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The HMAS Canberra sails to the main harbor in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in March 2019. The vessel participated in a bilateral exercise between Australia's navy and the Maritime Self-Defense Force on the way to the Philippines, an Australian defense spokesperson said Wednesday.
Aug 24, 2023
Australian navy holds exercise with MSDF en route to Philippines
There was no indication of a hotly anticipated trilateral drill in the South China Sea that had been expected the same day.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo testifies during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on China in Washington last May.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 23, 2023
U.S. commerce chief to be latest Cabinet official to visit China
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will visit China next week at the invitation of her Chinese counterpart.
South Korean soldiers prepare for a counterterrorism drill, as part of the Ulchi Freedom Shield military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea, at a subway station in Seoul on Wednesday.
Aug 23, 2023
South Korea holds first nationwide defense drills in six years
The drill, focused on a North Korea attack, required South Korea’s 51 million residents to practice evacuating to shelters or underground spaces.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel arrives for a photo opp on the day of a trilateral engagement at the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima on May 21.
Aug 17, 2023
As U.S. envoy to Japan, Rahm Emanuel puts China in cross-hairs
The U.S. ambassador also heaped praise on Tokyo’s new muscular approach to defense.
Footage of a Chinese Coast Guard ship using a water cannon against a Philippine resupply vessel is shown during a news conference at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila on Monday.
Aug 9, 2023
China and the Philippines' dispute over grounded warship heats up
Tensions have risen after China Coast Guard ships blocked and deployed water cannons against two Philippine resupply vessels.
A girl floats a lantern down the Motoyasu River in front of Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome on Sunday, the 78th anniversary of the U.S. nuclear attack on the city.
Aug 8, 2023
Nuke ban treaty still out of reach as Japan marks atomic bombings
Japan, which is positioned under the "nuclear umbrella" of the U.S., has refrained from joining the treaty, citing its own “tough security environment.”
A man poses for pictures at a booth showing off a book by Chinese leader Xi Jinping during the China International Import Expo at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai in November 2018.
Jul 31, 2023
Survey finds historically high negative views of China
In the survey, only about 28% of respondents had a favorable opinion of China despite Beijing’s diplomatic initiatives over the past year.
The Sumida River Fireworks Festival is one of the biggest such events in the capital.
Jul 24, 2023
Safety in focus as summer events see return of crowds and foreign tourists
Nearly 11 million people visited Japan in the first half of the year, about 64% of the pre-pandemic level in 2019, according to the Japan National Tourism Organization.
Japan Times
Jul 21, 2023
Most Asians in U.S., even those of Chinese descent, see China negatively
Only about 4 in 10 Chinese Americans see China in a positive light, with 15% holding a very unfavorable view of the country, more than the rates for India (10%), Vietnam (5%) and Japan (4%).
Japan Times
Jul 19, 2023
U.S. soldier in North Korea far from first American to flee to reclusive state
Numerous U.S. citizens — including soldiers, tourists, journalists and scholars — have been detained or crossed into North Korea since the Cold War.
Japan Times
Jul 18, 2023
Kerry says climate cooperation could help stabilize U.S.-China ties
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said talks with top Chinese officials were a rare opportunity for the two sides to boost ties via cooperation on fighting climate change.
Japan Times
Jul 15, 2023
U.S. climate envoy heads to Beijing as world’s top polluters look for ways to stem crisis
As floods and heat waves made worse by global warming rattle the globe, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry will explore ways the world’s top two polluters can cooperate.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 10, 2023
Ukraine envoy to Japan sees major role for Tokyo in reconstruction
The ambassador expressed his hope of tapping into Japan’s vast experience in rebuilding after natural disasters like the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Japan Times
Jul 4, 2023
Bye bye 'Barbie': Vietnam bans new film over South China Sea map
Originally slated for a July 21 release, the film was banned from release in the country after it was found to feature a map with China’s so-called nine-dash line claims.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2023
Suspected Chinese balloon did not collect or send information, Pentagon claims
A preliminary analysis of the balloon by U.S. authorities showed that it included a combination of U.S.-made off-the-shelf equipment as well as sophisticated Chinese gear.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals