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U.S. to continue patrols in South China Sea; China says U.S....
Daniel Russel, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, speaks to reporters in Seoul in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING/WASHINGTON--China said on May 22 it was "strongly dissatisfied" after a U.S. spy plane flew over part of the South China Sea this week near where China is building...
Group seeking proper accounting of Japan’s wartime past doubles...
Franz Waldenberger, left, and Ian Buruma (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
NEW YORK--The number of scholars calling on Japan to conduct an “unbiased accounting” of its wartime past has more than doubled to 457 in two weeks.
Kerry urges Japan, South Korea to reconcile over history
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se wrap up a joint news conference in Seoul on May 18. (Atsushi Okudera)
SEOUL--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Japan and South Korea to promote “healing and reconciliation” over history issues and to strengthen their relations...
U.S. official Kerry slams N. Korea, vows security for South
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert upon his arrival at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, on May 17. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on May 18 accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's "ironclad" security...
Despite tension, Xi says U.S.-China relations are stable
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 17. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's relations with the United States remain stable, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on May 17, as he sought to defuse tension over a territorial dispute in the...
Naval chase around Spratlys heightens tensions between China, U.S
The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (Taken from U.S. Navy's official website)
WASHINGTON--Chinese vessels repeatedly chased a U.S. naval combat ship on patrol near the disputed Spratly Islands, raising concerns over a possible contingency in the South...
U.S., China remain at odds over South China Sea activity
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference following meetings with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on May 16. (AP Photo/ Pool)
BEIJING--The United States and China held firm on May 16 to deep disagreements over increasingly assertive Chinese activity in disputed areas of the South China Sea, as Beijing ...
JR Tokai tabs former assistant to President Bush as first foreign...
Torkel Patterson (Provided by Central Japan Railway Co.)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) has appointed Torkel Patterson, a former special assistant to U.S. President George W. Bush, to its board, making him the first foreigner...
Pentagon weighs sending planes, ships near disputed South China...
A Chinese government vessel chases a Vietnamese ship in the South China Sea in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Pentagon is considering sending U.S. military aircraft and ships to assert freedom of navigation around rapidly growing Chinese-made artificial islands in the...
Chastened vice minister retracts comment about disclosing TPP...
Yasutoshi Nishimura, a senior vice minister in the Cabinet Office (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A senior vice minister has retracted his statement about disclosing documents on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade arrangement after a tongue-lashing from his superiors.
Putin, in swipe at U.S., decries 'unipolar world' at Victory Day...
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, with Chinese President Xi Jinping, second left, during the Victory Day parade in Moscow's Red Square on May 9. Xi's wife, Peng Liyuan, is at left. (AP Photo)
MOSCOW—Russia showed off new machines of war, including a highly sophisticated tank, on May 9 in the annual Victory Day military parade through Red Square that marks the...
Noh play depicting Nagasaki atomic bombing heading to U.S.
The Noh play "Nagasaki no Seibo" (Holy Mother in Nagasaki) is premiered at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki in November 2005. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Christian-themed modern Noh play depicting the atomic bombing of Nagasaki 70 years ago will be performed in the United States.
Japan scholars in West issue statement calling for 'unbiased...
Andrew Gordon, left, and Akira Iriye (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
NEW YORK--Nearly 200 historians and other Japan scholars working mainly in the West have issued a statement calling for "as full and unbiased an accounting of past wrongs as...
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....