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Japan economy shrinks in April-June quarter in setback for...
Private consumption fell in the April-June period, according to GDP data released on Aug. 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's economy shrank at an annualized pace of 1.6 percent in April-June as exports slumped and consumers cut back spending, a bad omen for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policy...
North Korea to set up new time zone as a snub to Japan
In this Sept. 1, 2014, photo, a clock hangs on the wall as North Koreans leave an underground train station in Pyongyang. North Korea said Aug. 7 that it will establish its own time zone next week. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--North Korea has no time for Japan. Not anymore, at least.
WikiLeaks: U.S. spied on Japanese government, companies
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a video released on YouTube in June 2014 (Taken from YouTube)
The WikiLeaks website published documents on July 31 that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.
POINT OF VIEW/ Adam P. Liff and Andrew S. Erickson: Japan-China...
Since September 2012, two concrete drivers of Sino-Japanese tensions have soared to unprecedented highs: Chinese military and paramilitary activity in the waters and airspace...
EDITORIAL: With acrimony at UNESCO over, Tokyo and Seoul must take ...
Crowds of visitors explore the Hashima Coal Mine, popularly known as "battleship island," off the city of Nagasaki on June 6, a day after the facility was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site along with 22 others. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan’s “Sites of the Meiji Industrial Revolution” were officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage sites on July 5, leading to great rejoicing in the communities...
China stresses nationalism in war anniversary propaganda push
The Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China plans to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, and its fight against Japan, with a stream of movies, concerts, performances and...
SOCCER/ Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup...
Japanese players celebrate a 2-1 win over England in a semifinal in the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament on July 1 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (The Asahi Shimbun)
EDMONTON, Canada--Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal.
South Korea should talk about and not run from U.S.-Japan bonhomie
Ever since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared that his government was going to meddle with the Constitution, the Northeast Asia region has been feeling the heat.
Japan, China plan meeting to discuss Abe's war-anniversary...
Shotaro Yachi, head of the National Security Secretariat, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the prime minister’s office in 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Senior diplomatic officials from Tokyo and Beijing are in the final stages of arranging bilateral talks in July to discuss Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned...
Japanese plane circles over China-claimed region in S. China Sea
An aerial photo taken over the Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Oct. 4, 2014 (Provided by a source)
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines--A Japanese military patrol plane circled over disputed parts of the South China Sea on June 23 at the start of an exercise with the...
Japan, S. Korea mark 50 years of ties with push to overcome strains
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, receives photos of his father, Shintaro Abe, from South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on June 22. (Rei Kishitsu/ The Asahi Shimbun)
SEOUL/ TOKYO--East Asian neighbors Japan and South Korea marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on June 22 with a push to mend relations strained for years by feuds...
VOX POPULI: Japan, S. Korea must regain ‘spirit of harmony’ on ...
Lee O-young (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In the summer of 1988, South Korea’s capital was brimming with excitement and anticipation.
EDITORIAL: Japan-S. Korea relations going nowhere amid immature...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Korean prior to the meeting that also included U.S. President Barack Obama in The Hague on March 25, 2014. Abe and Park have not yet held a bilateral summit meeting. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
June 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of a treaty between Japan and South Korea to establish formal diplomatic relations. The two countries inked the treaty in 1965 ...
INSIGHT: Criticism arises in two nations over simple gesture to...
Zhang Amei at Beijing Capital International Airport (The Asahi Shimbun)
BEIJING--One afternoon in April, I was at Beijing Capital International Airport awaiting the arrival of an Emirates flight from Dubai carrying a passenger named Zhang Amei.
Japan must make a full commitment to the principle of human rights
Historians worldwide are in great demand this spring as people and governments everywhere commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Japan aiming to send patrol aircraft to Philippines for exercise
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino meet in Tokyo on June 4. (Pool)
Japan aims to send a P3-C Orion patrol aircraft to the Philippines for a search-and-rescue exercise this month in a further sign of deepening security ties as Japan looks to...
SOCCER/ Miyama's penalty lifts Nadeshiko Japan past Switzerland 1-0
Japan's Aya Miyama scores on a penalty kick against Switzerland at the Women's World Cup in Vancouver on June 8. (Yuta Takahashi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
VANCOUVER--Aya Miyama scored on a penalty kick in the 29th minute as defending Women’s World Cup champion Japan opened with a 1-0 win over newcomer Switzerland on June 8.
Japan, Philippines to step up security ties to deter Chinese...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III after they signed a joint statement June 4 in Tokyo (Pool)
Tokyo and Manila have intensified their united front against China’s expanding military presence in the East and South China Seas by agreeing to deepen security ties.
Japan sweeps 'Fossil' awards for 'dinosaurian' attitude to global...
A member of a Japanese NGO receives a “Fossil of the Day Award”  in Bonn, Germany, on June 4 for Tokyo's negative attitude in global warming talks. (Keisuke Katori)
BONN--Japan has received a chilling reprimand for what critics say is its failure to vigorously address global warming by sweeping the top three places in the scornful...
Break the chains of mutual distrust and celebrate 50 years of...
June will mark 50 years since Japan and South Korea normalized diplomatic ties in 1965. The mood, however, is far from jubilant.