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VOX POPULI: Reconciliation a pearl of great price for Cuba, U.S.
President Barack Obama speaks in the White House in Washington on July 1, announcing that the United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals to restore ties. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Cuba, dubbed the “pearl of the Caribbean,” has also been likened to a knife pointed at the United States.
American ramen fanatic publishes book of Tokyo's top noodle joints
Brian MacDuckston poses with a bowl of his favorite ramen at Gamushara in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward in May. (Susumu Sakamoto)
An American expat has reached a milestone in his quest for the perfect ramen dish by publishing a guidebook featuring reviews of his top 50 noodle shops in Tokyo.
EDITORIAL: Japan should help accelerate TPP talks for quick...
The leaders of the nations taking part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations hold a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Nov. 10, 2014. (Pool)
After lagging for months, the multilateral talks for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade liberalizing initiative are likely to start moving forward toward a basic...
Japanese plane circles over China-claimed region in S. China Sea
An aerial photo taken over the Gaven Reefs in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Oct. 4, 2014 (Provided by a source)
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines--A Japanese military patrol plane circled over disputed parts of the South China Sea on June 23 at the start of an exercise with the...
Honda expands air bag recall in U.S., adds a million Civics and...
Honda Motor Co.'s head office in Tokyo's Minato Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
DETROIT--At the insistence of U.S. safety regulators, Honda Motor Co. is adding more than a million of its most popular vehicles to a growing recall for air bags that can...
Okinawa court orders compensation to residents for Futenma noise...
Plaintiffs enter the Okinawa branch of the Naha District Court in Okinawa Prefecture on June 11. (Takufumi Yoshida)
OKINAWA, Okinawa Prefecture--A court here ordered the central government to pay 754 million yen ($6.1 million) to residents for their suffering caused by noise pollution from...
YOUNG KAMIKAZE: After returning to 'life' in faulty plane, pilot...
A memorial statue to the special attack corps stands at the site of what was once the Kushira naval air base in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture. (Go Katono)
Editor's Note: This is the third of an eight-part series on kamikaze pilots during World War II.
Tokio Marine to buy U.S. insurer HCC for $7.5 billion
Tsuyoshi Nagano, president of Tokio Marine Holdings Inc., meets reporters in Tokyo on June 10. (Shimpei Doi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Insurer Tokio Marine Holdings Inc. said June 10 it has agreed to buy U.S. insurance company HCC for about $7.5 billion (940 billion yen).
South Korea's Park postpones U.S. trip as MERS cases rise
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye postponed a U.S. visit on June 10 to supervise the handling of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), as two more...
YOUNG KAMIKAZE: Scolding of friend meant returning to base alive...
The Type 97 carrier-based attack aircraft similar to the one piloted by Keiichi Kuwahara (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Editor's Note: This is the second of an eight-part series on kamikaze pilots during World War II.
YOUNG KAMIKAZE: Teenage pilot felt resigned, not prepared, to die
A portrait of Keiichi Kuwahara taken at a photo studio near the Kushira naval air base on the day he was given orders for a suicide mission. The photo was to have been used for his funeral. (Provided by Keiichi Kuwahara)
Editor's Note: This is the first of an eight-part series on kamikaze pilots during World War II.
JR Tokai lets U.S. governor take joy ride on maglev train
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, right, gives a thumbs up as the maglev train reaches 505 kph on a test track in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, on June 4. (Provided by Central Japan Railway Co.)
TSURU, Yamanashi Prefecture--Maryland Governor Larry Hogan took a 505-kph train ride on June 4 as Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) continued its pitch to construct a...
Okinawa officials up the ante in U.S. campaign to oppose Henoko...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga, second from left, speaks with John McCain, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, in Washington on June 2. (Provided by the Okinawa prefectural government)
WASHINGTON--Officials on tour here with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga have stepped up their lobbying drive to halt the relocation of a U.S. air base in their prefecture.
Vietnam, U.S. discuss land reclamation in South China Sea
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, right, with his Vietnamese counterpart Gen. Phung Quang Thanh before their talks behind closed doors in Hanoi on June 1 (AP Photo)
HANOI--U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed his call for an end to island-building in the South China Sea in talks on June 1 with his Vietnamese counterpart, who said...
Okinawa used like a Japanese 'colony,' claims Nago mayor on U.S....
Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine and other officials exchange opinions with members of U.S. citizen groups in a meeting in Washington on May 30. (Koshin Shisui)
WASHINGTON--Tokyo is treating Okinawa just like a "colony," said Nago's mayor in a vociferous attack here on Japanese and American policies regarding military bases.
Onaga begins PR blitz in U.S. to oppose Futenma relocation plan
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga talks to reporters after a meeting in Honolulu on May 27 with two U.S. congresswomen. (Koshin Shisui)
HONOLULU--Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga held talks with two congresswomen on May 27 in his drive to gain U.S. support for his opposition to construction of another U.S....
EDITORIAL: Global pressure needed to curb China's aggressive...
Yang Yujun, spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defense, holds a copy of China's white paper on military strategy during a news conference in Beijing on May 26. (The Asahi Shimbun)
China’s military will continue its aggressive maritime expansion. That’s the message, in a nutshell, of China’s latest defense white paper, released on May 26.
China defends South China Sea island development
China is building a large facility on the Cuarteron Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Provided by Filipino government sources)
BEIJING--Responding to sharply-worded comments from the U.S. defense secretary, China on May 28 defended its building of artificial islands in the South China Sea and accused...
Pentagon chief urges end to island-building in South China Sea
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, left, speaks at a meeting in Tokyo on April 8. (Pool)
U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on May 27 called for an immediate end to island-building by China and other countries near the South China Sea, urging the participants to...
China defense paper stresses expanding naval strategy, cites U.S., ...
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (Taken from U.S. Navy's official website)
BEIJING--China will widen the focus of its naval strategy to cover defense of “far oceans” in response to recent shifts in U.S. and Japanese security policies, Beijing’s...