More Japan Articles

  • Obama: US would defend Japan in islands dispute

    TOKYO (AP) — Showing solidarity with Japan, President Barack Obama affirmed Thursday that the U.S. would be obligated to defend Tokyo in a confrontation with Beijing over a set of disputed islands, but urged all sides to resolve the long-running dispute peacefully. Wading cautiously into a...

  • Japan's prime minister battles post-World War II constitutional military restrictions

    Russia's "Crimean Precedent" -- the brazen military invasion and imperial political annexation of sovereign territory -- has shredded several key post-Cold War diplomatic agreements and treaties. To the chagrin of China, this 21st-century object lesson in authoritarian depredation and brute...

  • Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip

    TOKYO (AP) — Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer. The Yasukuni Shrine in central Tokyo enshrines 2.5 million war dead, including Japan's 14 convicted war criminals, and...

  • Obama: US-Japan treaty applies to disputed islands

    TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama confirmed Wednesday that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. "The policy of the United States is clear," he said in a written response to questions published in...

  • Japan, US struggle to bridge gap on freer trade

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and U.S. negotiators are struggling to reach a preliminary agreement on a free trade pact that might have served as a centerpiece for President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo this week. Japan's economy minister Akira Amari told reporters Tuesday that the two sides...

  • President Obama's theoretical 'pivot' to Asia

    President Obama departs late Tuesday for a trip to Asia, the region of the world he's wanted to focus on for years but never seems to get around to doing so. The trip — his fifth since taking office — represents "an important opportunity to underscore our continued focus on the...

  • Liberal approach to disarmament makes a victim of Ukraine

    Liberals can be disarming. In fact, they are for disarming anybody who can be disarmed, whether domestically or internationally.

  • Japan PM sends offering to war shrine

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a religious offering Monday to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead, including executed war criminals — long a source of tension with Japan's neighbors China and South Korea. Abe's offering at the Yasukuni Shrine marks the April 21-23...

  • Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension

    NANJING, China (AP) — Strolling through China's sprawling memorial to a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops, a 64-year-old retired teacher said the incident remains an open wound. "Japan is a country without credibility. They pretend to be friendly, but they can't be trusted," Qi Houjie said as...

  • Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday. The announcement underscored that Japan hasn't abandoned its...

  • Asian stocks mostly higher after mixed US earnings

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Friday despite mixed U.S. earnings reports with many of the region's exchanges closed for Good Friday. Oil trading also was suspended for the holiday. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 0.6 percent to 14,504.47. China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index...

  • House members to travel to Asia for talks on trade, security

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will lead a congressional delegation to the Asia-Pacific region this week for talks on trade, regional security and strengthening U.S. alliances in the region. The 10-day trip, which begins Friday, will include talks with high-level officials in Japan, South...

  • Japan pro-whaling lobby vows to continue hunts

    TOKYO (AP) — Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members vowed Tuesday to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that ordered the country to halt its Antarctic whaling program. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told the...

  • AP Analysis: Japan anti-whaling ruling saves face

    TOKYO (AP) — The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong pro-whaling...

  • Japan, US struggle to bridge gaps over trade pact

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and a top Japanese official said Wednesday they still hope to bridge significant differences over opening markets under an ambitious pan-Pacific trade pact. Froman and Japanese economy minister Akira Amari were meeting in Tokyo after talks...



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