Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams staged an anti-piracy drill on Wednesday, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack, in a show of maritime cooperation between the two nations amid rising tension in Asian waters.
With the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final (Men) 2015 around the corner, India's preparation for the tournament will start with the first Test of the four-match series against Japan at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday.
North Korea condemned on Friday plans by Japan to hold a summit in New York on the abduction of Japanese citizens by Pyongyang decades ago, saying the issue had been resolved and accusing Tokyo of escalating a human rights campaign against North Korea.
Voicing concern over new US-Japan defence cooperation guidelines extending geographical limits of Japanese forces, China on Thursday warned the two allies that their bilateral understanding should not be used to undermine third party interests.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed “deep repentance” over Japan’s role in World War Two in a speech to the US Congress on Wednesday, even as he declared Tokyo’s emergence as a global security player in the face of China’s rising power.
A Thai inquest into the death of a Japanese cameraman during a military crackdown five years ago against protesters ended inconclusively on Thursday with the court unable to decide who fired the fatal shot.
In a rare display of political unity, South and North Korea on Thursday each condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for failing to apologise during a US visit for the wartime use of sexual slaves.