Japan–korea Relations

Japanese magazine mulls invasion of Dokdo/Takeshima islands

A Japanese weekly news magazine has envisaged how Japan's armed forces could go about invading and occupying disputed islands that are presently controlled by South Korea.

Friday, 24 August, 2012, 3:16am

China lays into Japan over naming of islets

China said yesterday that Japan's naming of four uninhabited islets surrounding the disputed Diaoyu Islands was illegal, following a report that Tokyo had given the islets Japanese names.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Optimism over Sino-Japanese ties

Usually, meetings between the leaders of China and Japan have served as an occasion for grappling with bilateral concerns.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Japan may put troops closer to China

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 exports.

Both options are being considered for inclusion in a strategic defence review to be published next month - a fact that will stoke China's concerns about being contained by US and Japanese forces.

21 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Disaster for Pyongyang the outcome of any war

What if there really were a war on the Korean Peninsula? The rhetoric has been heated since the South Korean warship Cheonan was sunk by an explosion in March, killing 46 sailors, and it has been white-hot since investigators reported last month that a North Korean torpedo struck the vessel.

1 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Ties with Japan handled with care

Sino-Japanese relations may be at their best in three decades, but neither side can afford to be complacent if those ties are to continue to improve, says Cui Tiankai, the new Chinese ambassador to Japan.

19 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Fury over Korean pet shop's portrait of Mao

A South Korean pet shop has set off an international incident, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry demanding the removal of an offending sign in which Mao Zedong's portrait above Tiananmen Square is replaced with the face of a dog.

2 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Lao bounty sought for N Koreans

An organisation dedicated to helping North Korean refugees says police in Laos are demanding US$1,000 to hand over three children who were attempting to flee North Korea.

A spokesman for the Tokyo-based Life Funds for North Korean Refugees said it was refusing to pay, saying it feared setting off a 'bounty hunt' for North Korean refugees.

13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Rocks in a hard place

Rising out of a gunmetal-grey sea and against a sky that is only a shade lighter, the two islands are a silhouette sometimes lost in the clouds.

28 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

N Korean expat schools come under attack

More than 100 incidents of threats, vandalism and assaults on pupils have been reported by schools operated by the North Korean community in Japan.

The attacks, in the wake of Pyongyang's missile tests earlier this month, have forced schools to tell their students to leave in groups and not to wear uniforms.

18 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Double standards?

If the survivors of the 1945 Tokyo bombing believe they have a case in claiming compensation from the Japanese government, what of the 'comfort' women and other victims of Japanese military aggression during the second world war?

18 May 2006 - 12:00am

A problem shared ...

One recent weekend, I sat with a group of about 35 people - Koreans, Chinese, Eurasians, Russians and Japanese - who had gathered for a unique event on the campus of Tokyo's International Christian University (ICU). Their backgrounds were diverse - university students, scholars, civil-society activists and representatives of Japan's indigenous Ainu people.

25 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Koreans embrace reelpolitik

In the hold of a battered freighter foundering in the midst of a raging typhoon, a bloodied North Korean terrorist faces off against the South Korean commando tasked with liquidating him. As the two tear into each other in a fight to the death, the violent action is poignantly offset by the men's tragic empathy for one another.

12 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Beijing accused of not playing by rules in gas field row

China is playing by different rules in its territorial negotiations with Japan concerning disputed areas of the East China Sea that are believed to hold deposits of natural gas and oil, according to sources in Japan's Foreign Ministry.

8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

North Koreans find unlikely allies in fight to save Tokyo school

North Korean residents of Japan have found unlikely support from a group of politicians from Seoul who have vowed to help defend a school that teaches Pyongyang's doctrines in Tokyo.

Tokyo's nationalist governor, Shintaro Ishihara, wants to tear down the Edagawa Chosun School in central Koto ward.

18 Jul 2005 - 12:00am