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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...
Lawsuit seeks compensation for mental stress caused by Abe's...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after he offered prayers at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--A lawsuit filed here seeks compensation for psychological stress caused by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine last December.
Japan, U.S. and Europe compete in 'Final Frontier'
An example of CLARITY technology: A mouse brain dipped in a special solution turns transparent. (Provided by the Deisseroth lab)
"Before and after telescopes, you could see totally different things in the sky. Tools and technologies make it possible to do things we couldn't do before. That's how we can...
NEW SUPERPOWER RELATIONS: U.S., China in 'new model' of military...
An F-22 stealth fighter jet attempts to land after a drill on March 25 in Honolulu. (Hikaru Uchida)
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, reiterated the bilateral agreement to create “the new model of...
Prominent Chinese activist scorns court as jail term upheld
Supporters in January protest the Communist Party and Chinese government near the Beijing courthouse where Xu Zhiyong, founder of New Citizens' Movement, is tried. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A prominent Chinese rights activist expressed defiance on April 11 after a court upheld his four-year jail sentence, saying the pall of communism and dictatorship...
POINT OF VIEW/ Shinichi Seki: China’s inland region sees...
The redesigned Li Nian S1, from the Everus brand of Honda Motor Co.'s Chinese joint venture, is targeted at consumers in the country's inland region. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The small and midsize cities of China’s inland area had been unable to enjoy the full benefits of the nation’s high levels of economic growth. However, in recent years,...
INSIGHT: Armed Chinese fishermen landing on Senkakus? Who is...
A video shows the collision between a Chinese trawler and a Japan Coast Guard cutter in September 2010 in waters near the Senkaku Islands. (Taken from YouTube website)
A spurious defense argument is being made by proponents of reinterpreting the Constitution as part of moves to allow Japan to engage in the right to collective self-defense.
Students to end 24-day siege of Taiwan parliament
Lin Fei-fan, left, and Chen Wei-ting, leaders of the student protests against a trade pact with China, speak to the media during a press conference on the occupied legislature floor in Taipei on April 7. (AP Photo)
TAIPEI--Students who have occupied Taiwan's Parliament for 24 days to protest a trade pact with China planned to leave on April 10 after receiving assurances the deal they see...
Visit to Tokyo by Xi confidant may herald better Tokyo-Beijing ties
Hu Deping, the son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang, visits the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 8 to meet with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. (Shogo Koshida)
The son of the late Chinese leader Hu Yaobang is visiting Japan in what the Abe administration hopes will be a prelude to better relations with Beijing.
Russia says Gazprom, China close to gas agreement, hope to sign in ...
A monument to Ukrainian poet and writer Taras Shevchenko is silhouetted against an apartment building with a sign advertising Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom in Moscow on March 4. (AP Photo)
MOSCOW--Russia's Gazprom and China may sign a landmark gas deal next month, a Russian official said on April 9, marking some progress in a long-stalled agreement that would...
INTERVIEW/ George Shultz: U.S. should seek 'working, constructive' ...
Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
Given its enormous economy and influence, the United States should develop a “working and constructive” relationship with China to address global issues, such as climate...
U.S. defense chief gets earful as China visit exposes tensions
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan shake hands at the end of a joint news conference at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, China on April 8. The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Tensions between China and the United States were on full display on April 8 as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions in Beijing about America's position in...