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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.
Diplomatic cables show Okinawa kept in the dark when Japan, U.S....
Masao Nakasone, who helped organize protests against the route for transporting poisonous gas, stands in front of the elementary school that was located along the route in Okinawa. (Shunichi Kawabata)
Newly released diplomatic cables show Japan and the United States worked behind the scenes to carefully script the handling of the removal of poison gas from Okinawa--without...
VOX POPULI: Is there no end to human folly?
People arrange candles to offer prayers for the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 18. (AP Photo)
The Japanese equivalent of the English maxim "misfortunes never come singly" is "naki-tsura ni hachi," which translates literally as "a bee stings on the face already puffy...
China joins counter-piracy part of Hawaii drills
People's Liberation Army navy ship Haikou and two smaller boats are shown in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii during Rim of the Pacific exercises on July 16. Chinese sailors boarded the Coast Guard cutter Waesche for a drill checking cargo as part of Rim of the Pacific exercises the U.S. is hosting in Hawaii waters this month. (AP Photo)
ABOARD THE USCGC WAESCHE--China has been boarding ships looking for mock pirates and contraband as it joins the world's largest maritime exercises for the first time.
China ends drilling operations in disputed sea
In this May 7, 2012 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Haiyang Shiyou oil rig 981, the first deep-water drilling rig developed in China, is pictured at 320 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong in the South China Sea. China on July 16, 2014 moved an oil rig that it had deployed in a section of the South China Sea, triggering a dispute with Vietnam. Beijing deployed the massive rig in early May close to the Paracel Islands, triggering a furious reaction in Hanoi and the most serious uptick in tensions in the waters in years. (AP file photo/ Xinhua)
SHANGHAI/ HANOI--A Chinese oil rig has finished drilling near the disputed Paracel islands in the South China Sea after finding signs of oil and gas and is being moved away...
INSIGHT: Supreme Court puts burden on plaintiffs seeking...
Takichi Nishiyama, a former Mainichi Shimbun reporter, criticizes the Supreme Court ruling on July 14 concerning secret documents related to the return of Okinawa to Japan. (Takuya Isayama)
The Supreme Court on July 14 placed what could be an impossible hurdle for plaintiffs to overcome in seeking information disclosure from the central government.
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Pacifism key to improving Japan's relations...
Gui Yongtao, an associate professor of international relations at Peking University's School of International Studies (Nozomu Hayashi)
The recent decision by the Abe Cabinet to change the government interpretation of the Constitution to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense has...
U.S., China take small steps toward fighting climate change, but...
From left: U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, China's Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi pose together on July 9 before a working lunch at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing. (AP Photo/ Pool)
BEIJING--China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change on July 9, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain...
Rafsanjani says Tehran ready to work with U.S., Iraq
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tehran (Daisuke Kanda)
TEHRAN--Iran is prepared to work with the United States to end the fighting in Iraq, according to former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
China's Xi invites S. Korea joint effort on Japan's wartime past
Chinese President Xi Jinping smiles during a meeting with South Korean National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa at the National Assembly in Seoul on July 4. (AP Photo)
SEOUL--China and South Korea have a common interest in ensuring Tokyo is held to account for its wartime past, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on July 4, amid their shared...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ COMMENTARY: Can Japan say 'No' to the United ...
Ground Self-Defense Force members on patrol near Samawah, Iraq, in 2004. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Washington, quick to embrace the Abe administration's shift in defense policy, appears to expect that Japanese soldiers will fight alongside U.S. troops in future military...
Chinese leader's Seoul visit snubs North Korea
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan wave upon their arrival at Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, on July 3. (AP Photo).
SEOUL, South Korea--Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival on July 3 in South Korea for a summit simultaneously snubs nuclear-armed North Korea, bolsters an already booming...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT/ INSIGHT: Diplomacy takes a back seat to...
Members of a citizens group and others rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on July 1 to protest Japan's move to lift its ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense. (Akihiko Kaise)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s emphasis on deterrence in allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense underscores his administration’s lack of an effective...
MAJOR SECURITY SHIFT: Dismayed Afghan activist asks, 'You too,...
Khaled Reshad, an Afghan physician living in Shizuoka Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SHIMADA, Shizuoka Prefecture--A prominent Afghan activist living here condemned the Abe administration's shift in defense policy, saying it could undermine his war-torn...
Oldest U.S. whaling ship revives memories of John Manjiro, pioneer ...
Charles W. Morgan in the dockyard of the Mystic Seaport museum in Mystic, Connecticut, in March (Provided by Hayato Sakurai)
Charles W. Morgan, the oldest wooden U.S. whaling ship afloat, is in port in New Bedford, Massachusetts, for a homecoming celebration that is triggering nostalgia for the era...
Former 'comfort women' serving U.S. military file damages lawsuit
U.S. military personnel unload cargo at a military base near Seoul during the Vietnam War in 1968. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--A group of former South Korean “comfort women” who served in government-controlled brothels for U.S. soldiers filed a suit here, demanding state compensation for...
Japan's foreign trainee system a hotbed for forced labor, says U.S....
Chinese trainees and their supporters protest against the Technical Intern Training Program in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on June 22. (Maki Okubo)
WASHINGTON--In its annual report on human trafficking, the U.S. State Department condemned a Japanese government sponsored program for foreign trainees, saying workers are...
U.S. says Thailand, Malaysia, Venezuela among worst human...
Ethnic Uighur Muslims line up beside a police van in Khlong Hoi Khong of southern Songkhla province, Thailand, on March 15. Thailand said Saturday it suspected a group of 200 people recently rescued from a human trafficking camp were ethnic Uighur Muslims, as calls mounted from the international community to protect the group and ensure they are not forced back to China. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The U.S. State Department downgraded Thailand, Malaysia and Venezuela on June 20 to its list of the world's worst centers of human trafficking, opening up the...