Japanese, South Korean Trawlers Collide in Sea of Japan

TOKYO/SEOUL, Nov 15 (Reuters) - A South Korean trawler and a Japanese fishing boat collided in the Sea of Japan on Thursday about 330 km (205 miles) northeast of an island claimed by both countries, officials said. Part of the 48-tonne South Korean trawler was submerged after the collision, which occurred at 9:38 a.m. local time (0038 GMT), a South Korean Coast Guard … [Read more...]

Japan Takes South Korea to WTO Over Financial Support for Shipbuilders

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Japan has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization to contest what it says is illegal financial support given by South Korea to commercial shipbuilders, according to a WTO filing published on Tuesday. "The measures in question relate to the development, production, marketing, and/or sale or purchase of commercial vessels, … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Conducts Biggest Ever Japan Defense War Game

By Tim Kelly (Reuters) - U.S. fighter jets darted over the Western Pacific on Saturday as the nuclear powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier joined Japanese destroyers and a Canadian warship for the biggest combat readiness war game ever staged in and around Japan. Japan and the United States have mobilized 57,000 sailors, marines and airmen for the biennial Keen Sword … [Read more...]

Cargo Ship Hits Bridge in Japan, Cutting Off Water Supply and Internet to 15,000

The Japanese island of Suo-Oshima is without water and internet this week after a ship hit a bridge on Monday, taking out piping on the underside of the bridge. Officials say the Maltese-flagged cargo ship Erna Oldendorff struck the underside of the Honshu - Suo-Oshima bridge on Monday as it headed for the Port of Etajima in the Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan. As it passed … [Read more...]

Japan, EU Sign Free Trade Pact Amid Worries About Trump

By Stanley White TOKYO, July 17 (Reuters) - Japan and the European Union signed a wide-ranging free trade deal on Tuesday that both sides hope will act as a counterweight to the protectionist forces unleashed by U.S. President Donald Trump. The ambitious trade pact, which creates the world's largest open economic area, comes amid fears that a trade war between the United … [Read more...]