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Apec trade meeting ends without joint statement, remains apart on Russia

Japan and the US had sought to include expressions denouncing Russia’s invasion in their joint statement, but others, including Russia, opposed it.

Japan and the US had sought to include expressions denouncing Russia’s invasion in their joint statement, but others, including Russia, opposed it.

22 May 2022 - 11:40PM
Japanese, Western officials walk out of Apec trade meet in protest over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Ministers from Japan, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand walked out of the trade ministers’ meeting in Bangkok as a Russian representative was speaking, officials said.

Ministers from Japan, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand walked out of the trade ministers’ meeting in Bangkok as a Russian representative was speaking, officials said.

21 May 2022 - 4:41PM
Coronavirus: Japan to ease Covid border controls in June allowing for more overseas arrivals

Japan will ease Covid testing and quarantine rules for people arriving in Japan, and relax border restrictions from June 1, by doubling its daily cap on the number of international arrivals allowed to 20,000.

Japan will ease Covid testing and quarantine rules for people arriving in Japan, and relax border restrictions from June 1, by doubling its daily cap on the number of international arrivals allowed to 20,000.

20 May 2022 - 7:58PM
Deepwater divers find no sign of 12 people still missing in sunken Japan tour boat

It is the first time divers conducted a search inside and outside the boat. An underwater drone had been used earlier but none of the missing was found inside.

It is the first time divers conducted a search inside and outside the boat. An underwater drone had been used earlier but none of the missing was found inside.

20 May 2022 - 1:35AM
IAEA chief inspects Fukushima nuclear plant after Japan initially approves water discharge plan

Planned discharge of treated water is expected to begin around next spring. China and South Korea, as well as fishing communities in Japan, which fear reputational damage, have expressed concerns and opposition to the plan.

Planned discharge of treated water is expected to begin around next spring. China and South Korea, as well as fishing communities in Japan, which fear reputational damage, have expressed concerns and opposition to the plan.

19 May 2022 - 6:47PM
N Korea missile launch could happen during Biden visit, S Korea official says

The National Security Office comment came as speculation grows that N Korea may conduct a provocative act during President Joe Biden’s visit to the south; reports on Tuesday, stated N Korea appears to be preparing for ICBM test within 48 to 96 hours.

The National Security Office comment came as speculation grows that N Korea may conduct a provocative act during President Joe Biden’s visit to the south; reports on Tuesday, stated N Korea appears to be preparing for ICBM test within 48 to 96 hours.

18 May 2022 - 6:29PM
Deepwater divers prepare to search inside sunken Japan tour boat for 12 people still missing

Tour boat was carrying 24 passengers and two crew members when it made a distress call and disappeared on April 23 during a sightseeing trip. 14 people died during the excursion and 12 people remain missing.

Tour boat was carrying 24 passengers and two crew members when it made a distress call and disappeared on April 23 during a sightseeing trip. 14 people died during the excursion and 12 people remain missing.

17 May 2022 - 1:45PM
10 years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster some residents can finally return home

Residents of Katsurao village will be able to return to their homes on June 12 when an evacuation order that has been in place since the 2011 nuclear disaster will be lifted.

Residents of Katsurao village will be able to return to their homes on June 12 when an evacuation order that has been in place since the 2011 nuclear disaster will be lifted.

17 May 2022 - 1:35PM
Japan inks US$100 million loan to Ukraine; offers to help evacuees find jobs

The aid will be co-financed with the World Bank and not used for military purposes; specialised job assistance will be given to people who have fled to Japan since Russia’s invasion.

The aid will be co-financed with the World Bank and not used for military purposes; specialised job assistance will be given to people who have fled to Japan since Russia’s invasion.

17 May 2022 - 12:21AM
Japan counterstrike capability may target China’s top military body

Speculation mounts after the government did not directly address a lawmaker’s query whether targets of the plan would include the Central Military Commission.

