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Japanese Prime Minister Offers ‘Everlasting Condolences’ At Pearl Harbor

Abe and Obama commemorated the dead at the USS Arizona Memorial, built over the remains of the sunken battleship. Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to visit the memorial, a centerpiece of the historic site.

December 27, 2016
Abe first Japanese PM to visit Pearl Harbor

Shinzo Abe: First Japanese PM To Visit Pearl Harbor

“This will be a visit to console the souls of the victims,” Abe told reporters on Monday. “I would like to show to the world the resolve that horrors of war should never be repeated.”

December 5, 2016
Confusion over Trump's first talks with foreign leader

Confusion Over Trump’s First Talks With Foreign Leader

Uncertainty over the talks shows the difficulties in turning Trump from a freewheeling businessman into a sitting president with a watertight schedule and a fully functioning administration by his inauguration.

November 17, 2016

Actually, Foreign Nations Pay Billions For U.S. Military Bases

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton quietly negotiated a deal in 2011 that obliges Japan to continue paying $2 billion annually toward the cost of U.S. military bases there.

October 1, 2016
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Top Diplomats From U.S., Japan, South Korea To Meet On North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in New York on Sunday to discuss responses to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

September 14, 2016
FILE PHOTO - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 3rd Meeting of Activists in Fisheries under the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang December 29, 2015. KCNA/ via REUTERS/ File Photo

Latest North Korea Missile Launch Lands Near Japanese Waters

North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday that landed in or near Japanese-controlled waters for the first time, the latest in a series of launches by the isolated country in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the launch as a “grave threat.”

August 3, 2016
A facility for the disabled (L), where a deadly attack by a knife-wielding man took place, is seen in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan, July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Knife Attacker In Japan Kills 19 In Their Sleep At Disabled Center

At least 25 other residents were wounded in the attack at the Tsukui Yamayuri-En facility for mentally and physically disabled in Sagamihara town, about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Tokyo.

July 26, 2016
Shinto priests pray at the Motoyasu River opposite the Atomic Bomb Dome at sunrise in Hiroshima, western Japan, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Should America Apologize For Hiroshima?

Last week, when it was announced Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, everyone from Salon to the National Review raised two important questions: Will the president apologize for what America did 71 years ago this August? Should he? The White House says the answer to the first question is No. For whatever it’s worth, the answer to the second is, too.

May 15, 2016
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Japan: Constitution Doesn’t Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

Japan’s constitution does not ban the country from having nuclear weapons, contrary to popular belief, government officials under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe insisted recently

April 4, 2016

Japan Military On Alert Over North Korea’s Planned Rocket Launch

The rocket is likely to fly over Japan’s southern island of Okinawa in the Pacific Ocean at an altitude of several hundred kilometers.

February 3, 2016

Abe Offers Apology, Payment To South Korean ‘Comfort Women’

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a landmark apology to South Korean “comfort women” coerced into Japanese military brothels.

December 29, 2015
Paramilitary policemen and members of a gun salute team fire cannons during a training session for a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two, at a military base in Beijing, China, August 1, 2015. China will hold the parade on September 3, Picture taken August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

China To Parade High-Tech Weaponry In Signal Of Strength, And Shop Window

China has poured capital into developing its home-grown weapons industry with an eye toward export markets as it projects greater military power in disputed waters in the South and East China Seas.

August 28, 2015

Japan PM Expresses ‘Utmost Grief’ Over War But No Fresh Apology

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, marking the 70th anniversary of World War II’s end, said he upheld past Japanese government apologies over the war, but offered no new apology of his own.

August 14, 2015

Hiroshima Marks Atomic Bombing, Worries About Steps Toward War

Thousands in Hiroshima on Thursday commemorated the 70th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing while survivors warned about Japan’s moves away from its pacifist constitution.

August 6, 2015

The Best Quotes From Donald Trump’s NBC Interview

He’s keeping it real.

July 8, 2015
Economy, Middle-Class, Politics, Elizabeth Warren, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Trade, China, Japan, Obama, Filibuster, Money

Senate Democrats Filibuster Obama-Backed Trade Measure

Senate Democrats fight on behalf of the U.S. dollar and the middle-class by voting against Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership.

May 12, 2015

U.S., Japan In ‘Grabbing Distance’ Of Pact On Asia Trade Deal

U.S. and Japanese negotiators have been holding a marathon session in Tokyo as they bid to close the gaps, which have bogged down on issues including Japanese tariffs on agricultural imports and U.S. access to Japan’s auto market.

April 21, 2015

Families Plead For Release Of Islamic State Hostages As Deadline Passes

As another reported deadline passed, the fate of two IS hostages remains unknown.

January 29, 2015
Image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife at an undisclosed location

Mother Pleads With Islamic State; Deadline For Killing Hostages Passes

Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa’s fates still remain unknown.

January 23, 2015
Image grab taken off a video on January 20, 2015, reportedly released by the Islamic State allegedly shows Japanese hostages Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) with a black-clad militant brandishing a knife at an undisclosed location

IS Threatens To Kill Japan Hostages, Tokyo Vows Not To Give In

Learn more about the latest IS hostage crisis.

January 20, 2015

Japan Plans To Resume Whaling Next Year

After being ordered to stop hunting whales by the International Court of Justice in March, Japan has submitted plans to start hunting again for what they claim are scientific purposes in 2015.

November 19, 2014

Japan Premier Calls Election, Puts Off Tax Hike

Learn more about the crisis in Japan’s government.

November 18, 2014

Japan Falls Into Recession

Historically the world’s third largest economy, Japan has entered a recession.

November 17, 2014

Two Dead, Five Missing As Powerful Typhoon Slams Into Japan

A powerful typhoon hit Japan on Sunday, suspending transportation schedules and leaving five missing.

October 6, 2014

Japan Volcano Rescue Suspended As Death Toll Rises To 36

An explosion from the Japanese volcano Mount Ontake leaves at least 36 dead.

September 29, 2014