership presupposes that there are leaders, that they know where they want to lead, and that they are able to communicate their ideas to voters and obtain their support. Political leadership in Japan falls short on all these measures.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/13/can-japanese-politics-be-saved/

12 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan high court clears Ichiro Ozawa of funding case

A high court has cleared influential Japanese politician Ichiro Ozawa of wrongdoing in connection with a political funding case.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20293753

3 NOVEMBER 2012

The gender fault-line in Japan

The economic, demographic and environmental shocks of recent years that have so profoundly shaped contemporary Japanese society have distinctive gendered dimensions.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/03/the-gender-fault-line-in-japan/

31 OCTOBER 2012

Former Tokyo governor gets ageing party’s chair

Firebrand Japanese conservative Shintaro Ishihara, who resigned as governor of Tokyo, has become the leader of a small right-leaning party whose lawmakers have an average age of 73.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1234532/1/.html

25 OCTOBER 2012

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara quits to form new party

http://asiancorrespondent.com/91185/brash-tokyo-governor-quits-to-form-political-party/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20078481

23 OCTOBER 2012

Japan minister quits after mob ties scandal

Japan’s justice minister quit on Tuesday because of ill health, a cabinet official said, after calls for his resignation over past ties to an organized crime syndicate. The announcement dealt another blow to unpopular Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/23/japan-justice-minister-quits-amid-organised-crime-links/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012102363358296493.html

Okinawa legislators protest alleged US rape

Asembly of the Japanese island passes a protest resolution following the arrests of two US sailors accused of rape.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012102282736909598.html

15 OCTOBER 2012

The missing piece in the puzzle of Japan’s lost decades

Japan’s average GDP growth rate was around 9.5 per cent between 1955 and 1970, and 3.8 per cent between 1971 and 1990
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/15/the-missing-piece-in-the-puzzle-of-japans-lost-decades/

2 OCTOBER 2012

Shinzo Abe and the dream of a conservative Asia

His unprecedented return to the presidency of the LDP marks the culmination of a careful and deliberate political campaign waged within the LDP policy councils, conservative research institutes and monthly magazines over the course of the last three years by Abe and his supporters on the ideological right
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/02/shinzo-abe-and-the-dream-of-a-conservative-asia/

1 OCTOBER 2012

Noda adds new faces to Cabinet / Reshuffled lineup aimed at strengthening DPJ ahead of next election

The new Cabinet is the fourth Noda has formed since he took office in September last year.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121001003649.htm
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90209/japan-pm-reshuffles-his-cabinet-to-boost-support/


What an Abe prime ministership would mean for Japan

Abe has already been in the job once before — for just under one year in 2006–07. Not short by Japanese standards, but the manner of his departure left the strong impression that he did not have the necessary physical and mental toughness to withstand the vicissitudes of being prime minister.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/01/what-an-abe-prime-ministership-would-mean-for-japan/

26 SEPTEMBER 2012

Ex-PM wins Japan opposition party vote

Japan’s main opposition party has chosen former premier Shinzo Abe as its new leader, a victory likely to see him reinstated as prime minister in general elections expected this year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19725296
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/2012926122535879576.html

Noda faces uphill battle for party, Diet unity

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s reelection by a large margin as the Democratic Party of Japan’s president was partly accomplished because many DPJ members simply felt there was no better choice.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120922002296.htm

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan’s PM re-elected ruling party leader

Yoshihiko Noda beat three other contenders, winning more than 60 per cent of points available in vote by party member
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129217334147318.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9557376/Japans-ruling-party-backs-prime-minister-in-post.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan’s central bank has announced new measures to try to spur economic growth there.

