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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China and Japan must dial down the tension over the Diaoyus

    Posted Sep 13th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... which is why they have stirred nationalist fervour in China and Japan and sent a shiver through fraught diplomatic relations. Tensions have been escalated by the Japanese government's ... although likely to win a challenge for control of his Democratic Party of Japan in a vote on September 21, faces a general election before the end of the year and is faring poorly in opinion polls. ...

  2. Canada harness anger to brush aside Japan

    Posted Mar 28th 2011, 12:00am by James Porteous

    ... place, fed off that anger to scrap their way to their second consecutive Bowl title. Crowd favourites Japan bore the brunt of Canada's frustration, going down 33-12 in a match in which ... staff.' Japan twice came from behind to reach the final, scoring 19 points without reply to beat Scotland 19-14, and even more impressively to win 14-12 against a US team who looked in control ...

  3. Japan may put troops closer to China

    Posted Nov 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent in Tokyo Japan may station troops on islands near China and boost defence co-operation with the US and other allies by lifting a ban on military ... tensions flared again yesterday when a Japanese surveillance plane spotted two Chinese fisheries patrol vessels off the Diaoyus, which Japan calls the Senkakus, and anti-China protests were staged ...

  4. Japan, US foil Beijing push to end EU arms embargo

    Posted Feb 11th 2011, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Greg Torode and Minnie Chan Japan and the United States appear to have thwarted a fresh push by China to end the European Union's long-standing embargo on arms sales to the PLA- ... said the speculation was premature given fresh signs of internal reluctance- as well as a discreet but forceful lobbying drive by the EU's international partners, Japan and the US. Japan ...

  5. Chinese negotiator optimistic on climate talks, cites Japan concession

    Posted Dec 10th 2010, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Cancun, Mexico A balanced outcome is within reach at the UN climate talks in Cancun, according to a senior Chinese negotiator, citing a key concession that Japan has ... of Huang's colleagues on the Chinese negotiation team. Huang said Japanese Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto had indicated Japan's willingness to withdraw its opposition to the extension ...

  6. Japan's past has lessons for Beijing

    Posted Oct 18th 2010, 12:00am by Michael Pettis

    ... from 240 to the US dollar to less than 150, within two years. After five years of strong growth and surging stock and real estate markets, in 1990 Japan was forced into a painful 20-year ... lost decade. It was not the post-1985 rise of the yen that caused Japan's lost decade. Tokyo had waited so long before the inevitable currency adjustment that policymakers were then forced ...

  7. Sino-Japan ties run aground in Hanoi

    Posted Oct 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent in Hanoi It is already being called Japan's diplomatic 'Black Friday'. A fresh crisis threatens to engulf Sino-Japanese ties ... side. Hu accused Japan of making 'untrue statements' to other East Asian leaders about yesterday morning's meeting between the two countries' foreign ministers. 'The ...

  8. Japan's submarine plan raises arms race fears

    Posted Oct 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Military analysts warned against a stepped-up submarine-building race in Asian waters, after Japan said it was planning to expand its submarine fleet for the first time in 34 ... its vigilance in nearby waters, especially the East China Sea, where Japan and China have a running territorial dispute over the Diaoyu Islands. The plan will be put in the appendix of the new ...

  9. Japan's top diplomat blamed for arousing Beijing's ire

    Posted Oct 31st 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan An unusually strong reaction from China, accusing Japan of ruining the atmosphere of a possible summit between Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, raises ... at the cost of Japan's diplomatic ties with China.' Media reports quoted Maehara on Friday as saying a Wen-Kan summit was likely and that Beijing had agreed to resume talks on the gas field, ...

  10. Fownes camp in good spirits as Green Birdie looks the part in Japan

    Posted Oct 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in Japan on Sunday. Green Birdie capped an ideal preparation for his tilt at the HK$8.75 million first prize and travelling foreman Dale Bussey is brimming with confidence over the condition ... with the latter to do his final fast work this morning on the course proper at Nakayama. Fownes flew to Japan to oversee Green Birdie's final gallop- an 800m hit-out in 56.2 seconds on Wednesday ...




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