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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. »
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 »
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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. »
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
5 DECEMBER 2014
The Okinawa Reality
Geopolitical realities suggest that the recent election of an anti-base candidate is unlikely to change much.
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
27 NOVEMBER 2014
Sino-Japan Ties Improving?
Graded on a curve, there was progress at the APEC summit
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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
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 »
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 »
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
5 NOVEMBER 2013
How serious is the recent China-Japan verbal escalation ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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. »
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
19 SEPTEMBER 2012
The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands
A interesting Taiwanese point of view based on historic texts
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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. »
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.
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
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
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
6 NOVEMBER 2010
Protests in Tokyo follow appearance of video showing Chinese boat’s collision with coastguard vessels on September 7
Here is one of the videos
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.
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.
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.
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