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Japan Records High Trade Deficits in 2012 Due to Fall in Exports to China

Japan’s economy had record high deficits during 2012 due to falling exports to Europe and China in a trade gap estimated at $78 billion.   Newly elected Liberal Democratic Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has proposed an aggressive round of stimulus spending to stoke the fires of economic development in the world’s third largest economy. The […]

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China Dispatches Fighter Jets to Meet Japanese F-15s in the East China Sea

A People’s Republic of China Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced plans on the part of the PRC to routinely fly surveillance aircraft into the disputed areas around the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in response to Japanese claims that their airspace is being violated. The area to the north of the disputed island chain is speculated to contain billions […]

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The Return of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to the Diet: Will Shinzo Abe Reverse Japan’s Course?

Newly elected though not unfamiliar to the office, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a daunting task ahead of him as his Liberal Democratic Party successfully retakes the reins of Japan’s government from the upstart Democratic Party of Japan. The return of the LDP to power in Japan signals a shift back to the post-war […]

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The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Dispute: Japan and China on the Brink?

Could Japan and China go to war over something as small as the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands? Al Jazeera explores this question in the above video documentary.   Background China’s Future Leader Warns Japan Over the Senkaku Islands Dispute Riots in China   [Al Jazeera]

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People’s Republic of China State Oceanic Administration Confirms Japanese Coast Guard Reports that Monitoring Ships are Near the Disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

The PRC’s State Oceanic Administration confirms reports that monitoring ships were dispatched to the area in the East China Sea around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. The Japanese Coast Guard has attempted to contact the ships but has received no response. Xinhua has also confirmed the report from the Japanese Coast Guard that monitoring ships from […]

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China’s Future Leader Warns Japan Over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands Dispute

The future leader of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has warned Japan that it should respect China’s territorial sovereignty with regard to the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. After days of protest in the Chinese capital of Beijing and the dispatching of monitoring ships by the PRC navy, China’s future leader […]

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Chinese Monitoring Ship Enters and Leaves Area Around Disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

A Chinese monitoring ship, Yuzheng35001, entered the contiguous zone around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, according to a report from the Asahi Shimbun in Japan. The Japanese Coast Guard has vowed to prevent a landing by any means. The Yuzheng35001 is a possible accompaniment to the 1000 fishing boats that were reportedly heading for the Senkaku/Diaoyu […]

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Newly Appointed Japanese Ambassador to China Collapsed on the Streets of Tokyo, Died Later in Hospital

Japan’s newly appointed ambassador to China collapsed on the streets of Tokyo and died shortly thereafter according to the Telegraph. Shinichi Nishiyama, 60, died after hospitalization and Tokyo Police have thus far ruled out any type of foul play. In what is a case of poor timing, the ambassador’s death comes right when the relationship […]

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1,000 Chinese Fishing Boats Sailing for the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands in Latest Escalation between Japan and China

The Japan Times is reporting that 1,000 Chinese fishing boats are heading towards the disputed Senkaku / Diaoyu islands in a display of unity with the PRC’s official stance on Japan’s announced plan to purchase the disputed islands and nationalize the territory. The arrival of thousands of Chinese fishermen could complicate matters between the two […]

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Japanese Electronics Giant Canon Ceases Operations in 3 of 4 Factories in the People’s Republic of China Due to Protests Over Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

Japanese electronics giant Canon announced it was suspending operations at 3 of its 4 Chinese factories over the weekend in response to the violent riots that have gripped the PRC since the Japanese government’s announcement of a plan to nationalize the disputed┬áSenkaku/Diaoyu islands. Panasonic has reported that it is the victim of sabotage at one […]

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