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GSDF may permanently station hundreds of troops on Okinawan island
A PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launcher that was temporarily deployed to Miyakojima island in Okinawa Prefecture to counter a North Korean missile test in April 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Defense Ministry is considering permanently deploying hundreds of Ground Self-Defense Force troops to a remote Okinawan island to counter China’s maritime expansion in...
Ministry panel predicts China will dominate Asia-Pacific in 20...
The Asahi Shimbun
China will acquire a dominant position in the Asia-Pacific region within 20 years if the United States lowers its involvement in the region, according to a new study...
While Abe seeks to stress close ties, U.S. will be focusing on his ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama wind up their joint news conference at the State Guest House in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district on April 24, 2014. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will stress closer ties between Tokyo and Washington in the national security and economic spheres during his visit to the United States, but it is...
Philippines, China trade accusations over threats in disputed...
A Chinese government vessel chases a Vietnamese ship in the South China Sea in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MANILA—The Philippines accused China of aggressive maneuvers against its reconnaissance plane and fishermen in disputed seas where Beijing has stepped up construction of...
Chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalists to visit China
Eric Chu, chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist party, in January (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--The chairman of Taiwan's ruling Nationalist party, a likely candidate for the island's presidency in next year's election, will meet with Communist Party leaders...
First experiment 'editing' human embryos ignites ethical furor
View of the Sun Yat-sen Univerisity in Guangzhou city, south Chinas Guangdong Province. (AP file photo)
NEW YORK--Biologists in China reported carrying out the first experiment to alter the DNA of human embryos, igniting an outcry from scientists who warn against altering the...
Japan-China ties: Believing in the power of cultural exchanges and ...
Cultural exchanges are like a relay race. You take the baton that somebody hands you, then pass it on to the next person. Of course, culture exchanges are not contests of speed....
INSIGHT: Japan, China signal growing thaw in ties during Jakarta...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands before their summit in Jakarta on April 22. (Pool)
What a difference a few months make.
ANALYSIS: Chinese media reports indicate thaw in Tokyo-Beijing...
The national flags of Japan and China are not shown in this People's Daily’s photo of the April 22 summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping. (From the People's Daily)
BEIJING--Chinese media remained cautious about mentioning improved Japan-China relations, but their coverage of the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi...
China names its top 100 fugitives suspected of corruption
Chinese President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party executives hear reports about corruption at the National People’s Congress on March 12. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China has issued a list of its top 100 officials and others wanted on suspicion of corruption who are believed to have fled abroad, the latest step in President Xi...
INTERVIEW/ Au Loongyu: Networking of Chinese laborers bound to...
Au Loongyu (Photo by Takio Murakami)
While Chinese President Xi Jinping forges ahead with a massive crackdown on corruption, questions have arisen as to why he had to do so in the first place.
INTERVIEW/ Richard Lawless: China’s aggressive actions pushed...
China’s aggressive behavior generated a willingness on the part of the United States and Japan to find new areas of defense cooperation, said a former top U.S. Department of...
EDITORIAL: Japan, U.S., China need to broaden perspective to deal...
Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei talks about the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing on March 6. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
Many people in the world wonder what kind of future China is trying to carve out for itself by barreling down a path of economic growth.
Gangsters targeting easier prey--sea cucumbers in Hokkaido
The poached sea cucumbers confiscated in Tomamae, Hokkaido (Provided by the 1st Regional Coast Guard Headquarters)
Japan Coast Guard officers surrounded and closed in on 10 shady men with two rubber rafts on a Hokkaido beach, but three of them slipped away in the darkness of the early...
China pins economic hopes on exports of bullet trains, nuclear...
Hexie Hao bullet trains await export at a China CNR Corp.-affiliated factory in Tangshan, Hebei province, in February. (Tokuhiko Saito)
BOAO, China--Beijing is trying to jump-start its slowing economy by reworking its high-speed train and nuclear power plant industries to generate more exports.
Outcry at home and abroad leads to release of Chinese female...
Activists sit on portable toilets at the Great Wall of China in 2012 to highlight their demand for more women’s toilets in public restrooms. (Provided by activists' supporters)
BEIJING--Mounting criticism from the international community and a powerful women’s group affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party led to the recent release of five female ...
Report says China building airstrip on reclaimed island
This combination photo of satellite images taken on Feb. 6, 2015, top, and March 23, 2015, bottom, by Airbus Defence and Space, and distributed by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, shows what IHS Jane's describes as an airstrip on Fiery Cross Reef in a disputed section of the South China Sea. (CNES, Airbus Defence and Space/IHS Jane's Defence Weekly via AP)
BEIJING--China is building an airstrip on an artificially created island in a disputed section of the South China Sea, according to independent analysts, a move the U.S. has...
INSIGHT: Japan, China, S. Korea can learn wisdom from game of go
Japanese "meijin" Yuta Iyama, left, loses to China's Chen Yaoye in the finals of a three-nation go championship with South Korea, held in the Chinese city of Xian in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--There is finally momentum toward improving Japan-China relations.
Asahi Glass to establish integrated TFT-LCD glass production...
Asahi Glass Co. said April 17 that it will build a furnace for TFT-LCD glass substrates in China and has agreed to invest in the Huizhou Zhongkai High-tech Industrial...
China steps up efforts to fight global warming
As negotiations intensify over a framework to stop global warming from 2020 onward, the Chinese government is stepping up efforts to combat climate change.