Japan-North Korea

Japanese envoy's secret Pyongyang trip more worrying than missile launches

Isao Iijima passes through Beijing after his visit. Photo: AP

The firing of the missiles follows recent rhetoric from the Kim Jong-un regime threatening nuclear strikes against the US and moving the medium-range Musudan missiles to North Korea's east coast. The warnings led the United States, South Korea and Japan to boost defences and raised concern in Beijing, Pyongyang's biggest ally.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 6:48am

US urged to sanction China over North Korea arms

A rocket launcher is fired during a live drill by the Jangjae Islet Defence Detachment in North Korea. Photo: AP

A human rights activist in Japan has written to 178 US senators and congressmen urging them to impose sanctions on three Chinese companies that were allegedly involved in assisting North Korea obtain weapons systems, in violation of UN sanctions.

18 May 2013 - 12:54am

Tokyo accused of blocking deal for North Korean 'embassy'

The North Korean de facto embassy in Tokyo. Photo: AP

The organisation that represents North Korean residents of Japan accused the Japanese government of blocking the sale of its headquarters in Tokyo to a priest who wanted to permit the Chongryon group to remain in the building.

16 May 2013 - 12:34am

US 'fully committed' to defend Japan against North Korea

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) talks to Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry told Japan on Sunday the United States would protect it from North Korea’s threats, after securing a commitment from China to rein in the unpredictable regime.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan to move Patriot missiles to Okinawa

Two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile interceptor units are seen deployed to counter North Korea's possible launch of ballistic missiles at US Air Force Kadena Air Base in Okinawa island, on Firday. Photo: EPA

Japan said on Friday it would deploy Patriot missiles in Okinawa permanently from this month as part of its efforts to boost defence capability amid concerns over North Korea’s missile threat.

12 Apr 2013 - 7:35pm

Japan puts anti-North Korean missiles in Tokyo

Patriot missiles are stationed near the Defence Ministry in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Japan has deployed Patriot missiles in its capital as it readies to defend the 30 million people who live in greater Tokyo from any North Korean attack, an official said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan issues order to shoot down any North Korea missile

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera (centre) visits the US Marine Corps in Ginowan, Okinawa, on Saturday. Photo: EPA

Japan has ordered its armed forces to shoot down any North Korean missile headed towards its territory, a defence ministry spokesman said on Monday as speculation grows Pyongyang may fire one this week.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am