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Facing fiscal constraints, U.S. military eyes greater input from...
Rear Adm. Yasuki Nakahata of the MSDF receives a report during the Rim of the Pacific Exercise. (Takashi Oshima)
WASHINGTON--Budget constraints facing U.S. forces likely mean that Japan's Self-Defense Forces will shoulder even greater responsibilities in the Asia-Pacific region whenever...
NEC to lay cable between Southeast Asia and U.S. mainland
The SEA-US submarine cable route (Provided by NEC Corp.)
NEC Corp. will lay a new large-capacity submarine cable that connects Southeast Asia and the mainland United States through Guam and Hawaii, the company said Aug. 29.
Kobe Steel joint venture ramps up production of aluminum car parts ...
Two 6,300-ton mechanical forging presses were recently installed in the plant of KAAP, a joint venture in Bowling Green, Ky. (Provided by Kobe Steel Ltd.)
Kobe Steel Ltd. announced Aug. 27 that its U.S. joint venture firm has increased its production capacity of aluminum forged products for automotive suspension systems by 50...
Complaints about noise pollution at Yokota Air Base hit a decade...
Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Complaints about the roar of aircraft taking off at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo have soared over the past year or so, with one municipality reporting in excess of 10,000...
Westernized 'Doraemon' successful in North American run
The North American version of “Doraemon” has been Westernized. For example, chopsticks have been switched to forks. ((c) Fujiko Pro.・Shogakukan・TV Asahi・Shin-ei・ADK)
LOS ANGELES--Chopsticks have been changed to forks, yen converted into dollars, and the Americanization of perhaps Japan’s most beloved anime character has proved a success...
Thousands protest U.S. base relocation to offshore Henoko site
Demonstrators raise their fists to protest the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district on Aug. 23 in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Azumi Fukuoka)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--With the government moving quickly on the planned relocation of Air Station Futenma to the Henoko district, about 3,600 demonstrators occupied the...
ANIME NEWS: 'Attack on Titan' dominates U.S. graphic novel...
A scene from "Attack on Titan" ((c) Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/ "Attack on Titan" Production Committee)
Hajime Isayama's "Attack on Titan" manga series continues to stomp on its competition in the U.S. market.
Tokyo steamrolling U.S. base plan ahead of Okinawa governor race
Japan Coast Guard patrol boats are on alert on Aug. 14 as buoys and floats mark a restricted area off Cape Henoko in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Takaharu Yagi)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--The central government is accelerating work to build an offshore U.S. military base here to make the contentious project a fait accompli before the...
Protesters blocked as study advances for U.S. air station in...
Buoys off the Henoko district of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, show the restricted zone for a government seabed study on Aug. 14. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Japan Coast Guard vessels blocked protesters in canoes from entering the area of a government seabed study that will be used for the long-delayed...
PHOTO: Dive off Henoko coast reveals underwater world that could...
The underwater area known as "hamasango no oka" (hill of the finger corals) off Henoko district in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on Aug. 12 (Satoru Sekiguchi)
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--Divers from a local environmental group here explored the waters off the Henoko district and discovered an underwater world of vibrant corals and...
Fujifilm’s 'Cheki' instant cameras offer picture proof that film ...
One of Fujifilm’s popular “Cheki” instant cameras (Provided by Fujifilm Corp.)
Fujifilm Corp. said it is aiming to sell a record 3 million “Cheki” instant cameras for fiscal 2014, proving film is still very much in the picture, even in this digital...
U.S. history textbooks assert less atomic bomb victims than...
A column carried in a U.S. history textbook debates the pros and cons of the atomic bombing, discussing both President Harry Truman’s decision to go ahead with the bombings and scientists’ opposition to the move. (Satoshi Okumura)
Most U.S. history textbooks for junior high and high school students significantly underestimate the number of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic-bomb victims in comparison to those ...
Kerry aims to calm South China Sea tensions
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, meets with Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, left, at a hotel during their meeting outside the venue of the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw on Aug. 9. (AP Photo/ Pool)
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors.
ANALYSIS: Despite anti-nuclear weapons speech, Abe has made little ...
Children release paper lanterns to remember the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, the 69th anniversary of the world's first nuclear attack. The handmade lanterns floated on the Motoyasugawa river near the Atomic Bomb Dome and carried messages like, "I hope war never occurs again" and "Love & Peace." (Tetsuro Takehana)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is apparently all words and no action when it comes to taking steps to reduce the world's nuclear arsenal.
Nicaragua sets sights on building rival to Panama Canal with...
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, left, and Chinese businessman Wang Jing hold up a concession agreement for the construction of a multibillion-dollar canal in Managua in June 2013. (AP file photo)
A Chinese telecom billionaire has joined forces with Nicaragua's famously anti-American president to construct a waterway between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean to...
NAGASAKI PEACE SYMPOSIUM: Panelists urge Japan to break away from...
Panelists at the International Symposium for Peace in Nagasaki on Aug. 2: Gareth Evans, former Australian foreign minister, second from left; Mitsuru Kurosawa, professor emeritus of Osaka University; Fumiko Nishizaki, professor of the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Arts and Science; and Hiromichi Umebayashi, director of the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition at Nagasaki University. At far left is coordinator Fumihiko Yoshida, editorial writer of The Asahi Shimbun. (Hiroshi Matsubara)
NAGASAKI--As the only country victimized by atomic weapons, Japan should end its reliance on the U.S. nuclear umbrella for security, panelists said at the annual International...
Panasonic, Tesla to build 'Gigafactory' to boost battery production
Yoshihiko Yamada, executive vice president of Panasonic Corp., left, and JB Straubel, chief technical officer and co-founder of Tesla Motors Inc. (Provided by Panasonic Corp.)
Panasonic Corp. and electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. signed an agreement to construct a large-scale battery manufacturing plant in the United States, known as the...
The implications of Japanese collective self-defense on Korean...
Dennis Blair, left, and Cho Sei-young (Photos by Takashi Watanabe and Atsushi Hiroshima)
A military conflict on the Korean Peninsula was one scenario envisioned by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet when it decided to allow Japan to exercise the right to...
Itochu invests in major U.S. manufacturer of legwear products
A Renfro showroom in New York (Provided by Itochu Corp.)
Itochu Corp. announced July 30 that the trading house and its New York subsidiary, Itochu International Inc., have acquired 25 percent of the shares in RC Holding LLC, which...
INSIGHT: Washington irritated by Abe diplomacy on Russia, North...
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. (Pool)
A widening rift is emerging between Japan and the United States over the handling of the crisis in Ukraine and dealing with North Korea.