December 17, 2012 The Liberal Democratic Party won resoundingly Sunday in parliamentary elections that both Washington and Beijing were watching carefully. The conservative LDP's hawkish leader, Shinzo Abe, will become Japan's prime minister for the second time and has pledged to take a harder line on China.
December 14, 2012 Sunday's parliamentary election is taking place against a backdrop of increasing nationalist feeling in Japan. Right-wing sentiment has been growing in the face of an ongoing conflict with China over a group of disputed islands and continued economic and political instability inside Japan.
December 12, 2012 Although North Korea claims the launch was a scientific endeavor to put a satellite in orbit, the U.S. and its allies were quick to call it a long-range missile test. That may conjure up visions of nuclear missiles, but strategy experts say such technology is still out of reach for Pyongyang.
December 12, 2012 A heated debate about the retailer's plans for stores in India has pressured the government into looking at Wal-Mart's practices. Critics in India equate the company's lobbying with bribery. Wal-Mart and the U.S. ambassador say there's a big difference.
December 12, 2012 Japan says North Korea's action was intolerable. The White House calls it a "highly provocative act." The U.N. Security Council is expected to meet later today. North Korea, though, insists this was a peaceful mission to put a satellite in orbit. It celebrated its accomplishment.