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Pacific bluefin tuna fishing faces ban if population plummets
Bluefin tuna are lined up at a fish market in the Showa-machi district of Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SAPPORO--Japan has agreed with four nations and Taiwan to ban fishing of the threatened Pacific bluefin tuna if its population nose-dives.
Obama lauds Japan-U.S. ties as ‘model of reconciliation’ to...
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)
WASHINGTON--U.S. President Barack Obama described postwar efforts by Tokyo and Washington as “a model of the power of reconciliation” in his statement marking the 70th...
Japanese troops attack California island in training exercise with ...
Ground Self-Defense Force members and U.S. Marines jointly participate in Dawn Blitz 2015 on San Clemente Island off San Diego on Sept. 1. (Yusuke Fukui)
SAN DIEGO--In joint military exercises off southern California, Japanese and U.S. troops are simulating the defense and reclaiming of remote islands.
Popular comedian helps Netflix start service in Japan
Comedian Naoki Matayoshi is flanked by Netflix Japan President Greg Peters, right, and Netflix Inc. CEO Reed Hastings at a party in Tokyo on Sept. 1. (Suguru Takizawa)
Clearly eager to penetrate a new market, U.S. video streaming giant Netflix Inc. kicked off its online service in Japan on Sept. 1, hours ahead of schedule.
It's become a piece of cake (sorry, sushi) to sell Japanese food...
Locals dine at a Japanese restaurant in Singapore in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
For starters it was the raw fish that was reeling in the customers, but now foreigners are drowning in their desire to slurp down pork-bone soup.
Shakeup of life insurance industry sees companies turning to...
Nippon Life Insurance Co. headquarters in Osaka's Chuo Ward (Kazumi Tako)
Japanese life insurance companies are making inroads into the United States, the largest market for the industry, as part of a shakeup on the home front.
The role of 'washi' in Japan's attempt to rain terror from the...
A one-seventh scale replica of a “balloon bomb” on display at the Peace Museum of Saitama (Takemichi Nishibori)
OGAWA, Saitama Prefecture--Paper airplanes that kids toss around in the classroom are one thing, but weapons made of paper were taken very seriously in wartime Japan.
Helicopter crash off Okinawa stirs bitter memories, fuels...
The U.S. Army MH-60 helicopter lies with a broken tail boom on the deck of the U.S. Navy cargo vessel USNS Red Cloud east of Okinawa on the evening of Aug. 12. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
The crash landing of a U.S. Army helicopter onto a ship off Okinawa on Aug. 12 was the very last thing U.S. forces in Japan needed to confront, given prevailing sentiment about ...
Sumitomo Life to purchase U.S. insurance firm Symetra Financial
Sumitomo Life Insurance Co. announced Aug. 11 that it will acquire U.S. insurance company Symetra Financial Corp. as part of its strategy to expand its overseas business.
Brother of disgraced Chinese Community Party official at center of ...
The house in Loomis, Calif., said to have been purchased by Ling Wancheng (Yu Miyaji)
The youngest brother of a disgraced Chinese Communist Party official appears to be at the center of a political tug of war, with Beijing asking the United States to extradite...
Abe panel report mentions 'aggression,' 'colonial rule,' but mum...
Taizo Nishimuro, right, chairman of the advisory panel that submitted a report to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Aug. 6, responds to questions from reporters as Shinichi Kitaoka, the deputy chairman, looks on. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
An advisory panel to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe submitted a report on Aug. 6 that mentions Japan's aggression before and during World War II, colonial rule and the...
U.S. journalist describes postwar agony of Nagasaki A-bomb...
Susan Southard, right, poses for a photograph with Sumiteru Taniguchi in 2009 (Provided by Susan Southard)
NAGASAKI--A U.S. journalist has published a book about the long-term suffering of atomic bomb survivors in Nagasaki in the hope it will strike a chord with her fellow Americans.
Hiroshima mayor, Abe call for abolition of nuclear weapons on 70th ...
People pray before the cenotaph for atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park early on Aug. 6. (Gen Hashimoto)
HIROSHIMA--Referring to nuclear weapons as the "ultimate inhumanity," Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui called on the nations of the world to create a security structure that does...
Atomic bombing has not stifled talk by politicians about arming...
Yasuhiro Nakasone, far left, then secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, attends a party meeting in April 1975 to discuss signing the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Other participants from far right are: Kiichi Miyazawa, then foreign minister, Raizo Matsuno, LDP policy chief, and Hirokichi Nadao, chairman of the LDP General Council. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
August in Japan is always a solemn month as Hiroshima and Nagasaki hold ceremonies to remember the tens of thousands of people who perished in the 1945 atomic bombings.
A-bomb survivors continue to press U.S. about abolishing nuclear...
Sachie Yoshizaki talks about her experiences of enduring the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. (Haruki Morishita)
In a message to U.S. President Barack Obama, A-bomb survivor Sachie Yoshizaki tells the Nobel laureate he should be the "individual who best understands that nuclear weapons...
First 7-Eleven to open in Vietnam in FY 2017 as part of major push ...
A 7-Eleven store in Fukuoka in 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Convenience store chain operator Seven & i Holdings Co. will open the first 7-Eleven store in Vietnam in fiscal 2017, the company announced July 30.
WikiLeaks: U.S. spied on Japanese government, companies
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a video released on YouTube in June 2014 (Taken from YouTube)
The WikiLeaks website published documents on July 31 that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.
U.S. investors sue Toshiba for losses caused by false accounting
Toshiba Corp. President Hisao Tanaka, foreground, bows in apology over the company's latest accounting scandal during a news conference in Tokyo on July 21. (Sayuri Ide)
WASHINGTON--Investors in the United States filed a class action suit in California against Toshiba Corp. for stock losses resulting from the accounting fiasco at the Japanese...
Criticism of China a constant in annual defense white paper
Defense Minister Gen Nakatani responds to Diet questioning. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Although criticism of China loomed large in this year's Defense Ministry's white paper, which was released July 21, the report also mentions the importance of direct dialogue...
INTERVIEW/ Richard Falk: New global order needed to pursue...
Richard Falk during an interview in Tokyo (Photo by Takaharu Yagi)
The Islamic State group’s expanding influence, the lack of progress in Middle East peace talks and the increase in ethnic and religious conflicts are just some of the signs...