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Japan's foreign trainee system a hotbed for forced labor, says U.S....
Chinese trainees and their supporters protest against the Technical Intern Training Program in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on June 22. (Maki Okubo)
WASHINGTON--In its annual report on human trafficking, the U.S. State Department condemned a Japanese government sponsored program for foreign trainees, saying workers are...
U.S. says Thailand, Malaysia, Venezuela among worst human...
Ethnic Uighur Muslims line up beside a police van in Khlong Hoi Khong of southern Songkhla province, Thailand, on March 15. Thailand said Saturday it suspected a group of 200 people recently rescued from a human trafficking camp were ethnic Uighur Muslims, as calls mounted from the international community to protect the group and ensure they are not forced back to China. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The U.S. State Department downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela on June 20 to its list of the world's worst centers of human trafficking, opening up the...
ANIME NEWS: New 'Power Rangers' movie in the works
A scene from the feature film adaptation of the "Go-Busters" superhero TV series, an installment in the "Super Sentai" series. ((c) TV Asahi Corp./ Toei Advertising Ltd./ Toei Co.)
The "Power Rangers" are headed back to the big screen in a new movie, which is currently under development in the United States.
Mitsubishi Electric to expand particle therapy business into...
A particle therapy system, top, and a particle accelerator (Provided by Mitsubishi Electric Corp.)
Mitsubishi Electric Corp. said June 11 it has formed new groups to develop a strategy to expand its successful particle therapy business in Japan into global markets.
China ships depart for naval drill with U.S., others
In this June 9 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese naval soldiers stand on China's missile destroyer Haikou at a naval port in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. The Chinese naval squadron has left port to take part for the first time in the world's largest naval exercises hosted by the U.S. in waters near Hawaii, the Defense Ministry said June 10. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Chinese ships steamed June 10 toward waters near Hawaii to participate for the first time in the world's largest naval exercises hosted by Washington--a rare...
PHOTO: Nearly 7 decades later, memories of fierce fighting still...
A rusty machine gun lies in one of the many pillboxes that remain on Iwojima. (Yasumasa Kikuchi)
IWOJIMA ISLAND--Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, remnants of the bloody Battle of Iwojima are still scattered about on the uninhabited island, such as a rusty...
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...
Pentagon: Chinese military spending exceeds $145 billion, drones...
China's Harbin (112) guided missile destroyer takes part in the week-long China-Russia "Joint Sea-2014" exercise at the East China Sea off Shanghai on May 24. (Color China Photo/AP Images)
WASHINGTON--Chinese military spending exceeded $145 billion last year as it advanced a program modernizing an arsenal of drones, warships, jets, missiles and cyber weapons, the ...
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...
GOLF/ Japan's Matsuyama wins Memorial in playoff over Na
Hideki Matsuyama celebrates making a putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, on June 1. (AP Images)
Hideki Matsuyama became the fourth Japanese player ever to win on the PGA Tour when he captured the Memorial tournament in a playoff over American Kevin Na in Dublin, Ohio, on...
Hagel: China territorial claims destabilize region
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from left, poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from right, right, before their meeting on May 30 in Singapore. Also joining them are Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, right, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Hagel is in Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (AP Photo/ Pool)
SINGAPORE--Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned an international security conference on May 31 that the U.S. "will not look the other way" when nations such as China try to...
Japanese official says still far apart from U.S. on farm exports
Cattle raised in Shihoro, Hokkaido. Japanese farmers fear their business will be severely affected once tariffs on U.S. farm products are cut. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States and Japan still have a way to go in resolving access for U.S. farm exports to the Japanese market as part of Pacific trade talks, a senior...
U.S. spy drones deployed to Misawa base in Aomori
A U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone arrives at the Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture on May 24. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
The U.S. military is deploying two Global Hawk drones to the Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, marking the first time that U.S. unmanned surveillance aircraft are stationed ...
U.S. Ambassador Kennedy visits Fukushima nuclear plant
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy listens to a briefing by TEPCO officials at the control room for the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors in the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on May 14. (Pool)
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has gotten a firsthand look inside the Japanese nuclear plant devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Sony to appoint ex-U.S. ambassador Roos to board of directors
John V. Roos (Provided by Sony Corp.)
Sony Corp. named former U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos as a candidate to become an external board member, the company said May 13.
Backlash against anti-U.S. military activists on rise in Okinawa
Pro-U.S. military supporters hoist a banner behind opponents of the U.S. military presence in Okinawa in front of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan. (Koshin Shisui)
NAHA--Every morning at around 7 a.m., a dozen Okinawa citizens plant themselves in front of the Oyama gate of U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan in the prefecture ...
'Doraemon' anime to hit small screens in U.S. this summer with...
(c) Fujiko Pro.・Shogakukan・TV Asahi・Shin-ei・ADK
The English version of the popular Japanese anime “Doraemon” will be aired on the Disney network’s kids’ channel in the United States this summer with minor tweaks to...
Sources: Abe has no intention of limiting collective self-defense...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the media at a hotel in Brussels on May 7 at the end of his Europe trip. Abe visited Belgium to meet with NATO, EU and Belgian officials. (AP Photo)
The Abe administration does not intend to limit Japan’s collective self-defense measures to specific nations, raising concerns that Japanese troops could be deployed all over ...
EDITORIAL: Abe taking pacifist Constitution away from the people
The original copy of the Japanese Constitution (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s Constitution cannot be revised with a simple majority vote in the Diet.
ANIME NEWS: 'Attack on Titan' anime series to air in U.S. from May ...
A scene from "Attack on Titan" ((c) Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ "Attack on Titan" Production Committee)
The "Attack on Titan" animated TV series will premiere on U.S. cable channel Adult Swim's late-night Saturday programming block Toonami at 11:30 p.m. ET on May 3, U.S....