| Feb 13, 2014

Abe must regain Obama's trust to repair ties with Washington

focus With U.S. President Barack Obama bound for Japan in April, political observers are focused on whether the two governments can move past a disagreement over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s contentious visit to war-related Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo in December. The White House announced ...

Nov 25, 2013

TPP chiefs ready for Singapore meeting

Chief negotiators from the 12 countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations set the stage Sunday for next month’s ministerial meeting, ending their talks aimed at sifting through as many thorny issues as possible. Details of the talks are not yet clear but negotiators ...

Kennedy's nonprofit efforts seen as asset

| Oct 18, 2013

Kennedy's nonprofit efforts seen as asset

New U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy is known in Japan as a glamorous appointment who carries political clout, but her new role is also likely to highlight the advocacy and nonprofit work for which she is prominent in her home country. Japanese know her as ...

Mar 16, 2011

Survivors fret over lack of gas

YAMAMOTO, Miyagi Pref. — Quake survivors in a remote Miyagi Prefecture town are faced with a problem not encountered by the survivors of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake — a shortage of gasoline, a commodity essential for daily life in rural areas. A resident ...

May 29, 2010

'Manga' artist finds feet in Big Apple

Misako Takashima, a “manga” comic artist based in New York, worries that many American teenagers she has met during academic art events rely too heavily on the Internet and are reluctant to try anything in the real world. “I met many children who easily ...

Apr 13, 2010

Hatoyama's Futenma waffling irks Guam

HAGATNA, Guam — Guam has been frustrated by the indecision of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama over the stalled plan to relocate U.S. Marines from Okinawa to the U.S. territory as well as its limited political influence over the issue. While businesspeople relying on economic ...

Overreliance on ad revenue dooms Esquire Japan after 22-year run

Apr 1, 2009

Overreliance on ad revenue dooms Esquire Japan after 22-year run

Japan’s economic slide has dealt a serious blow to a bible for the nation’s wannabe gentlemen, as Esquire Japan Edition, one of the oldest overseas versions of the U.S. lifestyle magazine, has announced it will cease publication in May. Esquire Japan was first released ...

Nov 27, 2008

MSDF role in piracy fight eyed, iffy

Prime Minister Taro Aso is considering sending the Maritime Self-Defense Force to deal with the growing number of piracy attacks off Somalia, but lawmakers and the public appear cool to the idea. Aso is willing to draft a bill to authorize a possible antipiracy ...