Speculation mounts after the government did not directly address a lawmaker’s query whether targets of the plan would include the Central Military Commission.

15 May 2022 - 11:00AM
Japan, EU agree to seek free Indo-Pacific, cooperate over Ukraine

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described the Indo-Pacific as ‘a theatre of tensions’ in a veiled reference to an assertive China while also noting North Korea’s threat.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described the Indo-Pacific as ‘a theatre of tensions’ in a veiled reference to an assertive China while also noting North Korea’s threat.

12 May 2022 - 4:00PM
China-US relations: Washington says it is still against Taiwan independence despite ‘fact sheet’ change

Both State Department spokesman Ned Price and White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell say the US position regarding Taiwan has not changed.

Both State Department spokesman Ned Price and White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt Campbell say the US position regarding Taiwan has not changed.

12 May 2022 - 1:14PM
Japan’s zoos run short of food as supply disruptions hit hay imports

Labour shortages at ports in the US and other hay-exporting countries have caused delays in feed shipments, with a scarcity of shipping containers only adding to complications.

Labour shortages at ports in the US and other hay-exporting countries have caused delays in feed shipments, with a scarcity of shipping containers only adding to complications.

11 May 2022 - 9:40AM
Japan considers revoking license of operator of sunken Hokkaido tour boat that killed 14 people

If enforced it would mark the heaviest administrative penalty ever imposed under Japan’s maritime transport law.

If enforced it would mark the heaviest administrative penalty ever imposed under Japan’s maritime transport law.

8 May 2022 - 10:30AM
Japan and UK agree on defence pact amid China’s rise in Indo-Pacific

‘Ukraine may be tomorrow’s East Asia,’ warns PM Fumio Kishida after talks with British counterpart Boris Johnson in London.

‘Ukraine may be tomorrow’s East Asia,’ warns PM Fumio Kishida after talks with British counterpart Boris Johnson in London.

6 May 2022 - 2:01AM
Sunken Japanese tour boat searched with camera, 12 people still missing

14 people were killed when the Kazu I went missing on April 23 after leaving port in Hokkaido despite a bad weather warning.

14 people were killed when the Kazu I went missing on April 23 after leaving port in Hokkaido despite a bad weather warning.

3 May 2022 - 9:52PM
Japan, Thai PMs meet over Ukraine crisis, defence cooperation

PMs Fumio Kishida and Prayut Chan-o-cha are seeking to reach an agreement on the transfer of Japanese defence equipment; Thailand has been cautious about joining efforts to isolate Russia in response to its aggression.

PMs Fumio Kishida and Prayut Chan-o-cha are seeking to reach an agreement on the transfer of Japanese defence equipment; Thailand has been cautious about joining efforts to isolate Russia in response to its aggression.

2 May 2022 - 8:06PM
Ukraine war: Your fight is a fight for everyone, Pelosi tells Zelensky, during US delegation’s trip to Kyiv

Pelosi, next in line to US presidency after vice-president, is highest ranking American official to visit Ukraine since invasion began; meanwhile, the UN says millions of tons of grain stuck in Ukrainian ports or on ships needs to ‘get out into world to alleviate global food crisis’.

Pelosi, next in line to US presidency after vice-president, is highest ranking American official to visit Ukraine since invasion began; meanwhile, the UN says millions of tons of grain stuck in Ukrainian ports or on ships needs to ‘get out into world to alleviate global food crisis’.

1 May 2022 - 7:54PM
Japan tour boat sinking may be due to communication system failure

Days before accident, the captain of Kazu I was given permission to use his mobile phone – which was unreachable the day of the sinking – rather than a satellite phone.

Days before accident, the captain of Kazu I was given permission to use his mobile phone – which was unreachable the day of the sinking – rather than a satellite phone.

1 May 2022 - 3:58PM
Japan eyes classifying defence guidelines amid China, Russia threats

Recommendations will focus on whether Japan can acquire capabilities to attack enemy bases in counterstrikes given its exclusively-defence oriented policy under the war-renouncing Constitution.

