The European Union and Japan are concerned about unilateral actions that change the status quo in the South China Sea, a joint statement said on Friday, with China`s reclamation in disputed waters stoking regional tensions.
A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to order the island`s evacuation and forcing airlines to divert flights.
An Olympic-sized spat over the centrepiece stadium for the 2020 Games has escalated in Japan after Tokyo`s governor urged premier Shinzo Abe to take his sports minister`s pronouncements with a pinch of salt.
Japanese academics have called on the conservative government to face up to its responsibility over "comfort women", echoing an open letter from leading foreign scholars urging an honest accounting for wartime wrongdoing.
Japan`s push to take away overtime from high-paid workers has critics warning it will aggravate a problem synonymous with the country`s notoriously long working hours -- karoshi, or death from overwork.
Japan and South Korea on Saturday held the first dialogue of their financial chiefs in two and a half years, agreeing to improve economic ties despite diplomatic frictions between the two Asian countries.
China on Friday took umbrage over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife visiting the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, a memorial for Japanese soldiers killed in World War-II, including convicted war criminals.
Japan`s nuclear regulator signed off on the basic safety of a reactor at a third nuclear plant on Wednesday, as the country inches toward rebooting its atomic industry more than four years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Japan`s cabinet was expected Thursday to approve a set of bills bolstering the role and scope of the military, as the pacifist country redefines its position in the increasingly roiled Asia-Pacific region.
China`s military warned on Saturday of the need for a high degree of vigilance against attempts in Japan to deny its history of aggression, ahead of President Xi Jinping`s attendance at World War Two commemorations in Moscow.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed “deep repentance” over Japan’s role in World War Two in a speech to the US Congress on Wednesday, even as he declared Tokyo’s emergence as a global security player in the face of China’s rising power.
In a rare display of political unity, South and North Korea on Thursday each condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for failing to apologise during a US visit for the wartime use of sexual slaves.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday and his speech will be carefully analysed for what he says about Japan`s past.