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INSIGHT: Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on 'grey zone'...
U.S. Marines and Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force members participate in a joint drill dubbed "Dawn Blitz" on San Clemente Island off the California coast in June 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TOKYO/ WASHINGTON--As Japan and the United States start talks on how to respond to armed incidents that fall short of a full-scale attack on Japan, officials in Tokyo worry...
ANIME NEWS: Huge cosplay competition set to energize Chicago comic ...
Participants in the 2013 World Cosplay Summit pose at the Osu Kannon temple in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, last August. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than $10,000 (1 million yen) in cash and prizes will be up for grabs this spring when the largest cosplay competition in the United States gets under way in Chicago.
U.S.-China relations swayed by Beijing’s growing thirst for...
An archive picture dated July 18, 2011, shows a pin in the shape of the Chinese flag lying on a U.S. flag. (AP file photo)
In September 2013, China overtook the United States to become the world’s largest net importer of crude oil. As energy imports soar, Beijing is forging deeper ties with the...
Chinese Civil War and birth of Taiwan, as told by Leo Soong
Chiang Kai-shek (center) making fried rice. Leo Soong is on his left, and May-ling is on his right. (Provided by Leo Soong)
In 1946, an all-out civil war between nationalist and communist forces erupted in China. The U.S.-backed Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party) was defeated and retreated to...
Decades of U.S.-China relations seen through eyes of missionary...
Framed photos of Stapleton Roy's parents are on display in his home.
American missionaries began crossing over to China during the age when Japan enforced an isolationist foreign policy.
INSIGHT/ Tomoyoshi Isogawa: Japan’s future inextricably linked...
Chou En-lai, center, courts U.S. reporters at Yan'an, the headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party during the Chinese civil war. (Provided by Peter Rand)
The United States and China are two giants that cast a long shadow over Japan. So much so, it is hard to contemplate Japan’s future without first understanding the nature of...
Seoul: North Korean artillery launched near Chinese flight
An employee of the Red Cross passes by the pictures showing some reunions of family members from North and South Korea, at the headquarters of the Korea Red Cross in Seoul, South Korea, on March 6.  Seoul said that North Korea rejected Seoul's proposal to hold talks on reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. (AP Photo).
SEOUL, South Korea--South Korean officials on March 6 criticized a North Korean artillery launch that they say happened minutes before a Chinese commercial plane reportedly...
ANIME NEWS: New 'Tiger & Bunny' film to be shown across U.S. from...
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"Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Rising" will be shown at theaters in 20 U.S. cities starting from March 14, barely one month after its Feb. 8 Japanese premiere.
Seoul: N.Korea fires two short-range missiles into sea
A mock Scud-B missile of North Korea, left, and other South Korean missiles are displayed at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea. (AP file photo)
SEOUL--North Korea fired two short-range missiles on March 1 into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, South Korea's defense ministry said, days after launching...
U.S. raises concerns over 'hate speech' against ethnic Koreans in...
Activists carry Rising Sun Flags and call out "Kill 'em!" as they march through the Shin-Okubo district of Tokyo, known as a Koreatown, during a demonstration titled "Drive South Korea out of Takeshima!" in February 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--The U.S. State Department has raised concerns about Japanese groups’ “hate speech” directed at ethnic Koreans.
U.S.: North Korea rights deplorable, problems in Myanmar
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the annual State Department Human Rights report on Feb. 27 at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States on Feb. 27 condemned "deplorable" conditions in North Korea and said serious abuses against stateless Rohingya Muslims threaten Myanmar's progress ...
Taliban moderates ready to open peace talks with Afghan government
Mullah Agha Jan Mutasim during a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun (Eishiro Takeishi)
Moderate members of the Taliban have agreed with the Afghan government to enter into peace talks, which could herald a breakup of the militant group.
China denounces appointment of U.S. special coordinator on Tibet
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks at an event titled "Happiness, Free Enterprise, and Human Flourishing" at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington on Feb. 20. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China will never recognize the United States' appointment of a special coordinator for Tibetan issues, China's foreign ministry said on Feb. 24, saying it opposes any...
U.S. plays down tension with China, upbeat on military exchanges
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, center, walks through a courtyard with bamboos to meet Professor Wang Enge, President of Peking University, at Peking University in Beijing on Feb. 21. (AP Photo/ Pool)
BEIJING--The United States is optimistic about military exchanges with China and wants deeper ties to help reduce the risk of miscalculation, a top U.S. military officer said...
U.S. Army chief of staff meets top Chinese generals
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, left, and Gen. Wang Ning, deputy Chief Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), salute as they review an honor guard at China's Ministry of Defense in Beijing on Feb. 21. (AP Photo/ Pool)
BEIJING—China and the United States share common objectives and should boost cooperation between their militaries, the U.S. Army chief said on Feb. 21 at the start of...
ANIME NEWS: Hayao Miyazaki, Rumiko Takahashi nominated for Eisner...
Director Hayao Miyazaki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Anime creator Hayao Miyazaki and manga artist Rumiko Takahashi have been nominated for induction into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2014, it has been announced.
Highest-level meeting in years between rival Koreas ends with...
In this photo released by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean chief delegate Kim Kyou-hyun, second from right, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Won Tong Yon, third from left, during their meeting at the border village of Panumjom, South Korea on Feb. 12. (AP Photo/ South Korean Unification Ministry)
SEOUL, South Korea--The highest-level talks between the rival Koreas in years ended late on Feb. 12 with little progress because of North Korea's call for the delay of annual...
U.S. ambassador visits Okinawa amid base relocation plans
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, left, hands a copy of an application for a Japanese visa completed by former President John F. Kennedy, her late father, to Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima before their meeting in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, on Feb. 12. (Yosuke Fukudome)
NAHA, Okinawa Prefecture--U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has made her first visit to the southernmost island of Okinawa, hoping to get support for a contentious plan ...
Seoul: Rival Koreas to hold senior-level meeting
A protester shouts slogans during a rally opposing the scheduled visit of Secretary of State John Kerry near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea on Feb. 11. Kerry will visit  South Korea on Feb. 13 to discuss issues of mutual concerns, including efforts to denuclearize North Korea. (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea--The two Koreas will hold their highest-level talks in years on Feb. 12, South Korean officials said, in a possible sign that North Korea wants a quick...
Japan assures U.S. of calm response to China tension
Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to speak after their meeting at the State Department in Washington on Feb. 7. (AP photo)
WASHINGTON--Japan assured the U.S. on Feb. 7 that it will respond calmly to actions by China that have increased tensions between the two Asian powers.