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Abe playing catch-up to China as he travels to Latin America...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a dinner reception hosted by Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) in Tokyo on July 24. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe embarked on a five-nation Latin America tour starting July 25 in the hopes of gaining diplomatic allies, but he will likely find that China has...
China re-creates sunken historic warship in appeal for stronger...
“Don’t forget the victims of our country. A strong naval power,” reads a message marking the 120th anniversary of the First Sino-Japanese War on Liugong Island in Weihai, Shandong province, which was a stronghold for the northern fleet of the Qing dynasty. (Koichiro Ishida)
DANDONG, China--A full-scale replica of a warship that was sunk during a naval confrontation of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) is being built by China as part of...
Does Japan have a security role in Southeast Asia?
In late May, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headlined the prestigious Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore with a keynote speech on the current geopolitical trajectory in Asia and the...
Japan sees huge increase in foreign visitors
Tourists in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, which retains the atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1867), on July 18 (Shinpei Doi)
More than 6 million overseas tourists, taking advantage of looser visa restrictions and a weaker yen, visited Japan between January and June in a dramatic increase from last...
China cancels flights amid three months of live-fire military...
A motorized HQ-7 missile launcher takes part in a parade in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in October 2009 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of modern China. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's military forces are engaged in massive live-fire exercises, including air-defense drills, over expansive areas, prompting aviation authorities to request...
Taiwan says weather not seen as cause of plane crash that killed 48
A relative of a passenger onboard TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 that crashed on the Taiwanese island of Penghu cries at a funeral parlor in Penghu on July 24. (AP Photo)
TAIPEI--Taiwan authorities said on July 24 it was unlikely bad weather was the cause of the crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane the previous day in which 48 people,...
VOX POPULI: Safety of Chinese food products raises concerns
McDonald's Co. (Japan) resumes sales of chicken nuggets on July 23 after switching suppliers following reports on the scandal surrounding a food supplier in Shanghai. (Mikiharu Sugiura)
In the early 20th century, a novel titled "The Jungle" created a stir in the United States. It was an expose about the deplorably unsanitary practices that were rampant in the...
Chinese president ends regional tour in cradle of Cuban Revolution
Cuba's President Raul Castro, right, shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping during a meeting at Revolution Palace in Havana on July 22. (AP Photo)
HAVANA--Chinese President Xi Jinping ended an eight-day trip through Latin America on July 23 with a visit to eastern Cuba, where both the island's independence struggle...
Kobe Steel's wire rod processing venture in China to expand...
Kobe Steel Ltd. said July 24 the company and the other equity shareholders in Kobe Special Steel Wire Products (Pinghu) Co. have agreed to expand the production capacity of...
China extends global reach with $7.5 billion loan deal with...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, front left, shakes hands with his Argentine counterpart, Hector Timerman, front right, in Buenos Aires on July 18 as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez applaud in the background. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--To strengthen his nation's influence, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to a $7.5 billion (760 billion yen) infrastructure loan package with his Argentine...
Strongest typhoon in decades kills 17 in southern China;...
Rescuers try to remove a steal frame from a collapsed concrete roof which has killed and injured a number of people after they took shelter during heavy rains in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province on July 18. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 17 people after claiming at least 94 lives in the Philippines, officials said on July 20.
Saga Airport eyed as key base for protection of islands in East...
The tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Defense Ministry intends to transform Saga city's commercial airport into a key military hub to protect outlying islands and counter China’s maritime advances in the East ...
EDITORIAL: China’s economy depends too heavily on real estate
Chinese homebuyers look at models of residential apartment buildings during a real estate fair in Dalian city, northeast Chinas Liaoning province, on July 13. (Imaginechina via AP Images)
China’s economy saw substantial growth in the April-June quarter. The country’s gross domestic product increased by 7.5 percent during the three months from a year earlier, ...
THE GREEN PATH: Using the power of tea to mend relations in East...
“Tea is philosophy. It is deep and wide,” Sen Genshitsu says in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Kyoto on March 31. (Machiko Kirimoto)
Editor’s note: This is the last of a five-part series of an interview with Sen Genshitsu, 91, who joined the kamikaze corps in World War II and was later head master of...
China deepens ties to Brazil, plans to build railways
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, pose for a photo after his arrival to the Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia on July 17. (AP Photo)
BRASILIA--China expanded its trade partnership with Brazil on July 17 with $7.5 billion in financing for Brazilian miner Vale, the purchase of 60 passenger jets from planemaker ...
DPJ leader Kaieda gets the cold shoulder in Beijing
Banri Kaieda, left, president of the Democratic Party of Japan, meets with Chinese leader Liu Yunshan, right, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 16. (Ryutaro Abe)
BEIJING--The visiting head of Japan's main opposition party got a chilly reception in Beijing, reflecting China's anger with the Democratic Party of Japan for exacerbating a...
THE GREEN PATH: The Way of Tea spreads to China, Islamic countries
Sen Genshitsu makes tea for Deng Xiaoping in China in 1979. Asked about the reason why he turned the bowl around, Sen replied, “By avoiding the front (of the bowl), we can have a humble feeling.” (Provided by Sen Genshitsu)
Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a five-part series of an interview with Sen Genshitsu, 91, who joined the kamikaze corps in World War II and was later head master of...
BRICS set up Shanghai-based bank to counter Western grip on global ...
Leaders of the BRICS nations, from left, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, China's President Xi Jinping and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, pose for a group photo during the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on July 15. (AP Photo)
FORTALEZA, Brazil--Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion development bank and a currency reserve pool on July 15 in their first concrete step...
COMMENTARY: Rough-and-tumble Chinese struggle to become world...
A Chinese defender, right, clears the ball during an AFC Champions League match against a Japanese team in Hiroshima in 2010. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Japanese national soccer team put up a good fight, but failed to make it to the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Abe's proactive pacifism an exercise in...
An Indian Navy corvette, foreground, joins ships from the Maritime Self-Defense Force for the first bilateral training exercise in Sagami Bay in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's strategy of "proactive pacifism" is starting to take shape with recent changes made to long-standing national security policy.