Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the State Guest House in Tokyo on Sept. 1 (Pool)
ANALYSIS: China gets in way of Japan, India agreement
Concerns about China were apparently the major stumbling block in inconclusive summit talks between the leaders of Japan and India in Tokyo on Sept. 1.
Protesters opposed to the restart of idled nuclear reactors gather in front of the Diet building in Tokyo on Aug. 30. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
LDP dismisses idea of using ‘hate speech’ restrictions against anti-nuclear protesters
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party rejected the idea of using “hate speech” regulations to silence anti-nuclear protesters after the suggestion sparked befuddlement and anger among opposition politicians and citizens.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the State Guest House in Tokyo on Sept. 1 (Pool)
Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit
Japan and India agreed on Sept. 1 to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, and said they would accelerate talks on the possible sale of an amphibious aircraft to India's navy.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Kyoto State Guest House on Aug. 30. (Pool)
INSIGHT: Japan, India joining hands to counter China’s ‘String of Pearls’
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a centuries-old Buddhist temple in Kyoto known for its five-storied pagoda and its tranquillity.
One of the Osprey aircraft that flew above the Pacific Ocean under the scenario of transporting aid supplies to an isolated island is seen on Aug. 31. (Toshiro Matsuzaki)
Two Osprey aircraft participate in U.S. disaster exercise from Yokota Air Base
Two Osprey transport aircraft loaded with relief supplies lifted off from Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo on Aug. 31 for an island south of Tokyo, in a U.S. disaster response exercise to showcase their effectiveness in an emergency.
The Maritime Self-Defense Force's Soryu class submarine (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Australia leans toward buying Japan subs to upgrade fleet
Japan and Australia are leaning toward a multibillion-dollar sale by Tokyo of a fleet of stealth submarines to Canberra's military in a move that could rile an increasingly assertive China, people familiar with the talks said.
Anti-Korean demonstrators march through Tokyo’s Shin-Okubo district in February 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.N. panel urges Japan to enact law to prohibit hate speech
The United Nations called on Japan to enact legislation to "firmly address" growing incidents of hate speech against ethnic Koreans and other minorities.
Anti-Korean demonstrators march in Kyoto in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hate speech rallies spreading across Japan
The United Nations panel that called on Japan to crack down on hate speech rallies targeting ethnic Koreans focused on demonstrations held mostly in Tokyo and Osaka.
A protester holds a placard that reads, “We refuse to allow discrimination and intolerance,” while a group of demonstrators calling for the ouster of foreigners march in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward in April 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
LDP finally begins work to stamp out hate speech
A project team of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party met for the first time on Aug. 28 to discuss measures to deal with hate speech demonstrations in Japan.
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba visits the prime minister’s office in Tokyo to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Aug. 29. (Shogo Koshida)
Abe wears down biggest political rival Ishiba, convinces him to join Cabinet
Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba finally bowed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated requests to join his Cabinet on Aug. 29, apparently fearing being ostracized by other party members if he declined.
The annual live-firing exercise at the Ground Self-Defense Force Higashi-Fuji training range in Shizuoka Prefecture on Aug. 24 (Yusuke Fukui)
With eye on China, Japan defense planners seek spending boost
Japan's defense planners are seeking their biggest budget ever for the coming fiscal year to pay for stealth fighters, drones and a hi-tech submarine, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bolsters the military amid an intensifying rivalry with China.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a news conference (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan, South Korea talks possible next month as momentum builds to improve ties
Japan and South Korea are coordinating closely to arrange the first "strategic dialogue" between the two sides since South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office.
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China: 'No change' policy in improving ties with Japan
BEIJING--China on Aug. 28 rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
India's Modi eyes breakthrough nuclear pact on Japan trip
NEW DELHI--India is hoping to win Japanese backing for a nuclear energy pact during a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lure investment into its $85 billion market while addressing Japan's concern about doing business with a nuclear-armed country.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visiting Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Abe praised Class-A war criminals for being 'foundation' of Japan's prosperity
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a written message in April to an annual memorial ceremony honoring Class-A and other war criminals, hailing those executed by the Allied powers as "the foundation of their nation," The Asahi Shimbun has learned.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before a summit meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Russian foreign minister says Putin visit to Japan not affected by Ukraine situation
MOSCOW--Russia's foreign minister is apparently trying to set the stage so Japan takes the blame if Russian President Vladimir Putin is unable to visit the country later this year.
Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of Keidanren (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Keidanren eyes resuming political donations after 5-year break
Japan's largest business lobby is set to call on member companies to resume making political donations after a five-year hiatus in hopes of engineering conditions for a better business climate, sources said.
A Ground Self-Defense Force's Type 90 tank arrives at Oita Port on a private company-owned car ferry in November 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Private sector would play major role in POW camps if Japan comes under attack
With the recent abrupt shift in defense policy, the prospect of Japan setting up prisoner of war camps in the event it comes under armed attack is now getting a serious airing.
An anti-nuclear demonstrator's placard demands "Disclose the Yoshida testimony" at a protest in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Government to finally release Yoshida testimony on nuke accident in September
The government will release the testimony on the March 2011 nuclear accident by Masao Yoshida, the late manager of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, in September, the government's top spokesperson said Aug. 25.
Demonstrators raise their fists to protest the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district on Aug. 23 in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Azumi Fukuoka)
Thousands protest U.S. base relocation to offshore Henoko site
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--With the government moving quickly on the planned relocation of Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district, about 3,600 demonstrators occupied the street in front of U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab here in a massive protest on Aug. 23.

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