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UPDATE: Obama declares U.S. obligation to protect Senkaku Islands
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama attend a joint news conference on April 24 at the State Guest House in Tokyo after their summit. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gained major reassurances from U.S. President Barack Obama on April 24 concerning national security, but the two nations could not resolve their...
Obama: Not hopeful North Korea will change soon
U.S. President Barack Obama at the Japanese guard of honor in the Imperial Palace on April 24 (Pool)
U.S. President Barack Obama says he's not optimistic North Korea will stop behaving irresponsibly in the near future.
Senkakus issue to be included in joint statement to be issued...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama shake hands on April 24 at the State Guest House in Tokyo before their summit. (Pool)
The Senkaku Islands issue will be included in the joint statement to be issued on April 24 after the meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting U.S. President...
Former ambassador to U.S.: Abe, Obama must send message on...
Ichiro Fujisaki, the former ambassador to the United States, during an interview in Tokyo on April 22 (Izumi Sakurai)
Despite growing doubts, the Japan-U.S. alliance remains on solid ground ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s state visit to Japan, Ichiro Fujisaki, the former ambassador to ...
Abe, Obama to discuss stronger alliance, China at talks in Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama meet on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg on Sept. 5, 2013. (Pool)
WASHINGTON--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama will reaffirm their commitment to a strengthened bilateral alliance when the two leaders meet in Tokyo...
Japan, U.S. and Europe compete in 'Final Frontier'
An example of CLARITY technology: A mouse brain dipped in a special solution turns transparent. (Provided by the Deisseroth lab)
"Before and after telescopes, you could see totally different things in the sky. Tools and technologies make it possible to do things we couldn't do before. That's how we can...
NEW SUPERPOWER RELATIONS: U.S., China in 'new model' of military...
An F-22 stealth fighter jet attempts to land after a drill on March 25 in Honolulu. (Hikaru Uchida)
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Chang Wanquan, reiterated the bilateral agreement to create “the new model of...
U.S. defense chief gets earful as China visit exposes tensions
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan shake hands at the end of a joint news conference at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, China on April 8. The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Tensions between China and the United States were on full display on April 8 as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions in Beijing about America's position in...
World leaders seen through the brush of George W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush tours his new exhibit, "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas on April 1. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--Portraits painted by former U.S. President George W. Bush of world leaders he encountered during his eight-year presidency go on display April 5 in Dallas at his...
VOX POPULI: Memories of Gen. MacArthur never die, they just fade...
Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan as Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers at Atsugi airfield in Kanagawa Prefecture on Aug. 30, 1945. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The 1.4-kilometer-long "MacArthur Road" in central Tokyo opened March 29 to motor vehicle traffic. The name of this road may puzzle some young people. On the other hand,...
INSIGHT: Tokyo, Seoul still have long way to go to mend fences
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in The Hague on March 25. (Shogo Koshida)
THE HAGUE--Relations between Japan and South Korea still remain chilly even after their leaders sat down for a three-way summit arranged by the United States to help mend the...
China loses trade dispute over rare earth exports
Mountains stripped by illegal rare earth mining in China's Guangdong province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
GENEVA/ WASHINGTON--China has lost a dispute at the World Trade Organization over limits on rare earth and metals exports, handing Europe and the United States a victory over...
INTERVIEW/ James Steinberg: U.S., China aware of risks of conflict ...
James Steinberg during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Syracuse, New York (Atsushi Okudera)
A Sino-U.S. push to develop a “new model of major power relationship” is attracting keen interest in Japan, which increasingly is feeling sidelined in big picture decisions.
Honda smart home plugs into hopes for zero carbon living, mobility
Honda's home energy management system (HEMS) charges a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle. (Provided by Honda Motor Co.)
Honda Motor Co. said March 26 that its U.S. subsidiary has marked the opening of Honda Smart Home US, showcasing technologies that enable zero net energy living and...
INSIGHT: China raising history issues to spoil Japan-U.S.-South...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after a joint declaration ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 27, 2013.  (AP photo)
THE HAGUE--China is acting like the neighborhood leader who has not been invited to a party and is determined to turn the event into a flop.
Japan to hand over weapons-grade plutonium to U.S.
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Nuclear Science Research Institute in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan will finally address long-held concerns about the vulnerability of its plutonium stockpile to terrorism and hand over its weapons-grade material to the United States.
Seoul: North Korea launches 16 short-range rockets for 2nd...
People watch a TV news program showing rockets launched by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, on March 23. North Korea launched short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast for a second straight day. (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea--North Korea launched short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast for a second straight day on March 23--16 this time, according to South Korean...
INSIGHT: At U.S. insistence, Japan, South Korea agree to 3-way...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye, next to him, at a photo session during the ASEAN summit in Brunei last October (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
At the behest of the United States, the leaders of Japan and South Korea will meet on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in coming days.
Seoul: North Korea launches 30 short-range rockets
South Korean protesters try to burn a North Korean flag and a picture of the North's leader Kim Jong Un during an anti-North Korea rally against North Korea's recent launch of short-range rockets, in Seoul on March 19. The writing reads "North Korea missile launch and Kim Jong Un Out." (AP Photo)
SEOUL, South Korea--North Korea launched 30 short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast on March 22, South Korea said, in the latest in a series of apparent protests...
Toyota to pay $1.2 billion to settle criminal probe
Attorney General Eric Holder, left, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, announces a $1.2-billion settlement with Toyota over its disclosure of safety problems on March 19 during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle an investigation by the U.S. government, admitting that it hid information about defects that caused Toyota and Lexus...