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 ...

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 ...

Apr 17, 2014

Cabinet gets Diet OK to use cellphones during crises

Cabinet members may now use cellphones, smartphones and tablet computers to receive emergency notifications from their secretaries during Diet sessions, the Lower House decided Thursday. The use of high-tech gadgets was officially forbidden during Diet sessions, but Cabinet members can now use smartphones to ...

Apr 11, 2014

Ishihara cool to merger overture by Yui no To

Kenji Eda, president of minor opposition party Yui no To, met Friday with Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader Shintaro Ishihara to explore ways for a possible merger but was told such talks should not be held until June 22, when the ...

Apr 10, 2014

Tokyo TPP talks end in stalemate

Two days of trade talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership fail to narrow U.S. and Japanese differences on the pact, casting a shadow over the upcoming summit.