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Japan vows to keep on whaling, calls resolution against its hunt...
A minke whale caught for research purposes is seen in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, in April 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan vowed Sept. 19 to resume its whaling program in the Antarctic despite passage of a resolution opposing its hunt by the international body that oversees whales, terming...
Chinese sellers tout Japanese iPhone 6 as cheapest import
An online marketplace in China lists business operators who provide purchasing services for the iPhone 6 in Japan. (Tokuhiko Saito)
BEIJING--Online Chinese vendors are plugging Apple Inc.'s latest iPhone 6 marketed for Japan as the cheapest among foreign imports of the device.
Whaling meeting votes against Japan's hunt
The International Whaling Commission conference in Portoroz, Slovenia, on Sept. 16 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
PORTOROZ, Slovenia--An international whaling conference has voted against Japan's plans to resume whaling in the Antarctic next year, but Japan has vowed to go ahead anyway.
Japan seeks international backing for 'scientific' whale hunt...
Japanese delegation members at the International Whaling Commission conference in Portoroz, Slovenia, on Sept. 16 (The Asahi Shimbun)
PORTOROZ, Slovenia--Japan sought international backing on Sept. 17 for its highly criticized plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against...
China mum on diplomat's whereabouts amid Japan spying report
BEIJING--China's Foreign Ministry refused to say on Sept. 17 where its ambassador to Iceland was or who was even representing Beijing in the country, following reports he had...
South Korea's Park says door open for talks with North
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with...
Pew Research Center: Japanese, Americans skeptical about TPP...
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Skepticism is rife in Japan and the United States about benefits from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center,...
Japanese man pushes East Asia peace, one hug at a time
Koichi Kuwabara (Provided by Koichi Kuwabara)
Koichi Kuwabara’s approach to promoting peace could understandably be mistaken as an attempt to get punched in the face.
Russian foreign minister says Putin visit to Japan not affected by ...
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before a summit meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MOSCOW--Russia's foreign minister is apparently trying to set the stage so Japan takes the blame if Russian President Vladimir Putin is unable to visit the country later this...
Japan ready to offer flu drug for Ebola treatment
Liberian soldiers scan people for signs of the Ebola virus, as they control people from entering the West Point area in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, on Aug. 23. The outbreak also continues to spread elsewhere in West Africa, with 142 more cases recorded, bringing the new total to 2,615 with 1,427 deaths, the World Health Organization said on Aug. 22. (AP Photo)
The government said Aug. 24 that it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as a possible treatment for the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak.
Sources: Chinese fighter made dangerous pass to obstruct SDF plane
A Chinese military Su-27 fighter jet that approached a Self-Defense Forces aircraft June 11 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
BEIJING--Chinese fighter jets that flew within a whisker of Self-Defense Forces aircraft in the East China Sea in May and June obstructed an Air SDF aircraft in a highly...
Russia, in sanctions retaliation, bars entry to some Japanese...
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before a summit meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 8. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MOSCOW--Russia on August 22 banned several Japanese citizens from entering the country, expanding retaliatory measures against countries which have imposed sanctions over the...
Chinese journalist Ma Licheng calls on Japan, China to 'tone down...
Ma Licheng, a Beijing-based journalist who criticized both Japanese and Chinese nationalism in an essay published in 2002, visited Japan in mid-July and was interviewed by The...
ICJ ruling darkens future for Japanese whale meat businesses
A dish of fried whale meat is served at a restaurant in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Once-prosperous Japanese businesses handling whale meat have been forced to shut down or change their strategies following the International Court of Justice’s effective ban...
Tokyo and Seoul seek foreign minister talks at Myanmar ASEAN forum
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, in New York in September 2013 (Pool) 
Tokyo plans to hold a meeting of foreign ministers with Seoul in the hopes of forging the first summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Park Geun-hye, sources...
Survey: More than half of Japanese have negative impression of S....
A South Korean man holds up a banner that says, "We say no to the revival of Japanese militarism" in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--Some 54.4 percent of Japanese people hold a negative impression of South Korea, up by 17.1 percentage points from last year and reflecting the ongoing confrontations...
Japan fighters scramble record number of times
In this photo taken by Japan Air Self-Defense Force and released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan, a Russian fighter jet SU-27 flies over the sea off the Japanese island of Hokkaido Feb. 7, 2013. The Defense Ministry said two SU-27 jets, including the one shown in this photo, briefly intruded into Japanese airspace in the afternoon off the coast of Rishiri island on Hokkaido's west coast, prompting Japan’s air force to scramble jets. (AP Photo/Joint Staff Office of Defense Ministry of Japan)
Japan scrambled fighter jets a record number of times between April and June amid increased activity of Russian and Chinese aircraft, the Defense Ministry said on July 9, and...
China's Xi invites S. Korea joint effort on Japan's wartime past
Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles during a meeting with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa at the National Assembly in Seoul on July 4. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--China and South Korea have a common interest in ensuring Tokyo is held to account for its wartime past, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on July 4, amid their shared...
EDITORIAL: Japan needs to restart summits with China, South Korea
Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun-hye attend the Korea China Investment Forum in Seoul on July 4. (AP Photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Seoul on July 3 and held talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Last year, Park traveled to China.
Xi rebukes Japan for brutality in China, Koreas
Chinese President Xi Jinping waves to students and audience after his lecture at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea, on July 4. With a single meeting on July 3, the leaders of China and South Korea simultaneously snubbed North Korea, bolstered their already booming trade relationship and gave the U.S. and Japan a look at Beijing's growing influence south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone. (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea --Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted Japan's brutality against China and South Korea in the last century during a speech on the final day of his visit...