Japan plans to better spell out its claims to disputed islands

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev takes pictures during his visit to Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan. Photo: Reuters

The Japanese government plans to set up a team of experts to devise ways to better spell out Tokyo's position in territorial disputes with its neighbours. A panel will submit a report to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in about six months.

Thursday, 4 April, 2013, 2:29am

Briefs, March 4, 2013

At least six people died in a spate of snow-related incidents as blizzards swept across the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido over the weekend. 

4 Mar 2013 - 5:04am

Diaoyu Islands row dulls China land grab fears in Japan

Hideyuki Ishii has brokered a handful of real estate deals between Chinese buyers and Japanese sellers. Photo: AFP

A spat over disputed islands has put a damper on Chinese sales of Japanese products from cars to cosmetics, but there is relief in one market at a fall-off of foreign buyers – real estate.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Medical tourists to Japan unfazed by Diaoyus row

Zhang Lan awaits her X-rays during a check-up in Asahikawa.

As relations between Tokyo and Beijing appear increasingly in need of major surgery, officials in the far north of Japan are hoping the infant industry of medical tourism can thrive unscathed.

24 Oct 2012 - 12:21pm

New rule on land sales not aimed at Chinese, Hokkaido governor says

Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi. Photo: AFP

The governor of Hokkaido has defended new legislation covering land sales in the Japanese prefecture, introduced amid growing concern over purchases by foreigners including mainland Chinese and Hong Kong buyers.

19 Oct 2012 - 10:16am

Japan’s Hokkaido welcomes Chinese, despite row

Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi confirmed the island's doors were open for Chinese tourists and investors at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday . AFP

The governor of Japan’s tourist haven island of Hokkaido said on Thursday the doors were open for Chinese tourists and investors, despite frictions that have seen Beijing’s warships skirting Tokyo’s waters.

18 Oct 2012 - 10:01pm