December 17, 2013 Tokyo has grown increasingly alarmed by Beijing's military buildup as well as a dispute over an island chain claimed by both countries.
December 4, 2013 The I-400, the prototype of an aircraft-carrying submarine meant to be used in stealthy airstrikes against U.S. cities, was located in August near Oahu.
November 30, 2013 The guidance is different from what Japan is telling its carriers, and some analysts say it could be seen as a concession to China, which broadened its air defense zone last week.
November 29, 2013 A court has ruled that a social welfare organization that ran a hospital where the mix-up occurred must pay the man about $317,000 for causing him "mental distress by depriving him of an opportunity to gain a higher education." The 60-year-old man is a truck driver. The boy raised in his place by the rich family became the president of a real estate company.
November 29, 2013 The flights are the latest developments regarding the disputed zone staked out by China. The U.S., Japan and South Korea have all sent military aircraft through the zone to show they have no intention of respecting it. The zone over the East China Sea overlaps with areas claimed by Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
November 27, 2013 Concerned by China's move to assert itself in an area claimed by Japan, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke with his Japanese counterpart Wednesday. China's military says it monitored Tuesday's flight by U.S. bombers through an air defense zone outlined by China this week.
November 27, 2013 China is seen as asserting its growing power with the latest move. However, the U.S. and Japan say they won't respect it and U.S. B-52s have already flown through the space without informing China.
November 24, 2013 Japan called the unilateral move an "escalation" of their dispute. The U.S. said it was "deeply concerned," because it increases the risk for a misunderstanding.
November 16, 2013 The latest film from Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki tells the story the engineer who designed the Mitsubishi Zero, the fighter plane used in attacks on Pearl Harbor. The Wind Rises is drawing sharp criticism from around Asia, where the wounds of World War II have yet to heal.
November 13, 2013 When a rookie lawmaker slipped a handwritten letter to Emperor Akihito last month, the collective public gasp was heard nationwide. The lawmaker's sin was to violate Japan's ban on using the emperor for political gain, but the incident highlighted lingering sensitivity over the emperor nearly 70 years after the end of World War II.
October 29, 2013 An Egyptian kung fu champion is suspended for supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Also, Japanese financial regulators examined the records of three major banks. And a tunnel now connects the Asian and European parts of Istanbul.
October 21, 2013 The plant, to be built by a French company, would be the first in Britain in 20 years. France and Britain are among the few European nations that are planning an energy future with a strong nuclear component. Across much of the continent, existing plants are being phased out, most notably in Germany.
October 17, 2013 The site of an infamous yearly dolphin hunt in Japan may also soon become the site of a marine park where tourists could swim with dolphins and small whales. The catch? Money generated by the park would help support the annual cetacean slaughter. Commentator Barbara J. King calls the proposed park indefensible.
October 7, 2013 The purchase of 31 next-generation A350s marks the first time the Japanese carrier has opted to buy from the European aircraft-maker.
September 18, 2013 The debate can be heard across borders. Foreign workers are now finding jobs in highly homogeneous countries such as South Korea. But in other rapidly aging countries such as Japan, policymakers are wary of allowing immigrant labor.