China

Japanese rice master: Beijing demonstration falls short but...
Tsutomu Murashima demonstrates his rice-cooking techniques in Beijing on Jan. 12. (Provided by China International Brand Management Center)
SAKAI--Tsutomu Murashima said his rice-cooking demonstration in China was only “60 percent successful,” despite the accolades that poured in from audience members who...
POINT OF VIEW/ Robert Einhorn: China must be engaged in applying...
Robert Einhorn, former U.S. assistant secretary for nonproliferation (Atsushi Okudera)
North Korea’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile on Feb. 7 has heightened the urgency of dealing effectively with Pyongyang.
'Monkey King' is star attraction at Chinese New Year lantern fest
The centerpiece of this year's Nagasaki Lantern Festival depicting the world of “Journey to the West" is lit up in Minato Park in Nagasaki during a test run on the night of Feb. 7. (Kentaro Yamano)
NAGASAKI--Crowds descending on the Nagasaki Lantern Festival here are set to be dazzled by a 10-meter-high lantern inspired by the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the...
All-you-can-eat restaurants just what customers ordered in...
A family enjoys classic Chinese delicacies such as steamed dumplings, Peking Duck and sweet and sour pork in a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown in Yokohama in December 2015. (Ken Murota)
YOKOHAMA--Once most popular with office workers during weekday lunch hours and families on weekends, Yokohama's famed Chinatown is evolving to meet the demands of its new...
New Japanese car sales in China up markedly in January
Murano is one of the cars Nissan Motor Co. markets in China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
New car sales in China by leading Japanese manufacturers in January outpaced those of the corresponding month a year ago, according to figures released by Feb. 3.
Chinese journalist emerges 22 days after disappearance
Chinese journalist Li Xin talks to a reporter over Skype at the Associated Press office in New Delhi, India, on Nov. 20, 2015. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--The wife of a Chinese journalist who disappeared while seeking asylum abroad says she's spoken to her husband and that he says he voluntarily returned to China for...
Japan to renovate remote observation post to retain claim over EEZ
The observation post currently in the Okinotorishima islands is in dire need of repairs. (Provided by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism)
The government will spend 13 billion yen ($107 million) to rebuild an observation post in the Okinotorishima islands, Japan's southernmost territory, to keep its economic...
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: Neighbors starve, teacher sells booze,...
Women who defected from North Korea explain how they used to live during a South Korean TV program in Seoul. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Editor’s note: This is the 16th installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran...
Clinton e-mail: U.S. asked Japan to talk with China before buying...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--In a private e-mail forwarded to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a high-ranking U.S. official asked Japan to consult with China before the Japanese...
U.S. warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea
A Chinese coast guard vessel navigates near a Chinese oil rig in waters off the Paracel Islands in 2014. (The Asahi Shimbun)
WASHINGTON--A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other nations in the South China Sea on Jan 30, in an...
4 Chinese miners rescued after 36 days trapped underground
The first miner, is lifted from a collapsed mine in Pingyi, east China's Shandong Province on Jan. 29. (Xinhua via AP)
BEIJING--Rescuers on Jan. 29 pulled out four miners who had spent 36 days trapped underground in a collapsed mine in eastern China.
U.S., China spar over North Korea, South China Sea
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to an opening statement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on Jan. 27. (AP Photo/ Pool)
BEIJING--The United States and China sparred Jan. 27 on how to deal with North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test and ease rising tensions over territorial disputes in the...
Backlash over one-child policy in China as parents sue government
The Asahi Shimbun
SHENYANG, China--China's one-child policy, implemented in 1979 and only just discarded, still has the potential to backfire and trigger a rash of lawsuits across the nation.
SDF, U.S. forces worked out joint operations study plan in 2012 to ...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In a top-secret plan, the Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. forces worked out a plan to study joint operations in 2012 to repel an invasion of the disputed Senkaku Islands in...
Wife says missing Hong Kong publisher 'healthy' in China
Residents and democracy activists hold a rally in Hong Kong on Jan. 10 demanding mainland Chinese authorities release five missing publishers. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GUANGZHOU, China--The wife of a publisher who criticized Beijing and disappeared from Hong Kong last year said he is in mainland China and cooperating in an investigation, Hong ...
Seoul to join missile defense system set up by Washington, Tokyo
Aegis destroyers from the Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy anchor at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture to take part in a joint training exercise. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korea said it will begin operating a military data system to share real-time intelligence with Japan and the United States to counter the growing threat of...
Narita Airport reports record-breaking year as tourism skyrockets
Passengers await their flights at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture in April 2015. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--Passenger and flight numbers at Narita International Airport scaled new heights in 2015, the airport’s operator announced on Jan. 21, providing...
U.S. flies fleet of F-22 stealth fighters to air base in Tokyo
Eight U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighters at the Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo on Jan. 21 (Naoko Kawamura)
Eight F-22 stealth fighters flew from the United States to the U.S. Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo on Jan. 20 in an apparent show of strength following key developments in...
Chinese state TV airs confession from detained Swede
In this image made from undated video released by China Central Television (CCTV), Peter Dahlin, a Swedish co-founder of a human rights group, speaks on camera in an unknown location. (CCTV via AP Video)
BEIJING--Chinese state television has aired a confession made in detention by a Swedish co-founder of a human rights group, who said he had trained and funded unlicensed...
U.S. diplomat steps up pressure on China to cooperate on N. Korea...
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, shakes hands with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo during their meeting in Seoul on Jan. 20. (Pool Photo via AP)
SEOUL--A senior U.S. diplomat stepped up pressure on China on Jan. 20 to cooperate on new, tough sanctions meant to make North Korea suffer for a recent nuclear test that...