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Japanese investment in China posts 47% year-on-year drop in first...
A robotics assembly plant operated by a Japanese company in China's Jiangsu province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China’s Commerce Ministry said direct investments by Japanese companies in the January-March period tumbled by 47.2 percent from the same period last year due to the ...
Japan, U.S. and Europe compete in 'Final Frontier'
An example of CLARITY technology: A mouse brain dipped in a special solution turns transparent. (Provided by the Deisseroth lab)
"Before and after telescopes, you could see totally different things in the sky. Tools and technologies make it possible to do things we couldn't do before. That's how we can...
U.S. defense chief gets earful as China visit exposes tensions
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan shake hands at the end of a joint news conference at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, China on April 8. The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Tensions between China and the United States were on full display on April 8 as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions in Beijing about America's position in...
U.S. steps up pressure on Japan to make good on trade promises
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States pressed Japan on April 3 to open its farm and auto markets to overseas competition and said it could not expect special treatment in a Pacific...
Tokyo protests Xi’s reference to Nanking Massacre
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the evening reception at the Hotel InterContinental in Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 29. (AP Photo)
Japan lodged a protest against Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remark in Germany that Japanese soldiers committed a “brutal crime” by killing more than 300,000 Chinese in...
Land ministry: 62% of Japan will be uninhabited by 2050
Shoppers in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture, check out products at a mobile stall operated by a local residents' group to serve elderly people in depopulated areas. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Depopulation will lead to uninhabited areas covering more than 60 percent of Japan’s total landmass by 2050, according to land ministry projections released on March 28.
INSIGHT: Tokyo, Seoul still have long way to go to mend fences
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in The Hague on March 25. (Shogo Koshida)
THE HAGUE--Relations between Japan and South Korea still remain chilly even after their leaders sat down for a three-way summit arranged by the United States to help mend the...
China loses trade dispute over rare earth exports
Mountains stripped by illegal rare earth mining in China's Guangdong province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GENEVA/ WASHINGTON--China has lost a dispute at the World Trade Organization over limits on rare earth and metals exports, handing Europe and the United States a victory over...
INSIGHT: At U.S. insistence, Japan, South Korea agree to 3-way...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, next to him, at a photo session during the ASEAN summit in Brunei last October (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
At the behest of the United States, the leaders of Japan and South Korea will meet on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in coming days.
Japan, EU push for U.N. Security Council action on North Korea
North Korea’s Ambassador to the United Nations So Se Pyong waits for the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 17. (Yu Yoshitake)
GENEVA--Japan and the European Union are lobbying to bring up North Korea's human rights issues at the U.N. Security Council following their draft resolution condemning the...
China pushes tighter ties with Japan on fighting air pollution
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BEIJING--Japan, China and South Korea finally agreed on something: the need to deal with the cross-border spread of air pollution.
INSIGHT: Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on 'grey zone'...
U.S. Marines and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force members participate in a joint drill dubbed "Dawn Blitz" on San Clemente Island off the California coast in June 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TOKYO/ WASHINGTON--As Japan and the United States start talks on how to respond to armed incidents that fall short of a full-scale attack on Japan, officials in Tokyo worry...
Japan has record deficit, lowers growth estimate
The Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Gobo thermal power plant in Wakayama Prefecture is shown. Japan's dependence on imported oil and natural gas has pushed up the nation's current account deficit. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan racked up a record current account deficit in January, and lowered its growth estimate for the October-December quarter on March 10 in the latest sign of hardships for...
U.S. defends Japan against China's plutonium criticism
A facility to reprocess spent nuclear fuel in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
VIENNA--The United States and China disagreed over Japan's plutonium stocks at a U.N. nuclear agency meeting on March 5, with Washington saying it did not share Beijing's...
EDITORIAL: Tokyo must see the big picture in responding to...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks with family members of the Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in Tokyo on March 3, the same day unofficial government-level talks were held in Shenyang, China. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japanese and North Korean foreign ministry officials held talks on March 3 in Shenyang, China, on the sidelines of a meeting between the Red Cross societies of the two...
Crimean crisis: Firms with ties to Russia fear impact of possible...
Workers assemble a car at a Nissan Motor Co. plant in St. Petersburg. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese companies with connections to Russia are worried over possible U.S. sanctions after Moscow sent troops to Ukraine to support secessionists in Crimea.
Chinese scholar detained in home country returns to Japan
Zhu Jianrong responds to reporters' questions upon his arrival at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Feb. 28. (Yoshikazu Hirai)
Zhu Jianrong, a Tokyo-based Chinese scholar who was held for questioning for six months in China, returned to Japan on Feb. 28.
China to designate victory over Japan, Nanking Massacre memorial...
A memorial service is held at the Nanking massacre memorial hall in Nanjing, China, on Dec. 13, 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China is preparing to designate two national days in honor of the victory over Japan in World War II and for victims of the Nanking Massacre, a development that has...
Japan, U.S. fail to make headway in Pacific trade pact talks
Akira Amari, minister in charge of economic revitalization, talks to reporters after negotiations with the United States in Singapore on Feb. 24. (The Asahi Shimbun)
SINGAPORE--Bilateral talks between Japan and the United States held as part of negotiations on a Pacific trade pact ended without an agreement on Feb. 24, with Japanese...
Kono statement drafter: No records of military coercion in...
Former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobuo Ishihara answers questions at a Lower House Budget Committee meeting on Feb. 20 in front of Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. (Shogo Koshida)
A former senior official who helped draft the 1993 Kono statement of apology to wartime “comfort women” said no direct evidence was found to support assertions that the...