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Official campaigning began Sunday for the April 27 mayoral election in the city of Okinawa, with two independent candidates expressing opposing views on the planned relocation of a U.S. military...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 12:17
Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals, visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Sunday in a move that could trigger a backlash...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:17
Over 50 municipal assemblies around Japan have submitted comments to the Diet opposing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense by...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:17
Over 50 municipal assemblies around Japan have submitted comments to the Diet opposing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Japan to exercise the right of collective self-defense by...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to ask U.S. President Barack Obama during their upcoming talks in Tokyo to boost U.S. shale gas exports to Japan, a government source said Sunday. Japan...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to ask U.S. President Barack Obama during their upcoming talks in Tokyo to boost U.S. shale gas exports to Japan, a government source said Sunday. Japan...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 10:17
Japan has offered to cut its tariffs on beef imports from the United States to around 15 percent from the current 38.5 percent to bridge differences over a Pacific free trade pact, sources...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 08:48
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Sunday expressed concern over Russian military planes spotted flying close to Japan for seven days in a row, calling them "abnormal flights not seen in the...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 04:18
A unit operating E-2C early warning patrol planes was newly launched Sunday at an Air Self-Defense Force base in Naha in southern Japan's Okinawa Prefecture to bolster monitoring following...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 04:18
Japan and the United States will hold a fresh round of talks Monday in Tokyo to try to bridge their differences over a Pacific free trade pact following the latest ministerial talks in...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 12:31
The Defense Ministry broke ground Saturday on a facility for a coastal surveillance unit to be deployed on Yonaguni Island, the westernmost Japanese island not far from a group of islands whose...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 09:32
The Defense Ministry broke ground Saturday on a facility for a coastal surveillance unit to be deployed on Yonaguni Island, the westernmost Japanese island not far from a group of islands whose...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 09:32
The internal affairs ministry will tap so-called big data in a collaborative effort between the private and public sectors to convey evacuation information to local governments and residents in...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 09:17
The internal affairs ministry will tap so-called big data in a collaborative effort between the private and public sectors to convey evacuation information to local governments and residents in...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 09:17
A Hiroshima-based civic group on Saturday presented Tajikistan with a stone from the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city engraved with an image of a Buddhist goddess of mercy....
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 07:17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama plan to declare in a summit Thursday the two allies will not tolerate any attempt to alter the status quo by force or coercion, a move...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 07:17
Local residents in Okinawa gathered Saturday to protest the planned relocation of a controversial U.S. military base within the southern Japan island prefecture. Roughly 300 protesters...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 07:16
Japan and the United States have moved closer on remaining gaps over a Pacific free trade pact and senior officials of the two countries will meet again on Monday in Tokyo, a Japanese official...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 03:01
Defense officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea agreed Friday to work together to deter North Korea from taking further provocative actions. The senior working-level...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 03:01
The government plans to restart from August a test on a facial recognition system to speed up immigration checks at airports and prepare for an expected surge in visitors for the 2020 Tokyo...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 03:01
The U.S. Defense Department on Friday released a draft assessment of the environmental impact on Guam of the planned transfer of Marines from Okinawa, Japan. The document is expected to...
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 00:33
The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter jets after three pairs of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers were detected flying around the Japanese archipelago Friday, the Defense Ministry's...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 21:17
A Shinto shrine commemorating Emperor Meiji in Tokyo and the National Mosque in Malaysia will be among locations U.S. President Barack Obama will visit during his upcoming trip to Asia, the...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 21:17
Territorial dispute is among key topics U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss with Asian leaders during an upcoming trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, his top foreign...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 17:33
Territorial dispute is among key topics U.S. President Barack Obama will discuss with Asian leaders during an upcoming trip to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, his top foreign...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 17:33
The government on Friday released estimates of the amount of radiation that individuals would be exposed to if they return to live in homes near the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 13:48
The government on Friday released estimates of the amount of radiation that individuals would be exposed to if they return to live in homes near the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 13:48
An investment pact involving Japan, China and South Korea aimed at promoting corporate investment will come into effect on May 17, the Foreign Ministry said Friday. The trilateral pact, the...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:02
Japan will abolish tariffs on southern bluefin tuna from Australia in stages over a decade once the recently agreed bilateral free trade deal takes effect, the farm ministry said Friday....
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:02
Japan will abolish tariffs on southern bluefin tuna from Australia in stages over a decade once the recently agreed bilateral free trade deal takes effect, the farm ministry said Friday....
