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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...
ICJ ruling darkens future for Japanese whale meat businesses
A dish of fried whale meat is served at a restaurant in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Once-prosperous Japanese businesses handling whale meat have been forced to shut down or change their strategies following the International Court of Justice’s effective ban...
Tokyo and Seoul seek foreign minister talks at Myanmar ASEAN forum
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, in New York in September 2013 (Pool) 
Tokyo plans to hold a meeting of foreign ministers with Seoul in the hopes of forging the first summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Park Geun-hye, sources...
Survey: More than half of Japanese have negative impression of S....
A South Korean man holds up a banner that says, "We say no to the revival of Japanese militarism" in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--Some 54.4 percent of Japanese people hold a negative impression of South Korea, up by 17.1 percentage points from last year and reflecting the ongoing confrontations...
Japan fighters scramble record number of times
In this photo taken by Japan Air Self-Defense Force and released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan, a Russian fighter jet SU-27 flies over the sea off the Japanese island of Hokkaido Feb. 7, 2013. The Defense Ministry said two SU-27 jets, including the one shown in this photo, briefly intruded into Japanese airspace in the afternoon off the coast of Rishiri island on Hokkaido's west coast, prompting Japan’s air force to scramble jets. (AP Photo/Joint Staff Office of Defense Ministry of Japan)
Japan scrambled fighter jets a record number of times between April and June amid increased activity of Russian and Chinese aircraft, the Defense Ministry said on July 9, and...
China's Xi invites S. Korea joint effort on Japan's wartime past
Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles during a meeting with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa at the National Assembly in Seoul on July 4. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--China and South Korea have a common interest in ensuring Tokyo is held to account for its wartime past, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on July 4, amid their shared...
EDITORIAL: Japan needs to restart summits with China, South Korea
Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun-hye attend the Korea China Investment Forum in Seoul on July 4. (AP Photo)
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Seoul on July 3 and held talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Last year, Park traveled to China.
Xi rebukes Japan for brutality in China, Koreas
Chinese President Xi Jinping waves to students and audience after his lecture at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea, on July 4. With a single meeting on July 3, the leaders of China and South Korea simultaneously snubbed North Korea, bolstered their already booming trade relationship and gave the U.S. and Japan a look at Beijing's growing influence south of the Korean Demilitarized Zone. (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea --Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted Japan's brutality against China and South Korea in the last century during a speech on the final day of his visit...
Chinese leader's Seoul visit snubs North Korea
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan wave upon their arrival at Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, on July 3. (AP Photo).
SEOUL, South Korea--Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival on July 3 in South Korea for a summit simultaneously snubs nuclear-armed North Korea, bolsters an already booming...
Japan, N. Korea hold talks despite missile launch
Junichi Ihara, head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asia and Oceania Affairs Bureau, right, shakes hands with Song Il Ho, North Korea's ambassador in charge of normalizing relations with Japan, at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing on July 1. (Pool)
BEIJING--Japanese and North Korean envoys on July 1 discussed a possible deal to ease Tokyo's sanctions on the North in return for resolving questions about the fate of...
UPDATE: U.S. welcomes shift in Japan's defense posture; China, S....
A soldier stands on guard on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning sailing on the East China Sea on Nov. 26, 2013. (AP photo)
China said on July 1 that Japan should respect the concerns of regional countries, as Tokyo ended a ban that has kept its military from fighting abroad since World War II.
Keene's unpublished 1957 romantic novel found
The draft of Donald Keene's romantic novel written 57 years ago (Provided by Shinchosha Publishing Co.)
Revealing an intriguing facet from his past, renowned Japanese literature scholar Donald Keene says he once tried his hand at writing a romantic novel.
UPDATE: WORLD CUP SOCCER/ Colombia crush Japan to win group, face...
Shinji Okazaki heads the ball in for Japan in its loss to Colombia at the World Cup in Brazil on June 24. (Jun Ueda/ The Asahi Shimbun)
CUIABA, Brazil--Colombia striker Jackson Martinez scored twice as they thrashed Japan 4-1 to maintain their 100 percent record and claim top spot in Group C on June 24 to set...
WORLD CUP SOCCER/ Asian champions Japan fail to bridge the World...
Alberto Zaccheroni, right, thanks Keisuke Honda after Japan's World Cup loss to Colombia in Brazil on June 24. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Alberto Zaccheroni instilled flair, creativity and goals in his four years in charge of Japan but he could not find a cure for the mental flaws that prevented his side...
INTERVIEW/ Michael Green: Concerns about China's rise boost...
Michael Green, vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
A top Asia expert at an influential Washington-based think tank said an overwhelming number of “strategic elites” in the Asia-Pacific region support the U.S. rebalance...
Japan protests South Korea's plan for target practice in disputed...
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan has protested to South Korea against a shooting drill its neighbor plans in disputed waters, Japan's top government spokesman said on June 19, underscoring tense...