It is an admission that the near-term recovery in the world’s third largest economy is fading as exports weaken and growth in China slows.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/19/bank-of-japan-moves-to-aid-recovery/

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan aims to phase out nuclear energy by 2040

Japan announced in a non-binding policy proposal Friday that it would aim to phase out nuclear power by 2040 in the wake of last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, which renewed concerns over the safety of nuclear energ
http://www.france24.com/en/20120914-japan-aims-phase-out-nuclear-energy-2040-fukushima-earthquake-disaster
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9544115/Japan-to-phase-out-nuclear-power-by-2030s.html

15 AUGUST 2012

Japan ministers in controversial shrine visit

In a move sure to raise regional tensions, two Japanese cabinet members have visited the Yasukuni shrine to mark the anniversary of the country’s World War II surrende
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/201281574923793689.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120815-365439.html

6 AUGUST 2012

Japans remembers Hiroshima bombing

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Japan to mark the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the US.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/08/06/hiroshima-victims-remembered-amid-growing-anti-nuclear-concerns/ http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/08/201286134748888481.html

21 JULY 2012

Japan has launched a rocket with an unmanned cargo transporter to the International Space Station
http://www.euronews.com/2012/07/21/japan-sends-rocket-to-space-station/

11 JULY 2012

Japan’s Ichiro Ozawa forms rival political party

Veteran Japanese politician Ichiro Ozawa, who resigned from the ruling party over plans to raise sales tax, has formed a new opposition party
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18794030

 

5 JULY 2012

Japanese panel calls Fukushima meltdowns a ‘manmade disaster’

Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant meltdowns were a “manmade disaster,” a parliamentary panel of experts concluded Thursday, when it issued a final report 15 months after the nation’s nuclear accident. http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/05/12581213-japanese-panel-calls-fukushima-meltdowns-a-manmade-disaster?lite
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9377829/Fukushima-a-profoundly-man-made-disaster-says-official-report.html

2 JULY 2012

Dozens of MPs quit Japan party over tax rise

Less than a week after Yoshihiko Noda, Japan’s prime minister, won approval for a controversial sales tax increase, 52 politicians have decided to quit his governing party in protest. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201272558967400.html

1 JULY 2012

Japan restarts first nuclear plant after post-Fukushima shutdown

Japan restarted nuclear power production Sunday for the first time since shutting down all the country’s reactors in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown after last year’s devastating tsunami. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/01/world/asia/japan-nuclear-power/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.france24.com/en/20120701-japan-restarts-nuclear-power-plant-amidst-protests-fukushima

30 JUNE 2012

Large rare earth deposits discovered / Valuable cache found within nation’s EEZ

Large and rich rare earth deposits, equaling at least 220 times the country’s annual consumption, have been discovered near Minami-Torishima island in the Ogasawara Islands, a research team has said.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120629006728.htm

26 JUNE 2012

Japanese lawmakers approve sales tax increase amid political turmoil

Japanese lawmakers approved a contentious plan to double the country’s sales tax Tuesday even as Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda battled to contain an uprising in his own party over the issue that could bring about his downfall. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/26/world/asia/japan-tax-vote/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/201262681359297159.html

15 JUNE 2012

Japan police arrest final Tokyo gas attack fugitive

Japanese police on Friday arrested the final fugitive member of a religious cult that launched nerve gas attacks on Tokyo’s subway in 1995, killing 13 people and injuring thousands. The capture of Katsuya Takahashi brings to an end a police hunt for those behind the coordinated release of Nazi-developed sarin, an incident that sowed panic throughout the capital.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120615-353169.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18453996

8 JUNE 2012

Japan PM: Restart nuke reactors for ‘survival of society’

Japan’s prime minister said on Friday that two idled nuclear reactors in western Japan must be restarted to protect jobs and ensure the « survival of society », risking a voter backlash given safety fears more than a year after the Fukushima crisis.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47731051/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18366398

4 JUNE 2012

Japanese PM shakes up cabinet

Yoshihiko Noda, Japan’s prime minister, has reshuffled his cabinet, bowing to opposition pressure for ministerial scalps as he looks to secure cross-party support for a sales tax increase
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/20126495546821665.html

3 JUNE 2012

Suspect in 1995 Tokyo subway gas attack arrested in Japan

A member of the Japanese religious cult responsible for releasing a nerve agent that killed 13 people in Tokyo’s subway system has been arrested after 17 years as a fugitive, Japanese news services reported Sunday
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/03/12034226-suspect-in-1995-tokyo-subway-gas-attack-arrested-in-japan?lite

