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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...
China lodges protest after Obama approves Taiwan frigate sale
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China said on Dec. 19 it had lodged a protest with the United States after President Barack Obama signed into law legislation authorizing the sale of up to four...
VOX POPULI: Restoring U.S.-Cuba relations good for both...
Cuban baseball player Yulieski Gourriel holds his national flag during a news conference to announce his contract with a Japanese professional club, DeNA Baystars, in June. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
“Buena Vista Social Club” is a critically acclaimed 1999 documentary by Wim Wenders about elderly Cuban musicians performing Cuba’s traditional music. I saw it when it...
S. Korea balks as United States picks Japan, Australia to service...
An F-35 stealth fighter (Provided by Lockheed Martin Corp.)
WASHINGTON/SEOUL--South Korea said Dec. 18 it will not send its F-35 fleet to Japan for heavy airframe maintenance, one of the two Asian hubs chosen by the United States to...
U.S., Cuba suddenly patch long-torn relations in historic accord
President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington on Dec. 17 to announce the United States will end its outdated approach to Cuba that has failed to advance U.S. interests. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama abruptly announced the U.S. is re-establishing long-broken diplomatic relations with Cuba on Dec. 17, declaring an end to America's "outdated ...
U.S. schoolchildren seek to lift families of eruption victims with ...
Letters sent from 35 students in New Hampshire, now kept at the village office of Otaki, Nagano Prefecture (Takayuki Sato)
OTAKI, Nagano Prefecture--When students in a U.S. elementary-junior high school class learned of September's deadly volcano disaster in central Japan, they told their teacher...
UPDATE: Futenma relocation opponent wins Okinawa gubernatorial...
Takeshi Onaga, center, celebrates his victory in the Okinawa gubernatorial election on Nov. 16 with his supporters in Naha. (Azumi Fukuoka)
NAHA--Takeshi Onaga, the victor in the Nov. 16 Okinawa governor’s election, vowed to fight the central government’s plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station...
INSIGHT: Onaga faces uphill battle in stopping Futenma relocation
Voters holding up signs opposing new military bases listen to a candidate in the Okinawa gubernatorial campaign outside the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Schwab in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture. (Koichi Ueda)
Takeshi Onaga, winner of the Okinawa governor’s election, declared that the people have spoken, and plans to keep a U.S. military air station within the prefecture should be...
In veiled message to China, Obama renews pivot commitment to...
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Queensland on Nov. 15 in Brisbane, Australia. (AP Photo)
BRISBANE, Australia—U.S. President Barack Obama sought on Nov. 15 to reassure Asia-Pacific allies about Washington's strategic shift toward the region as he sent a veiled...
EDITORIAL: No one wants to see U.S., China compete for hegemony in ...
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Beijing on Nov. 11. (Pool)
The United States and China exert decisive influence on the fate of the world in the 21st century. But the contours of the relationship between the two leading powers still...