Japan

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.
S. Korea balks as United States picks Japan, Australia to service...
An F-35 stealth fighter (Provided by Lockheed Martin Corp.)
WASHINGTON/SEOUL--South Korea said Dec. 18 it will not send its F-35 fleet to Japan for heavy airframe maintenance, one of the two Asian hubs chosen by the United States to...
OLYMPICS/ South Korean governor rejects idea of sharing 2018...
A woman walks past a wall displaying the Olympic rings at the 127th International Olympic Committee session in Monaco on Dec. 8. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--A South Korean governor on Dec. 9 rejected an International Olympic Committee proposal to move the bobsled and luge events for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang to...
EDITORIAL: Time to end the cycle of mutual distrust in East Asia
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and also the 50th anniversary of Japan’s diplomatic relations with South Korea.
Britain's Prince William to pay official visit to Japan and China...
Britain's Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, talks with guests during the Tusk Conservation awards at an hotel in central London on Nov. 25. (AP Photo)
LONDON--The office for the British royal family said Nov. 27 that Prince William will visit Japan and China from late February to early March for the first time.
ADB chief: Japan likely to return to growth in 4th quarter
Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MANILA, Philippines--The president of the Asian Development Bank said on Nov. 26 that Japan's economy is expected to return to growth in the fourth quarter of this year and its ...
Thai embassy posts manners guide to fix 'inappropriate' tourist...
A man walks near a billboard of a tour in Japan outside a Japan National Tourism Organization office in Bangkok on Nov. 19. (AP Photo)
BANGKOK--Thailand's Embassy in Japan has some tips for Thai visitors: Don't put your chopsticks in the serving bowl. If driving, stop for pedestrians at crosswalks. And just...
Chinese, Japanese foreign ministers meet at APEC ahead of...
Wang Yi, left, and Fumio Kishida  (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
BEIJING--The foreign ministers of China and Japan held talks on Nov. 8 ahead of a hoped-for meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...