Jan 16, 2015

Abe leaves for Mideast tour to back peace process

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Friday for a nearly weeklong tour of the Middle East, seeking to boost Japan’s engagement in the region. Abe chose Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories to kick off his first diplomatic tour of 2015. He will express ...

Cabinet OKs record budget for 2015

Jan 14, 2015

Cabinet OKs record budget for 2015

The draft ¥96.34 trillion general account budget aims to balance Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s twin goals of fiscal rehabilitation and economic growth for the coming fiscal year.

Abe approves new space policy with profit, security in mind

Jan 9, 2015

Abe approves new space policy with profit, security in mind

The Abe administration approved a new space development policy Friday that focuses less on science and more on security and how to make piles of cash. Under the 10-year Basic Plan on Space Policy, the administration said it will improve cooperation with the United ...

Jan 6, 2015

Australia yet to decide on submarine building plan: ministry

Australia is in talks with Japan and others on the design and production of its new submarines, the defense department said Tuesday, but it did not confirm reports the two nations will jointly build the fleet. Australia is seeking to replace its fleet of ...

Jan 5, 2015

In search of a Boston jury to try accused marathon bomber

Nearly two years after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, jury selection begins Monday in the trial of the surviving suspect in the attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted in ...

Dec 29, 2014

Japan, S. Korea, U.S. now sharing intelligence on N. Korea

Japan, South Korea and the United States said Monday they have signed a memorandum of understanding on the sharing and safeguarding of classified information about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. The memorandum enables the defense ministries of Japan and South Korea to now ...