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Ministry panel predicts China will dominate Asia-Pacific in 20 years if U.S. withdraws
China will acquire a dominant position in the Asia-Pacific region within 20 years if the United States lowers its involvement in the region, according to a new study commissioned by the Foreign Ministry.
Adam Posen, president at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
INTERVIEW/ Adam Posen: TPP unquestionably in Japan's interest
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to become the first Japanese leader to deliver an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
A man looks into a landslide area near the coast in Rausu, Hokkaido, on April 25. Along the coast, the seabed was found to have appeared above the surface of the water on the previous day. (Kotaro Ebara)
Study concludes landslide caused land mass to rise from sea in eastern Hokkaido
RAUSU, Hokkaido--The sudden mysterious rise of a land mass from the sea along the coast here was apparently caused by a local landslide, according to an on-site study conducted by the Kitami Institute of Technology on April 25.
President Norio Imoto poses for a photo in the head office of Value Planning Co. in Kobe. (Takashi Nakajima)
Stretch pant maker rebounds from Great Hanshin Earthquake to expand across Japan
KOBE--An apparel maker here that specializes in "miracle stretch pants" for women also has made a near-miraculous recovery from the devastation of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, when it faced closure after its warehouse was destroyed.
Humans, clad in Japanese traditional armor “kacchu,” play “koma” pieces in a shogi game held in Tendo, Yamagata Prefecture, on April 25. (Nobuyoshi Yonezawa)
PHOTO: 2 top female players do battle with human 'shogi' pieces in Yamagata
TENDO, Yamagata Prefecture--In a traditional war game of "shogi," or Japanese chess, two high-ranking female players commanded armies of human "koma" pieces on a massive board in this city on April 25.
Thousands of military personnel and civilians take part in the Bataan Memorial Death March held at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on March 22, 2015. (Takashi Oshima)
Memories of militarist Japan linger in U.S.
Nearly 6,000 U.S. military personnel and civilians walked for about 42 kilometers through unforgiving sandy terrain in relentlessly scorching heat.
Sumiteru Taniguchi, an 86-year-old atomic bomb survivor, speaks at his send-off ceremony in Nagasaki on April 18. (Shohei Okada)
A-bomb survivor on what may be his last quest to seek nuke weapons ban
NAGASAKI--Despite his frail condition, 86-year-old atomic bomb survivor Sumiteru Taniguchi is making what is likely his final trip to New York to appeal to the United Nations for a world free of nuclear weapons.
In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, tourists sleep at an open space after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal April 26. (Xinhua via AP)
UPDATE: Magnitude 6.7 aftershock hits Nepal, causes panic
KATHMANDU, Nepal--A powerful aftershock shook Nepal on April 26, making buildings sway and sending panicked Kathmandu residents running into the streets a day after a massive earthquake left at least 1,900 people dead.
Volunteers help with rescue work at the site of a building that collapsed after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal April 25. (AP Photo)
Nepal quake: At least 1,500 dead, Everest shaken
KATHMANDU, Nepal--Tens of thousands of people spent the night in the open under a chilly and thunderous sky after a powerful earthquake devastated Nepal on April 25, killing at least 1,500 across the region, collapsing modern houses and ancient temples and triggering a landslide on Mount Everest. Officials warned the death toll would rise as more reports came in from far-flung areas.
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, 2014. (Pool)
While Abe seeks to stress close ties, U.S. will be focusing on his view of history
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will stress closer ties between Tokyo and Washington in the national security and economic spheres during his visit to the United States, but it is perhaps his views on history that interest most Americans.
Yasuo Yamamoto, second from right, is transported from the Obama Police Station in Obama, Fukui Prefecture, on April 25 to the Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo. (Noboru Tomura)
UPDATE: Man who operated drone found in Tokyo was protesting Abe's nuclear policy
A man held for landing a drone on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office in Tokyo said he was protesting the administration's nuclear policy.
A train on the West Japan Railway Co.'s Takarazuka Line that derailed and slammed into an apartment is seen in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, on April 25, 2005. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
UPDATE: Bereaved families mark 2005 train crash that killed 107
AMAGASAKI, Hyogo Prefecture--Mourners gathered along the tracks of the JR Takarazuka Line bowed in prayer as a train passed at about 9:18 a.m. on April 25 to mark the derailment here 10 years ago that killed 107 people and injured 562.
People stand on a clump of land that emerged along the coastline of Shiretoko Peninsula in the town of Rausu, Hokkaido, on April 25. (Kotaro Ebara)
Locals baffled by expanded coastline in eastern Hokkaido
RAUSU, Hokkaido--The appearance of newly formed land along Shiretoko Peninsula’s southeastern coast is causing a stir.
A boy in the Tsukudajima neighborhood of Tokyo's Chuo Ward looks out at the many small boats moored on a local canal in a photo taken in October 1961. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TOKYO NOW AND THEN: Tsukudajima no longer an island but still insulated from the present
The old families in the Tsukudajima neighborhood of Tokyo's Chuo Ward used to take pride in their island reclusion.
Residents ride the Segway personal mobility vehicle during a trial run in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Segway electric vehicle to hit public roads in July
The Segway PT and similar personal mobility electric vehicles will finally be humming down public streets nationwide in July.
An adult T-cell leukemia cancer cell, center (Provided by Kaoru Uchimaru, associate professor at the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Medical Science)
Scientists find AIDS medicine kills type of leukemia cancer cell
Researchers from Kyoto University have discovered that a drug used to treat AIDS also kills adult T-cell leukemia (ATL) cancer cells, a finding that offers hope to tens of thousands of sufferers in Japan.
Delegates from Japan express joy in Buenos Aires on Sept. 7, 2013, as Tokyo is chosen to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. (Pool)
Japan to name separate minister in charge of 2020 Olympics
An independent Cabinet minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics appears to be on the horizon after a special measures bill was approved by a Lower House committee to establish the new post.
Labros Inc.'s Magic Bulb Flash (Provided by Labros Inc.)
Labros sells LED light bulb that turns on when power is down
Electrical equipment retailer Labros Inc. has released a light-emitting diode bulb that automatically switches on during power outages.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama in Tokyo in April 2014 (Pool)
White House expects no trade breakthrough with Japan during Abe visit
WASHINGTON--The White House on April 25 dashed hopes of a breakthrough on U.S.-Japan trade when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Washington next week, further delaying a major 12-nation Pacific trade pact.
A Chinese government vessel chases a Vietnamese ship in the South China Sea in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Philippines, China trade accusations over threats in disputed waters
MANILA—The Philippines accused China of aggressive maneuvers against its reconnaissance plane and fishermen in disputed seas where Beijing has stepped up construction of artificial islands, but China reiterated its claim on the strategic waterways.

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