Obama tries to allay Japanese concerns over spying

 President Barack Obama has tried to allay concerns that the United States spied on Japanese politicians, calling Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a conversation that also touched on tumult in the global stock market.

Obama expresses regret to Japan's Abe for spying charges

President Barack Obama has called Japan's leader to express regret over recent WikiLeaks allegations that the US had spied on senior Japanese officials.

Japan premier hits out at Russian PM`s visit to disputed islands

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday criticised his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev`s weekend visit to disputed islands, aggravating a long-running dispute over the archipelago.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe to skip visit to China for WWII anniversary
Japan PM Shinzo Abe to skip visit to China for WWII anniversary

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend events to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in China next month, Japan`s government spokesman said on Monday, amid concerns over China`s military ambitions.

Japan protests Russian PM's visit to disputed island

Japan on Saturday lodged a protest over Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev`s visit to one of four Pacific islands it also claims, and which have strained ties between the neighbours since the end of World War Two.

PM Abe set to win party election, says Japan ruling party heavyweight

Japan`s ruling party heavyweight said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was poised to win a party leadership election in September.

Japan `should stop apologising` over war: Poll

Tokyo should stop apologising over its war record, a majority of voters surveyed in a new poll said, but they were more divided on a WWII anniversary speech that angered China and South Korea.

Philippines says WWII foe Japan now trusted friend

The Philippines said on Saturday it had rebuilt a "strong friendship" with former foe Japan, as its neighbours criticised Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for failing to properly apologise for Tokyo's aggression during World War II.

Japan marks end of WWII under criticism from China, South Korea
Japan marks end of WWII under criticism from China, South Korea

Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II Saturday under criticism from neighbours China and South Korea which said nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s speech failed to properly apologise for Tokyo`s past aggression.

South Korea President says Abe speech left `much to be desired`

 South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said Saturday that a speech by Japan`s prime minister expressing deep remorse for his country`s actions in World War II had fallen short of Seoul`s expectations.

South Korea President says Abe WWII speech left `much to be desired`
South Korea President says Abe WWII speech left `much to be desired`

 South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said Saturday that a speech by Japan`s prime minister expressing deep remorse for his country`s actions in World War II had fallen short of Seoul`s expectations.

N Korea denounces Abe WWII speech as `unpardonable mockery`: State media

 North Korea`s foreign ministry said a speech by Japan`s prime minister expressing deep remorse for his country`s actions in World War II was "an unpardonable mockery of the Korean people," in a statement released by state news agency KCNA Friday.

US welcomes Japanese PM's 'deep remorse' over WWII

The US on Friday welcomed the deep remorse Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed for the "suffering caused" by Japan to millions of people during World War II.

Japan PM express WWII remorse, but says next generation need not apologise

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed deep remorse on Friday over World War II and said previous national apologies were unshakeable, but emphasised future generations should not have to keep saying sorry.

Japan PM apologetic over WWII, but says next generation not obliged

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed deep remorse Friday over World War II and said previous national apologies were unshakeable, but emphasised future generations should not have to keep saying sorry.

What Japan has said in the past about its war record

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday will make a statement just ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Japan PM Abe to make closely watched WWII anniversary statement

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to deliver a war anniversary statement Friday that neighbouring nations, particularly China and South Korea, will scrutinise for signs of sufficient remorse over Tokyo`s past militarism.

Japan ends nuclear shutdown four years after Fukushima
Japan ends nuclear shutdown four years after Fukushima

 Japan switched on a nuclear reactor Tuesday, ending a two-year shutdown in the energy-hungry country that was sparked by public fears following the 2011 Fukushima crisis, the worst atomic disaster in a generation.

Draft of Japan PM`s WWII statement includes `apology` word: Report
Draft of Japan PM`s WWII statement includes `apology` word: Report

A draft of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II includes the word "apology", a report said Monday, in a possible concession to China and South Korea.

Draft of Japan PM`s WWII statement includes `apology`: Report

A draft of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II includes the word "apology", public broadcaster NHK reported Monday.