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US, South Korea agree to delay wartime control transfer
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets Korean National Defense Minister Han Min Koo as he arrives for an honor cordon on Oct. 23 at the Pentagon. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States on Oct. 23 agreed to maintain wartime control of South Korean troops in the event of an attack by North Korea for the foreseeable future, delaying ...
ANALYSIS: North Korea's release of 1 American may not help 2...
Jeffrey Fowle, center, smiles as he stands with his family and with attorney, Timothy Tepe, far right, at his home in West Carrollton, Ohio, on Oct. 22. (AP Photo)
PYONGYANG--Why did North Korea free Jeffrey Fowle, and only him, when two other Americans remain in prison there? Probably because Pyongyang considered him the most minor of...
Washington denies agreement exists to end Futenma operations in...
U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--No agreement has been reached between Japan and the United States to end operations at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma by February 2019, despite recent...
Yamaha Motor to release YZF-R3 sports model globally
The YZF-R3 North American version (Provided by Yamaha Motor Co.)
Yamaha Motor Co. announced on Oct. 17 that the YZF-R3 sports model motorcycle, powered by a 320cc water-cooled, inline two-cylinder engine, is scheduled for global release,...
Japan will back U.N. resolution opposing use of nuclear weapons...
New Zealand Ambassador Dell Higgie reads a joint statement that opposes the use of nuclear weapons due to its inhumane nature at a United Nations session in October 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
For the second consecutive year, Japan will support a United Nations joint statement that opposes the use of nuclear weapons, which it had declined to for many years out of...
Japan-U.S. defense cooperation to have global reach
Officials of Japan and the United States meet Oct. 8 at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo to approve the interim report on defense cooperation. (Jun Ueda)
Expanded Japan-U.S. defense cooperation on a global basis forms the core of an interim report on bilateral defense guidelines released Oct. 8 that was heavily colored by a...
Japan’s SDF to assist U.S. military globally under new guidelines
Members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines hold a ceremony to kick off a joint drill at the Sekiyama training site in Niigata Prefecture on Feb. 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and the United States will eliminate existing geographical constraints under their revised defense cooperation framework to enable the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to...
SDF observes island defense exercise in Philippines, aimed at...
A Self-Defense Forces officer, left, observes U.S. and Philippine troops during an amphibious landing exercise on Arrecife island in the western Philippines on Oct. 2. (Manabu Sasaki)
Japan had observer status for the first time in a combat training exercise involving the Philippine military that simulated seizing an island under attack by enemy forces.
EDITORIAL: Only natural for China, U.S. to lead fight against...
Demonstrators call for measures to curb global warming in New York on Sept. 21. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A new international framework agreement on efforts to stem global warming is expected in late 2015.
Ex-U.S. defense official: Careful deliberation needed on Futenma...
Morton Halperin, left, talks with local citizens about U.S. military bases on Sept. 18 in the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Koshin Shisui)
NAHA--A former U.S. Defense Department official who helped negotiate the return of Okinawa to Japan in 1972 raised doubts about the move to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air...
Pew Research Center: Japanese, Americans skeptical about TPP...
Provided by Pew Research Center
Skepticism is rife in Japan and the United States about benefits from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center,...
U.S., China security leaders spar over jet maneuvres
U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 9. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Top U.S. and China security officials disagreed this week over what the United States said was China's intercept of a U.S. Navy patrol plane near the southern island...
Ajinomoto group to acquire Windsor Quality, top maker of...
Windsor Quality Holdings LP President Greg Geib and Ajinomoto Co. President Masatoshi Ito at a news conference in Tokyo on Sept. 10. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Ajinomoto Co. will acquire Windsor Quality Holdings LP, a leading manufacturer of frozen food in the United States that specializes in Asian and ethnic fare.
Facing fiscal constraints, U.S. military eyes greater input from...
Rear Adm. Yasuki Nakahata of the MSDF receives a report during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. (Takashi Oshima)
WASHINGTON--Budget constraints facing U.S. forces likely mean that Japan's Self-Defense Forces will shoulder even greater responsibilities in the Asia-Pacific region whenever...
NEC to lay cable between Southeast Asia and U.S. mainland
The SEA-US submarine cable route (Provided by NEC Corp.)
NEC Corp. will lay a new large-capacity submarine cable that connects Southeast Asia and the mainland United States through Guam and Hawaii, the company said Aug. 29.
Kobe Steel joint venture ramps up production of aluminum car parts ...
Two 6,300-ton mechanical forging presses were recently installed in the plant of KAAP, a joint venture in Bowling Green, Ky. (Provided by Kobe Steel Ltd.)
Kobe Steel Ltd. announced Aug. 27 that its U.S. joint venture firm has increased its production capacity of aluminum forged products for automotive suspension systems by 50...
Complaints about noise pollution at Yokota Air Base hit a decade...
Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Complaints about the roar of aircraft taking off at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo have soared over the past year or so, with one municipality reporting in excess of 10,000...
Westernized 'Doraemon' successful in North American run
The North American version of “Doraemon” has been Westernized. For example, chopsticks have been switched to forks. ((c) Fujiko Pro.・Shogakukan・TV Asahi・Shin-ei・ADK)
LOS ANGELES--Chopsticks have been changed to forks, yen converted into dollars, and the Americanization of perhaps Japan’s most beloved anime character has proved a success...
Thousands protest U.S. base relocation to offshore Henoko site
Demonstrators raise their fists to protest the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district on Aug. 23 in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Azumi Fukuoka)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--With the government moving quickly on the planned relocation of Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district, about 3,600 demonstrators occupied the...
ANIME NEWS: 'Attack on Titan' dominates U.S. graphic novel...
A scene from "Attack on Titan" ((c) Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ "Attack on Titan" Production Committee)
Hajime Isayama's "Attack on Titan" manga series continues to stomp on its competition in the U.S. market.