'Gourmet' comic stokes Fukushima ire

May 12, 2014

'Gourmet' comic stokes Fukushima ire

The popular manga series “Oishinbo” came under fire again Monday after a character based on a real-life former mayor refers to Fukushima Prefecture in its latest issue as unlivable because of the radiation leaking from the ruined power plant there. The Fukushima Prefectural Government ...

May 9, 2014

Wiser Abe Cabinet logs record 500 days in office

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet on Friday marked the 500th day since its inception in December 2012, extending its record as the longest-serving lineup in the postwar era. The previous record was set by a Cabinet led by Prime Minister Eisaku Sato more than ...

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

| Apr 25, 2014

Abe sought to boast better U.S. ties

For Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Thursday’s summit with U.S. President Barack Obama should have been a big moment to trumpet the strength of the Japan-U.S. alliance, which he claimed has greatly improved after relations soured under the Democratic Party of Japan-led administration that preceded ...

Apr 24, 2014

Did Barack, Shinzo get down to sushi or business?

U.S. President Barack Obama had his first session with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday in Tokyo, treated at what is often touted as the best-ever sushi bar in Japan: Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo’s Ginza district. Abe greeted Obama, who rushed straight from Haneda ...

149 lawmakers visit Yasukuni

Apr 22, 2014

149 lawmakers visit Yasukuni

A total of 147 lawmakers, as well as two Cabinet ministers, visited the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine on Tuesday morning, in a move that could be perceived as provocative by China, South Korea — and even the United States. Internal affairs minister Yoshitaka Shindo visited ...

Apr 18, 2014

MSDF armada masses; first order is curry contest

One key mission of a group of 15 Maritime Self-Defense Force warships, including four of the nation’s six state-of-the-art Aegis destroyers, is generating a nationwide buzz on the Internet. The ships will gather Saturday at the MSDF base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. Why so ...