Recommendations will focus on whether Japan can acquire capabilities to attack enemy bases in counterstrikes given its exclusively-defence oriented policy under the war-renouncing Constitution.

1 May 2022 - 11:15AM
US, Japan defence chiefs to meet next week to discuss Ukraine war, China

The Pentagon said the defence chiefs will discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine and ways to strengthen the bilateral alliance amid China’s growing assertiveness.

The Pentagon said the defence chiefs will discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine and ways to strengthen the bilateral alliance amid China’s growing assertiveness.

30 Apr 2022 - 12:16PM
Japan finds wreck of boat missing after accident that killed 14

Japanese coastguard says 12 of the 26 people aboard are unaccounted for, and will search inside the boat in belief that some of the missing were trapped.

Japanese coastguard says 12 of the 26 people aboard are unaccounted for, and will search inside the boat in belief that some of the missing were trapped.

30 Apr 2022 - 9:10AM
Japan’s ruling party pushes to double defence budget, amid concerns over China, Russia, North Korea

Liberal Democratic Party wants to ‘drastically strengthen Japan’s defence capabilities’ in stark contrast to country’s traditional pacifist stance; annual defence budget would need to increase to about US$86 billion.

Liberal Democratic Party wants to ‘drastically strengthen Japan’s defence capabilities’ in stark contrast to country’s traditional pacifist stance; annual defence budget would need to increase to about US$86 billion.

27 Apr 2022 - 5:40PM
Ukraine war: Russia’s Putin and UN chief Guterres agree on Mariupol evacuation

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Russian President Vladimir Putin met one-on-one for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Russian President Vladimir Putin met one-on-one for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine.

27 Apr 2022 - 1:21PM
Japan, Russia seal salmon and trout fishing deal despite Ukraine sanctions

Tokyo and Moscow agreed on a fishing quota of 2,050 tonnes within Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for this year.

Tokyo and Moscow agreed on a fishing quota of 2,050 tonnes within Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) for this year.

23 Apr 2022 - 3:20PM
New Zealand’s Ardern, Japan’s Kishida want ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific region in veiled reference to China-Solomons pact

Both countries say they strongly oppose attempts to change the status quo by force in any regions including the East and South China Seas, but did not specifically name Beijing.

Both countries say they strongly oppose attempts to change the status quo by force in any regions including the East and South China Seas, but did not specifically name Beijing.

21 Apr 2022 - 11:26PM
Ukraine war: Japan says India refused permission for air force plane to collect aid

A lawmaker said New Delhi had agreed to allow the flight to pick up relief items stockpiled by a UN agency, but the government suddenly withdrew its consent.

A lawmaker said New Delhi had agreed to allow the flight to pick up relief items stockpiled by a UN agency, but the government suddenly withdrew its consent.

21 Apr 2022 - 3:58PM
Japan’s ruling party pushes for contentious military strike capability to counter missile threats

According to the LDP proposals, Tokyo will introduce a defence capability that will not only target missile bases but also disable the command and control systems.

According to the LDP proposals, Tokyo will introduce a defence capability that will not only target missile bases but also disable the command and control systems.

16 Apr 2022 - 12:33PM
Japan fighter jet scrambles against foreign aircraft soar on China, Russia tensions

Air Self-Defence Force conducted 1,004 scrambles of its aircraft against foreign planes in the year through March, the second-highest level on record.

Air Self-Defence Force conducted 1,004 scrambles of its aircraft against foreign planes in the year through March, the second-highest level on record.

15 Apr 2022 - 4:16PM
Pentagon warns China-Solomon Islands security deal could be destabilising

The US Defence Department said the pact could ‘set a concerning precedent for the wider Pacific Island region’.

The US Defence Department said the pact could ‘set a concerning precedent for the wider Pacific Island region’.

15 Apr 2022 - 10:19AM