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VOX POPULI: Grim events of February followed by inspired voices
Tatsuo Murakami, director of Kamo Aquarium, with his recently published memoir (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
I was horrified and outraged by gruesome news in February from the Middle East (that Islamic State militants had killed two Japanese hostages, among others).
China drops leading technology brands in favor of local makers
Chinese President Xi Jinping (AP photo)
BEIJING--China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what...
LDP's Nikai to visit China in bid to improve relations
Toshihiro Nikai, the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council chairman, meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Feb. 13. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
In an attempt to mend ties, a ruling party executive plans to visit China with 3,000 Japanese people, including tourism and local government officials, more than double the...
Afghans hope China will help persuade Pakistan to press Taliban
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony in Beijing on Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo)
KABUL--Afghanistan arrested and handed over several Muslim Uighur militants from China's west in an effort to persuade China to use its influence with Pakistan to help start...
Japan tourist hot spot at start of Chinese New Year
Laox electronic appliance store in Tokyo’s Akihabara district is packed with Chinese tourists on Feb. 18, the first day of the Chinese New Year holiday season. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Throngs of Chinese tourists celebrating the Chinese New Year have descended on Japan, where the weak yen gives shoppers more bang for their buck.
China to project power from artificial islands in South China Sea
An aerial photo taken over the Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Oct. 4, 2014 (Provided by a source)
HONG KONG--China's creation of artificial islands in the South China Sea is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard...
Myanmar declares martial law in troubled Kokang region
A soldier provides security in the border town of Lauk Kai in Myanmar's Kokang region in September 2009. (AP file photo)
KUNLONG, Myanmar--Myanmar President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in the Kokang region in the east and imposed a three-month period of martial law there in an...
Friends no more? Beijing hospital's new name leaves Japanese...
Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone plants a memorial tree on the grounds of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital during its construction in March 1984. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A decision by Chinese public health authorities to abbreviate the name of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital by dropping the word "Friendship" triggered bewilderment...
Japan, U.S. cooperating on joint document to mark 70th anniversary ...
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)
To prevent friction with South Korea and China and underscore the importance of their alliance, Japan and the United States are working on a joint document to mark the 70th...
WTO panel upholds most of complaint against China in steel duties...
Seamless steel tubes at Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. plant in Wakayama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GENEVA--A World Trade Organization dispute panel upheld most parts of a complaint against China on Feb. 13 in a case brought by Japan and the European Union challenging Chinese ...
Chinese envoy calls on Abe to respect Murayama statement
Cheng Yonghua, Chinese ambassador to Japan, during an interview in 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China’s ambassador to Japan on Feb. 12 urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to respect the tenor of the 1995 Murayama statement that apologized for Japan’s “aggression”...
Anxious China quietly opens 1st canal of massive waterworks project
View of the central route section of the South-North Water Diversion in Taocha reservoir, Xichuan county, central Chinas Henan province, 13 December 2014. (AP photo)
BEIJING--Although China's South-North Water Diversion Project is touted as a marvel of modern civil engineering to solve the nation's long water woes, the government marked the ...
Despite safety concerns, China resuming construction of nuclear...
Work to construct a nuclear power plant in the coastal area of Shidao Bay is under way in Rongcheng, Shandong province. (Nozomu Hayashi)
BEIJING--Facing growing energy demands and struggling against air pollution, China this year plans to resume full-scale construction of nuclear power plants for the first time...
Wartime Chinese laborers call off settlement talks with Mitsubishi ...
One of the plaintiffs talks to reporters after the filing of a lawsuit with the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court over wartime forced labor last February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese plaintiffs seeking compensation for their wartime forced labor decided to reject a proposed settlement by one of two Japanese companies named in the suit,...
European business group slams China's Internet controls
Information on Ai Weiwei, a Chinese artist known for his criticism against China's Communist Party-led regime, is seen at the media center for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing on Nov. 5, 2014, when China lifted restrictions on Internet usage at the center. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's Internet curbs are isolating it from the world and having a "highly detrimental" impact on business, a European lobby said on Feb. 12, in an unusually strong...
China says resignation of top Taiwan official won't affect ties
Wang Yu-chi, chief of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, speaks at a news conference in Taipei on Feb. 10. (The Asahi Shimbun)
BEIJING--The Chinese government said on Feb. 11 that the resignation of the head of Taiwan's China policy-making body, the Mainland Affairs Council, would not affect the...
POINT OF VIEW/ Junya Sano: China accepts growth deceleration to a...
Amid heavy smog, large-scale construction work is under way in central Beijing. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Central Economic Work Conference, convened annually by the State Council (Chinese central government) and the Communist Party to determine the economic management policies...
Thailand seeks Japanese know-how to build southern railway
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula at the prime minister's office in Bangkok on Feb. 5 (Ryosuke Ono)
BANGKOK--A railway utilizing Japanese technology may traverse southern Thailand in the near future, according to the Thai deputy prime minister, ahead of an upcoming visit to...
S. Korea likely to host trilateral meeting with Japan, China next...
From left: Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean and Chinese counterparts, Yun Byung-se and Wang Yi, during the foreign ministerial meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan, South Korea and China in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo)
Japan, China and South Korea are in the final stages of making arrangements to hold trilateral talks among their respective foreign ministers next month, according to...
China protests to U.S. over Dalai Lama's presence at Obama event
BEIJING--China on Feb. 6 protested the Dalai Lama's presence at a public event attended by President Barack Obama, saying the U.S. government was exploiting the issue of Tibet...