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The Japanese and U.S. governments are making final arrangements for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama to reaffirm that the bilateral security treaty covers the Japan-...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:34
The industry ministry said Wednesday that Japan's gross domestic product is expected to grow by at least 7 trillion yen if effective corporate income tax rates are slashed by about 10 percentage...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 10:42
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has started deliberating on a complaint by the Defense Ministry against Pakistan's biggest media group over alleged false reports, an official...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 10:42
The navy chiefs of Japan and China mingled and chatted briefly during a regional naval symposium that ended Wednesday, a rare face-to-face encounter between senior military officials of the two...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 10:07
The vice president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Wednesday the Constitution needs to be reinterpreted to make Japan's use of collective self-defense possible, contrasting with the...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 10:07
China on Wednesday expressed strong opposition to U.S. President Barack Obama's view that a group of islands at the heart of a fierce dispute with Japan falls under the scope of Washington's...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
South Korean President Park Geun Hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday discussed the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula amid signs that North Korea is preparing to carry out a...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
China on Wednesday expressed strong opposition to U.S. President Barack Obama's view that a group of islands at the heart of a fierce dispute with Japan falls under the scope of Washington's...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
Japanese nuclear experts and Diet members will visit Taiwan this week to offer Japan's experience of dealing with nuclear energy, which is taking center stage in Taiwan politics. Vice...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
Japan and Laos will hold their first bilateral security talks Thursday in Vientiane, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Participants will include Kazuhide Ishikawa, director general of...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:47
A bill to revise the Ports and Harbors Law was passed into law Wednesday to enable the government to invest in the operators of hub container ports in the Tokyo and Osaka areas with the aim of...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:46
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday evening, the first leg of a four-nation trip to East and Southeast Asia during which he will promote the U.S. commitment to the region...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:46
Japan's regional economies have continued to recover even after the first consumption tax hike in 17 years, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday, keeping intact its overall assessment for around...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:46
The Niigata Prefecture government has failed to procure additional iodine tablets for all residents to protect their thyroids from radiation in the event of a severe nuclear plant accident,...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:46
A Philippine government delegation on Wednesday reached an agreement with Hong Kong government officials aiming to put to rest a botched hostage-rescue operation in Manila in 2010 that left...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:45
The Asian Development Bank announced Wednesday that it will provide $81.7 million, including a $6.7 million grant from Australia, in additional financing to help Cambodia recover from...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:45
South Korean President Park Geun Hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday discussed the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula amid signs that North Korea is preparing to carry out a...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:45
U.S. President Barack Obama has stipulated the Japan-administered Senkaku islets in the East China Sea claimed by China are covered by the bilateral security treaty, the White House said...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:45
President Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to stipulate that the Japan-administered Senkaku islets in the East China Sea claimed by China are covered by the bilateral security treaty...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:44
India's Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh is on a four-day visit to Tokyo from Wednesday where she is expected to hold discussions with Japanese officials on bilateral and regional and issues...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:44
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Wednesday said that Japan needs to make further concessions to advance bilateral talks for a larger-scale Pacific free trade deal, as the two...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:44
The number of foreign visitors to Japan reached 1.05 million in March, an all-time high for a single month, topping the previous high of 1.00 million in July last year, an estimate released by...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:44
The Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission searched Taiyo Shokai Inc., a services provider listed on the Centrex market of the Nagoya Stock Exchange, on Wednesday on suspicion of window...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 06:20
Japan's parliament approved Wednesday a revised bilateral protocol that will oblige Tokyo to shoulder about a third of the cost of transferring U.S. Marines to Guam from Okinawa Prefecture...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 06:20
The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday ordered the government and a former Maritime Self-Defense Force officer to pay some 73 million yen in damages for a seaman's suicide, sharply up from 4.4...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 06:20
Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced Wednesday that Australia will acquire 58 more F-35 fighter aircraft built by Lockheed Martin Corp. "to ensure our edge as a regional power" in addition to 14...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 06:20
Japan will soon join the Arms Trade Treaty, the first international pact to regulate trade in conventional arms, as the House of Councillors unanimously approved Wednesday a bill to ratify it...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 06:20