Phoenix-like Ozawa set to re-ignite Japan

The former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) chief is about to rise, phoenix-like, to power again in Tokyo. Ichiro Ozawa, 69, a long-time heavyweight in Japanese politics, was found not guilty of breaking political funding laws. Under investigation, he was forced to resign as party leader in May 2009
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/ND27Dh01.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/26/world/asia/japan-ozawa-verdict/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

17 APRIL 2012

Japan to be without nuclear power after May 5

Japan will within weeks have no nuclear power for the first time in more than 40 years, after the trade minister said two reactors idled after the Fukushima disaster would not be back online before the last one currently operating is shut down
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120417-340426.html

6 APRIL 2012

Japan approves US$1.1 trillion budget

Japan’s record 90.3 trillion yen (US$1.1 trillion) national budget was belatedly approved yesterday 5 April after it had been voted down by the opposition-controlled Upper House of Parliament
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29373&sec=1

29 MARCH 2012

Japan executes first three prisoners since 2010

Japan is one of the few advanced industrialised nations to retain the death penalty. It is usually reserved for multiple murders
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17545494 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/03/2012329153055576934.html

23 MARCH 2012

Tokyo prepares a defence system, in response to North Korean missile

The Japanese defence minister ordered the preparation of a « missile defense system », which will be located near the island of Okinawa. The international community is concerned about the escalation of tension. Ban Ki-moon: a launch could discourage international donors and stop humanitarian aid to Pyongyang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-prepares-a-defence-system,-in-response-to-North-Korean-missile-24315.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17484628

3 MARCH 2012

Prime Minister Noda says tax hike essential for Japan’s sustainability

During a 30-minute group interview with 19 members of the international media, Noda appealed for opposition cooperation on his tax plan, which would help the country pay for its escalating social security costs and ease global concerns about its massive debt
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/prime-minister-noda-says-tax-hike-essential-for-japans-sustainability/2012/03/03/gIQA5cnQoR_story.html

18 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan says Emperor heart bypass surgery is ‘successful’

Japanese Emperor Akihito underwent heart bypass surgery Saturday and the operation was successful, government officials said
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17071024

16 JANVIER 2012

Japanese cabinet’s approval rating down to 24 per cent

The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s cabinet fell to 24.9 per cent, down 3.5 percentage points from a month earlier, a poll released by Jiji Press found Thursday

14 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan to pump $130bn into economy

Japan’s central bank is to pump an additional 10 trillion yen ($130bn) into the economy through a new asset purchase programme, in an effort to boost the economy and tackle deflation
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201221471539816613.html

12 FEBRUARY 2012

Japanese emperor to undergo heart bypass surgery

Japanese Emperor Akihito will undergo heart bypass surgery this week after a detailed examination found a heart problem had worsened, the Imperial Household Agency was quoted as saying on Sunday 12
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46358747/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

7 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan, U.S. agree to move 4,700 marines to Guam

Japan and the United States reached a broad agreement to transfer 4,700 U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture to Guam, scaling down from the originally planned 8,000, Japanese government sources have said http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120206005049.htm

Phoenix-like Ozawa set to re-ignite Japan

The former Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) chief is about to rise, phoenix-like, to power again in Tokyo. Ichiro Ozawa, 69, a long-time heavyweight in Japanese politics, was found not guilty of breaking political funding laws. Under investigation, he was forced to resign as party leader in May 2009
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/ND27Dh01.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/26/world/asia/japan-ozawa-verdict/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

17 APRIL 2012

Japan to be without nuclear power after May 5

Japan will within weeks have no nuclear power for the first time in more than 40 years, after the trade minister said two reactors idled after the Fukushima disaster would not be back online before the last one currently operating is shut down
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120417-340426.html

6 APRIL 2012

Japan approves US$1.1 trillion budget

Japan’s record 90.3 trillion yen (US$1.1 trillion) national budget was belatedly approved yesterday 5 April after it had been voted down by the opposition-controlled Upper House of Parliament
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29373&sec=1

