| Oct 14, 2010

Flexibility urged toward Pyongyang, incoming leader

PYONGYANG — A call by a senior North Korean official for Japan to take a flexible approach on bilateral ties appears to reflect Pyongyang’s hope for a shift in Tokyo’s diplomacy as the North celebrates the official debut of its future leader. The two ...

| Oct 7, 2010

Kan-Wen talks help ties: experts

BEIJING — With Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao holding an impromptu chat in Brussels, Chinese experts said Wednesday the process for mending the bilateral discord has begun. The experts believe Kan and Wen will hold another round of talks aimed ...

| Sep 21, 2010

China using standoff to test Japan

BEIJING — China’s growing economic clout, Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s diplomatic inexperience and strained Japan-U.S. ties are behind Beijing’s unusually tough response to the arrest of a fishing boat captain near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, according to some foreign ...

Jul 17, 2010

Kan needs time: China scholar

BEIJING — Frequent changes of leaders in the past four years have given Japan a negative image abroad, so Prime Minister Naoto Kan should continue in his post despite the ruling party’s setback in Sunday’s Upper House election, according to a Chinese scholar. “Japanese ...

May 2, 2010

China seeks to match Japanese quality

SHANGHAI — With the Shanghai World Expo opening to the public Saturday for a six-month run, China appears eager to catch up with Japan in terms of the quality of its growth to achieve sustainable and balanced economic expansion. Pointing to the Japan Pavilion ...

| Apr 5, 2010

Japan urged to mediate U.S.-China yuan row

BEIJING — With China facing pressure from the United States to appreciate the yuan to balance the trade imbalance, analysts are urging Japan to play the role of mediator. Japan, which has advised China to make a “sensible judgment” in reforming its dollar-pegged currency ...

Jan 21, 2010

Japan-China history report to break new ground

BEIJING — Historians from Japan and China are planning to release a report later this month on the outcome of a three-year joint history research project, including what could be a significant meeting of minds on the fighting in China between 1937 and 1945. ...

Oct 3, 2009

China wary of Hatoyama's 'East Asian community'

BEIJING — Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s proposal to create an “East Asian community” along the lines of the European Union has effectively sparked a leadership race between Japan and China in shaping the future of one of the most quickly developing regions in the ...

Sep 14, 2009

Hatoyama will be tested early on N. Korea issues

PYONGYANG (Kyodo) North Korea will pose a major diplomatic challenge for Yukio Hatoyama when he takes office as prime minister on Wednesday. Pyongyang will be paying close attention to how Hatoyama handles such issues as the nuclear standoff, the abductions of Japanese nationals and ...

Asian youths call for ambitious climate pact

Jul 31, 2009

Asian youths call for ambitious climate pact

BEIJING (Kyodo) Alarmed by the slow progress in global negotiations on a new carbon-capping pact, young people in Asia are increasingly calling on China, Japan and other major greenhouse gas emitters to step up to the plate, emphasizing that transformation to a low-carbon economy ...