Japan

S. Korea balks as United States picks Japan, Australia to service...
An F-35 stealth fighter (Provided by Lockheed Martin Corp.)
WASHINGTON/SEOUL--South Korea said Dec. 18 it will not send its F-35 fleet to Japan for heavy airframe maintenance, one of the two Asian hubs chosen by the United States to...
OLYMPICS/ South Korean governor rejects idea of sharing 2018...
A woman walks past a wall displaying the Olympic rings at the 127th International Olympic Committee session in Monaco on Dec. 8. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--A South Korean governor on Dec. 9 rejected an International Olympic Committee proposal to move the bobsled and luge events for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang to...
EDITORIAL: Time to end the cycle of mutual distrust in East Asia
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and also the 50th anniversary of Japan’s diplomatic relations with South Korea.
Britain's Prince William to pay official visit to Japan and China...
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, talks with guests during the Tusk Conservation awards at an hotel in central London on Nov. 25. (AP Photo)
LONDON--The office for the British royal family said Nov. 27 that Prince William will visit Japan and China from late February to early March for the first time.
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...
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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...