29 MARCH 2012

Japan executes first three prisoners since 2010

Japan is one of the few advanced industrialised nations to retain the death penalty. It is usually reserved for multiple murders
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17545494 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2012/03/2012329153055576934.html

23 MARCH 2012

Tokyo prepares a defence system, in response to North Korean missile

The Japanese defence minister ordered the preparation of a « missile defense system », which will be located near the island of Okinawa. The international community is concerned about the escalation of tension. Ban Ki-moon: a launch could discourage international donors and stop humanitarian aid to Pyongyang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-prepares-a-defence-system,-in-response-to-North-Korean-missile-24315.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17484628

3 MARCH 2012

Prime Minister Noda says tax hike essential for Japan’s sustainability

During a 30-minute group interview with 19 members of the international media, Noda appealed for opposition cooperation on his tax plan, which would help the country pay for its escalating social security costs and ease global concerns about its massive debt
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/prime-minister-noda-says-tax-hike-essential-for-japans-sustainability/2012/03/03/gIQA5cnQoR_story.html

18 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan says Emperor heart bypass surgery is ‘successful’

Japanese Emperor Akihito underwent heart bypass surgery Saturday and the operation was successful, government officials said
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17071024

16 JANVIER 2012

Japanese cabinet’s approval rating down to 24 per cent

The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s cabinet fell to 24.9 per cent, down 3.5 percentage points from a month earlier, a poll released by Jiji Press found Thursday

14 DECEMBER 2012

Japan to pump $130bn into economy

Japan’s central bank is to pump an additional 10 trillion yen ($130bn) into the economy through a new asset purchase programme, in an effort to boost the economy and tackle deflation
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201221471539816613.html

12 FEBRUARY 2012

Japanese emperor to undergo heart bypass surgery

Japanese Emperor Akihito will undergo heart bypass surgery this week after a detailed examination found a heart problem had worsened, the Imperial Household Agency was quoted as saying on Sunday 12
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46358747/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

30 JANUARY 2012

Japan’s population to drop by 1 million each year in coming decades, experts say

Japan’s rapid aging means the national population of 128 million will shrink by one-third by 2060 and seniors will account for 40 percent of people, placing a greater burden on the shrinking work force population to support the social security and tax systems
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46187200/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16787538

25 JANUARY 2012

Japan posts $32bn trade deficit

Tokyo has reported its first trade deficit in more than three decades, explaining the downturn as the result of last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami that caused an energy crisis, and weak global demand for Japanese exports. The $32bn deficit for 2011 reflected a 2.7 per cent decline in the value of Japan’s exports, which fell to $843bn, according to the Ministry of Finance figures released on Wednesday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/201212562644273689.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/25/business/japan-trade/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

13 JANUARY 2012

Japan’s prime minister reshuffles cabinet

Yoshihiko Noda, the Japanese prime minister, has replaced five members of his cabinet and appointed a veteran former foreign minister to push unpopular tax reforms through parliament
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/201211383547185527.html

30 NOVEMBER 2011

Japan Prince Akishino wants emperor ‘age limit’ debate

Prince Akishino, who is second in line to the Japanese imperial throne, has called for debate on whether a retirement age should be set for the country’s head of state.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15957941

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Tokyo 1995 sarin attack: Aum Shinrikyo cult trials end

Japanese judges have upheld the death sentence against the final member of a doomsday cult to be charged over the 1995 sarin gas attack on Tokyo’s metro.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15815056

6 NOVEMBER 2011

Japan emperor to be hospitalised with cold, fever

Akihito, who will turn 78 next month, will be admitted to the University of Tokyo Hospital as a precaution because the fever worsened the bronchitis symptoms and he appeared fatigued and has lost some resistance to fight his illness, Kyodo said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111106-309032.html
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1673480.php/LEAD-Japanese-emperor-hospitalized-due-to-bronchitis-fever
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15612662
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/08/world/asia/japan-akihito-profile/index.html?hpt=ias_t5

