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Xi relying on old boy network to strengthen Chinese military
In this Aug. 26, 2013 file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a guard of honor outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted long-time associates to key defense posts as part of a move to push through structural reform and build a military with...
A time of trials for U.S. shale
An oil derrick in Midland, Texas. The number of oil rigs in the Permian Basin has dropped by 40 percent since December. (Daisuke Igarashi)
MIDLAND, Texas--The desolate, light-brown land stretches as far as the eye can see.
Japan top foreign investor in bullish U.S. market for second...
Nobutada Saji, right, chairman and chief executive officer of Suntory Holdings Ltd., shakes hands with Matt Shattock, chief executive officer of Beam Suntory Inc., during a news conference in Tokyo in May 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Despite a weaker yen, Japan topped the list of foreign investors in the United States for the second consecutive year.
SDF to get right to supply ammo, jet fuel to U.S. military...
Ground Self-Defense Force members unload military equipment from a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 transport helicopter during a joint training exercise. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Ammunition will be added to the rear support list that the Self-Defense Forces can provide the U.S. military under new defense guidelines, along with eliminating geographical...
North Korea fires missiles into sea again, South says
A photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency in June shows the launching of a tactical rocket by the Korean People’s Army at an undisclosed place in North Korea. (Provided by Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea has test fired seven short-range missiles into the sea, South Korean officials said March 13, in the latest such tests launched during ongoing South...
U.K. to join China-backed Asian development bank
British Finance minister George Osborne speaks at the Sixth China-Britain Economic and Financial Dialogue in London 12 September 2014. (AP Photo)
LONDON--Britain said it will seek to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new regional body backed by China that has raised concerns...
U.S. envoy to S. Korea to maintain open stance despite attack
U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves a hospital in Seoul on March 10 after being treated for injuries he suffered in an attack by a knife-wielding assailant on March 5. (Toru Higashioka/ The Asahi Shimbun)
SEOUL--The U.S. ambassador to South Korea said March 10 that he plans to maintain his approachable style, despite being slashed by a knife-wielding Korean nationalist five days ...
U.S.: N.Korea response to attack on ambassador 'callous'
Kim Ki-jong, the suspect of slashing U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert, in a wheelchair is carried by police officers as he leaves a police station for Seoul Central District Court in Seoul March 6. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States on March 6 condemned North Korea's "callous" reaction to the knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to South Korea that has added to tensions on the...
Wartime rising sun flag finally comes home after 70-year route...
Mitsuo Takatsuka looks at the "yosegaki Hinomaru" that belonged to his older brother Kesamori that he recently accepted in Hokkaido. (Kei Fujiyama)
After a long and circuitous 70-year journey, a World War II-era rising sun flag has finally returned home to Hokkaido after stops in Luzon island of the Philippines, Arizona in ...
China drops leading technology brands in favor of local makers
Chinese President Xi Jinping (AP photo)
BEIJING--China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what...
Hitachi, Demansys demonstrate compact energy storage system in U.S.
Hitachi's CrystEna compact container-type energy storage system is being demonstrated in a project in the United States. (Provided by Hitachi Ltd.)
Hitachi Ltd. said Feb. 26 its U.S subsidiary and an American smart grid technology company have started demonstrations of their recently completed 1-megawatt lithium ion energy ...
U.S., South Korea to start annual military drills, likely to draw...
U.S. Marines aim their machine guns during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises called Ssangyong, part of the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea, on March 31, 2014. (AP photo)
SEOUL--South Korea and the United States will begin eight weeks of joint military drills starting March 2, military officials said Feb. 24, an annual exercise that typically...
Japanese Red Army bomber arrested upon return to Japan
Law enforcement officials escort Tsutomu Shirosaki after his arrival on Feb. 20 at Narita Airport. (Tatsuya Shimada)
A Japanese Red Army member who was deported to Japan after his release from prison in the United States was arrested on arrival at Narita Airport.
U.S. to fine air bag maker Takata $14,000 per day
A showroom for Takata products in Tokyo's Koto Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
RICHMOND, Va--The U.S. government will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in a long-running investigation of faulty and...
China protests to U.S. over Dalai Lama's presence at Obama event
BEIJING--China on Feb. 6 protested the Dalai Lama's presence at a public event attended by President Barack Obama, saying the U.S. government was exploiting the issue of Tibet...
Russel: No sign yet North Korea is serious about resuming nuclear...
Daniel Russel (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--A top U.S. diplomat for East Asia says North Korea has not yet shown it is serious about restarting negotiations over its nuclear weapons program.
EDITORIAL: Japan's pacifist credo best defense against terrorism
Ground Self-Defense Force members arrive in Samawah, Iraq, in March 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Terrorism knows no national borders. It can strike anywhere, no matter where people live. Certainly, terrorism is not confined to the West and Asia.
Obama, Modi declare era of 'new trust' in US-India relations
U.S. President Barack Obama is escorted during an arrival ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace, in New Delhi on Jan. 25. (AP Photo)
NEW DELHI--President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Jan. 25 declared an era of "new trust" in the often fraught relationship between their nations as...
U.S. ex-officials conclude nuke talks with N. Korean diplomat
North Korea's senior nuclear negotiator Ri Yong Ho, center, delivers a statement to the media on Jan. 19 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE--An American delegation of academics and former senior officials urged the resumption of official nuclear talks during two days of informal meetings with North...
U.S. ex-officials meet N. Korean nuclear chief amid standoff
North Korean nuclear negotiators, including Ri Yong Ho, front center, meet for breakfast on Jan. 18 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE (AP)--U.S. academics and former senior officials met with North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator in Singapore on Jan. 18 to get a feel for each other's positions amid ...