Tag: Japan


China, Russia To Start Joint Air, Sea Drill In Sea Of Japan

BEIJING — A Chinese naval flotilla set off on Sunday to join Russian naval and air forces in the Sea of Japan in an exercise aimed at “safeguarding the security of strategic waterways,” according to China’s defense ministry. Codenamed “Northern/Interaction-2023,” the drill marks enhanced military cooperation between China and Russia since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and is taking place as Beijing […]


Japan Denounces North Korea’s Plans To Launch Satellite Into Orbit

Japan says North Korea’s plan to launch a satellite into orbit within the next two weeks would be a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions over the North’s previous missile tests. Pyongyang notified the Japanese coast guard Monday that it plans to launch the satellite sometime between May 31 and June 11. The notification comes just weeks after North Korea’s […]


Japan Protests China’s Detention Of Citizen, Maritime Action

TOKYO — Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi protested in a meeting Sunday with his Chinese counterpart the detention of a Japanese national in Beijing and raised “strong concern” about China’s escalating military activity near Taiwan and around Japan. Hayashi is on a two-day visit in China, becoming Japan’s first diplomat to make the trip in more than three years as frictions […]


North Korea Fires Ballistic Missile Over Japan Into Pacific

Pyongyang’s fifth test in 10 days comes after South Korea and the United States hold military drills. North Korea has fired a ballistic missile over Japan, the fifth launch in 10 days, amid expectations that it is gearing up to test its first nuclear weapon in five years. The missile, detected by the Japanese coast guard and South Korea’s Joint Chiefs […]


Japan’s Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Gunned Down

Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe died in hospital after he was shot at a political campaign event. The 67-year-old former leader was hit as the gunman fired twice before he was tackled to the ground by security officials. The gunman, a 41-year-old suspect is now in police custody. The suspect, Tetsuya Yamagami, reportedly admitted to the shooting of the […]


Japan Vows Bigger Security Role In Asia-Pacific To Tackle Threats

Prime Minister Kishida announces plans to boost country’s diplomatic and security role amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has announced plans to boost his country’s diplomatic and security role in the Asia-Pacific to tackle what he described as growing threats in the region amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Kishida said Japan will consider acquiring a preemptive strike […]


Former Japan’s PM Tells China Don’t Provoke Neighbors

According to press reports, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged China not to provoke its neighbors or seek territorial expansion, saying that any Chinese military adventure could be “suicidal”. Abe, who stepped down as premier last year but is still influential as head of the largest faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, made the comment in a […]


Seven Events To Watch During The Upcoming Olympics

With the opening ceremony set for Friday, July 23, the Olympics will captivate the mind, heart, and time of most humans on planet Earth for the next two weeks. Caribbean sports fans will especially have their eyes peeled on the performance of the region’s best athletes. That said, here are the top seven events to watch during the Olympics from […]


Japan’s Prime Minister Throws In The Towel

Shinzō Abe, the Japanese politician who has served as Prime Minister of Japan and President of the Liberal Democratic Party since 2012, has resigned in position, blaming his ill health. He previously served as Chief Cabinet Secretary from 2005 to 2006 and as Prime Minister from 2006 to 2007. He is the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japanese history. Abe, who […]


Japan’s Economy Running Out Of Heat

Japan’s economy sees its fastest rate decline in five years at the end of 2019. The country has been hit by a sales tax rise, a major typhoon, weak global demand, and the threatening coronavirus plaguing that part of the world. Annualized gross domestic product (GDP) showed a greater decline than anticipated, a 6.3% in October-December. Analysts are also speculating […]