23 OCTOBER 2011

China, Japan need global view: Wen Jiabao

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Saturday urged China and Japan to develop a « global vision » while shaping their bilateral ties.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sunday/2011-10/23/content_13956667.htm

29 SEPTEMBER 2011

Japan tsunami: 10m yen donation found in Tokyo toilet

An anonymous donor in Japan has left 10m yen ($131,000; £83,000) to charity by dumping it in a public toilet. The money was found with a letter saying it should be donated to victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15110090

19 SEPTEMBER 2011

Japan’s political class really has only one good option left if it hopes to rescue the country — namely, to take a page from the Liberal Democrats’ former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, whose mantra was « destroy the LDP. »
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/68273/takashi-yokota/shattering-tokyos-politics-to-save-japan

5 SEPTEMBER 2011

Noda Cabinet approval rate polled at 65%

The new Cabinet led by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has scored an approval rating of 65 percent in a Yomiuri Shimbun survey, the fifth-highest figure since the Yomiuri began polling the popularity of just-formed cabinets in the late 1970s.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110904003600.htm

2 SEPTEMBER 2011

Noda launches Cabinet / Lineup balances groups; PM vows to speed up disaster reconstruction

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda launched his Cabinet on Friday, offering an olive branch to a Democratic Party of Japan group that opposed him during the recent party presidential election and pledging to accelerate reconstruction of areas hit hard by the March 11 disaster.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110902005743.htm
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110903003142.htm

31 AUGUST 2011

Japan’s Political Dysfunction

Is America partially to blame for Naoto Kan’s becoming the fifth Japanese prime minister to resign in the same number of years? At the risk of joining the “blame America first” crowd, let me say that a case can be made that the political institutions created by the American occupation laid
the seeds for Japan’s current dysfunction
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3704&Itemid=176

6 AUGUST 2011

Japan’s New Women

Tanako Nakayama, a 61-year-old librarian, says that when she was young, woman rarely went to college. If they graduated, they became teachers or telephone operators. Single women in their 30s were called « loser dogs ».

« I was one of the few special women who went on to university, » Nakayama says. « After I graduated, I worked as a teacher in a private school owned by a big company. There was a lot of discrimination between men and women. Women could never become managers or section chiefs. »

Most of them still can’t. In Japan, where tradition has lasted far longer than in much of the industrialized world, the glass ceiling is said to be bullet-proof. According to a 2009 survey by the Japanese government, women held only 8 percent of the managerial jobs in the country,
compared with 43 percent in the United States
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3368&Itemid=201

4 JULY 2011

Japan finds rare earths in Pacific seabed

Vast deposits of rare earth minerals, crucial in making high-tech electronics products, have been found on the floor of the Pacific Ocean and can be readily extracted, Japanese scientists say.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/2011747517800210.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14009910

29 June 2011

Japan agrees to double consumption tax

After fierce internal debate, Japan’s government and ruling parties agreed a plan to progressively double the 5 per cent consumption tax by the middle of this decade in order to fund a reformed social security system.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8d562d68-a31f-11e0-a9a4-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1QnIbBon1

21 JUNE 2011

Japanese women kept out of top government, business posts

Japan saw the percentage of women in its House of Representatives rise in the past six years, but its world ranking for female representation is still a mere 121 out of 186 countries
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1646670.php/Japanese-women-kept-out-of-top-government-business-posts

26 APRIL 2011

Taiga Ishikawa, the first openly gay politician in Japan to win an election, Tuesday hailed the result as a victory for the rights of sexual minorities.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110426-275780.html

19 FEBRUARY 2011

Kurils Islands: growing tension between Moscow and Tokyo

Establishment of Sino-Russian joint ventures to create fish farms on the Kurils, disputes between Russia and Japan. Moscow also wants
to create a modern military base there. But Tokyo has no intention of giving up the islands, rich in fish, oil and gas.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kurils-Islands:-growing-tension-between-Moscow-and-Tokyo-20826.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 15 June in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 15 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 15, 2017

1410: In the decisive battle of Onon River, the Mongol forces of Oljei Temur are decimated by the Chinese armies of the Yongle Emperor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yongle_Emperor%27s_campaigns_against_the_Mongols
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96ljei_Tem%C3%BCr_Khan

