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IMF presses Japan to take bold fiscal, structural reforms
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and Finance Minister Taro Aso, far left (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The International Monetary Fund warned the Bank of Japan will take longer than it expects to hit its inflation target even with more monetary easing, and said "bolder"...
China sets public holiday for anniversary of victory over Japan in ...
Chinese leaders at a ceremony in Beijing on Sept. 3, 2005, to mark the 60th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SHANGHAI--China said on May 13 it would make Sept. 3 a national holiday this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Japan steps up maritime engagement with Philippines, Vietnam
A "wounded suspect" is airlifted by a helicopter during a combined maritime exercise by Philippine and Japanese Coast Guards off Manila Bay in Philippines on May 6. (AP Photo)
MANILA/TOKYO--The Philippines and Japan held their first joint naval exercises in the South China Sea on May 12, while Japan's coastguard works with Vietnam this week, as Tokyo ...
Japan ranks ninth in tourism competitiveness
Foreign visitors take a "selfie" to capture cherry blossoms behind them in Kanazawa in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GENEVA--Japan ranks as ninth most competitive country in terms of tourism, a report shows.
IMF: Asia to lead growth in 2015 despite China slowdown
Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Asian economies will lead world growth in 2015, expanding at a 5.6-percent pace that is level with last year, as recoveries in India and Japan help to offset the slowdown in...
Philippines, Japan coast guards hold anti-piracy drills
Armed personnel of Philippine and Japanese coast guards subdue a "suspect" during a combined maritime exercise by the two nations in the waters off Manila Bay in the Philippines on May 6. (AP Photo)
ABOARD BRP BATANGAS, Philippines--Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams staged an anti-piracy drill on May 6, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack,...
ANALYSIS: Chinese media reports indicate thaw in Tokyo-Beijing...
The national flags of Japan and China are not shown in this People's Daily’s photo of the April 22 summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping. (From the People's Daily)
BEIJING--Chinese media remained cautious about mentioning improved Japan-China relations, but their coverage of the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi...
Interview/ Lee Jong-won: Repeated talks during 50 years of Japan-S....
On the 50th anniversary of the normalization of relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in 1965, the prospect for top-level talks between the two...
Surveys: Wide gap between Japan, Germany on ties with neighbors 70 ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Ninety-four percent of Germans feel their country has developed good relations with its neighbors since the carnage of World War II, more than double the rate of 46 percent...
POINT OF VIEW: Despite frustrations, Japan must make effort to end ...
German President Joachim Gauck, right, and his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, attend a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in France in August 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
For 70 years, Japan and Germany have taken different paths in dealing with the negative legacies they shouldered after their defeat in World War II.
N. Korean pavilion will offer rare glimpse of nation at 2015 Milan ...
A billboard advertising the upcoming world's fair Expo 2015, reading in Italian "A party with seven billion guests," is shown next to the Duomo gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy, on April 11. (AP Photo)
ROME--North Korea, which suffers from a chronic shortage of food, will participate in Expo Milano 2015, themed on feeding the world.
Tokyo hesitant to join AIIB, although some ruling lawmakers call...
The Asahi Shimbun
The government explained its hesitation in joining a China-led financial institution, citing its intent to use possible membership as a political bargaining chip, but some...
Japan cannot pass up opportunity to join Chinese-led AIIB
The first brick in the construction of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was literally laid on Oct. 24, 2014, with 21 countries signing onto the Chinese...
Japan, China to discuss Tokyo’s role in AIIB at June ministerial ...
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, left, and Chinese Minister of Finance Lou Jiwei (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Tokyo and Beijing will discuss Japan’s membership in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) during the first bilateral talks at finance minister level in...
INSIGHT: Fear of angering Washington forced Tokyo to stay out of...
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Boao Forum on Hainan island, China, on March 28. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
As Japan ignored the initial March 31 deadline for joining a China-led development bank, a Finance Ministry official said the "silent threat" posed by Washington's opposition...
Japan remains cautious as Taiwan, Norway say they will join...
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, shows the way to guests attending  the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 24. (AP Photo)
Japan remains cautious about signing up to the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, indicating that Tokyo will miss the March 31 deadline for application, but Taiwan ...
SOCCER/ Japan beats Tunisia 2-0 in debut of new coach Halilhodzic
Vahid Halilhodzic gestures to the crowd after getting his first victory as head coach of the national soccer team on March 27 in Oita. (Ryo Ikeda/ The Asahi Shimbun)
OITA--Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda scored second-half goals as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 on March 27 in its first game under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
China to invite foreign militaries to join parade marking victory...
A military parade in October 2009 marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING—In an unusual step, China's insular military will invite foreign armed forces to take part in a lavish military parade in Beijing this fall marking the 70th...
Top Japan, S. Korea and China envoys discuss regional bank, N....
From left, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Japanese and Chinese counterparts, Fumio Kishida and Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
The foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China met on March 21 for the first time in three years, to try and improve frosty ties and restore a regular three-way summit...
Japan, China agree to keep momentum alive for better ties
Senior officials of the Japanese and Chinese foreign and defense ministries ahead of talks in Tokyo on March 19 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan and China held their first security talks in four years on March 19 and agreed to keep alive and foster a nascent recovery in bilateral ties plagued by the legacy of...