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 11:02
The deputy chief of the New Komeito party cast doubt Friday about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's move to lift an outright ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense, saying there are...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:52
The Japanese government said Friday it will continue whaling in the Pacific Ocean, with whalers set to depart in late April, despite a U.N. court ordering Tokyo last month to halt its program in...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:51
The Japanese government said Friday it will aim to resume its whaling in the Antarctic from next fiscal year despite a U.N. court ordering Tokyo last month to halt its program there, igniting...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:50
Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics required 8.85 billion yen in total spending, according to a report released Friday by the bid committee and the Tokyo metropolitan...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:50
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to seek acceptance from U.S. President Barack Obama at their summit in Japan next Thursday over the consultations Tokyo is holding with Pyongyang to resolve the...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:50
More than 90 percent of online poll respondents in seven members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations believe Japan is a "reliable friend" to their countries, according to results...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:32
Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi on Friday denied that the government hid for six months the outcome of a radiation study around the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, but...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:32
Private donations to the bidding committee for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo have reached around 4.9 billion yen, surpassing the initial expectation by 1.1 billion yen,...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:32
Private donations to the bidding committee for the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo have reached around 4.9 billion yen, surpassing the initial expectation by 1.1 billion yen,...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:32
The Japanese wife of a Ghanaian who died after being overpowered by immigration officials during deportation filed a complaint Friday against prosecutors' decision not to indict the officials...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:17
Two North Korean defectors and the brother of a Japanese woman abducted decades ago, provided testimony Thursday for the first time before U.N. Security Council members and other U.N. member...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed his ministers Friday to prepare to send rescue teams or provide other support in the event that Seoul requests help in rescue operations following the...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:17
A major U.S. defense equipment company has asked Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to export a component used in ground-to-air missiles, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday, in what...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday agreed with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to enhance bilateral cooperation to successfully conclude multilateral talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:17
Japan and the United States are still "in stalemate" over key items in protracted negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact during a fresh round of ministerial talks,...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:17
A group of nine U.S. legislators will visit Japan, China and South Korea from April 18 to 27 for discussions about regional issues such as territorial disputes, the delegation chief said...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:47
The Diet on Friday approved civil nuclear agreements with Turkey and the United Arab Emirates that will help Japan export atomic power reactors to the rapidly developing economies, in line with...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:46
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held telephone talks with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday, with the situation in Ukraine believed to be among the main topics of their discussion, a Japanese...
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 02:46
Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets were scrambled against five Russian military planes that flew along three routes around the Japanese archipelago Thursday, Japan's Defense Ministry...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 23:51
U.S. and Chinese envoys on North Korea's nuclear programs wrapped up three days of talks Thursday with no prospect in view of resuming six-nation talks on the issue. Wu Dawei, Chinese...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 23:50
The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday adopted a joint statement aiming for a diplomatic solution over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 17:03
The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday adopted a joint statement aiming for a diplomatic solution over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 17:03
Japanese and Mongolian defense ministers agreed Thursday to oppose any attempt to change the status quo by force, in light of China's claim to the Japan-administered islands and Russia's...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:35
Japanese and Mongolian defense ministers agreed Thursday to oppose any attempt to change the status quo by force, in light of China's claim to the Japan-administered islands and Russia's...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:35
Shigeru Ishiba, secretary general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, plans to visit the United States in late April, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. Nippon...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:35
Shigeru Ishiba, secretary general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, plans to visit the United States in late April, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. Nippon...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:35
The government will not specify scenarios for Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense when Tokyo announces its basic stance in coming months, government sources said Thursday...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:28
Japan's Self-Defense Forces need to have more "flexibility" as Tokyo reviews its security policy to remove a ban on exercising the right to collective self-defense, a former U.S. director of...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:28
Fuji Oil Co., maker of food products based on oil and fat, said Thursday it has decided to give up reconstruction of a plant in Leyte in the central Philippines that was destroyed by...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:03
The United States has proposed eliminating tariffs on 99.5 percent of goods imported from Japan, as it presses Tokyo to scrap tariffs even on agricultural products to clinch a 12-nation Pacific...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:03
Taiwan called on the Japanese government on Thursday to apologize and compensate Taiwanese women forced to work in military brothels during World War II. President Ma Ying-jeou said the U.N...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 09:03
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is planning to visit Japan late next month to hold talks with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, Japanese government sources said Thursday. According...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:46
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has decided to postpone a visit to Russia planned for later this month, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The government has determined Kishida's trip, if...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:46
Since President Obama made his momentous Prague speech five years ago calling for a world without nuclear weapons, people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to request that the president visit...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:46
The government on Thursday downgraded its basic assessment of Japan's economy for the first time in 17 months in its monthly report for April, citing weakening consumption after the consumption...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:05
The Bank of Japan kept intact Thursday its upbeat assessment of the country's nine regional economies, noting their economies are on a "recovery" path on the back of improvement in employment...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:04
The government on Thursday downgraded its basic assessment of Japan's economy for the first time in 17 months in its monthly report for April, citing weakening consumer spending after the...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:04
Japan's consumer confidence deteriorated in March to the lowest level since August 2011, the government said Thursday, indicating mounting concern that the consumption tax hike in April will...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:04
The following is an explanation of state visits to Japan. State guests are the highest of five ranks of invited foreign dignitaries designated by the Japanese Foreign Ministry....