1913: During the Philippine-American War, The five days Battle of Bud Bagsak between the American and the Moro rebels concludes by a massacre
http://netwar.wordpress.com/2007/07/19/battle-of-bud-bagsak/
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Battle_of_Bud_Bagsak
http://www.morolandhistory.com/13.pg-battle%20of%20bud%20bagsak/001.battle_of_bud_bagsak.htm

1913-06-15 battle of_bud bagsak

1944: Beginning of the Battle of Saipan, till July 9
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-saipan
http://www.battleofsaipan.com/seabee.htm
http://www.battleofsaipan.com/Saipan1944.htm

1944: First US B-29 raid against mainland Japan
http://www.rarenewspapers.com/view/619957
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Yawata_(June_1944)

1954: The Conference of Geneva on Korea is closed with result
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geneva_Conference_(1954)#On_the_Korean_question
http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/FRUS/FRUS-idx?type=div&did=FRUS.FRUS195254v16.i0007&isize=M

1964: President Johnson decides to postpone submitting a resolution to Congress asking for authority to wage war
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/johnson-decides-against-submitting-resolution-to-congress

1965: US planes bomb North Vietnam
 
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-planes-bomb-north-vietnam

1995: Taiwan Premier Lien Chan starts a “private” trip in Austria and Czech Republic before appearing in Kiev on 19. It is the first time a top leader from Taiwan makes a trip to Europe
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/tmt/319795.html
http://taiwaninfo.nat.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=14464&CtNode=103&htx_TRCategory=&mp=4

1999: South naval forces sink a North Korean torpedo boat during an exchange in the disputed Yellow Sea
http://www.nytimes.com/1999/06/15/world/south-korea-sinks-vessel-from-north-in-disputed-waters.html

2001: China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=shanghai_cooperation_organization_(sco)http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/topics_665678/sco_665908/t57970.shtml
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5260.html

2010: North Korea warns of military action if UN slams ship sinking
 
http://www.france24.com/en/20100615-un-calls-north-south-koreas-reduce-tension-warship

2011: State-owned oil company Petrovietnam (PVN) said it would continue oil exploration in the South China Sea as planned despite simmering tensions with China
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1645595.php/Vietnam-to-continue-maritime-oil-exploration-despite-China-dispute

2011: Pakistan has arrested five Pakistani CIA informants for helping the US agency kill Osama bin Laden earlier this year, according to The New York Times
http://www.english.rfi.fr/americas/20110615-pakistan-arrests-five-cia-informants-over-bin-laden-raid
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13773541

2014: Pakistan launches a « comprehensive operation » against armed groups northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, after killing scores of fighters in air raids
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/pakistan-air-raids-20146152339256306.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140615-pakistan-launches-comprehensive-offensive-against-militants-taliban-north-waziristan/

2016: For  the first time since 2004, a Chinese warship enters Japanese territorial sea in East China Sea
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/for-first-time-since-2004-chinese-warship-enters-japanese-territorial-sea-in-east-china-sea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/15/national/politics-diplomacy/chinese-naval-ship-briefly-enters-japans-territorial-waters-off-kagoshima/#.V2HKZ49OLNP

On 15 June in South Asian history

ON 15 JUNE IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1659: Coronation of Mughol emperor Aurangzeb at Red Fort, Delhi
http://www.indhistory.com/aurangzeb-coronation.html

1927: Birth of Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet, who died on January 11, 1978
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibn-e-Insha

1937: Birth of Anna Hazare, Indian activist
http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2011/08/18/who-is-anna-hazare/
http://www.annahazare.org/biography.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rStjjC-oP7M

1947: The All-Indian Congress accepts a British plan for the partition of India
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-15-1947-all-india-congress-accepts-british-plan-for-partition-of-india-in-new-delhi
http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/history/why-the-congress-accepted-the-partition-of-india-in-1947/4446/

1972: In Uttar Pradesh (India), twenty-four people are killed in Hindu/Muslim clashes sparked by the implementation of an equal education law that requires Muslim schools to open admissions to all students, regardless of religious affiliation

