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Japan is to establish new military outposts on remote islands, a report said Monday, as Tokyo looks to bolster its defence amid a territorial dispute with China. Up to 350 troops each could be stationed on three islands in the far southwest, close to the Senkakus, which Beijing claims as its own under the name Diaoyus, the mass-selling Yomiuri Shimbun reported. With the exception of the main …

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Japan is reportedly planning to establish fresh military outposts in remote islands near the archipelago known in Japan as Senkaku, in order to bolster security in its territorial waters.

According to the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun, nearly 350 troops are expected to be stationed on three different islands in the far southwest, near the disputed chain of islands. The string of land mass, often at the centre of spats between Tokyo and Beijing, is called Diaoyus in China.

Although there is already a minimum air force facility in the region, it does not have Japan’s ground forces and the latest proposal is bound to infuriate China.

The two countries are frequently involved in maritime confrontations in the waters to assert their claims to the islands, which lie about 2,000kms from Tokyo and 200kms from Taiwan, which also claims rights to the chain.

The three sites identified for the new outposts are Amamioshima, Miyako island and Ishigaki island, all of which are located about 150 to 210kms from Senkakus, the daily reported, citing anonymous senior officials.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters: “At the moment, however, we have not decided on specific, concrete locations such as those reported.”

Last month, Japan had come up with its first military expansion in the region in more than 40 years by beginning the construction of a radar station in Yonaguni.

Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said: “This is the first deployment since the US returned Okinawa in 1972 and calls for us to be more on guard are growing. I want to build an operation able to properly defend islands that are part of Japan’s territory.”

The radar facility will significantly increase Japan’s surveillance capabilities in the region as Tokyo’s monitoring could potentially expand up to mainland China to keep an eye on its ships and flights.

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Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance: Barack Obama
Tokyo: The islands at the centre of a corrosive row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahe…

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TOKYO (AP) Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully.

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TOKYO (AP) President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

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The islands at the centre of a row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahead of his arrival in Tokyo.

Obama, who begins a tour of Asia that will also take in South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, is the first sitting US president to explicitly affirm that hostile action against the island chain would spark an American reaction.

“The policy of the United States is clear – the Senkaku Islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of Article 5 of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,” Obama said in a written interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun.

“And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands,” he said.

Several senior US figures, including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have made similar statements, which Tokyo covets as a way to warn China away from territories it claims as the Diaoyus.

Obama’s week-long tour of Asia is being dubbed a “rebalancing” eastward of US foreign policy by the White House.

Although China is not on his itinerary, its presence will be felt on every leg at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy.

The row over ownership of the Senkakus is not new, but has burst to the fore in the past two years, with paramilitary vessels from both sides jostling in nearby waters to assert control.

In November, China declared an air defence identification zone over the East China Sea, including the skies above the islands.

“I’ve also told (Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) that all our nations have an interest in dealing constructively with maritime issues, including in the East China Sea,” Obama told the Yomiuri.

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Tension: a Japanese coast guard vessel shadowing a Chinese surveillance ship last year near the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Photo: AP

Tokyo: Islands at the centre of a row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahead of his arrival in Tokyo.

Mr Obama, on a tour of Asia that will also take in South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, is the first sitting US president to explicitly affirm that hostile action against the island chain would spark an American reaction.

“The policy of the United States is clear – the Senkaku Islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of Article 5 of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,” Mr Obama said in a written interview with Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.

“We oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands,” he said.

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Several senior US figures, including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, have made similar statements, which Tokyo covets as a way to warn China away from territories it claims as the Diaoyu islands.

Mr Obama’s week-long tour of Asia is being dubbed a “rebalancing” eastward of US foreign policy by the White House.

Although China is not on his itinerary, its presence will be felt on every leg at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy.

On Wednesday, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency published a comment piece criticising US policy in the region as “a carefully calculated scheme to cage the rapidly developing Asian giant”.

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The islands at the centre of a row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahead of his arrival in Tokyo.

Obama, who begins a tour of Asia that will also take in South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, is the first sitting US president to explicitly affirm that hostile action against the island chain would spark an American reaction.