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:04
With the Olympics and Paralympics six years away, locals believe that foreign residents in Tokyo still face various human right violations, a recent survey by the metropolitan government showed...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:04
Japan will apply a tariff-quota system on such products as chicken and pork from Australia to allow set quantities of imports with low duty rates under a bilateral free trade deal, the Japanese...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:48
Taiwanese and Japanese fishermen will begin fishing under new rules in waters around the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands from Sunday. Suao Fishermen's Association Director Chen Chun-...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:48
The first ministerial meeting on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will be held next Tuesday, Hakubun Shimomura, head of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, said...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:48
U.S. President Barack Obama is set to visit Asia next week on a tour aimed at allaying any doubts about his commitment to the region. The trip, which will take him to Japan, South Korea,...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:47
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday Japan will address differences with the United States to successfully conclude multilateral talks for a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:47
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday dismissed the idea of building a new memorial to replace the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, amid tensions with Asian neighbors, saying the Shinto...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:47
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday expressed his sympathies to the South Korean people involved in a fatal ferry accident the previous day. The Japanese government has offered to provide...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 04:47
A U.N. investigator and former Australian judge called on the international body to take action on Wednesday in response to his report chronicling the human rights abuses of tens of thousands of...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 02:02
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Thursday that the Japanese economy is continuing to recover moderately despite being affected by the consumption tax hike in April to 8 percent from 5...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 02:02
Japan and the United States resumed their ministerial talks Wednesday trying to make progress in protracted negotiations over tariffs exceptions to a Pacific free trade pact. The...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 02:02
Japan and the United States resumed their ministerial talks Wednesday trying to make progress in protracted negotiations over tariffs exceptions to a Pacific free trade pact. The...
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 02:02
The Aichi prefectural government is offering scholarships to foreign students from 22 Asian countries to study at graduate schools in the prefecture on condition that they work for local...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 21:46
The Aichi prefectural government is offering scholarships to foreign students from 22 Asian countries to study at graduate schools in the prefecture on condition that they work for local...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 21:46
Japan has agreed in its bilateral free trade deal with Australia to apply a tariff-rate quota system for Australian pork, under which set quantities would be imported with low duty rates,...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 13:45
The government will seek to relax its existing rules to allow the Self-Defense Forces to be dispatched to cope with armed attacks on allies with "close security ties" to Japan, if it decides to...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:25
The United States has agreed to allow Japan to retain tariffs on rice and wheat during bilateral talks related to wider Pacific free trade negotiations, Japanese government sources said Thursday...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:25
The government kept undisclosed for six months a report on an individual radiation dose study in areas around the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, including a district recently...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:14
Japan and South Korea failed to narrow differences during a meeting Wednesday on the issue of Korean women forced to serve at brothels for the wartime Japanese military. "It was a very...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:14
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy planted a dogwood tree on the grounds of Ise Shrine in central Japan on Wednesday as a symbol of friendship between Japan and the United States. "I...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:06
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the chief of his Liberal Democratic Party's tax panel on Wednesday to work out the details of a proposed cut in corporate income tax rates. The Abe...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 09:05
The government is likely to state in its monthly economic report for April that the economy has turned downward due to the impact of the sales tax increase on April 1, sources close to the...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:26
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on Wednesday, in an unscheduled meeting that suggests Japan has been asking for help from Mongolia to address the...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:26
China on Wednesday expressed welcome to Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe's visit to Beijing next week, a trip that underscores the Chinese strategy to foster ties with local Japanese leaders despite...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:26
The average monthly wage hike for major Japanese companies through annual wage talks this spring exceeded 7,000 for the first time in 16 years, the Japan Business Federation said Wednesday...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:26
Japan and South Korea held a meeting Wednesday regarding the issue of Korean women forced to serve at brothels for the wartime Japanese military. The meeting was part of efforts to improve...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 07:51
The U.S. Treasury Department on Tuesday called on Japan to take additional fiscal steps if the economy slows more than anticipated following the 3-percentage-point hike in the consumption tax on...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:48
The leader of Australia's populous New South Wales State will resign as premier he said Wednesday after misleading an Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry into his receipt of an...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:48
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj on Wednesday, in an unscheduled meeting that suggests Japan has been asking for help from Mongolia to address the...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:47
Itochu Corp. said Wednesday a former employee embezzled about 700 million yen when he worked at its New Zealand affiliate from 2012 to 2014. The trading house dismissed the man, said to be...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 03:47
Japan's lower house committee on fisheries urged the government Wednesday to continue its whaling program despite a U.N. court last month ordering Tokyo to halt whaling in the Antarctic Sea...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 03:47