Japan to join US, Australia war games amid growing China tensions

Japan will join a major U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China`s island building in the South China Sea.

Japan braces for another butter shortage

Japan was bracing Tuesday for a severe butter shortage that threatened to crimp cake-making nationwide, bringing echoes of last year`s dairy dire straits that left supermarket shelves empty.

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.

Japan to join major US-Australia military drill

Japanese troops will take part in a major US-Australian military exercise for the first time in July, as Washington looks to bolster links among its allies in the face of an increasingly assertive China.

Japan under-estimated Fukushima tsunami risk: IAEA

Japanese regulatory authorities and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, failed to implement adequate safeguards at the plant before the 2011 tsunami despite being aware of the risks, the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

Moderate quake jolts Japan

 A moderate quake of 5.6 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted the metropolitan area of Japan`s capital city of Tokyo on Monday.

Eastern Japan shaken by 5.6 magnitude quake, no tsunami warning

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 shook Tokyo and surrounding areas on Monday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Thousands surround Japan's parliament, protest US base plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around Japan's parliament in Tokyo on Sunday, protesting the planned construction of a new US airbase on the southern island of Okinawa.

Kei Nishikori inspires Japanese French Open record
Kei Nishikori inspires Japanese French Open record

 Japan smashed a record which had stood for almost half a century at the French Open on Sunday by seeing five men make the first round draw.

China warms up to Japan, Xi receives big Japanese delegation

 In an indicator of warming ties between China and Japan after three years of tense relations, President Xi Jinping has welcomed an unusually large Japanese delegation even as he cautioned Tokyo against any attempt to distort its wartime history.

Thousands surround Japan`s parliament, protest new US base plan

Thousands of demonstrators formed a human chain around Japan`s parliament in Tokyo on Sunday, protesting the planned construction of a new US airbase on the southern island of Okinawa.

Resentful Japanese man flushes wife`s remains down toilet

 A Japanese man turned himself in to authorities after trying to flush the ashes of his "hated" dead wife down a supermarket toilet, reports and police said Sunday. 

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.

Salman Khurshid wonders why PM Modi hasn't visited any Arab nation

Countering BJP's claim about India's image having been bolstered during the one-year rule of Narendra Modi government, Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Saturday wondered why the Prime Minister did not make a trip to Arab countries on whom the country depends for its oil.

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.

Seoul, Japan, US to discuss North Korea next week

Chief nuclear envoys of South Korea, US and Japan will convene here next week on ways to dissuade North Korea from developing nuclear weapons, Seoul`s foreign ministry said on Friday.