Two Japanese officials handling the issue of North Korean abductions of Japanese nationals are visiting Mongolia to seek cooperation from the country in resolving the matter, a Japanese...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 02:23
U.S. President Barack Obama left the United States on Tuesday for Japan, the first leg of a four-nation trip to East and Southeast Asia during which he will promote the U.S. commitment to the...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 00:20
A Japanese envoy to the United Nations stressed the importance of including a wide spectrum of stakeholders in restoring security in countries torn apart by conflict at a seminar Tuesday....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 00:20
An American expert on classification policy says Japan's recent secrecy law lacks a check and balance system to prevent bureaucratic overreach and ensure government accountability. Thomas...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 22:05
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama will pledge in a summit Thursday in Tokyo that the two allies will play a leading role in ensuring peace and prosperity in Asia...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 15:32
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama will pledge in a summit Thursday in Tokyo that the two allies will play a leading role in ensuring peace and prosperity in Asia...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 15:32
Japanese police arrested a South Korean man Tuesday on suspicion that he broke into a temple in Japan in August 2005 with the intention of stealing a Buddhist painting, designated as a...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:34
South Korea and China on Tuesday criticized a visit by nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, saying that it represents the country's lack of remorse for wartime...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:43
South Korea has activated a special task force to monitor a possible fourth nuclear test by North Korea, after detecting signs it may take place "soon" at an underground test site, a Defense...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:43
Navy chiefs from 21 countries meeting in the northeastern port city of Qingdao on Tuesday adopted a resolution banning warships of member countries from locking weapons-targeting radar on other...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:42
Taiwan hopes to sign a fishery cooperation pact with the Philippines before July to better protect the lives of Taiwanese fishermen in disputed areas of the South China Sea, a Taiwanese official...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:42
A sculptor in a small northeastern Japan town on Tuesday unveiled a wooden model for a statue of the late sumo great Taiho to be erected in his birthplace in the Russian Far East this summer...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:42
A Philippine government delegation arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday in an attempt to ease strained ties between the territory and Philippines over a botched hostage-rescue operation in Manila in...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:42
A group of more than 140 Japanese lawmakers from various parties, including Seiichi Eto, special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:42
A group of more than 140 Japanese lawmakers from various parties, including Seiichi Eto, special adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:42
In the wake of the deadly sinking of a South Korean ferry last week, some 2,000 South Koreans have canceled planned ferry trips to the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka from Busan as of Tuesday...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:42
In the wake of the deadly sinking of a South Korean ferry last week, some 2,000 South Koreans have canceled planned ferry trips to the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka from Busan as of Tuesday...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:42
South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung Se warned North Korea on Tuesday not to conduct a new nuclear test, after South Korean defense officials said there are signs one may take place "soon...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:41
The Pakistani army on Tuesday concluded a field training exercise by test-firing a short-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, a Defense Ministry press release said. Gen....
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:41
The Japanese government has started releasing minutes of the Cabinet's official and unofficial meetings for the first time, beginning with the minutes of meetings on April 1. The minutes,...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:41
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday instructed a government panel to come up with a new payment system under which some workers are awarded not for how long they work but what they...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:41
China on Tuesday downplayed the possibility of further asset seizures of Japanese firms after a Shanghai court seized a carrier owned by major shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. over the...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:41
Navy chiefs from 21 countries meeting in the northeastern port city of Qingdao on Tuesday adopted a resolution banning warships of member countries from locking weapons-targeting radar on other...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:41
An Icelandic whaling firm has sent 2,000 tons of finback whale meat to Japan, believed to be a record amount in a single shipment, members of environmental groups said Tuesday. The meat...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:40
South Korea on Tuesday criticized a visit by more than 140 Japanese lawmakers to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo earlier in the day, following recent visits there by two Cabinet...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:40
Japan will phase out tariffs on rapeseed and cottonseed oil over a decade under a free trade agreement with Australia, the agriculture ministry said Tuesday. Japan, which has already...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:40
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described as "regrettable" Tuesday the sudden seizure by a Chinese court of a vessel owned by major Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. last week in...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 09:40
A nonpartisan group of more than 140 Japanese lawmakers visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday, following visits by two Cabinet ministers and a ritual offering dedicated by...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 04:16
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will help Japan show the world how it has recovered from the massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday, as his Cabinet held the first...
