A photographer described this wreckage as a cannon on the deck of the destroyer Oite that sank in the Pacific Ocean in February 1944. (Provided by Kyu Furumi)
Photographer finds apparent wreckage of Japanese destroyer in Micronesia
CHUUK ISLANDS, Micronesia--An underwater photographer said he has taken pictures of an Imperial Japanese Navy destroyer that was sunk by U.S. military forces here during World War II.
China mum on diplomat's whereabouts amid Japan spying report
BEIJING--China's Foreign Ministry refused to say on Sept. 17 where its ambassador to Iceland was or who was even representing Beijing in the country, following reports he had been arrested by state security for passing secrets to Japan.
Toyota vehicles awaiting shipment overseas at the company's hub at the Port of Nagoya (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan logs trade deficit for 26th month in a row
Japan logged a 948.5 billion yen ($8.7 billion) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as slack demand from China and the U.S. stymied exports, the Finance Ministry said Sept. 18.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping, upon his arrival at a hotel in Ahmadabad, India, on Sept. 17. (AP Photo)
Xi sees factory China and back office India as global engine
AHMEDABAD, India--The "world's factory" and the "world's back office" could together drive global economic growth, Chinese President Xi Jinping said as he began a rare visit to India on Sept. 17, playing down mistrust that has long kept the Asian giants apart.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
South Korea's Park says door open for talks with North
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly.
The Dojisha float displayed at the Shanghai Expo in August 2010 (Provided by Nagoya Butsugu Kenkyukai)
Scaled-down Nagoya festival float heading for date with Geneva museum
NAGOYA--A scale model of a traditional festival float using an antique form of robotic technology has left its home here on a long ocean voyage before serving as a cultural ambassador in Geneva.
A scene from "Midorimushi wa midori desu ka? Mushi desu ka?" (Are euglenas green plants? Are they bugs?) (Provided by Kadokawa Corp.)
Microbial manga by former researcher generates big buzz
An unusual new manga series by a former researcher of microbial behavior at the Tokyo University of Agriculture's Department of Fermentation Science magnifies the lives and adventures of euglena, a genus of algae-like life forms less than 0.1 millimeter long.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visiting Okinawa Prefecture on June 26 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Imperial couple to visit Palau to honor war dead
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are set to visit Palau early next year, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, to pay their respects to the 16,000 Japanese soldiers who died in fighting there.
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Computer virus steals cash when users log on to bank accounts
A virus that illegally transfers funds to another online account when the user logs on has infected more than 20,000 personal computers in Japan.
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)
Abe to attend U.N. meeting with eye on improving Seoul, Beijing ties
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit New York on Sept. 22 to attend a climate summit at the United Nations, but his priority is to repair relations with China and South Korea.
Finance Minister Taro Aso, right, and Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda at a news conference in Washington on April 11 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Finance gurus from Japan, China and S. Korea to meet ahead of G-20 conference
Finance ministers and central bank governors from Japan, China and South Korea are set to hold their first talks in more than two years.
These salmon were caught in the Kidogawa river on Nov. 17 in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, to check for radioactive substances. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Seoul to review ban on seafood imports from northeastern Japan
SEOUL--South Korea said it will review its prohibition on the import of seafood from northeastern Japan.
Masahiro Tanaka pitches in a simulated game at the Yankees' spring training complex in St. Petersburg, Florida, on Sept. 15. (Yuki Yamaguchi)
MLB/ Yankees to hand ball to Tanaka after 75 days recovering from torn UCL
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida--New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka will take the mound on Sept. 21 against the Toronto Blue Jays, the MLB rookie’s first start since injuring his right elbow in July.
Sony Corp. President Kazuo Hirai speaks during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on Sept. 17. (Shiro Nishihata/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Sony forecasts $2B loss as smartphones lag
Sony expects its annual loss to swell to $2 billion and has canceled dividends for the first time in more than half a century after writing down the value of its troubled smartphone business.
Sistine Chapel Choir (Provided by Japan Arts)
Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Choir denied concert in Beijing
ROME--A dispute over religious authority has prevented the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel Choir from performing in Beijing, but the singers will hold concerts for the first time in Macao, Hong Kong and Taipei from this week.
A massive landslide washed away houses in Hiroshima's Asa-Minami Ward in the early morning hours of Aug. 20. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nonlife insurers to shorten policies after weighing risk of natural disasters
Increased costs resulting from typhoons and torrential rain have prompted nonlife insurance companies to do a radical rethink on the length of policy coverage they will offer.
A package of Starbucks’ “Panama Auromar Geisha” coffee beans is priced at 10,800 yen, while a single cup costs 1,998 yen. (Provided by Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd.)
Starbucks special: upscale java for just under 2,000 yen per cup
The Starbucks chain of coffee shops has begun selling the most expensive java it has ever served.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Writers group blasts Seoul for questioning Japanese journalist
The Japan P.E.N. Club, a writers organization, criticized the South Korean government for its actions taken against The Sankei Shimbun’s bureau chief in Seoul over a story about President Park Geun-hye.
Yumeji Takehisa's painting tentatively titled "Oshu no Shojo" (The European girl) (Provided by the Takehisa Yumeji Museum)
Rare works by Taisho Era painter Yumeji Takehisa go on display
An art museum dedicated to the poet and painter Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934) is displaying two rare works by the artist depicting young women from his European travels.
Mount Asahidake in Hokkaido's Daisetsuzan volcanic group (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
PHOTO: First snowcap of season observed on Mount Asahidake in Hokkaido
HOKKAIDO--Snow came early this year to Hokkaido with meteorologists reporting a light dusting on the summit of Mount Asahidake.

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