The number of times Japanese fighter jets scrambled to ward off Russian military aircraft more than doubled in the last six months, amid diplomatic tensions between the two countries which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is keen to ease.
The increased activity in Japan’s north also comes as the armed forces pivot their focus southwards towards [...]
In stark contrast to White House policy, a top Japanese general on Tuesday said the U.S. military rebalance of forces to the Pacific should confront Chinese aggression in the region.
Japanese Gen. Kiyofumi Iwata, chief of staff of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force, said that “some countries want to change the status quo by force” in [...]
Japan and the United States are revising their mutual defense guidelines for the first time in nearly two decades to respond to China’s military expansion and increase Japan’s role in regional defense.
An interim report released Wednesday says the U.S. and Japan are pursuing a wider partnership that requires “enhanced capabilities and greater shared responsibilities.”
“Most alarming is the high level of anticipation for war among the Chinese public. And thanks in part to an endless parade of World War II television dramas, the target is clear: Japan.”
“A defense academic warns the nation to prepare for World War III.”
A professor of classical music in Beijing startled me in [...]
If China does attempt to coerce Japan economically, Tokyo may well find itself with no alternative but to ask for Washington’s direct intervention. To the disappointment of liberal internationalists, WTO and multilateral organizations would not be able to dissuade China. Moreover, WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism would probably be too slow to alleviate the damage to [...]
The prospects for Sino-Japanese relations are worrying when 90 per cent of the Japanese people surveyed said they have a bad impression of China and 80 per cent of the Chinese surveyed said they feel the same way about Japan, according to the latest survey conducted by China Daily in China and the non-profit organisation [...]
Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China.
While Japan’s intensifying rivalry with China dominates the headlines, Tokyo’s focus would be the ability to take out North Korean [...]
More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan, according to a recent poll.
The survey, conducted by Japanese non-governmental organisation Genron and state-run newspaper China Daily, revealed that 53.4% of Chinese people believe a conflict will happen, with many thinking it will occur “within the next five years”.
The world’s third-biggest economy is teetering on the brink of disaster. The most recent quarterly results showed shrinkage in Japan’s economy by an annualized 6.8% from April through June. Although the Bank of Japan has predicted a rebound in the next quarter, many economists are even more pessimistic than Jean-Pierre Lehmann. They predict a crash [...]
“However, the Japanese government will want to keep the [Senkaku] islands out of Chinese hands for security purposes in light of the latter’s actions to secure disputed territory in the South China Sea, if nothing else.”
The Senkaku Islands have only minimal economic value to Japan with regard to the seabed resources in the surrounding [...]