Japanese officials say a diplomat was stabbed, though not injured seriously when he fought back during a failed kidnapping attempt near the Japanese embassy in Sanaa, Yemen's capital, Sunday.
Japan said two Russian fighter jets briefly entered Japan's airspace near disputed islands, prompting Japan to scramble combat fighter jets in response. Russia denied the charge.
Tokyo's claim coincides with Japan's annual 'Northern Territories Day,' during which rallies are held to urge Russia to return several islands the Soviet Union seized during World War II.
The Japanese defense minister accused Chinese navy vessels of locking a weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese ship and helicopter in the East China Sea last month.
It is not clear whether the dawn raid, which left two dead and at least nine foreigners kidnapped, was tied to France's military intervention against Islamist rebels in neighboring Mali.
A crowd mobbed a car carrying the US ambassador to China at the height of protests against Japan’s claims over a set of disputed islands in the East China Sea Tuesday.
Twelve Chinese vessels have moved to the waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea to patrol and enforce the law, according to Chinese state media.
The Chinese government is reigning in the sometimes violent protests against Japanese businesses, amidst rising anti-Japanese sentiment over a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Sporadic, violent protests against Japanese businesses broke out across China this weekend after the Japanese government announced that it had purchased from private Japanese owners islands that are claimed by China.
People are in the streets over a chain of islands disputed by China and Japan; the issue bubbled to the surface last week when the Japanese government purchased the islands from their private owner.