Cabinet member, 150 lawmakers visit Yasukuni before Obama's arrival
Internal affairs minister Yoshitaka Shindo and around 150 lawmakers flooded Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine during its spring festival on April 22, a day ahead of U.S. President Barack...
Abe seeks 'after-the-fact' Diet approval for collective self-defense action
The administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to allow the government to exercise the right to collective self-defense without prior Diet approval in some instances, sources ...
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Obama pushing TPP, security issues on 4-nation Asian swing
U.S. President Barack Obama was en route to Japan on April 23 as part of four-nation Asian swing to push negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal and strengthen U.S. security ties to counter China's...
Former ambassador to U.S.: Abe, Obama must send message on...
Nine utilities buy fund-raising party tickets for Aso
2nd lawsuit filed against Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine
Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, left, and Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui attend a meeting on April 22 to discuss Osaka's plan to invite casinos to the Yumeshima island district. (Yuichi Inoue)
Osaka plans to roll the dice on gambling resort on Yumeshima island
OSAKA--The governor and mayor of Osaka are hoping to change the luck of a man-made island in Osaka Bay with casinos and gambling establishments that would open around 2020, when the Tokyo Olympics will be held.
GSDF accused of unnecessarily redacting troops' reconstruction...
'Slow' taxi service picking up speed with customers
ASAHI POLL: 68 percent oppose change of constitutional...
Masahiro Nishida (Photo by Kengo Hiyoshi)
NPO leader draws from his past in helping post-earthquake orphans
SENDAI--In a room littered with toys in a building outside JR Sendai Station, the headquarters of the Children's Grief Support Station, children are often hesitant to enter, but the NPO's director, Masahiro Nishida, does not...
Haruki Murakami fans count down to midnight for release of new book
PHOTO: Washington welcomes spring as cherry blossoms bloom
COMMENTARY/ The Hanshinkan Kid (5): Haruki Murakami's attachment...
Minami Katsu tees off at the Vantelin Ladies Open in Kumamoto Prefecture on April 20. (The Asahi Shimbun)
GOLF/ Katsu becomes youngest winner on Japan's LPGA tour at 15
Japanese 15-year-old Minami Katsu became the youngest winner in the history of the Japan LPGA tour by shooting a 4-under 68 on April 20 to take out the Vantelin Ladies Open.
MLB/ Tanaka overcomes rocky start to win Yankees debut
FIGURE SKATING/ World champion Asada still undecided on retirement
FIGURE SKATING/ Mao Asada wins world championship title

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