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Chinese naval flotilla seen circling Japan in second such maneuver
A Chinese Navy destroyer sails through the Soya Strait, located between Hokkaido and Sakhalin, on Dec. 25. (Provided by the Maritime Self-Defense Force)
For the second time in as many years, Chinese warships have been sighted making a circuit around the Japanese archipelago, the Defense Ministry's Joint Staff said Dec. 25.
China punishes hospital for operating room photos
BEIJING--Chinese health authorities put a hospital president on probation and fired three others following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff...
83% of Japanese feel no friendship for China; sentiment toward S....
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Reflecting the current strained diplomatic relations, the ratio of the public that does not harbor friendly feelings toward China or South Korea has become the highest ever,...
Visiting Chinese President Xi cautions Macau against foreign forces
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at a celebration gathering marking the 15th anniversary of Macau's return to China in Macau on Dec. 20. (AP Photo)
BEIJING—Chinese President Xi Jinping on Dec. 20 urged the semiautonomous former Portuguese colony of Macau to guard against interference by what he called hostile external...
Detained China rights lawyer facing ‘inhuman torment,’ wife...
Pu Zhiqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer arrested this year has had to endure hours of interrogation and his health has suffered, his wife wrote in a letter released on ...
Mizuho Bank, China’s Fujian province reach business cooperation...
Mizuho Bank Ltd. President Nobuhide Hayashi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Mizuho Bank Ltd. said Dec. 18 that it has entered a business cooperation agreement with the Commerce Department in China’s Fujian province to help Japanese companies make...
Kim Jong Un eyes Russia for first overseas stop as North Korean...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledges workers at a factory that provides food for the military in this photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in November. (Korea News Service)
BEIJING--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un seems to be leaning toward Russia for his first official visit abroad and not China, which would normally be the inaugural stop.
Retiring Ishihara to speak his mind 'until the day I die'
Shintaro Ishihara announces his retirement from politics at a news conference in Tokyo on Dec. 16. (Tatsuya Shimada)
Retiring politician Shintaro Ishihara lambasted China, compared a former political partner to a young Adolf Hitler, and showed no regrets for uttering comments that have...
Illegal ivory trade 'out of control' due to Chinese demand, group...
Ornaments made from elephant tusks are popular in China. (Provided by Lucy Vigne)
NAIROBI--A Kenya-based animal protection group said wild elephants could disappear within the next generation unless the Chinese government takes immediate steps to crack down...
Chinese, S. Korean newspapers warn LDP's victory could adversely...
Chinese newspapers on Dec. 15 carry stories detailing the Liberal Democratic Party’s landslide victory in the Dec. 14 Lower House election. (Nanae Kurashige)
Major newspapers in China and South Korea expressed concern a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory in the Dec. 14...
Local artists, Japanese publisher work hand in hand to expand...
The manga artist duo Navar show off their comic book "Carrier: Xiedaizhe" at a book-signing event in Shanghai in November. (Keiko Yoshioka)
SHANGHAI--With Japanese-style comics expanding in popularity across the globe, China's manga industry is also slowly starting to evolve, thanks to a Japanese publisher through...
Japanese firms step up research hubs in China to respond to local...
A worker examines a touch-panel type air cleaner developed for the Chinese market by Panasonic Corp.’s Chinese operation in Foshan, China. (Tokuhiko Saito)
FOSHAN, China--Japanese-affiliated businesses are expanding their research and development centers in China to enable them to swiftly respond to shifting trends in the...
China left out in the cold as North Koreans prepare to mark Kim...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Provided by Korea News Service)
BEIJING--In a surprise snub, North Korea did not formally invite China to send representatives to attend a memorial ceremony in Pyongyang to mark the third anniversary of Kim...
INSIGHT: Frustrations led to downfall of pro-democracy movement in ...
Top: A street in Hong Kong's Admiralty district was full of tents before police removed protesters on Dec. 11. (Mitsusada Enyo) Below: Cars run on the same street on the morning of Dec. 12 after the tents were torn down. (Koichiro Ishida)
HONG KONG--The more their frustrations grew, the more aggressive they became. And that led to dwindling support, disorganization and ultimately the failure of pro-democracy...
Chinese Nobel laureate sends message from jail
A photo of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is shown at the awards ceremony in Oslo on Dec. 10, 2010, as the imprisoned activist could not attend the event. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has told an overseas friend that he is relatively healthy and wants the world to pay more attention to other...
Hong Kong police arrest 209 protesters, demolish main camp
Police officers clear yellow umbrella and barricades at the occupied area outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on Dec. 11. (AP Photo)
HONG KONG--Hong Kong authorities demolished a protest camp on Dec. 11 at the heart of the city's 2 ½-month pro-democracy movement but scores of activists taken away by police...
China's factory and investment growth flagging, more stimulus seen
A smokestack at a steel plant in Hebei province, China, gives off smoke. Economic data for November shows Chinese economy is still losing steam. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's economy on Dec. 12 showed further signs of fatigue in November, with factory output growth slowing more than expected and growth in investment near a 13-year...
Sony to make foray into China's gaming market, with PlayStation 4...
Sony Corp. officials on Dec. 11 announce plans to sell the PlayStation 4 in China starting on Jan. 11 in Shanghai. (Kim Soon-hi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
SHANGHAI--Sony Corp. will sell its PlayStation 4 in China for 2,899 yuan ($468, or 55,700 yen) starting Jan. 11, a company executive said Dec. 11.
Chinese leaders affirm commitment to slower growth
Construction work continues in Beijing. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese leaders on Dec. 11 affirmed their commitment to a "new normal" of slower economic growth next year and promised to help the poor and promote market-oriented...
Detained Chinese lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has a crucial voice and must...
When I snapped a photo of lawyer Pu Zhiqiang against the backdrop of Mount Fuji, he was beaming. His smile does him credit.