U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spent an hour trying to persuade Japan's prime minister not to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, two weeks before a pilgrimage that sparked fury in Asia, a report said Wednesday.
Japanese education chiefs will for the first time instruct schools to teach children that islands disputed with China and South Korea belong unequivocally to Tokyo, the government said Tuesday.1 Comment
Japan and Australia are moving closer to signing a free trade agreement, officials said Tuesday amid reports the deal will be inked within months. If realized, the deal would cement a relationship worth around US$58 billion annually in two-way trade, and bolster ties at a time when many in the region are nervously eyeing the rise of China and its growing economic power.
Tokyo on Monday distanced itself from comments by the new head of national broadcaster NHK, who said the Imperial Army's system of wartime sex slavery was not unique to Japan.
Japanese police arrested a factory worker at a plant that churned out food laced with pesticide, which led to massive poisoning and a recall of more than 6 million packages of frozen food.
On the first day of the annual regular session of the Japanese parliament, hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe publicly proposed to change the government's constitutional interpretation that now restrains Japanese armed forces from assisting allies in combat overseas.
China has hit back at Japan's Prime Minister over a claim that current tensions in East Asia are akin to those between Britain and Germany on the eve of World War I.
One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I, China and Japan are ripping selected pages from Germany's history — including the Nazi period — as they seek to demonize each other in their modern-day diplomatic battles.
Japan gave final approval Friday to an international treaty on how to settle cross-border disputes over the custody of children, officials said.
Japan on Wednesday told the world it must stand up to an increasingly assertive China or risk a regional conflict with catastrophic economic consequences.