Posts tagged "South Korea"

Japan: No to Six-Party Talks

China last week proposed restarting the Six Party Talks on North Korea, but at least one of the parties, Japan, is not interested. The talks, which include South Korea, China, the United States, Japan, and Russia, began in 2003 and were last held in 2007. The principal gain from the talks seems to have been...

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Japan floats idea of restricting foreign land ownership

Prime Minister Naoto Kan says the government is considering restricting the sale of Japanese land to non-Japanese residents. The Alien Land Law of 1925 authorizes the government to regulate land acquisition in areas important to the defense of the nation. However, the government ordinance that designated specific areas as subject to such restrictions was abolished...

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MSDF rescues ROK sailor at sea

A sailor aboard the South Korean destroyer Sejong the Great developed a medical emergency yesterday and was taken by the MSDF to a hospital on the Japanese mainland. At about 3:15 a.m. Thursday, the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo asked the Japan Coast Guard for emergency transportation of the serviceman, according to the ministry. Receiving the coast guard’s request for...

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Japan sending observers to U.S. – ROK exercises

A little nugget from Xinhua: TOKYO, July 23 (Xinhua) — Japan will send Self-Defense Forces ( SDF) staff to observe a joint military drill between the United States and South Korea slated for Sunday through Wednesday in the Sea of Japan, the Defense Ministry said Friday. Japan will not dispatch any vessel to the drill...

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Who says Japan and South Korea can’t get along?

From The Daily Yomiuri: “South Korea lost to Uruguay and we could not reach the quarterfinals,” President Lee Myung Bak told Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the G-8 summit in Toronto on Saturday evening. “But we hope that Japan, as representatives of Asia, will accomplish what we could not.” (Link) Hey, isn’t that nice?

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Japanese, South Korean troops join forces in Haiti

This is really good news: The Korean and Japanese troops have offered humanitarian assistance to rebuild areas in Carrefour, near Haitai’s capital, Port-au-Prince, since Friday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. Colonel Kim Su-seong, chief of the 240-member Korean unit in Haiti, described the joint mission with the roughly 350-member Japanese unit...

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Kuruma – Carina Star collision

Here’s an interesting web page on the collision between JDS Kuruma, a MSDF helicopter destroyer, and MV Carina Star, a South Korean container ship. The accident occurred October 27th, 2009, in the Kanmon Strait between the Japanese islands of Kyushu and Honshu. I had just been through–or rather under–the Kanmon Strait a week earlier, taking the...

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Hatoyama condemns North Korean role in Cheonan sinking

Not much to say about this, the headline pretty much says it all. “Our country strongly supports South Korea,” Hatoyama said in a written statement. “North Korea’s action is inexcusable and, along with the international community, we strongly condemn it.” (Link) That’s great and everything, but exactly why should North Korea care what Japan thinks?...

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Comparing the balance of naval power in the Pacific

Naval strategist Craig Hooper, JSW chum and fellow San Francisco-based blogger, wrote an article last month comparing the Chinese fleet with the American, South Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese fleets combined. A sample: China: Destroyers (2005 vs. 2009): 21 vs. 27 (+7) USA: Destroyers (2005 vs. 2009/10): 46 vs. 54/57 (+8/+11) Note: Japan brought into service...

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Japan, South Korea, and China in Talks

The foreign ministers of Japan, South Korea, and China are in talks in South Korea to discuss the Cheonan incident, among other things. The ministers expressed sympathy at the heavy loss of life and exchanged views on the incident, South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-Hwan told a press conference after talks with China’s Yang Jiechi...

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