After Abe-Xi meeting, 2 Japan ministers visit war shrine

Two Japanese Cabinet ministers have visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the country's war dead including convicted war criminals, a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held brief talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

More than 100 Japanese lawmakers visit Tokyo war shrine

More than 100 Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday paid homage at the Yasukuni war shrine, risking fresh anger from Asian neighbours that fell victim to Tokyo`s aggression last century.

New law to allow Japan to supply US military in South China Sea, say officials

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s plans to expand Japan`s non-combat role in armed conflicts beyond "areas around Japan" could see Tokyo becoming dragged into action in the South China Sea in support of U.S. forces, government and ruling party sources say. 

Japan population falls to 15-year low

Japan`s population has shrunk for the fourth year running, falling back to a level it was last at in 2000, with more than one in four people now aged 65 or older, the government said.

Russia-Japan relations over disputed islands unchanged after Crimea: Putin

Russia`s relations with Japan over disputed Pacific Islands have not changed following Moscow`s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Japan's nuclear industry pledges to refire reactors

Japan's pro-nuclear lobby pledged on Monday that 2015 would be the year reactors are restarted, despite public wariness that has lingered since the Fukushima disaster.

Japan`s ruling camp wins local polls in `Abenomics` litmus test: Media

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s ruling coalition on Sunday won local elections seen as a referendum on his efforts to boost the economy before upper house elections next year, news reports said.

Robot inspects inside of Fukushima reactor in Japan

Japan on Friday deployed a shape-shifting remote-controlled robot to survey a reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant to assess for the first time the radiation levels since the 2011 tsunami.

JAL flight makes emergency landing in Tokyo

 A domestic Japan Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Tokyo`s Haneda airport Wednesday due to suspected engine trouble, according to the company and local media.

Qaeda making gains in Yemen: US Defence Secretary
Qaeda making gains in Yemen: US Defence Secretary

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter acknowledged Wednesday that al Qaeda was seizing terrain amid the chaos in Yemen, but vowed that Washington would continue to combat the extremist group despite ongoing fighting there.

N Korea slams Japan over `internationalising` abductions probe

North Korea criticised Japan on Thursday for pressuring it over the abductions of Japanese citizens by Pyongyang and "internationalising" an issue that has marred ties between the two countries.

In Japan first, Tokyo district recognises same-sex partnerships

A district assembly in Tokyo became the first in Japan on Tuesday to recognise same-sex partnerships, a major step forward for gay couples in a country where being openly gay remains taboo.

India, Japan vow to build strong defence ties

India and Japan on Sunday agreed to build a strong relationship in defence and security as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

Japan official sacked over fake funeral claims

A civil servant who made up deaths, and even claimed he was going to the same person`s funeral twice, has been sacked in Japan.

China hits out at Japan over defence spending worries

 China dismissed Japanese concerns about its defence spending as "ridiculous" on Thursday after Tokyo commissioned its biggest-ever helicopter carrier.

Japan FM eyes visit to Cuba: Report

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida could visit Cuba next month, a report said Thursday, becoming one of the highest-profile visitors to the isolated island since a thaw began between Washington and Havana.

After history disputes, Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul resume talk

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan will meet for the first time in three years this weekend after bitter disputes over history and territory drastically scaled back high-level contacts and even raised security fears.

Japan police arrest man after threats to US envoy Kennedy

Japanese police said Friday they have arrested a 52-year-old man for threatening to bomb the US embassy in Tokyo, days after reports emerged that ambassador Caroline Kennedy had received telephone death threats.

Japanese police arrest man for threats to US envoy Kennedy

Japanese police on Thursday arrested a man for making threatening phone calls to the US embassy including against ambassador Caroline Kennedy, US officials said.

Tokyo marks 20th anniversary of subway nerve gas attack

Japan marks on Friday the 20th anniversary of a nerve gas attack in the Tokyo subway by an apocalyptic cult that killed 13 and injured more than 6,000 people.