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:31
Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Yoshitaka Shindo visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Tuesday morning following his visit on April 12. The Shinto shrine, which...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 21:31
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday he does not have "anything specific" about a report of increased activities at a North Korean nuclear test site but added that "we monitor that kind...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 20:48
Ben Rhodes, deputy U.S. national security adviser, on Monday reiterated the United States' commitment to defend Japan under a security agreement, against the backdrop of China's increasing...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 17:20
Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission on Monday said a former chief of the country's top audit agency is suspected of graft involving one of the country's biggest banks. Hadi...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 13:04
The government on Tuesday appointed seven people, including three experts who are in favor of high-risk asset investment, for two-year terms as members of the policy-setting committee of Japan's...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 12:46
The government on Tuesday appointed seven people, including three experts who are in favor of high-risk asset investment, for two-year terms as members of the policy-setting committee of Japan's...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 12:46
Japan's parliament has reversed its initial stance and is now unlikely to approve a planned visit by five opposition lawmakers to North Korea, a senior official of the ruling Liberal Democratic...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 12:46
Japan's parliament has reversed its initial stance and is now unlikely to approve a planned visit by five opposition lawmakers to North Korea, a senior official of the ruling Liberal Democratic...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 12:46
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he wants to show the world during U.S. President Barack Obama's three-day visit to Japan starting Wednesday that the bilateral alliance will play a...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 10:09
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a remarkable leader. I was privileged to meet Mr. Abe two times as the former Republican staff member for East Asia and the Pacific to Chairman and later...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:02
The new leader of the minor opposition Your Party said Monday he intends to keep embattled former leader Yoshimi Watanabe on as an adviser as the party tries to regain public support....
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:02
Japan on Monday conveyed its concern to China after a Shanghai court seized last week a vessel belonging to major Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, in connection with unpaid...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:02
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday sent an offering to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on the occasion of its spring festival, a move that suggests he will refrain from visiting it...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:02
A group of activists filed a lawsuit Monday with the Tokyo District Court against the state and a war-linked shrine in Tokyo, claiming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit last December to the...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:01
Japan's Foreign Ministry said Monday it will establish a new division to address diplomatic challenges related to women's human rights and reflect women's viewpoints in the country's diplomatic...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:01
China on Monday criticized Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for sending a ritual offering to the war-related Yasukuni Shrine, saying that it reflected his "erroneous attitude toward history...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:01
China said Monday the country's seizure over the weekend of a vessel owned by major Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd. has nothing to do with issues related to war reparations...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:01
The United States is calling on Japan to set a minimum annual level of U.S. automobile imports in their bilateral talks related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative, sources...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:01
Japan expressed regret Monday over a Shanghai court's seizure last week of a vessel belonging to major Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in connection with unpaid compensation stemming...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:00
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday sent an offering to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, a move that suggests he will refrain from visiting it before meeting with U.S. President Barack...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 06:17
South Korea on Monday denounced Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's sending an offering to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, calling it "very deplorable." The Foreign Ministry, in a...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 06:17
South Korea on Monday denounced Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's sending an offering to the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, calling it "very deplorable." The Foreign Ministry, in a...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 06:17
After weeks in which a trade pact with China dominated news coverage in Taiwan, nuclear energy is set to take center stage as mid-term elections are drawing near. The main opposition...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 06:17
A government panel proposed Monday that Japan's corporate tax rate should be cut to achieve the goal of doubling foreign direct investment in the country by 2020. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe'...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:31
Japan logged a record trade deficit of 13.75 trillion yen in fiscal 2013, up 68.5 percent from a year earlier, as a surge in energy imports amid the prolonged halt of nuclear power plants...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:31
Japan expressed regret Monday over a Shanghai court's seizure last week of a vessel belonging to major Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines in connection with unpaid compensation stemming...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:30
North Korea said Monday, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Asia this week, that Washington should reassess its "hostile policy" toward Pyongyang and stop seeking "hegemony" in the...
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:30
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday made an offering at the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, a move that suggests he will refrain from visiting it during its spring festival from Monday...
Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 23:31
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