One of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Historical documents posted on Internet show disputed islands are Japanese territory
The government posted more than 200 documents online Aug. 28 to back up its claim that the disputed Senkaku Islands and Takeshima islets are inherent Japanese territory.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Xinhua: U.N. secretary-general defends China parade trip after Japanese concern
BEIJING--Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Aug. 29 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has defended his trip to Beijing next week to watch a military parade marking the end of World War II following concern from Japan.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends an Aug. 28 meeting of Cabinet ministers where a plan for the new National Stadium was approved. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Japan, in 2nd try, approves cheaper 155 billion yen plan for Olympic stadium
The government on Aug. 28 approved a plan that sets a limit of 155 billion yen ($1.3 billion) for construction of the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, about 100 billion yen lower than for a recently scrapped design.
Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, delivers an address to the memorial ceremony for the war dead at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan hall on Aug. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo protests after China's state news agency demands emperor apologize for war
BEIJING--A demand from China’s state-run news agency that the Japanese emperor apologize for the “war of aggression” has drawn protests from Tokyo.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Abe a shoo-in for re-election as LDP president
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely be re-elected unopposed as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party next month, sources said.
Activists on the left hold up signs, including one reading, “Go home racists,” in Sapporo in July to counter demonstrators calling for a severing of diplomatic relations with South Korea. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Party bickering shelves plan for law against 'hate speech'
The ruling coalition has dropped plans to enact legislation during the current Diet session to crack down on “hate speech,” despite acknowledging that such discriminatory behavior is “unacceptable” in society, sources said.
Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui explains to reporters on Aug. 27 that he is leaving the Japan Innovation Party. (Kentaro Kawaguchi)
Mayor Hashimoto, Governor Matsui to bolt from Japan Innovation Party
Fed up with the spread of “Nagatacho disease” among their colleagues, Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and Osaka Governor Ichiro Matsui said they were leaving the opposition Japan Innovation Party.
The Kenryu, a Soryu-class submarine of the Maritime Self-Defense Force , in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, in October 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese officials struggle to woo Australia over submarine contract
ADELAIDE, Australia--Japan's effort to charm Australian politicians and the public over its bid for an A$50 billion ($35.60 billion, or 4.26 trillion yen) submarine project appeared to stumble on Aug. 26, with officials from Tokyo resisting pressure to commit to building the vessels in Australia.
U.S. President Barack Obama (Photo by Yuko Lanham/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Obama expresses regret to Abe for spying charges in phone call
President Barack Obama has called Japan's leader to express regret over recent WikiLeaks allegations that the United States had spied on senior Japanese officials.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his long-anticipated statement marking the end of World War II, on Aug. 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Asahi poll: Abe's war anniversary statement resonated more favorably than not
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was favorably regarded by 40 percent of respondents in an Asahi Shimbun survey, although 31 percent felt otherwise.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an Upper House session Aug. 24 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Abe calls off trip to China to oversee passage of security bills
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ruled out a September trip to China in order to be present as the Diet considers passing controversial security legislation.
The town of Kurilsk on Iturup island, called Etorofu island in Japan, the administrative center of the Russian-controlled Northern Territories, which Moscow calls the Southern Kuril Islands (Alexander Bogatskiy)
INSIGHT: Medvedev’s visit to Northern Territories likely to push back Putin’s Japan visit
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the disputed Northern Territories is forcing Japan to return to square one in its diplomatic efforts to invite President Vladimir Putin to Tokyo later this year.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Medvedev visits Northern Territories to Japan’s annoyance
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia--Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the disputed Northern Territories on Aug. 22, much to the chagrin of Tokyo, which had requested he desist.
Military officers take part in a flower-offering ceremony in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2005, in an event to mark the 60th anniversary of China’s victory in World War II. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China insists it is not rattling its saber by holding military parade
BEIJING--A senior Chinese military officer has pleaded with Japanese people to understand and support a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in China's war of resistance against Japan.
South Korean ambassador to Japan Yoo Heung-soo speaks during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo on Aug. 20. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
S. Korean envoy says Abe made effort to reach out in war anniversary statement
South Korea's ambassador to Japan said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at least showed “signs of making an effort” in his recent statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga holds a news conference at the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo on Aug. 20. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Private group says N. Korean official claims new probe into abductees complete
As frustration rises over delays in North Korea's probe into the fate of Japanese abductees, a private group is reporting that Pyongyang is claiming the year-long reinvestigation is complete, but Tokyo won't accept the report.
An MV-22 Osprey aircraft (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Record defense budget eyed to counter China's growing naval presence
The Defense Ministry will request a record 5.091 trillion yen ($41 billion) for fiscal 2016 to counter Chinese maritime advances, sources said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Seoul sees hopes for thaw with Japan in light of Abe's war statement
SEOUL--South Korea, cautiously encouraged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's war anniversary statement, is hinting it is ready for "sincere dialogue” between the two countries' leaders later this year.
Waters off the Henoko district in Okinawa on Aug. 13. The Japanese and U.S. governments plan to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, also in Okinawa Prefecture, to Henoko. The Japanese government has recently decided to suspend relocation work and hold talks with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, who is opposed to the plan. Coral reefs are visible, while buoys and floats have been installed because the area is off-limits to the public. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Many bricks still in the wall between Tokyo, Okinawa over U.S. base relocation
A yawning gulf still separates Tokyo and Okinawa on the contentious issue of relocation of a key U.S. air base.
Sheila Smith (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.S. experts: Abe’s statement could help Japan-South Korea ties
WASHINGTON--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stopped short of offering a personal apology for Japan's role in World War II, but his recent 70th anniversary statement could still help improve fragile relations with South Korea, leading U.S. experts said Aug. 18.

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