Senkaku/Daioyu Island Dispute: Enter Taiwan
For the last two weeks tensions over the rights to the Senkaku (or Daioyu) islands have escalated rapidly between Japan and China. The resulting protests and demonstrations led to attacks on Japanese nationals and temporary shutdown of some Japanese corporate interests in China. Yesterday, Taiwan entered the fray when 40+ fishing boats approached the contested islands leading to a brief water cannon exchange with the Japanese Coast Guard. The actions of the “Protect Daioyutai Campaign” received public support from Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou.
In New York, top officials Yang Jiechi and Koichiro Gemba met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in an attempt to quell tensions. According to Japan’s press secretary both sides agreed it was in their mutual interest to strengthen ties, but no specifics were announced.
Uniqlo Expands to US Suburbs
The Japanese clothing giant is set to open its fourth store in the US tomorrow at the Westfield Garden State Plaza. Uniqlo’s first location in a suburban market is a step toward its plan to open 200 stores in the US by 2020.
Wall Street Journal
Coca-cola Japan Doubles Down on Tomodachii Program
The Tomodachii program which sends students from the afflicted areas of Tohoku to the United States for summer homestays got some good news today. Coca-cola Japan announced they would double their support for 2013 and 2014, allowing 120 student to participate each year.