1981: USA announces a total aid of  3 billion USD in six years to Islamabad

1983: Death of Srirangam Srinivasarao, Indian poet
http://www.idlebrain.com/celeb/bio-data/bio-srisri.html

1991: In India, Congress Party wins the 10th general elections which started on May 20. Narasimha Rao becomes Prime Minister sworn in on June 21
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_general_election,_1991

2011: Pakistan has arrested five Pakistani CIA informants for helping the US agency kill Osama bin Laden earlier this year, according to The New York Times
http://www.english.rfi.fr/americas/20110615-pakistan-arrests-five-cia-informants-over-bin-laden-raid
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13773541

2013: Death of Manivannan, Indian actor and director, born on July 31, 1954
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/master-of-character-roles-manivannan-passes-away/article4817104.ece
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/regional/telugu/news-interviews/Tamil-actor-Manivannan-died/articleshow/20602651.cms?referral=PM

2014: Pakistan launches a « comprehensive operation » against armed groups northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, after killing scores of fighters in air raids
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/pakistan-air-raids-20146152339256306.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140615-pakistan-launches-comprehensive-offensive-against-militants-taliban-north-waziristan/

2014 : Death of Sardar Fazlul Karim, Bangladeshi philosopher and academic, born on May 1, 1925
http://www.thedailystar.net/sardar-fazlul-karim-passes-away-28609
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardar_Fazlul_Karim

2016: Barack Obama angers China by meeting Dalai Lama at White House
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1975847/barack-obama-angers-china-meeting-dalai-lama-white-house
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-16/barack-obama-meets-dalai-lama-at-white-house-in-spite-of-china-protest/1590690

 

On 15 June in Southeast Asian history

ON 15 JUNE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1913: During the Philippine-American War, The five days Battle of Bud Bagsak between the American and the Moro rebels concludes by a massacre
http://netwar.wordpress.com/2007/07/19/battle-of-bud-bagsak/
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Battle_of_Bud_Bagsak
http://www.morolandhistory.com/13.pg-battle%20of%20bud%20bagsak/001.battle_of_bud_bagsak.htm

1913-06-15 battle of_bud bagsak

1919: Birth of Paul Joseph Pham Dình Tung, Vietnamese cardinal, emeritus archbishop of Hanoi who died on February 22, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Joseph_Pham_Dinh_Tung
http://www.catholic-pages.com/hierarchy/cardinals_bio.asp?ref=121

1954: After Prince Prince Buu Loc resigned, Emperor Bao Dai asks Ngo Dinh Diem to form a new government
http://indochine.uqam.ca/fr/le-dictionnaire/965-ngo-inh-dim-jean-baptiste-1901-1963.html

1964: President Johnson decides to postpone submitting a resolution to Congress asking for authority to wage war
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/johnson-decides-against-submitting-resolution-to-congress

1965: US planes bomb North Vietnam
 
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-planes-bomb-north-vietnam

1991: In the Philippines, Mount Pinatubo erupts in the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th Century. In the end, over 800 people die
http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1997/fs113-97/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7NnLO5NNb8

1998: In Indonesia, violent riots in several towns aiming to get the resign of corrupted leaders

2011: State-owned oil company Petrovietnam (PVN) said it would continue oil exploration in the South China Sea as planned despite simmering tensions with China

On 15 June in Japan’s history

ON 15 JUNE IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1073: Death of Go-Sanjo, 71st emperor (1068-1073), born on September 3, 1034
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Sanj%C5%8D

1189: In Japan, Minamoto no Yoshitsune dies during the battle of Koromogawa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Yoshitsune
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Koromo_River

1763: Birth of Kobayashi Issa, Japanese haiku poet, who died on November 19, 1827
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobayashi_Issa
http://haikuguy.com/issa/

1896: In Japan, a tsunami strikes Shinto festival on beach at Sanriku. 27,000 are killed, with 13,000 houses destroyed
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1896_Sanriku_earthquake

