Tag: Japan

Japan to spend millions on tiny islands 1,000 miles south of Tokyo

As far as China is concerned, they are mere chunks of uninhabitable rock. But for Japan, these tiny specks in the Pacific, collectively known as “distant bird island”, serve as a key economic and strategic outpost at a time of growing concern over Chinese military activity in the region.   Japan announced this week it […]

Japan economy is sliding

Japanese trade data for December has missed badly to the downside, fueling concerns over the state of the global economy.   Exports fell by 8.0% from a year earlier, an acceleration on the 3.3% contraction of November and below expectations for a decline of 6.8%. The annual decline, the third in a row, was the […]

U.S., South Korea and Japan Vow Tough Response to North Korea’s Nuclear Test

The United States, South Korea and Japan agreed to launch a “united and strong” international response to North Korea’s apparent fourth nuclear test, as experts scrambled Thursday to find more details about the detonation that drew worldwide skepticism and condemnation.   It may take weeks or longer to confirm or contradict the North’s claim that […]

Vietnam protests Chinese test flight in South China Sea

China has defended conducting a test flight on a newly built airfield on reclaimed land in disputed waters in the South China Sea after objections from Vietnam.   Hua Chunying, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson, said Saturday that a civilian aircraft used by the Chinese government conducted a test flight at the new airport on Fiery […]

Relief, anger, indifference over SKorea-Japan sex slave deal

There’s relief among South Korean and Japanese diplomats after the two countries announced an “irreversible” settlement of a decades-long standoff over Korean women forced into sexual slavery by Japan’s World War II military. But activists and many of the elderly victims were furious Tuesday.   Both sides compromised in Monday’s surprise deal, so neither got […]

Japan stepping up military presence in tense East China Sea

Japan is bolstering its military presence in the disputed territories of the East China Sea in order to check the growing influence of China. As part of its latest expansion, Tokyo will install anti-aircraft and anti-ship missile batteries on more than 200 islands stretching about 1,400kms between mainland Japan and Taiwan.   Goaded by its […]

Japan steps up military presence in East China Sea

Japan is to deploy thousands of troops and build missile batteries on islands in the East China Sea, as officials confirmed for the first time that the defences were designed to check Chinese military influence in the region.   In response to US pressure to play a bigger role in deterring increasingly assertive Chinese naval […]

Here Comes Yuan

China has lobbied for the currency to be included in the list, which at present is made up of the US dollar, the euro, the pound and the Japanese yen.   Vladimir Kazbekov, Vice President of the BRICS New Development Bank, also said that “one of the first steps in providing the New Development Bank with funds may be entering the Chinese market to borrow […]

Japan, SKorea agree to work to resolve WWII sex slave issue

The leaders of South Korea and Japan resumed formal talks Monday after a 3½-year freeze and agreed to try to resolve the decades-old issue of Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.   The agreement is a step forward but not a breakthrough. Ties between the two countries have sagged to […]

China, Japan, South Korea Declare Cooperation Fully Restored

China, Japan and South Korea said their cooperation was “completely” restored after three years of strained ties and pledged to work collectively to respond to everything from slowing economic growth, to terrorism and the North Korean nuclear threat. The agreement came Sunday in Seoul, where South Korean President Park Geun Hye, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo […]