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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...
POINT OF VIEW/ Yoshihide Soeya: Postwar diplomatic framework...
Yoshihide Soeya (Photo by Toshiyuki Matsumoto)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, trying to quell the furor over his controversial visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine in December, said he went to make "a pledge to not wage war by...
Japan's Mizuho named in suits in U.S., Canada over Mt. Gox bitcoin ...
Mizuho Bank headquarters in Tokyo's Marunouchi district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Mizuho Bank, one of Japan's largest lenders, has become ensnared in North American legal fallout from Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, which collapsed last...
South Korea expresses relief over Abe's comments on Japan war...
South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech at a March 1 ceremony marking the start of an independence movement in 1919 against Japanese colonial rule. (AP Photo)
South Korean President Park Geun-hye expressed relief on March 15 over remarks by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that his government would adhere to apologies for wartime...
INSIGHT: Abe administration maintains delicate balancing act over...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responds to a question in an Upper House Budget Committee session on March 14. (Shogo Koshida)
The prime minister says Japan will stand by the 1993 statement of apology to former “comfort women.” His government’s top spokesman insists a review is needed on how the...