Japan says ties with China 'deteriorating' over disputed islands

Fumio Kishida said he had called China's ambassador to protest against the "incursions".

On Friday, about 230 Chinese fishing boats and coast guard vessels sailed near islands claimed by both countries.

Beijing has been increasingly assertive about waters it believes are Chinese.

The Japan-controlled, uninhabited islands - known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China - are the source of a long-running dispute.

Chinese fleet sails near Japanese Senkaku islands

Tokyo says the fleet included six coastguard ships, three of which appeared to be armed.

Japan has summoned Chinese diplomats to protest.

Over recent years, Beijing has become increasingly assertive about its rights in waters it believes are Chinese.


Testing Japan's resolve

In this latest incident, Chinese boats sailed close to the Senkaku Islands, which are administered by Japan but also claimed by China. Beijing calls them the Diaoyu Islands.

$23m grant from Japan to build Pacific Climate Change centre in Samoa

Today, the official signing of the grant to build the multimillion dollar project took place with the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Japan and Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

"Samoa faces a deadly disease, one that can’t be cured with a vaccine. Climate change is affecting the Pacific the most because of our vulnerability. This center will make the efforts to combating Climate Change a lot easier and puts more focus on the task at hand," said Tuilaepa.

Pokemon Go finally launches in Japan

Amid a flurry of social media excitement, Niantic Labs, the software company behind the game, announced it was "finally broadcasting" in Japan.

First released in the US, Australia and New Zealand on 6 July and now available in more than 30 countries, the game has been a global phenomenon.

The Japanese launch comes with a McDonalds sponsorship deal.

Japanese police quiz 'North Korea defector'

The man was carrying no proof of identity when he was found in the city of Nagato on Saturday.

Police are expected to hand him over to immigration officials who will decide whether he is a genuine defector.

In 2011, nine North Koreans were picked up by the Japanese coastguard after spending five days at sea.

They later settled in South Korea.

Some 29,000 North Koreans have fled the country since the peninsula was divided at the end of the Korean War in the 1950s, many of them crossing the border into China.

North Korea missiles 'a serious threat' after new tests

North Korea launched two missiles within hours of each other, with one flying about 400km (250 miles) and reaching an altitude of 1,000km.

A confirmed successful test would mark a step forward for North Korea after four failed launches in recent months.

South Korea, the US and Nato have also expressed alarm over the latest tests.

Both launches are believed to have been intermediate-range Musudan missiles, whose range of about 3,000km is enough to hit South Korea, Japan and the US territory of Guam in the Western Pacific

Japan has a cheap, quick fix for cracked iphone screens

While there are plenty of independent shops in major cities that provide screen replacement services, they’re not cheap (though still cheaper than, say, taking it into the Apple store) and you’re at risk of voiding your warranty. There are self-fix kits available on the web, but those require a bit of work at home and they cost more than a hundred US dollars too. But you can’t just let your phone stay wounded. So what to do? Put a Band-Aid on it.

Deadly quake shakes southern Japan

The Kyodo news agency says about 40 people are being treated at a hospital in Kumamoto, some of them seriously injured, and the government says at least 19 buildings have collapsed. At least two deaths occurred in the town of Mashiki, where the shaking was most severe. The town lies 15km east of Kumamoto.

Japan GGP official commissions new boat for Eueiki Island

The boat is part of the Project for Improvement of Sea Transportation Infrastructure and is funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects, GGP.

Mr. Yukio Numata, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Tonga and Tu’itufu of ‘Eueiki, the Chief of the Island commissioned the new boat at the Queen Salote Wharf, and honoured its first voyage to the second half of the commissioning ceremony held at ‘Eueiki Island.

Japan keen on Pacific Island beauty products

PIC invited three cosmetics companies from the Pacific Islands, Bue’t Niue of Niue, Mailelani of Samoa and Volcanic Earth of Vanuatu to participate in the show. Additionally, some Japanese companies which are already importing and distributing cosmetics from the Pacific Islands were hosted in the PIC booth.