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China lodges protest after Obama approves Taiwan frigate sale
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China said on Dec. 19 it had lodged a protest with the United States after President Barack Obama signed into law legislation authorizing the sale of up to four...
VOX POPULI: Restoring U.S.-Cuba relations good for both...
Cuban baseball player Yulieski Gourriel holds his national flag during a news conference to announce his contract with a Japanese professional club, DeNA Baystars, in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Buena Vista Social Club” is a critically acclaimed 1999 documentary by Wim Wenders about elderly Cuban musicians performing Cuba’s traditional music. I saw it when it...
S. Korea balks as United States picks Japan, Australia to service...
An F-35 stealth fighter (Provided by Lockheed Martin Corp.)
WASHINGTON/SEOUL--South Korea said Dec. 18 it will not send its F-35 fleet to Japan for heavy airframe maintenance, one of the two Asian hubs chosen by the United States to...
U.S., Cuba suddenly patch long-torn relations in historic accord
President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Dec. 17 to announce the United States will end its outdated approach to Cuba that has failed to advance U.S. interests. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Dec. 17, declaring an end to America's "outdated ...
U.S. schoolchildren seek to lift families of eruption victims with ...
Letters sent from 35 students in New Hampshire, now kept at the village office of Otaki, Nagano Prefecture (Takayuki Sato)
OTAKI, Nagano Prefecture--When students in a U.S. elementary-junior high school class learned of September's deadly volcano disaster in central Japan, they told their teacher...
UPDATE: Futenma relocation opponent wins Okinawa gubernatorial...
Takeshi Onaga, center, celebrates his victory in the Okinawa gubernatorial election on Nov. 16 with his supporters in Naha. (Azumi Fukuoka)
NAHA--Takeshi Onaga, the victor in the Nov. 16 Okinawa governor’s election, vowed to fight the central government’s plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...
INSIGHT: Onaga faces uphill battle in stopping Futenma relocation
Voters holding up signs opposing new military bases listen to a candidate in the Okinawa gubernatorial campaign outside the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Koichi Ueda)
Takeshi Onaga, winner of the Okinawa governor’s election, declared that the people have spoken, and plans to keep a U.S. military air station within the prefecture should be...
In veiled message to China, Obama renews pivot commitment to...
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Queensland on Nov. 15 in Brisbane, Australia. (AP Photo)
BRISBANE, Australia—U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Nov. 15 to reassure Asia-Pacific allies about Washington's strategic shift toward the region as he sent a veiled...
EDITORIAL: No one wants to see U.S., China compete for hegemony in ...
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing on Nov. 11. (Pool)
The United States and China exert decisive influence on the fate of the world in the 21st century. But the contours of the relationship between the two leading powers still...
Oita group digs up archive footage of U.S. wartime bombings to...
Smoke rises from the 1st class transport vessel No. 21 after being attacked in the waters off Ehime Prefecture in August 1945. (Provided by Toyo no Kuni Usa-shi Juku)
USA, Oita Prefecture--A citizens' group that collects footage of U.S. air raids on Japan has obtained films of bombing missions in seven prefectures, including Oita and...
Japanese sake brewers ramp up U.S. production
Americans take a tour and sample sake at Takara Shuzo Co.’s U.S. brewery. (Provided by Takara Shuzo Co.)
A sake company’s pivotal brewery is not located near lush rice paddies in rural Japan nor around crystal clear streams flowing from the Japan Alps. Instead, it is situated in ...
Japan moves to make Australia 'quasi-ally' in national security
Ground Self-Defense Force officers discuss a joint training exercise with their counterparts from the United States, left, and Australia, center, in Sendai on Nov. 7. (Satoru Semba)
An unprecedented joint training exercise that wrapped up in northern Japan on Nov. 9 represents the Abe administration’s latest move to turn the relationship with Australia...
Final report on new defense cooperation guidelines delayed until...
Ground Self-Defense Force members and U.S. Marines participate in a joint drill in Hawaii in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The final report on new guidelines for Japan-U.S. defense cooperation will not be ready by the end of 2014, the initial deadline, as domestic political concerns pushed it to...
APEC envisages study for a regional free trade zone
A cleaner wearing a mask walks past the 2014 China APEC logo installed on a flowers decoration near the venues for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit during a hazy day in Beijing on Nov. 4. (AP Photo)
Leaders gathering next week in Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum will agree to a declaration calling for an important first step toward a free trade zone...
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...