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Tokyo protests after China's state news agency demands emperor...
Emperor Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, delivers an address to the memorial ceremony for the war dead at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan hall on Aug. 15. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A demand from China’s state-run news agency that the Japanese emperor apologize for the “war of aggression” has drawn protests from Tokyo.
Former Taiwan vice president to meet China's Xi, attend military...
Lien Chan in 2005 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAIPEI--Former Taiwanese Vice President Lien Chan will meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping next week on a private visit to attend China's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the ...
China's Xi vows unceasing fight against Tibet separatism
Chinese President Xi Jinping (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China will wage an unceasing fight against separatism in its restive mountainous region of Tibet, President Xi Jinping said, as the government repeated it would never...
VOX POPULI: Global economic crash a frightening prospect
An electronic indicator at a currency trading company in Tokyo shows the Nikkei 225 stock index falling below the 18,000-mark on Aug. 25. (The Asahi Shimbun)
On Oct. 24, 1929, which came to be known as Black Thursday, stock prices crashed in New York and triggered the Great Depression of the 1930s that buffeted the industrialized...
China overhauls war memorial sites in time for Victory over Japan...
A view from inside the new wing of the Museum of War Crime Evidence by Japanese Army Unit 731 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, that opened Aug. 15 (Takuya Hiraga)
More than 100 facilities in China linked to the nation's struggle during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) are being renovated or expanded in the run-up to the 70th...
Network of Japanese bunkers shows scars of war at remote Chinese...
A network of Japanese bunkers is shown to the media representatives in Tengchong, southern Yunnan province, on Aug. 13. (Mitsusada Enyo)
TENGCHONG, China--An extensive network of tunnels, bunkers and trenches built by the Imperial Japanese Army is still intact at one of the bloodiest battlefields of World War II ...
West and Japan snub China parade, but Putin, N. Korean official...
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and North Korean ruling party official Choe Ryong Hae (Choe's photo was provided by Korea News Service)
BEIJING--Major Western leaders will not attend a military parade in China next week to mark the end of World War II, leaving President Xi Jinping to stand with leaders and...
China's stock index sinks 7.6%; Japan's also down
A man takes a photo of an electronic stock indicator at a securities firm in Tokyo on Aug. 25. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's stock-market index tumbled for a fourth day, falling 7.6 percent on Aug. 25 to an eight-month low. Japanese stocks also fell, but other Asian markets rebounded ...
Abe calls off trip to China to oversee passage of security bills
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an Upper House session Aug. 24 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ruled out a September trip to China in order to be present as the Diet considers passing controversial security legislation.
China share collapse drives panic selling in Asian markets
A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo on Aug. 24 as stocks fell in early trading. (AP Photo)
Stocks tumbled across Asia on Aug. 24 with China's main index losing 8.5 percent in tumultuous trading as investors panicked by uncertainty over the economic outlook unloaded...
Obama’s rebalance can attain new life with TPP deal
The long running Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are reaching a critical stage as pressure ramps up for a completed deal by the end of this year.
China intensifying promotion of upcoming spectacular military...
Chinese female troops practice marching near a portrait of Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of a Sept. 3 military parade at a camp on the outskirts of Beijing on  Aug. 22. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China is ramping up publicity for its upcoming massive military parade commemorating the end of World War II, but officials still aren't saying what other countries...
China insists it is not rattling its saber by holding military...
Military officers take part in a flower-offering ceremony in Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2005, in an event to mark the 60th anniversary of China’s victory in World War II. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--A senior Chinese military officer has pleaded with Japanese people to understand and support a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in China's...
China bans media from reporting on helicopter crash
The gate of the airfield belonging to the Chinese military in Beijing's Tongzhou district, near where witnesses say a military helicopter crashed on Aug. 16. (Nanae Kurashige)
BEIJING--The government has banned its media from reporting on the crash of a military helicopter that was preparing for a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of China's...
4 new fires at China blast site, widespread safety hazards found
Soldiers from a People's Liberation Army chemical-defense unit work to neutralize sodium cyanide residue on charred car bodies on Aug. 20 after the massive explosions at a port in northeastern China's Tianjin. (Chinatopix via AP)
SHANGHAI--Four new fires have broken out at the site where two huge blasts last week killed 116 people, Chinese state media reported on Aug. 21 soon after officials said safety ...
S. Korean president to attend China's celebrations of victory over ...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye meets her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in November 2014 (Pool)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye will travel to China next month to attend a ceremony marking the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, her office said...
The reality of geopolitics: Enemies do become friends
In his renowned work "How Enemies Become Friends," Charles A. Kupchan, a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., explored how nations...
State media: China firm used connections to build hazmat warehouse
Residents demanding compensation for damages to their homes after an explosion at the Tianjin port protest outside a hotel where news conferences are held in China's Tianjin on Aug. 19. (AP Photo)
TIANJIN, China--The son of a former police chief is one of two silent owners of the warehouse for hazardous materials in Tianjin where explosions killed at least 114 people,...
U.S. experts: Abe’s statement could help Japan-South Korea ties
Sheila Smith (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stopped short of offering a personal apology for Japan's role in World War II, but his recent 70th anniversary statement could still help...
Families of Chinese firefighters seek answers in port blasts
In this photo taken on Aug. 15, a firefighter inspects a destroyed fire truck at the site of an explosion in northeastern China's Tianjin. (Chinatopix Via AP)
TIANJIN, China--The rapid chain of explosions that destroyed a warehouse district in the Chinese port of Tianjin could become one of the world's deadliest disasters for fire...