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U.S. warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea
A Chinese coast guard vessel navigates near a Chinese oil rig in waters off the Paracel Islands in 2014. (The Asahi Shimbun)
WASHINGTON--A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of an island claimed by China and two other nations in the South China Sea on Jan 30, in an...
ANIME NEWS: ‘The Boy and the Beast’ set for U.S. premiere
An illustration from "The Boy and the Beast" ((c) 2015 The Boy and the Beast Film Partners)
Mamoru Hosoda’s runaway anime feature "The Boy and the Beast” will premiere in the United States on March 4 after grossing 5.85 billion yen ($49.8 million) in Japan last...
U.S., China spar over North Korea, South China Sea
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to an opening statement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on Jan. 27. (AP Photo/ Pool)
BEIJING--The United States and China sparred Jan. 27 on how to deal with North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test and ease rising tensions over territorial disputes in the...
VOX POPULI: Shale gas 'butterfly effect' sends stock markets...
A shale gas production plant operates in North Dakota in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A small event can result in huge changes on a global scale due to the “butterfly effect.”
U.S. flies fleet of F-22 stealth fighters to air base in Tokyo
Eight U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighters at the Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo on Jan. 21 (Naoko Kawamura)
Eight F-22 stealth fighters flew from the United States to the U.S. Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo on Jan. 20 in an apparent show of strength following key developments in...
U.S. diplomat steps up pressure on China to cooperate on N. Korea...
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, shakes hands with South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-Koo during their meeting in Seoul on Jan. 20. (Pool Photo via AP)
SEOUL--A senior U.S. diplomat stepped up pressure on China on Jan. 20 to cooperate on new, tough sanctions meant to make North Korea suffer for a recent nuclear test that...
Taiwan, U.S. exchange diplomatic visits after election despite...
Tsai Ing-wen, leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, at a news conference in Taipei on Jan. 16 (The Asahi Shimbun)
TAIPEI--Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Ray Burghardt met officials of Taiwan's independence-leaning Democratic ...
China-led development bank aims to swiftly approve loans
Jin Liqun, inaugural president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, speaks at a news conference in Beijing on Jan. 17. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--The head of the newly opened Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank said the China-led group is aiming to approve its first loans before the end of the year, part of...
Japan, U.S., S. Korea to work for strong warning to N. Korea
From left: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japan's Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Akitaka Saiki and South Korean First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Lim Sung-nam in Tokyo on Jan. 16 (Pool)
Senior diplomats from the United States, Japan and South Korea concurred on the need for a strong response in the U.N. Security Council to North Korea's recent nuclear test.
N. Korea says peace treaty, halt to exercises, would end nuclear...
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea on Jan. 16 called for the conclusion of a peace treaty with the United States and a halt to U.S. military exercises with South Korea to end its nuclear tests.
EDITORIAL: Obama still has time to leave a strong legacy
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress in Washington on Jan. 12. (AP Photo)
Seven years have passed since Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States with his pledge for “change.”
U.S. may send more strategic weapons to Korean Peninsula
A member of a South Korean conservative group kicks a burning banner with a portrait of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and North Korean flags during a rally in Paju, South Korea on Jan. 11. The banner reads: "Smash North Korean nuclear test." (AP Photo)
SEOUL--The United States and its ally South Korea were discussing on Jan. 11 sending more strategic U.S. weapons to the Korean Peninsula, a day after a U.S. B-52 bomber flew...
EDITORIAL: China crucial to moves to rein in North Korea
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan acknowledge a military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the North's ruling party and trumpet his third-generation leadership on Oct. 10. (AP Photo)
In response to Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test, the U.N. Security Council will soon start discussions on a new resolution to impose additional sanctions on North Korea.
Japan mulls slapping sanctions back on Pyongyang for nuclear test
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the Lower House Budget Committee session on Jan. 8. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan is considering reinstating some of its own sanctions against North Korea while working with the United States for an international response to Pyongyang’s latest...
ANALYSIS: North Korea moves into a dangerous new phase
Officers from the Korea Meteorological Administration point at the epicenter of seismic waves in North Korea, at the National Earthquake and Volcano Center of the Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul, Jan. 6. (AP Photo)
Caught completely by surprise, the international community reacted with outrage to North Korea's announcement on Jan. 6 that it had tested a hydrogen bomb.
Toyota to expand lineup of ‘connected cars’ starting in U.S.
The Asahi Shimbun
Toyota Motor Corp. will begin installing a communication device into a wider range of its vehicles to enable drivers to have constant access to the Internet along with...
Japan's share of U.N. budget to drop below 10%
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 29. (Pool)
NEW YORK—Japan’s share of the United Nations budget will mark the sharpest decline among members and fall under 10 percent for the first time since 1983.
Panasonic boosts commercial fridge business with purchase of...
Panasonic Corp. President Kazuhiro Tsuga announces the acquisition of Hussmann Corp. at a news conference at the head office in Kadoma, Osaka Prefecture, on Dec. 21. (Kazutaka Kamizawa)
KADOMA, Osaka Prefecture--In a major expansion of its food distribution-related businesses in the United States, Panasonic Corp. will acquire Hussmann Corp., an American...
U.S. says bombers didn't intend to fly over China-held island
BEIJING--The United States said its two B-52 bombers had no intention of flying over a Chinese-controlled man-made island in the South China Sea, after Beijing accused...
Obama administration authorizes $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan
Taiwan's military fire artillery from self-propelled Howitzers during the annual Han Kuang exercises in Hsinchu, north eastern Taiwan, in September. (AP file photo)
WASHINGTON--The Obama administration formally notified Congress on Dec. 16 of a $1.83 billion arms sale package for Taiwan, including two frigates, anti-tank missiles,...