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Philippines: Invite all Southeast Asia to Pacific pact
WASHINGTON--A U.S.-backed Pacific free trade pact could cause resentment in Southeast Asia as it would leave some nations in the region better positioned to access America's...
Beijing hesitant on setting ADIZ in South China Sea
The Asahi Shimbun
China appears to be taking a cautious stance toward establishing an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea, partly due to strong resistance by the United States ...
POINT OF VIEW/ Satoshi Shimizu: ASEAN financial integration...
A financial district in central Bangkok (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In step with the progress of intra-regional economic integration, financial integration in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is developing.
EDITORIAL: Foreign tourists vital for Japan's economy, relations
Tourists from Thailand have their photos taken in Owakudani, a volcanic valley with sulfurous fumes and hot springs in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, last August. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The number of foreigners who visited Japan for sightseeing or business surpassed 10 million last year for the first time.
NTT DATA joins Asian Payment Network
NTT Data Corp. has become the first Japanese company to join the Asian Payment Network (APN), which was established to create a common payment settlement platform within the...
Freedom of navigation pits Japan, U.S. against China
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and ASEAN leaders pose for a photo session ahead of a commemorative summit in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (Pool)
With Japan and the United States in one corner, and China in the other, the issue of freedom of navigation is taking center stage as China’s growing maritime presence...
ANALYSIS: Japan's generosity to ASEAN no guarantee of...
Myanmar President Thein Sein, right, visits a Suzuki Motor Corp. plant in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Dec. 15. (Yoshikazu Hirai)
Japan again offered substantial economic assistance to members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in hopes of expanding exports of infrastructure and other...
ANALYSIS: With China still on his mind, Abe ends diplomatic work...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Myanmar President Thein Sein after a news conference on Dec. 15 (Satoru Semba)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spent a year on the diplomatic front trying to bolster the economy, maintain Japan’s image as a peace-loving country and keep China in check.
EDITORIAL: Abe should pursue universal values in diplomacy with...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, fourth from left, raises a glass at the welcome dinner party held in Tokyo on Dec. 13, a day before the summit meeting between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
It has been 40 years since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan started exchanges for cooperation.
Japan unable to get ASEAN members on same page at special summit
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, talks at the opening of the first session of the special summit meeting between Japan and ASEAN in Tokyo on Dec. 14. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei is sitting next to him. (Satoru Senba)
A wide gap in priorities emerged in the special summit meeting between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), held in Tokyo on Dec. 14, with security...
Japan, ASEAN vow to ensure freedom of navigation
Leaders of the ASEAN and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the first session of ASEAN-Japan commemorative summit meeting at the state guesthouse in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Leaders from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries on Dec. 14 pledged to cooperate in ensuring freedom of navigation during a summit overshadowed by concerns over China's...
Asian nations urge peace in sea disputes, unlikely to blame China
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, greets Philippine President Benigno Aquino before their meeting at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Dec. 13. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Asian nations must ensure that territorial disputes do not erupt into conflict, leaders said on Dec. 13, with Japan and the Philippines reaffirming their commitment to freedom...
China's shadow looms over Japan-ASEAN summit
A Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C surveillance aircraft patrols near Uotsurishima Island, one of the Senkaku Islands, in this 2011 photo. (Pool)
When leaders from Japan and Southeast Asia gather in Tokyo this week, the elephant in the room will be a nation that is not invited: China.
BIZ BRIEF: Santen Pharmaceutical sets up Singapore subsidiary
Santen Pharmaceutical Co. has established a new wholly owned subsidiary, Santen Pharmaceutical Asia Pte. Ltd., in Singapore to strengthen its business promotion in the ASEAN...
With visits to all 10 ASEAN nations, Abe's China containment...
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, right, greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a welcoming ceremony at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Nov. 16. (AP Photo)
VIENTIANE--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe closed out a two-day visit to Laos and Cambodia, completing a swing to all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to...
Kabuki, Southeast Asian performers team up for traditional dance...
A Kabuki actor and dancers from ASEAN countries perform in the MAU: J-ASEAN Dance Collaboration in Jakarta on Nov. 8. (Tadao Onaga)
JAKARTA--Kabuki performers from Japan joined actors, dancers and musicians from four Southeast Asian countries for a colorful display of traditional arts in the Indonesian...
ASEAN shows caution over China's proposal for greater security...
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, second from left, greets Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung while Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Myanmar President Thein Sein, right, watch as they pose for a group photo at the East Asia Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei on Oct. 10. (AP Photo)
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei--China's effort to establish stronger military and defense ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been met with caution,...
China asserts self at ASEAN, seeks alternative to TPP
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, and other ASEAN leaders in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on Oct. 9 (AP Photo)
China took advantage of U.S. President Barack Obama's absence at a key meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to assert itself and push for alternatives to the...
Kerry presses China, neighbors on maritime issues
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, chains his hands with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations leaders for a group photo before the 1st ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on Oct. 9. (AP Photo)
BANDAR SERI BAGAWAN--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Brunei for meetings with top officials from China and its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors, in which he will urge ...
China takes calm approach over Obama's absence at APEC meeting
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, poses with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for photographers upon arrival for the APEC Business Advisory Council dialogue with leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Bali, Indonesia on Oct. 7. (AP photo)
Southeast Asian nations were disappointed by the absence of U.S. President Barack Obama, but China refrained from overtly attempting to capitalize on the U.S. no-show at the...