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New defense guidelines expand Japan-U.S. military alliance to...
From left, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter hold a news conference on April 27 after their meeting in New York. (The Asahi Shimbun)
NEW YORK--In a pivotal sea change that bolsters the Japan-U.S. alliance, the Self-Defense Forces can now be dispatched globally to assist the U.S. military in defending other...
Ministry panel predicts China will dominate Asia-Pacific in 20...
The Asahi Shimbun
China will acquire a dominant position in the Asia-Pacific region within 20 years if the United States lowers its involvement in the region, according to a new study...
Memories of militarist Japan linger in U.S.
Thousands of military personnel and civilians take part in the Bataan Memorial Death March held at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on March 22, 2015. (Takashi Oshima)
Nearly 6,000 U.S. military personnel and civilians walked for about 42 kilometers through unforgiving sandy terrain in relentlessly scorching heat.
While Abe seeks to stress close ties, U.S. will be focusing on his ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama wind up their joint news conference at the State Guest House in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district on April 24, 2014. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will stress closer ties between Tokyo and Washington in the national security and economic spheres during his visit to the United States, but it is...
Japan's defense cooperation with U.S. to expand to five areas,...
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo and Washington will expand the areas of defense cooperation from the current three to five under new guidelines that clearly mention Japan’s outlying islands.
S. Korea, U.S. strike deal to revise civil nuclear pact
The Kori nuclear power plant in Busan, South Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korea and the United States reached a deal on April 22 to revise a 40-year-old civil nuclear pact that gives the Asian country limited freedom to produce fuel for...
EDITORIAL: If it is true to its word, Tokyo must hold constructive ...
Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga is surrounded by reporters after his first meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on April 17. (Shiro Nishihata)
In a long-awaited meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga expressed his determination to oppose the central government’s plan to relocate a U.S....
Abe, Onaga both refuse to budge in meeting on Futenma relocation
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga shake hands at the start of their first talks in Tokyo on April 17. (Shiro Nishihata)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 17 finally met with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga over a U.S. military base issue that has created a deep split between the central...
China protests U.S. calls to release women activists
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China has lodged a formal protest with Washington after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry called for the release of five detained women...
INSIGHT: Japan needs to talk now that Xi has strengthened control...
Xi Jinping
I traveled to Beijing for the first time in two years to cover the National People's Congress. On the night of March 15, when the session closed, I attended a function with...
INSIGHT: Fear of angering Washington forced Tokyo to stay out of...
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Boao Forum on Hainan island, China, on March 28. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
As Japan ignored the initial March 31 deadline for joining a China-led development bank, a Finance Ministry official said the "silent threat" posed by Washington's opposition...
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 ...