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China's economic growth slows to 7.3 percent in Q3, near 6-year low
A construction site of a large condominium complex in Hubei province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's economic growth cooled to 7.3 percent between July and September from a year earlier, the weakest expansion since the global financial crisis and reinforcing...
3 Cabinet members visit Yasukuni Shrine as Tokyo tries to improve...
Internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi, center, visits Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Oct. 18. (Naoko Kawamura)
Three Cabinet members visited the war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Oct. 18 as the government is seeking a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President...
Abe makes symbolic offering to Yasukuni, likely to forgo autumn...
Lawmakers from various parties make a mass visit to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Oct. 17, the start of its autumn festival. (Takuya Isayama)
Intent on holding his first summit with his Chinese counterpart in November, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will apparently not visit the war-related Yasukuni Shrine during the...
Chinese art colony's free-speech illusion shatters
In this photo taken Sept. 20, 2014, Chinese artist Li Dapeng talks to reporters in front of one of his works depicting a typical Chinese scene featuring figures with grotesque pig heads at his studio in the Songzhuang art district in eastern Beijing. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijing's Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios and shown off works tackling such...
Coast Guard to ramp up surveillance of Chinese coral poachers near ...
A Japan Coast Guard vessel, top, cracks down on coral poaching by Chinese fishermen off the coast of the Ogasawara chain's Chichijima island on Oct. 5. (Provided by Yokohama Coast Guard Office)
The Japan Coast Guard is dispatching a large patrol vessel to Tokyo's remote Ogasawara island chain to deter Chinese fishermen from poaching lucrative red coral.
Chinese ambassador says Beijing pleased with Abe’s efforts to...
Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's ambassador to Japan said Oct. 15 that Beijing is taking a positive view of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to mend the strained bilateral relations between the...
Japanese school backpacks win the hearts, wallets of Chinese...
Chinese tourists check out backpacks at a duty-free shop in Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture on Oct. 7. (Hidefumi Nogami)
Chinese tourists swarmed over the Yorozu and Nagomi duty-free shops at Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture on Oct. 7, the final day of a holiday period to...
POINT OF VIEW/ Yuji Miura: How will China deal with falling...
A new condominium complex in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Housing prices have been falling in China.
China’s housing prices continue to plummet. To what extent can the reforms presented at the Third Plenum be realized without causing the economy to stall? The economic...
Hong Kong calls off talks with student activists as city leader...
Students and other activists at a news conference in Hong Kong on Oct. 9 (The Asahi Shimbun)
HONG KONG--Hong Kong called off talks with protesting students on Oct. 9, dealing a heavy blow to attempts to defuse a political crisis that has seen tens of thousands take to...
Former party boss of China's Guangzhou accused of extortion
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--The former Chinese Communist Party boss of the southern city of Guangzhou has been expelled from the party after being accused of extortion, bribery and "visiting...
McDonald’s Japan forecasts first operating loss in 41 years
Sarah Casanova, president of McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan), speaks at news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 7. (Seisaku Yamamoto)
McDonald’s Holdings Co. (Japan) is forecasting an operating loss of 9.4 billion yen ($86.78 million) for fiscal 2014, its first operating deficit in 41 years, after a food...
Strong quake shakes southwestern China, killing at least 1,...
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, villagers take refuge in the open air in the city of Pu'er in China's Yunnan province on Oct. 8. (AP photo)
BEIJING--A strong, shallow earthquake shook southwestern China overnight, killing at least one person, damaging buildings and prompting thousands to camp outside as aftershocks ...
Hong Kong protests thin as government agrees to talk with students
Handwritten messages of support for students occupying central Hong Kong (The Asahi Shimbun)
HONG KONG--Crowds of protesters who filled Hong Kong's streets with demands for more democracy thinned dramatically on Oct. 7 after student leaders and the government agreed to ...
Hong Kong student leader: Further crackdown will fuel protests
Joshua Wong delivers a speech to citizens who gathered in the Admiralty district of central Hong Kong on Oct. 4. (Mitsusada Enyo)
HONG KONG--A further government crackdown against protesters in Hong Kong will only prompt more people to join the pro-democracy campaign, a 17-year-old leader of...
Worker influx, affinity with China fuel anti-Vietnam sentiment in...
A Cambodian monk leads an anti-Hanoi demonstration in front of the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh on Oct. 6. (Manabu Sasaki)
PHNOM PENH--A succession of anti-Vietnam protests here highlights growing anger over a border issue coupled with an influx of cheap labor from Cambodia's powerful neighbor.
Japan Coast Guard beefing up fleet for patrol of Senkaku Islands
The Taketomi and Nagura cutters are the latest additions to the Japan Coast Guard. (Jun Kaneko)
Even as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks a first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in November, his administration is strengthening the Japan Coast Guard fleet to boost...
Japan’s SDF to assist U.S. military globally under new guidelines
Members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines hold a ceremony to kick off a joint drill at the Sekiyama training site in Niigata Prefecture on Feb. 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and the United States will eliminate existing geographical constraints under their revised defense cooperation framework to enable the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to...
SDF observes island defense exercise in Philippines, aimed at...
A Self-Defense Forces officer, left, observes U.S. and Philippine troops during an amphibious landing exercise on Arrecife island in the western Philippines on Oct. 2. (Manabu Sasaki)
Japan had observer status for the first time in a combat training exercise involving the Philippine military that simulated seizing an island under attack by enemy forces.
INTERVIEW/ Amy Searight: U.S. carries ‘no uncertainty’ about...
Amy Searight (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
The increasing rotational presence of the U.S. forces in Southeast Asia and Australia is not a substitute for a permanent presence but a critical building block of the U.S....
Sales of Suzuki’s midsize Ciaz sedan to start Oct. 6 in India
Ciaz, a midsize sedan (Provided by Suzuki Motor Corp.)
Suzuki Motor Corp. said it will release the midsize Ciaz sedan in India on Oct. 6 and other emerging economies and developing countries in months to come.