EU, Japan say wary of unilateral actions in South China Sea

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. 

Volcano erupts on Japanese island, evacuation ordered and flights diverted

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.

Olympics: Japan spat over 2020 stadium worsens

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 urge `comfort women` reckoning

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.

Working to death in Japan: health warning over `no overtime` law

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.

China's Xi says Japan friendship 'worth cherishing'

China's President Xi Jinping struck a friendly tone on relations with Japan today, but touched on disputes over history which still add to tensions between the East Asian giants.

China`s Xi says Japan friendship `worth cherishing`

China`s President Xi Jinping struck a friendly tone on relations with Japan Saturday, but touched on disputes over history which still add to tensions between the East Asian giants.

Japan, South Korea financial chiefs resume talks amid diplomatic row

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 takes exception to Abe's wife visit to Yasukuni Shrine

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.

China raps Japan for PM`s wife`s war shrine visit

China on Friday renewed its call for Japan to "face up to" its 20th century history after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s wife visited a shrine Beijing sees as a symbol of Tokyo`s warring past.

Japan approves third nuclear plant for restart

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 dove Murayama urges hawk Abe to follow war apology

The architect of a landmark Japanese apology for World War II crimes on Monday urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to follow his lead on the 70th anniversary of the end of hostilities.

Japan cabinet to OK military expansion rules

 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 must guard against Japan's denial of history: Army paper

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.

PM Abe seeking new spark for Japan high-tech, meets Silicon Valley chiefs

 In the 1980s when Sony and Toshiba were setting the agenda in the global TV and memory chip markets Japan was bristling with confidence as a hub of technological innovation.

Shinzo Abe voices ''repentance'' on WW2, touts Japan's new security role
Shinzo Abe voices ''repentance'' on WW2, touts Japan's new security role

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.

Rival Koreas united in anger at lack of Abe apology

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.

Japan`s diplomatic issues in Asia: Key answers

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.

Ageing `comfort woman` demand justice as Japan PM visits US

Around 200,000 women were forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese military up to and during World War II.

Obama hosts glitzy state dinner for Japan PM

A presidential haiku, sashimi salads and a red carpet awaited Japan`s Shinzo Abe at the White House Tuesday, as Barack Obama offered the prime minister a grand welcome.