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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.
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...