‘The policy of the United States is clear – the Senkaku Islands are administered by Japan and therefore fall within the scope of Article 5 of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security,’ Obama said in a written interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun.

‘And we oppose any unilateral attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands,’ he said.

Several senior US figures, including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have made similar statements, which Tokyo covets as a way to warn China away from territories it claims as the Diaoyus.

Obama’s week-long tour of Asia is being dubbed a ‘rebalancing’ eastward of US foreign policy by the White House.

Although China is not on his itinerary, its presence will be felt on every leg at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy.

The row over ownership of the Senkakus is not new, but has burst to the fore in the past two years, with paramilitary vessels from both sides jostling in nearby waters to assert control.

In November, China declared an air defence identification zone over the East China Sea, including the skies above the islands.

‘I’ve also told (Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) that all our nations have an interest in dealing constructively with maritime issues, including in the East China Sea,’ Obama told the Yomiuri.

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Shiseido Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:4911) announces plans to open the Shiseido Cell-Processing and Expansion Center (SPEC) on May 1, 2014. The center, located in the in the Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster in Kobe, Japan, will centralize research and development on hair regenerative medicine with an aim toward commercialization.

Regenerative medicine in Japan is an emerging industry which the government aims to foster through new legislation and revisions to existing law as part of economic reform strategies, in order to advance in this field. Shiseido has a long history of conducting comprehensive research and working towards commercialization of the regenerative medicine for hair.

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RCH-01 has been developed over 10 years of scientific research, and safe application in humans has been validated by RepliCel’s phase 1 clinical trial. RepliCel has patents issued for hair follicle mesenchymal stem cells and their usage in Japan, the United States, Australia and the EU. RCH-01 is an “autologous cell transplantation technology,” in which specific cells(1) isolated from the hair follicles(2) taken from the scalp of a patient are cultured and implanted (injected) into the balding scalp area, potentially stimulating residing hair follicles and promoting new growth in the balding scalp area. (1) Dermal Sheath Cup cells, which are believed to play an important role in promoting hair growth (2) A hair follicle is a skin organ composed of various cell types that support hair growth and structure.

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An unlikely art trail in a remote corner of Japan has Danielle Demetriou captivated.

I am standing in a dark, windowless room resonating with the sound of a human heartbeat, each pulsating thump accompanied by a strobe-like flicker of light.

This is not because I am in the bowels of an underground nightclub in Tokyo. Nor am I detained in a mental institute (despite the presence of a woman in a clinical white outfit just the other side of the door).

Giant pumpkin at Shikoku Island. Photo: AFP

My location is a wooden building on a forest-fringed beach on a tiny fishing island in Japan – and I am inside a modern art installation.

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The appreciation of contemporary art usually takes place in a gallery. But things are done differently in Japan – in particular, in the Seto Inland Sea area. Scattered with 3000-plus islands, this idyllic expanse of blue water is dubbed the Mediterranean of Japan on account of its temperate climate and olive trees.

It is in this region, about 640 kilometres south of Tokyo, that hundreds of artworks – the heartbeat house included – have been installed across rice fields, beaches, shrines and old houses as part of an unusual project to revitalise ageing communities.

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TOKYO, Jan. 28 (UPI) — Japan’s revised school teaching manuals will claim the Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets, which are also claimed by China and South Korea, as part of Japan.

The announcement by Japan’s Education Ministry that its new teaching manuals for junior and senior high schools will describe the islands as “integral parts of Japanese territory” drew protests from China and South Korea, Kyodo News reported.

“It is natural for the state to teach properly about [Japanese] territory,” Japanese Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura told a news conference Tuesday. “With the cooperation of our Foreign Ministry, we will explain the country’s position to our neighbors.”

The Senkaku Islands in the East China, which Japan controls, have become a subject of bitter territorial dispute with China, which calls them Diaoyu.

South Korea similarly claims the Takeshima islets in the Sea of Japan, which it controls. Seoul calls them the Dokdo islets.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying expressed “grave concern” over the Japanese Education Ministry action.

South Koran Foreign Affairs Ministry, in a protest, urged Japan to immediately retract its revision, saying Japan’s claims over Dokdo are groundless as they have always belonged to South Korea.

