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Ford blames market conditions, pulls out of Japan, Indonesia
A man looks at a Ford Fiesta compact car in Tokyo on Jan. 9, 2014. Ford Motor Co. said on Jan. 25 that it is pulling out of Japan and Indonesia before the end of the year. (AP Photo)
DETROIT--Ford Motor Co. is pulling out of Japan and Indonesia, saying that market conditions in each country have made it difficult to accelerate sales or make sustained...
Australian submarine tender narrows to Japanese and French bids
A Soryu-class submarine off Kanagawa Prefecture in October 2015 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TOKYO/ SYDNEY--The competition for the contract to build Australia's next submarine fleet is narrowing to a race between Japan and France as a bid from Germany's ThyssenKrupp...
RUGBY/ New Zealander Joseph set to take over as Japan coach
Jamie Joseph (Provided by Japan Rugby Football Union)
WELLINGTON--Otago Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has agreed to take over as Japan coach at the end of the Super Rugby champions' 2016 season, the Dunedin-based team said on Jan....
China-led development bank aims to swiftly approve loans
Jin Liqun, inaugural president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, speaks at a news conference in Beijing on Jan. 17. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--The head of the newly opened Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank said the China-led group is aiming to approve its first loans before the end of the year, part of...
Japan, U.S., S. Korea to work for strong warning to N. Korea
From left: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japan's Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Akitaka Saiki and South Korean First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Lim Sung-nam in Tokyo on Jan. 16 (Pool)
Senior diplomats from the United States, Japan and South Korea concurred on the need for a strong response in the U.N. Security Council to North Korea's recent nuclear test.
Japan presents slugger Hank Aaron with Order of the Rising Sun
Hank Aaron smiles after being presented with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by the consul general of Japan at his official residence in Atlanta on Jan. 14. (AP Photo)
ATLANTA--Japan honored former home run king Hank Aaron with one of its highest awards on Jan. 14, saying he is a symbol of its close relationship with the United States and...
ANALYSIS: North Korea moves into a dangerous new phase
Officers from the Korea Meteorological Administration point at the epicenter of seismic waves in North Korea, at the National Earthquake and Volcano Center of the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul, Jan. 6. (AP Photo)
Caught completely by surprise, the international community reacted with outrage to North Korea's announcement on Jan. 6 that it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
Kobe Beef among 7 farm products registered for protection as local ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Yubari Melon and Kobe Beef are among the first batch of agricultural products to be given special brand protection status by the government.
INSIGHT: May no 'Back to the Future' time machine send Japan to...
A Myanmar voter has his little finger dipped in special ink to prevent revoting in Yangon on Nov. 8. Citizens celebrated the nation's first general election after the end of the military rule in 2011 by showing their little fingers to one another. (Naoji Shibata)
My pager woke me up while I was taking a nap in the press room at Osaka’s Minami Police Station one day in September 1985.
Australia threatens legal action against Japanese whaling
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Australia, one of most vocal opponents of Japanese whaling hunts in the Antarctic, threatened on Dec. 7 to take legal action against the lethal expeditions, about a week after...
Abe to hold 4th summit with Indian leader Modi
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi pose after a joint news conference in Tokyo in September 2014. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit India on Dec. 11 to hold his fourth summit meeting with Indian leader Narendra Modi on defense and nuclear cooperation, government sources...
Japan ready to submit proposal for Australia submarine deal
A Soryu-class submarine of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan is set to bid on joint development and production of an Australian submarine, Tokyo's first major military transfer since World War II.
Australian court fines Japanese whaler A$1 million
A whale research vessel sets off from Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in January. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SYDNEY--An Australian federal court fined a Japanese whaling company $1 million Australian ($700,000, or 86.35 million yen) on Nov. 18 for violating a court order that it stop...
Abe, Putin fail to set date for Russian president’s visit to...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands in Antalya, Turkey, on Nov. 15. (AP Photo)
ANTALYA, Turkey--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to decide the timing of Putin's visit to Japan on Nov. 15, raising the possibility of the ...
Japan's economy contracts for 2 consecutive quarters
Consumer spending increased 0.5 percent in the July-September period from the previous quarter. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's economy shrank in the July-September quarter as domestic demand declined, sending the nation into a technical recession.
Seoul, Tokyo bickering days before 3-way summit with China
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Pool), left, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--Leave it to perpetually squabbling Northeast Asia to spice up that most vanilla of diplomatic activities: the meet-and-greet, photo-op-ridden international summit.
Ahead of three-way summit, China urges Japan make break from...
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Japan needs to make a clean break from its "inglorious" past and take on an entirely new outlook if it wants to have stable and healthy relations with China and South...
Historical reconciliation will lead to a common East Asian identity
East Asia has undergone an unprecedented economic transformation, but it is still beset by issues that have left a deep scar on the three major powers in the region.
Japan must squarely face its aggression in Korea
There are two discomforting days on the calendar for Japanese living in South Korea: Aug. 15, when Japan was defeated in World War II and the colony of Korea was liberated, and ...
EDITORIAL: Japan should work with U.S., Europe to increase...
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida shakes hands with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, at the conclusion of their news conference in Moscow on Sept. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s recent visit to Moscow, where he held talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, highlighted the Kremlin’s tough stance toward...