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Former ambassador to U.S.: Abe, Obama must send message on...
Ichiro Fujisaki, the former ambassador to the United States, during an interview in Tokyo on April 22 (Izumi Sakurai)
Despite growing doubts, the Japan-U.S. alliance remains on solid ground ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s state visit to Japan, Ichiro Fujisaki, the former ambassador to ...
Abe hopeful Tokyo governor's Beijing visit will help mend ties...
Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe during an inspection tour of the Sochi Winter Olympics in February (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is counting on a visit to Beijing by Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe to pave the way for an upturn in Japan’s soured relations with China.
Visitors flock to China memorial to Japanese official's assassin
A memorial hall for anti-Japanese independence activist An Jung-geun at Harbin station in Heilongjiang province. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official more than a century ago has drawn a flood of visitors since it opened in China in January despite Japanese...
Chinese shoppers to get a 'Cool Japan' mall in Ningbo
The opening ceremony of the Cool Japan promotion organization with fashion brand minä perhonen in Tokyo's Roppongi district in November 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An organization designed to promote Japanese culture overseas will be pumping billions of yen into a "Japan Mall" in a pro-Japan Chinese city as its first venture.
INTERVIEW/ Herbert 'Hawk' Carlisle: Strong U.S.-Japan alliance...
Gen. Herbert Carlisle, commander of Pacific Air Forces, during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun at PACAF headquarters in Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, in March (Hikaru Uchida)
The U.S. power projection capability is “phenomenal” and “second to none” even in the face of China’s growing “anti-access, area denial (A2/AD)” challenges, says...
Pacific accord on maritime code could help prevent conflicts
The Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
QINGDAO, China--More than 20 countries with interests in the western Pacific signed up to a framework maritime communication deal on April 22 in what could be a step toward...
ANALYSIS: China's thorny state enterprise overhaul quietly moves...
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Far from the spotlight, in secretive high-level meetings and company boardrooms, Beijing is drawing up one of the country's thorniest reforms: an overhaul of China's...
Japanese automakers go green at Beijing auto show
Toyota Motor Corp. promotes the hybrid version of its Levin sedan at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which started April 20. The car is expected to be equipped with a Chinese-made hybrid system in 2015. (Keiko Nannichi)
BEIJING--Facing tougher environmental restrictions on vehicles in China, Japanese automotive manufacturers revealed plans to boost sales with green technology at the Beijing...
EDITORIAL: Don’t miss the window of opportunity opening for...
Hu Deping, an official who has close ties with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, arrives in the prime minister’s office building in Tokyo for meetings with Japanese government senior officials on April 8. (Shogo Koshida)
There have been some tentative signs of a thaw in the frosty relationship between Japan and China.
Chinese police begin carrying guns during patrols
Armed Chinese policemen stand guard at the Kunming Railway Station after the violent terrorist attack in Kunming city, southwest Chinas Yunnan province, 1 March 2014. (AP Photo)
SHANGHAI--A quarter of the police in Shanghai began carrying guns during routine patrols for the first time this week as part of a China-wide boost in police firepower...
Hitachi to deliver world's fastest elevators to Chinese skyscraper
Artist’s rendition of the completed Guangzhou CTF Finance Center in China (Provided by Hitachi Ltd.)
Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Elevator (China) Co. will outfit a new skyscraper in Guangzhou, China, with the world's fastest ultra-high-speed elevators, the company said April 21.
Abe, Obama to discuss stronger alliance, China at talks in Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama meet on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg on Sept. 5, 2013. (Pool)
WASHINGTON--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama will reaffirm their commitment to a strengthened bilateral alliance when the two leaders meet in Tokyo...
DRIFTING ALLIANCE: Crimea crisis shines spotlight on allies'...
Seen in this photo taken during the Group of Seven summit meeting in The Hague on March 24 is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third from right, who is seated next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. To Merkel’s right is U.S. President Barack Obama. The Crimea crisis and its impact on the geopolitical situation in Asia were of primary concern during the meeting.  (Pool)
During the Group of Seven summit of leading industrial nations in The Hague on March 24, the Crimea situation was a top priority, but another topic of discussion also dominated ...
Japanese investment in China posts 47% year-on-year drop in first...
A robotics assembly plant operated by a Japanese company in China's Jiangsu province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China’s Commerce Ministry said direct investments by Japanese companies in the January-March period tumbled by 47.2 percent from the same period last year due to the ...
China's growth slows to 24-year low of 7.4 percent
Cargo containers stacked in the port of Guangzhou, Guangdong province (The Asahi Shimbun)
BEIJING--China's economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4 percent in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners.
Chinese visa restrictions further hurt North Korean economy
North Korean laborers wait in line at the Chinese border in Dandong, Liaoning province, to return to their country on April 14. (Koichiro Ishida)
SHENYANG, China--North Korea’s only ally has dealt a further blow to the economy of the impoverished and desperate country, where even joking around can now lead to detention,...
Confidant of Xi met with Abe in Tokyo to smooth bilateral relations
Hu Deping, the son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang, visits the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A Chinese pro-Japan advocate with close ties to President Xi Jinping secretly met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a weeklong visit to Japan earlier this month in ...
Sharp fall in Japanese children at schools in China due to PM 2.5
A haze caused by smog envelops the Beijing Japanese School and a nearby building on March 26. (Nozomu Hayashi)
The number of students at schools for Japanese children in Beijing and Shanghai has fallen drastically due to choking air pollution that is making life intolerable for millions ...
China cancels fleet review, denies snub for Japan
Chinese naval ships visit Vladivostok to conduct a joint exercise with Russia in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's navy on April 15 denied, in a roundabout way, that it snubbed Japan by not inviting it to join in a naval fleet review as part of an international symposium,...
Why did U.S. change its attitude about visits to Yasukuni Shrine?
After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Yasukuni Shrine late last year jarred Japan-U.S. relations, Abe administration officials said the criticism from Washington was...