DRIFTING ALLIANCE: Obama wants concession on TPP to offset Abe's...
After the trilateral summit of Japan, the United States and South Korea at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in The Hague in March, President Barack Obama, who coordinated the...
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On April 20, The Asahi Shimbun will begin running "Kokoro" (Heart), a masterpiece serial novel first written for this newspaper a century ago by Natsume Soseki (1867-1916).
Protesters show their opposition to the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the sea off Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, on April 19. (Koshin Shisui)
Sit-in against relocation of Air Station Futenma marks 10th...
NAGO, Okinawa Prefecture--After 10 years of sit-ins, protesters opposing the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to an offshore site here showed on April 19 that they have lost none of their passion and...
Naomi Takasu, center, asks people at an Earth Day event at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo on April 19 to become involved with a signature-collecting campaign to have the Japanese people awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (Sayuri Ide)
Group to award Nobel Peace Prize to war-renouncing Japanese...
A group campaigning to award the Japanese people the Nobel Peace Prize for abiding by the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution isn't backing off its grassroots effort, now that it has secured an official...
New train that can traverse different tracks starts trials in...
Seaweed harvest in Ariake Sea the worst in 14 years
Visually impaired learn independence in making white canes for the ...
Abe, Obama to discuss stronger alliance, China at talks in Tokyo
Down syndrome births over past 15 years up twofold
Top universities in Japan, S. Korea set up offices to promote...
Train-loving 'Yuritetsu' cuties adorn Yuri Kogen Railway cars
Masahiro Nishida (Photo by Kengo Hiyoshi)
NPO leader draws from his past in helping post-earthquake orphans
SENDAI--In a room littered with toys in a building outside JR Sendai Station, the headquarters of the Children's Grief Support Station, children are often hesitant to enter, but the NPO's director, Masahiro Nishida, does not...
Local residents collect soil samples for inspection in a park in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, while measuring airborne radiation. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Minister sorry for delay in releasing survey results on radiation...
Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi apologized April 18 for a six-month delay in releasing the results of a survey in Fukushima Prefecture about the amount of radiation each resident will likely be exposed to per year.
Report: Radiation levels around Fukushima drop significantly in...
TEPCO discovers radioactivity levels beyond threshold for release...
New robot for nuclear disasters can tread into most hazardous sites
Utilities expected to secure sufficient power supplies this summer
Contaminated water found leaking from ALPS at Fukushima plant
Fukushima towns seek to protect historic sites ahead of hosting...
Utilities expected to secure sufficient power supplies this summer
In the Yufuincho district of Yufu, Oita Prefecture, indie director Ko Eto promotes his film project to be shot in Canada. (Ayumi Shintaku)
Indie director from Oita working on film in Canada
YUFU, Oita Prefecture--A local indie director hoping to screen his first feature film at this city's annual movie festival is now seeking backers for his project.
University students show the names of their favorite works of author Natsume Soseki during an international symposium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 18. (Hikaru Uchida)
Meiji-Taisho Era novelist Soseki becoming trendy across the world...
Even almost 100 years after his death, novelist Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), who counts popular writer Haruki Murakami among his fans, is gaining new converts throughout the world amid globalization.
'Gundam' creator Tomino working on two new projects at age 72
OMIYAGE FROM JAPAN: 'Chanpuru' culture melds Okinawan, Mexican...
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CRAFTED IN TOKYO: Artisan makes book jackets using Edo Period...
Manga artist warns of dangers of quake-driven soil liquefaction
ANIME NEWS: New 'Macross' TV series announced
JAPANESE HOME COOKING: Microwave turns out tasty sticky rice with...
A weeping relative of a missing passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol shouts as she tries to march toward the presidential house to protest the government's rescue operation in Jindo, South Korea, on April 20. (AP Photo)
Divers pull bodies from sunken ferry; toll tops 50
MOKPO, South Korea--The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on April 20 as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost...
Captain of sunken South Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested
S. Korea investigates capsized ferry crew, stowage as rescue...
U.N. inquiry chief wants N. Korea hauled before international court
Akira Amari, state minister in charge of the TPP, talks to reporters in Washington on April 17 after negotiations with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman. (Tomoya Fujita)
Japan, U.S. far apart in TPP talks on beef, pork, dairy products
Japan and the United States are mired in a stalemate over beef, pork and dairy products as negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement enter the final stage.
Zenrin digital map service now available for tablet users
Japanese investment in China posts 47% year-on-year drop in first...
Fuji Heavy rolls out all-new Subaru Outback at New York auto show
A computerized image showing how methane hydrate (center) emits methane gas. (Provided by associate professor Masakazu Matsumoto from Okayama University)
Researchers unlock mystery of how methane hydrate, or 'burning ice,...
Researchers at Okayama University have discovered the process whereby methane hydrate emits methane gas, a discovery that could lead to the development of mining technology of the new energy source.
Academic entrepreneurs to test cancer therapy using iPS cells
Global warming forcing Mongolian nomads to change lifestyles
Scientists: Lethal, difficult-to-detect bacterium invading western ...
Evacuees from Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, attend a meeting in February to discuss the lifting of the evacuation order for the city's Miyakoji district. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
EDITORIAL: Fukushima and the world benefit from full disclosure of ...
What should policymakers think about the effects of exposure to low levels of radiation in areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster?
EDITORIAL: New Tokyo-Seoul talks should lead to serious efforts to ...
VOX POPULI: S. Korean ferry tragedy reminiscent of Shiun Maru's...
POINT OF VIEW/ Sadakazu Osaki: Extended TSE trading hours could...
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