Japan’s exports to China in 2012 down for first time in 3 years

Japan External Trade Organization ( JETRO) released a report Tuesday saying that Japan’s total trade with China dropped 3.3 percent to 333.664 billion U.S. dollars in 2012. The Japanese government- related organization said Japan’s exports to China fell 10.4 percent to 144.794 billion U.S. dollars, marking the first drop since 2009, following Lehman’s fall. A […]

Japan, S. Korea to seek tougher UN sanctions against DPRK

Japan and South Korea agreed Wednesday to seek tougher sanctions against the Democratic People’ s Republic of Korea (DPRK), which conducted a nuclear test Tuesday, in the UN Security Council. In a telephone conversation between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, both of them agreed the DPRK’s nuclear test violated […]

UNSC discusses new sanctions against DPRK

The United Nations Security Council is condemning the nuclear test carried out by the DPRK. It’s now considering a fourth round of sanctions against Pyongyang. The council met in emergency session just hours after the DPRK confirmed it had tested its third nuclear device. For the second time within a month the UN Security Council […]

DPRK’s nuclear test “regrettable”: Japanese PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is “regrettable,” and Japan strongly protests against it, local media reported. Abe made the remark at the lower house and said the test violated relevant UN resolutions. Meanwhile, the Japanese Foreign Ministry has lodged protest […]

Japan mulls unilateral sanctions on DPRK

The Japanese Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it will fly military jets to survey radiation over the country after an “artificial quake,” possibly a nuclear test, was detected in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), local media reported. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

Japan establishes new office to explain territorial stance

Japanese State Minister for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs Ichita Yamamoto said Tuesday that the government has established a new office to explain Japan’s stance on disputed territories with China, South Korea and Russia. Yamamoto told a press conference that the new office will help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other officials explain Japan’s stance […]

China dismisses Japanese protest over Diaoyu Islands

Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua has rejected Japan’s protest over the continued patrol of Chinese marine surveillance ships in waters off the Diaoyu Islands. Cheng met with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki on Tuesday. He said the Chinese vessels are conducting regular patrols in Chinese territorial waters, and requested Japan not to interfere […]

Russia starts large-scale drills in Far East

Russian armed forces have started large-scale exercises on the Kuril Islands in the Far East, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. ‘ Artillery, air forces, navy and border troops are involved in the drills, Alexander Gordeev, spokesman for the Eastern military district, told reporters. “These are the planned exercises. One of its tasks is to conduct […]

Chinese boat detained near Japan’s Nagasaki

A Chinese fishing boat was detained on Tuesday near the Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan for allegedly unauthorized fishing in Japan’s exclusive economic waters, Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka confirmed. The fishing boat, Zhe Ling Yu 23638, was detained at about 11: 56 a.m. local time near the waters of Goto city in the Nagasaki. A […]