1926: Birth of Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist, who died on 6 May 2006
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Kayano

Shigeru Kayano

1930: Birth of Hirayama Ikuo, Japanese painter who died on December 2, 2009
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikuo_Hirayama
http://www.peramuseum.org/Exhibition/Ikuo-Hirayama/98 
http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=5,4869,0,0,1,0
http://www.google.fr/search?q=hirayama+ikuo&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&biw=979&bih=446&prmd=ivns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=EuD3TY3rM9GLhQfFl6CGDA&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CBEQ_AUoAQ

1944: Beginning of the Battle of Saipan, till July 9
http://www.battleofsaipan.com/seabee.htm
http://www.battleofsaipan.com/Saipan1944.htm
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-saipan

1944: First US B-29 raid against mainland Japan
http://www.rarenewspapers.com/view/619957
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Yawata_(June_1944)

1961: Birth of Yoshimi Iwasaki, Japanese singer/actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshimi_Iwasaki

1967: Birth of Yuji Ueda, Japanese voice actor
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=384

1984: Birth of Airu Shiozaki, Irish-Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Shiozaki_Airu

1988: Birth of Miku Ishida, teen idol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miku_Ishida

 

2012: Japanese police arrests Katsuya Takahashi, the final fugitive member of a religious cult that launched nerve gas attacks on Tokyo’s subway in 1995, killing 13 people and injuring thousands
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120615-353169.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18453996

2016: For the first time since 2004, a Chinese warship enters Japanese territorial sea in East China Sea
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/for-first-time-since-2004-chinese-warship-enters-japanese-territorial-sea-in-east-china-sea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/15/national/politics-diplomacy/chinese-naval-ship-briefly-enters-japans-territorial-waters-off-kagoshima/#.V2HKZ49OLNP

2016: Tokyo governor resigns amid allegations of lavish personal spending
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/06/tokyo-governor-resigns-amid-graft-allegations/

On 15 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 15 JUNE IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1410: In the decisive battle of Onon River, the Mongol forces of Oljei Temur are decimated by the Chinese armies of the Yongle Emperor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yongle_Emperor%27s_campaigns_against_the_Mongols
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96ljei_Tem%C3%BCr_Khan

1918: Birth of Zhang Ruifang, Chinese actress, who died on June 28, 2012
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Ruifang
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1278106/
http://www.chinesemovies.com.fr/acteurs_Zhang_Ruifang.htm

1953: Birth of Xi Jinping, president of China and Communist Party general secretary
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11551399
http://chinese-leaders.org/xi-jinping/

Xi Jinping 2010

1988: In Strasbourg, France, speaking to the European parliament, the dalai lama elaborates the Five-Point Peace Plan and proposed the creation of a self-governing democratic Tibet, « in association with the People’s Republic of China. »
http://www.dalailama.com/messages/tibet/five-point-peace-plan

1989: In Shanghai, three Chinese workers are sentenced to death for setting fire to a train during a pro-democracy protest

1995: Taiwan Premier Lien Chan starts a “private” trip in Austria and Czech Republic before appearing in Kiev on 19. It is the first time a top leader from Taiwan makes a trip to Europe

 2001: China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan form the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=shanghai_cooperation_organization_(sco)http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/topics_665678/sco_665908/t57970.shtml
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5260.html

2004: In Taiwan, a new political party is created: the Non-Partisan Solidary Union with Chang Po-ya as chairwoman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-Partisan_Solidarity_Union
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chang_Po-ya

2016: Barack Obama angers China by meeting Dalai Lama at White House
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1975847/barack-obama-angers-china-meeting-dalai-lama-white-house
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-16/barack-obama-meets-dalai-lama-at-white-house-in-spite-of-china-protest/1590690

2016: For first time since 2004, a Chinese warship enters Japanese territorial sea in East China Sea
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/for-first-time-since-2004-chinese-warship-enters-japanese-territorial-sea-in-east-china-sea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/15/national/politics-diplomacy/chinese-naval-ship-briefly-enters-japans-territorial-waters-off-kagoshima/#.V2HKZ49OLNP