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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...
Japanese fans earn online kudos for collecting stadium trash after ...
A video on YouTube shows photos of Japanese soccer fans picking up trash left behind at Recife's soccer venue after Japan's 2-1 loss to the Ivory Coast on June 14. (Captured from YouTube)
NATAL, Brazil--Japanese soccer fans showed the world how to be gracious in defeat after Samurai Blue supporters were seen collecting stadium garbage following Japan's 2-1 loss...
WORLD CUP SOCCER/ Samurai Blue suffer 2-1 opening loss to Ivory...
Japan's Keisuke Honda boots the Samurai Blue's first goal against Ivory Coast during the group C World Cup soccer match at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, on June 14. (Jun Ueda/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan failed to hold off a determined second-half Ivory Coast comeback in dropping its opening World Cup Group C match 2-1 on June 14 in Recife, Brazil.
Beijing: SDF fighters approached first in East China Sea encounter
An image released by Beijing shows an Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jet allegedly approaching a Chinese patrol aircraft. (From the Chinese Ministry of National Defense website)
BEIJING--China rejected Japan’s reports of a close encounter in the East China Sea, claiming Japanese fighter jets buzzed a Chinese patrol plane first.
G-7 kicks Ukraine diplomacy into high gear
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and other leaders of a G-7 group pose at a photo session in Brussels, Belgium on June 5. (Pool)
BRUSSELS--Diplomatic efforts to resolve the months-long standoff between Ukraine and Russia might end up with a meeting between President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's...
Fuji, Everest become 'sister mountains' to help preserve alpine...
Mount Fuji, left, and Mount Everest (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The highest peak in Japan and the highest peak in the world became "sister mountains" on June 3 after mountaineering experts from Japan and Nepal agreed to work together to...
Putin looks east to bolster ties with North Korea
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and China's President Xi Jinping, right, smile during a signing ceremony on a natural gas deal between their two countries, in Shanghai, China on May 21. (AP Photo)
Angry with the West's response over Ukraine and eager to diversify its options, Russia is moving rapidly to bolster ties with North Korea in a diplomatic nose-thumbing that...
SOCCER/ Strong second half lifts Japan over Costa Rica 3-1 in...
Japan forward Shinji Kagawa, left, scores a goal against Costa Rica during the second half of a soccer friendly on June 2 in Tampa, Fla. (Wataru Sekita/ The Asahi Shimbun)
TAMPA, Fla.--Yasuhito Endo, Shinji Kagawa and Yoichiro Kakitani scored second-half goals on June 2 to help Japan warm up for its World Cup appearance with a 3-1 victory over...