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Japan’s Noda Vows No Compromise in Island Dispute with China

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says Tokyo will not compromise on its claim to a group of uninhabited islands at the center of a heated territorial dispute with China. Speaking at a news conference at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Mr. Noda also defended his government’s recent purchase of the East China Sea […]

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Ex-PM Abe Elected as Head of Japan’s Opposition LDP

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s tough-talking former prime minister Shinzo Abe, who is calling for a stronger stance against China, has been elected as president of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party. Mr. Abe, who defeated ex-defense chief Shigeru Ishiba in a run-off election Wednesday, could get another chance to lead Japan, if the LDP wins next election as […]

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Nationalistic Abe Elected as Head of Japan’s Opposition LDP

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s tough-talking former prime minister Shinzo Abe, who is calling for a stronger stance against China, has been elected as president of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party. Mr. Abe defeated ex-defense chief Shigeru Ishiba in a run-off election, Wednesday. The ex-prime minister, who stepped down in 2007 because of a stomach illness, could get […]

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Japan, China Hold High-Level Talks on Island Dispute, No Progress Reported

Posted September 26th, 2012 at 12:20 am (UTC-5)
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A bitter territorial dispute between China and Japan showed no signs of improvement Tuesday, as foreign ministers from both countries held high-level talks to ease tensions. The official Xinhua news agency says Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi “reiterated China’s position” on the disputed East China Sea islands during the talks, which were held on the sidelines […]

Japan, Taiwan Coast Guards Trade Water Cannon Fire Near Disputed Islands

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese and Taiwanese coast guard vessels exchanged water cannon blasts Tuesday in the East China Sea, further complicating a tense territorial dispute that has also upset Japan-China relations. The tussle, which was shown on Japanese television, came as at least eight Taiwanese patrol ships escorted dozens of fishing boats near disputed islands claimed by all […]

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Japan, Taiwan Boats Use Water Cannons Near Disputed Islands

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 1:25 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese and Taiwanese coast guard vessels exchanged water cannon blasts Tuesday in the East China Sea, further complicating a territorial dispute that has also upset Japan-China relations. The tussle, which was shown on Japanese television, came as at least eight Taiwanese patrol ships escorted dozens of fishing boats near disputed islands, known in Japan as […]

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China Cancels Event Marking Japanese Ties

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 6:30 am (UTC-5)
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China has canceled a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties with Japan. China’s state news agency, Xinhua, says the event has been postponed until what Beijing called a more appropriate time. The ceremony was first due to be held on September 27. The two nations are engaged in an escalating […]

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US: Japan, China Must Resolve Dispute Peacefully

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it expects China and Japan to resolve their territorial dispute through “peaceful means.” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday the U.S. believes good relations between Japan and China benefit all countries in the region. He also said the United States does not take a position on the sovereignty of the […]

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Chinese Official Justifies Anti-Japan Protests

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese official says the recent wave of anti-Japan protests in China involving a territorial dispute reflects a firm resolution by Chinese citizens to safeguard sovereignty. China’s Xinhua news agency quotes a Foreign Ministry spokesman as urging Japan’s government to listen to the Chinese peoples’ objection to Japan’s announcement that it will buy islands in […]

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Japan Central Bank Expands Its Economic Stimulus

Posted September 19th, 2012 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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The Japanese central bank has expanded its stimulus program to try to boost the country’s sluggish economy, joining its counterparts in the U.S. and Europe in easing the flow of money. The Bank of Japan Wednesday added $126 billion to its asset-purchase fund, pushing it to $695 billion, in an effort to advance the world’s […]

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