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ADB chief: Japan likely to return to growth in 4th quarter
Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MANILA, Philippines--The president of the Asian Development Bank said on Nov. 26 that Japan's economy is expected to return to growth in the fourth quarter of this year and its ...
Thai embassy posts manners guide to fix 'inappropriate' tourist...
A man walks near a billboard of a tour in Japan outside a Japan National Tourism Organization office in Bangkok on Nov. 19. (AP Photo)
BANGKOK--Thailand's Embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors: Don't put your chopsticks in the serving bowl. If driving, stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. And just...
Chinese, Japanese foreign ministers meet at APEC ahead of...
Wang Yi, left, and Fumio Kishida  (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
BEIJING--The foreign ministers of China and Japan held talks on Nov. 8 ahead of a hoped-for meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...
Japan, China compile written pledge to improve ties ahead of summit
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Japan and China reached a rare written agreement on Nov. 7 to improve relations strained by a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and historical...
Differences over Japanese journalist's indictment bring...
South Koreans stage protest against The Sankei Shimbun's article on President Park Geun-hye in front of the Japanese newspaper's Seoul bureau on Oct. 7 in Seoul. (Akihiko Kaise)
SEOUL--Talks between Japanese and South Korean multipartisan lawmakers and business leaders broke down at a meeting here on Nov. 6 over the indictment by South Korean...
Chinese ambassador says Beijing pleased with Abe’s efforts to...
Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China's ambassador to Japan said Oct. 15 that Beijing is taking a positive view of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to mend the strained bilateral relations between the...
INTERVIEW/ Amy Searight: U.S. carries ‘no uncertainty’ about...
Amy Searight (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
The increasing rotational presence of the U.S. forces in Southeast Asia and Australia is not a substitute for a permanent presence but a critical building block of the U.S....
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...
Provided by Pew Research Center
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...