Ex-Japan PM to visit South Korea in hope of easing troubled ties

A former Japanese premier will bring a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a visit to Seoul from Friday, a government spokesman, as Tokyo seeks a thaw in frosty ties.

Japan vows to keep on whaling, calls resolution against its hunt "regrettable"

Japan vowed on Friday to resume its whaling programme in the Antarctic despite passage of a resolution opposing its hunt by the international body that oversees whales, terming the negative vote regrettable. 

Japan, China want land to be reserved for them: Medha Patkar

Activist Medha Patkar on Thursday alleged that leaders and officials from Japan and China were visiting India as they want land to be reserved for them in the country.

Japan minister denies ties to hate speech group: Govt

A Japanese cabinet minister did not know that people with whom she was photographed years ago belonged to a right-wing group now known for "hate speech" demos, a government spokesman said on Thursday, the third recent case of politically embarrassing snapshots of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s new leadership line-up.

China state media urges clarity on Iceland envoy spy rumour

 state-run Chinese newspaper on Thursday called on Beijing to clarify rumours that its ambassador to Iceland has been held for leaking intelligence to Japan, throwing a rare official spotlight on such cases.

South Korea, Japan to hold talks on sex slavery

 Senior diplomats from South Korea and Japan will hold talks about Tokyo`s sexual enslavement of Korean women during the World War II, Seoul`s foreign ministry said Thursday.

Tokyo equality chief under fire for marriage comments

 The Tokyo politician tasked with preventing sexism in the city`s assembly ran into trouble Wednesday after making light of an episode of sexist jeering that drew outrage in Japan and beyond.

Season`s first dolphins killed in Japan: Activists

The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered on Tuesday in the small Japanese town of Taiji, campaigners said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups.

Strong earthquake, magnitude 5.6, shakes buildings in Japan

A strong earthquake measuring 5.6 on Richter Scale was reported to have jolted buildings in Japan near eastern Honshu region on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey informed.

China`s Xi heads to Sri Lanka seeking to boost ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping will on Tuesday begin his first state visit to Sri Lanka, seeking to bolster already strong ties with the island just days after Japan`s prime minister launched a rival bid for influence.

Late Fukushima manager flagged risks of Japan's big nuclear plants

The late manager of Japan`s destroyed Fukushima plant questioned the safety of large nuclear facilities, documents showed on Thursday, potentially affecting the debate over the restart of the world`s biggest nuclear power station.

Asia arms up to counter growing Chinese might

Vietnam has nearly doubled its military spending, Japan is requesting its biggest-ever defense budget and the Philippines is rushing to piece together a viable navy.

N Korea ready to give Japan report on abductees

North Korea is ready to provide Japan with initial findings from a special investigating team that looked into the fate of Japanese citizens abducted by Pyongyang`s agents decades ago, Kyodo news agency quoted a North Korean diplomat as saying.

Japan mob boss arrested for alleged murder

The Japanese Police on Thursday arrested the leader of a particularly brutal yakuza organised crime syndicate for allegedly gunning down a man in public, a police spokesman said.

Japan nuke watchdog gives green light for two reactors to restart

Japan's nuclear watchdog Wednesday (Sep 10) gave the green light for two reactors to restart, a year after the nation shut down its last unit, but the operator still has to persuade local communities they are safe.

Japan Inc cautious on India despite premiers` love-in

 Even as the friendship between Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi blossomed during the new Indian leader`s first foreign trip, Japan Inc refused to get misty-eyed, wary of the pitfalls of doing business on the sub-continent.

Japanese regulator approves restart of first nuclear reactors

Japan`s nuclear regulator gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the restart of a nuclear power station, the first step to reopening an industry that was mothballed after the Fukushima disaster and which may involve the definitive closure of a dozen old plants.

Japan, US discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo: Report

Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China.

DNA: Should India learn from Japan in disaster management?

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Japanese Emperor cautioned against WWII: Official history

Emperor Hirohito, the demi-god at the apex of the Japanese state when it waged bloody war across Asia, cautioned against conflict but celebrated military success, according to the long-awaited official history of his reign, released Tuesday.