Tag: Japan

East China Sea: Japan Coast Guard rescues 6 crew of sinking Chinese fishing boat

The Japan Coast Guard rescued six crew members of a Chinese fishing boat that was sinking in the East China Sea after colliding with a Greek cargo ship early on Thursday, 11 August. Beijing reciprocated Tokyo’s humane gesture and thanked them for the rescue operation, despite ongoing tensions between the two countries over maritime rights […]

Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands

Japan’s foreign minister has warned that ties with China are “significantly deteriorating”, after Chinese vessels repeatedly entered disputed waters in the East China Sea. Fumio Kishida said he had called China’s ambassador to protest against the “incursions”. On Friday, about 230 Chinese fishing boats and coast guard vessels sailed near islands claimed by both countries. […]

‘Bloody massacres’: Syria appeals to UN after French & US airstrikes ‘kill over 140 civilians’

Syria is demanding the UN take action after it says French war planes killed more than 120 civilians during airstrikes on Tuesday near the Turkish-Syrian border. The deaths came just a day after US air assaults killed a further 20 people in Manbij. The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent letters to the UN secretary general and […]

‘Tit-for-tat’ response if US or Japan put military or political pressure over South China Sea

The Chinese people will “firmly support” their government if it launches a “tit-for-tat” response, should the US and Japan use The Hague’s decision that China has no legal right to the South China Sea to pressure Beijing, an influential state-run newspaper has said.   In its editorial published on 12 July, Global Times said: “We […]

S Korea, US and Japan in first ever joint missile drill

South Korea, the US and Japan have conducted their first joint missile-tracking drill, in the waters off the US state of Hawaii. The move follows North Korea’s repeated tests in recent months of mid-range ballistic missiles. Most tests have ended in failure, but the apparent success of the sixth last week alarmed the region. North […]

Japan protests to China over ship in disputed waters

Japan has lodged a protest with the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo, after a Chinese ship sailed close to contested islands in the East China Sea. Japan administers the uninhabited Senkaku islands, which China also claims under the name Diaoyu islands. Russian naval ships were also spotted in the area at the same time, Japanese local […]

In Hiroshima, Obama urges nuclear disarmament

US President Barack Obama on Friday became the first sitting president to visit the site of the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan, where he called on world nations to “escape the logic of fear” and reduce their nuclear arsenals.   Obama, who was in the country while attending a G7 summit, visited the Hiroshima Peace […]

US and Japanese warships are keeping an eye on Chinese navy drills

A Chinese naval strike group conducted a 48-hour non-stop combat drill in the western part of the Pacific Ocean under the close surveillance of US and Japanese warships, Chinese state media reported on Tuesday.   The drill, conducted on Sunday and Monday, involved some of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s most advanced warships.   A […]

Japan earthquake: thousands flee amid concerns over volcanoes and aftershocks

Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from earthquake-hit southern Japan as dozens of aftershocks struck and officials monitored nearby volcanoes for signs of activity.   A total of 44,000 people were evacuated late on Thursday in the town of Mashiki after a magnitude-6.4 earthquake collapsed buildings and damaged other infrastructure. Nine people have […]

Are Earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador Related? The Science Says No

Earthquakes of magnitudes exceeding 7.0 struck Japan and Ecuador just hours apart on Saturday. Are the two somehow related?   No. The two quakes occurred about 9,000 miles apart. That’s far too distant for there to be any connection between them.   Large earthquakes can, and usually do, lead to more quakes — but only […]