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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 ...
China drops leading technology brands in favor of local makers
Chinese President Xi Jinping (AP photo)
BEIJING--China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what...
Hitachi, Demansys demonstrate compact energy storage system in U.S.
Hitachi's CrystEna compact container-type energy storage system is being demonstrated in a project in the United States. (Provided by Hitachi Ltd.)
Hitachi Ltd. said Feb. 26 its U.S subsidiary and an American smart grid technology company have started demonstrations of their recently completed 1-megawatt lithium ion energy ...
U.S., South Korea to start annual military drills, likely to draw...
U.S. Marines aim their machine guns during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises called Ssangyong, part of the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea, on March 31, 2014. (AP photo)
SEOUL--South Korea and the United States will begin eight weeks of joint military drills starting March 2, military officials said Feb. 24, an annual exercise that typically...
Japanese Red Army bomber arrested upon return to Japan
Law enforcement officials escort Tsutomu Shirosaki after his arrival on Feb. 20 at Narita Airport. (Tatsuya Shimada)
A Japanese Red Army member who was deported to Japan after his release from prison in the United States was arrested on arrival at Narita Airport.
U.S. to fine air bag maker Takata $14,000 per day
A showroom for Takata products in Tokyo's Koto Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
RICHMOND, Va--The U.S. government will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in a long-running investigation of faulty and...
China protests to U.S. over Dalai Lama's presence at Obama event
BEIJING--China on Feb. 6 protested the Dalai Lama's presence at a public event attended by President Barack Obama, saying the U.S. government was exploiting the issue of Tibet...
Russel: No sign yet North Korea is serious about resuming nuclear...
Daniel Russel (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--A top U.S. diplomat for East Asia says North Korea has not yet shown it is serious about restarting negotiations over its nuclear weapons program.
EDITORIAL: Japan's pacifist credo best defense against terrorism
Ground Self-Defense Force members arrive in Samawah, Iraq, in March 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Terrorism knows no national borders. It can strike anywhere, no matter where people live. Certainly, terrorism is not confined to the West and Asia.
Obama, Modi declare era of 'new trust' in US-India relations
U.S. President Barack Obama is escorted during an arrival ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace, in New Delhi on Jan. 25. (AP Photo)
NEW DELHI--President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Jan. 25 declared an era of "new trust" in the often fraught relationship between their nations as...
U.S. ex-officials conclude nuke talks with N. Korean diplomat
North Korea's senior nuclear negotiator Ri Yong Ho, center, delivers a statement to the media on Jan. 19 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE--An American delegation of academics and former senior officials urged the resumption of official nuclear talks during two days of informal meetings with North...
U.S. ex-officials meet N. Korean nuclear chief amid standoff
North Korean nuclear negotiators, including Ri Yong Ho, front center, meet for breakfast on Jan. 18 in Singapore. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE (AP)--U.S. academics and former senior officials met with North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator in Singapore on Jan. 18 to get a feel for each other's positions amid ...
Diplomatic documents show U.S. wanted changes to Sato's speeches...
Prime Minister Eisaku Sato is welcomed by residents in Okinawa during his visit to the then U.S.-occupied island in 1965. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.S. officials were clearly anxious about what then Prime Minister Eisaku Sato would say publicly in 1965 during the first visit to Okinawa by a Japanese prime minister since...
Emperor Showa went beyond 'simple' reference to war responsibility ...
From left, Emperor Showa, Empress Kojun, U.S. President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford offer greetings from the White House on Oct. 2, 1975. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Foreign Ministry officials wanted only a “simple” reference to Japan’s actions in World War II, but Emperor Hirohito instead expressed “tremendous grief” in his 1975...
Ministry complains to U.S. publisher over 'comfort women' passages ...
The entrance to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Foreign Ministry has asked a New York publisher to change passages dealing with "comfort women" and geographical designations in a history textbook used in U.S. public high ...
Foreign governments focused on details of Abe's war-anniversary...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to questions from reporters at a news conference on Jan. 5 in Ise, Mie Prefecture. (Minako Yoshimoto)
Foreign governments responded swiftly after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe provided the first clues about the content of his planned statement this year marking the 70th anniversary ...
UPDATE: North Korea blasts U.S. over new sanctions
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
SEOUL--North Korea issued a furious statement on Jan. 4 slamming the United States for imposing sanctions against government officials and the defense industry for a...
Obama orders sanctions against North Korea over Sony cyberattack
U.S. President Barack Obama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
HONOLULU--The United States imposed new sanctions Jan. 2 on North Korean government officials and the country's defense industry for a cyberattack against Sony, insisting that...
Competitive eating champ Takeru Kobayashi hasn't lost appetite for ...
Takeru Kobayashi during a recent interview in New York (Hiroko Masuike)
Standing 173 centimeters in height and weighing 60 kilograms, Takeru Kobayashi looks no different from the average Japanese man, until he sits down to eat.
Japan, U.S., S. Korea sign pact to share intelligence on North...
Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles are installed in a Defense Ministry compound in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on April 9, 2013, to intercept possible North Korean missiles. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan, the United States and South Korea on Dec. 29 signed a pact to share secret military information about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, the Japanese Defense...