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SDF should not patrol the South China Sea
Japan and the United States are trying to redefine their alliance. Put simply, under the deal, Japan would shoulder some of the roles the U.S. military has carried out around...
'Rule of law' still distant in China
In China, more than 200 human rights lawyers and related personnel were taken in or detained from July 9 to 16. Although most of them have already been released, around 20...
Abe's war statement needs to include the region's shared values
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in the spotlight both at home and abroad over what he will say in his statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
PHOTO: Chinatown craftsman's splendid dollhouses are made for...
Artisan Wang Liangqing works on a dollhouse that will be used as an offering at the August festival for overseas Chinese in Japan at the Nankin-machi Chinatown in Kobe's Chuo Ward on July 27. (Yoshinori Mizuno)
KOBE--An artisan is busily constructing big, lavishly colored dollhouses in Chinatown here that are destined to meet a fiery fate.
China stocks tumble, suffer biggest one-day loss in 8 years
Investors watch an electronic board displaying stock prices at a brokerage in Beijing on July 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SHANGHAI--Chinese shares tumbled more than 8 percent on July 27 amid renewed fears about the outlook for the world's No. 2 economy, reviving the specter of a full-blown market...
China probes former associate of jailed security chief
Zhou Benshun (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A former senior associate of China's jailed one-time security chief Zhou Yongkang is being investigated for suspected corruption, the government said on July 24, the...
Sources: Mitsubishi Materials to offer apology, compensation to...
Chinese wartime forced workers and bereaved family members visit Mitsubishi Materials Corp.'s branch in Fukuoka in their campaign seeking an apology and compensation in 2002. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Mitsubishi Materials Corp. has offered a “sincere apology” and compensation in a proposed out-of-court settlement to Chinese plaintiffs seeking redress for forced...
Japan accuses China of unilaterally developing gas projects near...
One of the newly confirmed offshore gas drilling structures in the East China Sea (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
The government released maps and aerial photos of 16 offshore gas drilling structures as evidence of China's unilateral development of resources near to the median line between ...
Beijing lashes out at defense white paper depiction of 'Chinese...
A model of a maritime platform used for petroleum exploration in the South China Sea is one of the items on display at a defense industry exhibition held in Beijing. (Nanae Kurashige)
China's foreign and defense ministries went on the offensive late on July 21 for what they criticized as needless provocations in Japan's defense white paper, released only...
Criticism of China a constant in annual defense white paper
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani responds to Diet questioning. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although criticism of China loomed large in this year's Defense Ministry's white paper, which was released July 21, the report also mentions the importance of direct dialogue...
China to prosecute former aide to retired president
Ling Jihua (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China will prosecute a former senior aide to retired president Hu Jintao after an investigation found that he took bribes and engaged in other corrupt behavior, the...
Translator of Chinese 'Barefoot Gen' manga looking for publisher
Hiromi Bando holds a copy of the Chinese version of "Barefoot Gen." (An Inju)
A Chinese translation of a popular manga series depicting the horrors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima has been completed but is struggling to find a publisher.
Philippines, Vietnam reviving Cold War bases to combat China’s...
A 2013 photo of Cam Ranh Bay, a particular strategic site for Vietnam’s maritime security (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
HANOI--The Philippines and Vietnam are refurbishing key military bases used during the Cold War and bolstering cooperation with Washington to counter Beijing’s maritime...
EDITORIAL: 1.3 billion Chinese lose in Xi’s crackdown on human...
In this July 17 photo, the marquee for the Fengrui law firm is seen at the entrance to their offices in Beijing. (AP Photo)
July 10 is now known as “Black Friday” by people concerned about human rights in China.
Scholars call for candid debate on Japan, China, South Korea...
Lee Jong-won, director of the Institute of Korean Studies at Waseda University, second from right, speaks at an international symposium on the future of Asia held at Waseda University on July 18. (Yoshimi Karo)
Japanese scholars reaffirmed the importance of creating an environment that allows for a candid discussion of shared history with their colleagues in China and South Korea,...
Taiwan promotes its island claim in South China Sea
This May 2015 file photo taken through a glass window of a military plane shows China's alleged ongoing reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Pool Photo via AP)
TAIPEI--As China builds artificial islands in a vast resource-rich South China Sea and neighbors in Southeast Asia brace for possible conflict, Taiwan is cutting carbon...
China warns about Japan 'abandoning' defensive posture
Members of a citizens group protest changes in Japan's defense policy in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on July 1. (Akihiko Kaise)
Japan’s nearest neighbors expressed concerns about the role-expanding national security legislation passed by the Lower House on July 16, but the reaction was more positive...
China defense minister: Japan’s defense bills to...
Chinese defense minister Chang Wanquan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's defense minister told the head of Japan's National Security Council on July 17 that Japanese legislation that could see troops sent to fight abroad for the...
SDF chief says South China Sea surveillance possible
A Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C patrol aircraft takes off from Palawan Island in the western Philippines on June 23 for a joint exercise with the Philippines military over the South China Sea. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Japan's top military commander, Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, said on July 16 he expected China to become increasingly assertive in the South China Sea, and it was...
Japanese infant left in China at war's end honors adoptive parents ...
At his home in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, Yohachi Nakajima shows a banner his birth mother was holding when he arrived at Maizuru port in Kyoto Prefecture on a repatriation ship in 1958. It reads, "Welcome back, Yohachi Nakajima." (Maki Okubo)
Left behind in China at the end of World War II after choosing a local woman over his Japanese birth mother, Yohachi Nakajima gives tribute to his adoptive parents and other...