One of two newly-acquired FA-50PH fighter jets is given a water cannon salute while taxiing on the runway upon landing Nov. 28 at Clark Air Base in Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo)
Philippines gets 1st fighter jets in a decade amid sea feud
CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines--The Philippines on Nov. 28 took delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets--the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade--as it strengthens its underfunded military amid an escalating territorial feud with China.
A man injured in an attack on a Shiite mosque is carried away for treatment in the Bogra district of Bangladesh on Nov. 26. (AP Photo)
Islamic State claims attack on Bangladesh Shiite shrine
DHAKA--Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shiite Muslim mosque in Bangladesh on Nov. 26, killing a cleric and wounding three other people, the second attack on the country's tiny Shia Muslim community in a month.
A Soryu-class submarine of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan ready to submit proposal for Australia submarine deal
Japan is set to bid on joint development and production of an Australian submarine, Tokyo's first major military transfer since World War II.
Travelers emerge from Ninoy Aquino International Airport, south of Manila. (AP Photo)
Manila airport staff scrutinized after passengers complain of shakedowns
MANILA--Police have received a flurry of complaints from travelers, including one Japanese, about airport workers here demanding hush money after apparently planting bullets in passengers’ luggage.
Maritime Self-Defense Force airmen prepare to embark on a training mission at Ozuki Air Base in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan weighing exporting MSDF trainer planes to Philippines
Japan is considering offering training aircraft to the Philippines, which would mark the first time it has exported used defense equipment overseas.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta in April. (Pool)
Tokyo to hold 2+2 ministerial meeting with Jakarta to discuss defense
HONOLULU--Japan's and Indonesia's foreign and defense ministers will hold their first meeting next month in Tokyo.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters after touring the BRP Gregorio del Pilar in Manila on Nov. 17. (AP Photo)
In signal to China, Obama to give 2 ships to Philippines
MANILA--With a towering warship behind him, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 17 that the United States will hand over two ships to the Philippine Navy to boost its maritime security capabilities, in a bid to show the United States and its allies won't be cowed by China in disputed waters far off its coast.
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy party, delivers a speech from a balcony of her party headquarters in Yangon on Nov. 9. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
World leaders laud Myanmar election as Suu Kyi secures majority
YANGON--The party of democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi has won a majority in Myanmar's parliament, the election commission said on Nov. 13, giving it enough seats to elect its chosen candidate to the presidency when the new legislature convenes next year.
A man rides past graffiti congratulating Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in her party's election performance in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Nov. 11. (AP Photo)
Myanmar transition to democracy on track after promises of peaceful transfer of power
YANGON--Myanmar's president has promised a peaceful transfer of power to the victorious party of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in general elections, ensuring that the country's march toward greater democracy after decades of military rule will not be derailed.
Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy party, delivers a speech from a balcony at NLD headquarters in Yangon on Nov. 9. (AP Photo)
Suu Kyi party projects landslide in historic Myanmar vote
YANGON--Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party on Nov. 9 was confident it was headed for a landslide victory in Myanmar's historic elections, as the democracy icon urged supporters not to provoke losing rivals who mostly represent the former junta that ruled this Southeast Asian nation for a half-century.
Leader of Myanmar's National League for Democracy party, Aung San Suu Kyi visits a polling station on the outskirts Yangon, Myanmar, Nov. 8. (AP Photo)
With excitement and hope, millions vote in Myanmar polls
YANGON, Myanmar--With tremendous excitement and hope, millions of citizens voted on Nov. 8 in Myanmar's historic general elections that will test whether the military's longstanding grip on power can be loosened, with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party expected to secure an easy victory.
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, second from left, is welcomed by the Vietnamese military in Hanoi on Nov. 6. At far left is Phung Quang Thanh, Vietnam’s defense minister. (Isamu Nikaido)
Japan, Vietnam to bolster cooperation in defense field
HANOI--Japan and Vietnam will strengthen their defense cooperation to counter China’s maritime advances in the South China Sea, which will include joint maritime exercises and port calls by Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels.
Thai tourists pose for a photo at Yutoku Inari Jinja shrine in Kashima, Saga Prefecture, in late September. (Nozomi Matsukawa)
Locales featured in TV dramas and films draw Thai tourists to Saga
KASHIMA, Saga Prefecture--Kashima may not be on the radar of most tourists traveling to Japan, but this city and the rest of Saga Prefecture have become hot spots for sightseers from Thailand seeking novel destinations and sites that have been featured in Thai TV dramas and films.
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the media at a press conference in Yangon on Nov. 5. (Takaharu Yagi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Myanmar's Suu Kyi says will be above president in new government
YANGON--Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Nov. 5 she would be "above the president" if her party wins a historic election on Nov. 8, defying a constitutional ban on becoming president herself.
China's Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, right, sits before the start of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Defense Ministers' Meeting Plus in Kuala Lumpur, on Nov. 4. (AP Photo)
No joint declaration at Asia defense meeting amid sea tensions
KUALA LUMPUR--Divisions within Asia over China's claims in the disputed South China Sea spilled over on Nov. 4 to a meeting of U.S. and Asian defense ministers, where China insisted the group make no public mention of the strategic waters in a joint declaration intended as a public display of unity.
Afghan women walk towards a damaged house following an earthquake, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Oct. 26. (AP Photo)
Over 260 dead as earthquake strikes Afghanistan, Pakistan
KABUL--A massive earthquake struck remote and impoverished regions of northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on Oct. 26, killing at least 263 people as it shook buildings across South Asia and knocked out power and communications to already-isolated areas.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seals a deal on economic cooperation with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on Oct. 23. (AP Photo)
China's presence looms large as Abe tries to woo Central Asia nations
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan--Accompanied by a delegation of business leaders, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is currently visiting Central Asia with the tough goal of making inroads in what is essentially China’s backyard.
An image of the Cool Japan Mall to be constructed in the Manila metropolitan area (Provided by Hallohallo Inc.)
Cool Japan Mall planned in Manila
SINGAPORE--A Cool Japan Mall is to be built in the Manila metropolitan area, and it may even host shows by MNL48, a planned local sister group of AKB48.
Children born to Japanese men and Filipino women in the Philippines express their desire to obtain Japanese nationality at a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 19. (Yuri Imamura)
Aging 'nikkei' Filipinos arrive in Tokyo seeking Japanese nationality
Children who became separated from their Japanese fathers in the Philippines during World War II appeared at the Tokyo Family Court on Oct. 20 in a “race against time” to obtain Japanese nationality.
Residents begin cleaning up their homes in Cabanatuan, Philippines on Oct. 20 two days after Typhoon Koppu battered northern Philippines and flooded Cabanatuan city and nearby provinces. (AP Photo)
Philippine storm blows away after leaving 20 dead
CABANATUAN, Philippines--A storm finally blew away from the main northern Philippine island Oct. 20, after leaving at least 20 dead over the weekend and forcing 70,000 villagers into emergency shelters and destroying rice fields ready for harvest.

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