US-Japan alliance

Tokyo ‘would be key player’ in any Asian conflict

US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III meets with Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Japan could be a key participant if conflict breaks out in Asia, the defence minister said yesterday, warning that the mainland was seeking to exploit difficulties between allies.

Tuesday, 27 August, 2013, 1:58am 1 comment

US Osprey lands on Japanese warship

A US Osprey lands on the Japanese destroyer Hyuga. Photo: AP

A US Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft has made an unprecedented landing on a Japanese naval vessel off the California coast.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:04am

Economy comes first in Obama-Abe meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with US President Barack Obama. Photo: MCT

Abe is determined to revive the economy. Speaking at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC, Abe said that not only was he personally back as prime minister, but "Japan is back!" "I will bring back a strong Japan, strong enough to do even more good for the betterment of the world," he pledged.

27 Feb 2013 - 4:55am

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe fails to win Obama's support in Diaoyus row

US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office after a meeting. Abe had hoped to secure his support in the row with China. Photo: MCT

While Abe kept up his hardline comments about Japan's territorial dispute with China, he avoided disagreement with Obama during their talks on Friday. The Japanese leader declared that both nations would exert pressure on North Korea over its nuclear tests and continue talks about Japan's "possible interest" in joining a trade pact initiated by Washington.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:34am

Abe, Obama firm on North Korea, measured on China

US President Barack Obama shakes hands wtih Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama on Friday pledged with Japan to take a firm line on a defiant North Korea while apparently seeking to calm rising tensions between Tokyo and Beijing.

23 Feb 2013 - 5:21am 1 comment

Briefs, November 13, 2012

The Dalai Lama is on a 10-day visit to Japan. Photo: AFP

Japan's ties with US, China vex Dalai Lama

13 Nov 2012 - 2:38am

Japan seeks firmer pact with the US to confront China

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (left) with Japan's defence minister, Satoshi Morimoto, in Tokyo last month. Photo: EPA

Japan's defence minister, Satoshi Morimoto, said yesterday he wanted to revise his nation's security alliance with the United States to place more emphasis on the threat from China to Japan's southeastern islands.

10 Nov 2012 - 2:36am

Briefs, November 7, 2012

Japan drops plan for island invasion drill

7 Nov 2012 - 2:07am

Briefs, October 31, 2012

US war-time bomb closes Sendai airport

31 Oct 2012 - 2:49am

Japan should rethink US ties and improve relations with China

Civic group members protest over the alleged rape of a local woman by two US servicemen in Okinawa. Photo: AFP

Changing times necessitate new thinking. Japanese who believe that their country's security alliance with the US has become a hindrance rather than a benefit certainly think so. An alleged rape by American servicemen in Okinawa, home to about half of the 47,000 US troops in the country, has amplified calls for a reshaping of relations.

23 Oct 2012 - 3:27am 3 comments

Can Japan be roused from its stupor?

Japan is now confronting challenges at home and abroad that are as serious as any it has had to face since the end of the second world war. Yet the Japanese public is displaying remarkable apathy.

4 Oct 2012 - 2:28am 1 comment

US must make clear its stance over Senkakus

During the past two years, Japan has experienced major setbacks in each of its three territorial disputes with neighbours - the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute with mainland China/Taiwan, the Takeshima/Dokdo dispute with South Korea, and the Northern Territories/Kuril Islands dispute with Russia.

12 Sep 2012 - 1:41am