Japan

SOCCER/ Japan beats Tunisia 2-0 in debut of new coach Halilhodzic
Vahid Halilhodzic gestures to the crowd after getting his first victory as head coach of the national soccer team on March 27 in Oita. (Ryo Ikeda/ The Asahi Shimbun)
OITA--Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda scored second-half goals as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 on March 27 in its first game under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
China to invite foreign militaries to join parade marking victory...
A military parade in October 2009 marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING—In an unusual step, China's insular military will invite foreign armed forces to take part in a lavish military parade in Beijing this fall marking the 70th...
Top Japan, S. Korea and China envoys discuss regional bank, N....
From left, South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Japanese and Chinese counterparts, Fumio Kishida and Wang Yi (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
The foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China met on March 21 for the first time in three years, to try and improve frosty ties and restore a regular three-way summit...
Japan, China agree to keep momentum alive for better ties
Senior officials of the Japanese and Chinese foreign and defense ministries ahead of talks in Tokyo on March 19 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan and China held their first security talks in four years on March 19 and agreed to keep alive and foster a nascent recovery in bilateral ties plagued by the legacy of...
First lady Michelle Obama arrives in Japan on trip to showcase...
First lady Michelle Obama departs the plane upon arrival at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo on March 18. (Takuya Isayama/ The Asahi Shimbun)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is visiting Japan and Cambodia, who are among Asia's richest and poorest nations, to highlight cooperation on helping girls finish their...
U.N. chief urges Japan, China, South Korea to reconcile
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech during a symposium of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations at the U.N. University in Tokyo on March 16. (The Asahi Shimbun)
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the leaders of Japan, China and South Korea on March 16 to work harder for reconciliation over their wartime past to ensure peace and...
China hints at inviting Japan to war memorial parade but warns it...
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
BEIJING--China will welcome all national leaders to a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the foreign minister said on March 8, the...
EDITORIAL: War-era Korean poet embodied symbiosis needed to mend...
Japanese and South Korean citizens offer flowers at a ceremony held in Fukuoka on Feb. 8 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of Yun Dong-ju. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
People in various parts of Japan gathered in meetings last month to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of Yun Dong-ju (1917-45), who is revered and beloved in South...
Amnesty International: Japan moving away from human rights...
Anti-Korean demonstrators rally outside Yasakajinja shrine in Kyoto's Higashiyama Ward on Dec. 7, as opponents hoist banners criticizing hate speech. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
LONDON--Amnesty International criticized Japan for failing to outlaw “hate speech” against ethnic Koreans, re-examining an apology over its wartime actions, and enforcing a ...
Japan, Germany, France potential partners for Australia’s...
The Maritime Self-Defense Force's Soryu class submarine (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SYDNEY--Australia will not partner with Sweden to build its next-generation submarine fleet, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Feb. 20, narrowing the list of potential...
WTO panel upholds most of complaint against China in steel duties...
Seamless steel tubes at Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. plant in Wakayama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GENEVA--A World Trade Organization dispute panel upheld most parts of a complaint against China on Feb. 13 in a case brought by Japan and the European Union challenging Chinese ...
S. Korea likely to host trilateral meeting with Japan, China next...
From left: Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean and Chinese counterparts, Yun Byung-se and Wang Yi, during the foreign ministerial meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan, South Korea and China in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo)
Japan, China and South Korea are in the final stages of making arrangements to hold trilateral talks among their respective foreign ministers next month, according to...
Tokyo, Amman pledge to continue fight against Islamic State
Jordan's King Abdullah II with Yasuhide Nakayama at the Royal Palace in Amman on Feb. 4 (AP Photo)
AMMAN, Jordan--Japan and Jordan vowed to cooperate against terrorism, following the recent grisly slayings of a Jordanian air force pilot and two Japanese hostages by the...
Negative effects feared domestically from hostages crisis
A video released on Jan. 20 shows Kenji Goto, left, and Haruna Yukawa (Captured from YouTube)
Experts expressed criticism of the government and concerns over the domestic impact of the slaying of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State, in which the militant group...
Thinking the unthinkable: Can Okinawa gain independence before...
Since the recent high profile referendum on Scotland’s proposed independence from the United Kingdom, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa, has been infused with the...
Japanese, Israeli prime ministers call for closer economic...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a conference in Jerusalem on Jan. 18. (AP Photo)
JERUSALEM--The leaders of Israel and Japan have called for greater bilateral economic cooperation during a meeting in Jerusalem.
SOCCER/ Japan squanders chances but edges out Iraq at Asian Cup
Japan’s Keisuke Honda boots the penalty kick that was the winning goal during the AFC Asia Cup soccer match between Iraq and Japan in Brisbane on Jan. 16. (AP Photo)
BRISBANE--Keisuke Honda converted a penalty to make amends for hitting the post three times as a wasteful Japan held on to beat Iraq 1-0 in its Asian Cup Group D match on Jan....
POINT OF VIEW/ Akira Iriye: Japan needs to contribute to 'peace...
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai from Pakistan holds up her medal during the award ceremony in Oslo on Dec. 10. (AP Photo)
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Japan needs to contribute to 'peace for all time'
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Japan needs to contribute to 'peace for all time'
The entire world was recently reminded of the preciousness of peace when Malala Yousafzai was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.