Kyodo said the revised manuals are not legally binding, although as teaching guidelines, they have much impact in classrooms.

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TOKYO, Jan. 25 (UPI) — China and South Korea both chastised Japan Friday after Tokyo reiterated its claims on a string of contested islands.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said in a speech to the parliament that Japan was maintaining its claim on the so-called Dokdo islands in the East China Sea, which prompted a stiff response from the South Koreans and Chinese, who also claim jurisdiction over the tiny islands.

“Such groundless claims and useless attempts repeated over time only show the world that Japan is still under the spell of imperialism,” the South Korean foreign ministry said in a written statement.The ministry said the hard-line attitude of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government was needlessly belligerent, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said.

China currently maintains control of the islands and recently announced the formation of an air-defense identification zone over the region that barred other nations from flying through without permission.

“It is just and legitimate for China to set up the ADIZ, about which Japan is not entitled to criticize,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman told Japan’s Kyodo News.

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Japan is seeking to nationalize 280 remote islands in a move aimed at strengthening the country’s territorial boundaries.

Japanese government officials say nationalizing the islands is intended to clarify the governments protection of its territories and reinforce its management of marine resources and national security, The Japan News reported.

Registering [remote islands] as Japans national assets would send a message that we intend to strengthen management of them Ichita Yamamoto, Japans state minister for oceanic police and territorial issues, said.

The government must accurately grasp the state of these remote islands, Yamamoto said, according to the report.

The move may heighten already strained tensions between Tokyo, China and South Korea, who are currently engaged in territorial disputes over ownership of unclaimed islands in the East China Sea, Reuters reported.

We believe that Japans actions in marine areas should follow international law, and should not harm the interest of other countries or the international community, said Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman of Chinas foreign ministry, according to Reuters.

Earlier in the week, Japan’s Cabinet adopted a national security strategy and revised defense plans that increased defense spending and calls for a larger role in maintaining international stability.

The program includes acquisition of surveillance drones, anti-missile destroyers and other equipment as the country’s defense priorities shift to focus on its dispute with China over uninhabited islands.

The revised defense plans are based on the new national security strategy that reflects Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to raise the profile of Japan’s military and for the country to play a bigger international role.

Experts say the strategy and the defense plans are in line with power shift that has been continuing for several years. But Japan’s neighbors and some Japanese citizens worry that the guidelines push the country away from its pacifist constitution.

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Chinese Man Crashes Hot-Air Balloon Near Disputed Islands
TOKYO, Jan 2 (Reuters) – A Chinese man landed himself, literally, in the midst of a territorial dispute between Asia's two great powers, crash-landing a hot …

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TOKYO: A Chinese man who tried to fly a hot-air balloon hundreds of kilometres to islands disputed between Beijing and Tokyo was rescued by Japans coastguard after ditching in the sea, an official said yesterday.

The 35-year-old took off from Chinas Fujian province on Wednesday morning in an attempt to land on one of the Tokyo-controlled islands, the Japan Coast Guard official said.

It was an ambitious goal hot-air balloons travel largely at the mercy of the wind, and the islands are tiny specks in the East China Sea 359 kilometres away from the take-off point.

They are hotly disputed between Beijing, which regards them as its territory and calls them Diaoyu, and Tokyo, which calls them Senkaku. Tensions have at times reached feverish heights.

In the event the pilot sent a request for help several hours into his flight and ditched in the sea, with a Japanese rescue helicopter picking him up 22 kilometres south of his goal, the official said.

The man, who was unhurt, was handed over to a Chinese patrol ship outside Japanese territorial waters, he added.

Photos distributed by the Japan Coast Guard showed a striped, multicoloured balloon drifting half-deflated in the steely blue waters.

Reports identified the man as Xu Shuaijun, a balloonist who in 2012 became the first man to pilot a hot-air balloon over northeast Chinas Bohai Bay.

On his verified account on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, Xu posted a short message declaring that he had been returned safely to the city of Fuqing in Fujian province.

I have returned safely, Xu wrote. Thanks everyone for your concern.

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