Ryukyu Islands

PLA general plays down scholars' claims that Ryukyu Islands don't belong to Japan

Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo welcomes US Navy Admiral Samuel Locklear to a sidelines meeting at the Singapore forum. Photo: Reuters

Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army, told a security conference in Singapore that those views did not represent the official position.

Monday, 3 June, 2013, 9:52am 1 comment

Daily publishes challenge to Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa

Okinawa is part of the Ryukyu island chain and home to major US bases. Photo: EPA

The article in the Communist Party mouthpiece argued China may have rights to the Ryukyu chain, which includes Okinawa.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese nationals' claims to Okinawa 'an abuse of history'

China’s potential claim to most of the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, underscored by slogans at anti-Japan protests, has been angrily dismissed in Japan.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:39am 1 comment

Protest after Japanese pair stage landing

Beijing has protested to Tokyo after two Japanese politicians landed on the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea on Thursday, ahead of today's 75th anniversary of the start of the second Sino-Japanese war.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing's island Claim crazy, says owner

Hiroyuki Kurihara has a one-word comment on Beijing's claim to his islands in the East China Sea: crazy.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Japanese fishing workers lived on 'uninhabitable' Diaoyus

During my two decades of work on China and Taiwan issues at the US State Department, I often admired Jerome A. Cohen's work.

He and Jon M. Van Dyke are entitled to their own opinions about the Senkaku Islands [known as the Diaoyus in China] - but, alas, not their own facts ('Lines of latitude', November 10).

19 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

When China's neighbours shudder

It was ironic that Beijing wheeled out former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa to use a dinner party to warn the US not to send an aircraft carrier into the Yellow Sea. As a former shipping executive, Tung is surely aware of the principles of international waters - not to mention South Korea's right to US help to defend itself against China's unpredictable, nuclear-armed ally North Korea.

26 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

A salient lesson for Hatoyama's successor

Leaders need to be visionary, but they also have to acknowledge reality. Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned yesterday citing as a reason unpopularity over a broken election campaign pledge to move a US marine base off Okinawa. As pleasing a prospect as the suggestion may have been for some voters eight months ago, it was as unrealistic then as now and into the foreseeable future.

3 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Japan needs 'a marine corps of its own'

The policy chief of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party has stated that the military there should develop a rapid-response force that is equivalent to the United States Marine Corps.

25 May 2010 - 12:00am

Offshore assets

Many people have been to Japan's major cities, with their heaving, black-suited crowds, endless shopping and flashing neon. But Okinawa, the largest of the Ryukyu Islands, which span nearly 1,000km between Kyushu and Taiwan, offers a completely different experience, with a distinctive cultural mix, world class-beaches and a laid-back ambience.

22 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Channel hop

It's not often a television programme can claim to be life-changing but this week there's one that has the potential to be just that.

19 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Traditional island sounds

It's hard not to like the vocal musings of Japan's next big star, Atari Kousuke. His 'island song' singing style sets him apart from the rest of the J-pop pack.

Atari comes from Amami Oshima, one of the Ryukyu Islands, a chain of Japanese islands south of the main archipelago, of which Okinawa is one.

17 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing annoyed after Japanese and Taiwanese boats collide off Diaoyus

Beijing says a Japanese coastguard patrol vessel illegally entered an area including the disputed Diaoyu Islands when it collided with a Taiwanese fishing boat early yesterday.

The fishing boat Lianhe sank an hour after hitting the Japanese vessel at about 3.30am, 9km off the main island in the archipelago.

11 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Rape cases build pressure in 'Okinawa volcano'

The tiny fishing village of Heneko in Okinawa, Japan's southernmost prefecture, is an unlikely venue for a showdown between the forces of light and darkness. For 1,450 days, Reverend Natsume Taida has camped out with supporters on this beautiful semi-tropical beachside to fight what he calls a great evil: the US military. 'They have brought us nothing but trouble,' he says.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Naha, Okinawa

Laid-back Naha is the capital of Okinawa, the southernmost of Japan's prefectures. It's also the largest city on Okinawa island, though it only has 320,000 residents, and its position in the East China Sea means it's closer to Hong Kong than to Tokyo.

2 Dec 2007 - 12:00am