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China and Japan Seek Improved Relations

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Despite their wartime history and territorial disputes, the Chinese and Japanese governments are making efforts to improve relations. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met for private talks during the G20 summit this past weekend (Reuters). Because China and Japan have the biggest economies in East Asia, Xi stated the two […]

Okinawa Base Faces Anti-American Sentiment

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Citizens of Okinawa are becoming more opposed to the presence of American military installations (Reuters 1). Recently, American military personnel and contractors have been involved in a wave of crime (Shanghai Daily). An American soldier raped a young Japanese schoolgirl, an American contractor murdered a Japanese woman and an American sailor caused a car accident […]

Kyushu Earthquake Ravages Southern Japan

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As of Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the death toll from the two earthquakes that hit Kumamoto prefecture in Japan last weekend has increased to 48 (CBS). The first earthquake that hit was a 6.2 magnitude, followed by a 7.3 magnitude about 27 hours later (ABC). No nuclear facilities were damaged and there were no tsunami warnings issued after […]

Japan Halts Antarctic Whale Hunt

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Days after the United Nation’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled against Japanese whale killings, Japanese officials canceled this year’s whale hunt off Antarctica for the first time in 25 years (Japan Times). Previously, Japanese whale hunting continued through a loophole in a 1986 international mandate that outlawed commercial whaling but allowed the practice for […]

Air-fights between China and Japan over Contested Islands

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Diplomatic relations between China and Japan have once again become strained after a statement released by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, regarding the historically disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Prime Minister Abe addressed international concerns “that China was trying to change the status quo by force, rather than by rule of law,” (BBC) in regards to drone […]