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Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 26, 2023
Japan battles to persuade big brands to help with military expansion
A key part of Tokyo's strategy hinges on persuading commercial firms that for decades have quietly armed the SDF to ramp up production.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 2, 2022
Japan will use G7 and U.N. roles to pressure Russia, foreign minister says
The country's G7 presidency in 2023 and its return for a two-year stint as a nonpermanent Security Council member will give it a more conspicuous to voice its concerns.
Japan Times
JAPAN / ANALYSIS
Oct 19, 2022
Japan rushes to rearm with eye on 2027 — and China's Taiwan ambitions
By pointing to 2027 as the moment when East Asia's power balance may tip in China's favor, Japan's government can rally support for greater defense spending, experts say.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 18, 2022
Former members of Unification Church rail at politicians who embraced it
The assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July has opened a debate over the church and has shone a spotlight on its close ties with the ruling LDP.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / EXPLAINER
Aug 9, 2022
Why the Unification Church has become a headache for Kishida
Support for Kishida's cabinet has fallen to the lowest since he took office in October at 46%, with many poll respondents saying they wanted an explanation about ties to the church.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 15, 2022
Britain and Japan aim to merge Tempest and F-X fighter programs, sources say
It would be the first time Japan has sought a non-U.S. partner for a large military program and the first major collaboration between Tokyo and London.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 13, 2022
On Okinawa's Miyako Island, residents cast a wary eye toward China
Missiles deployed there, meant to target Chinese ships sailing in and out the Western Pacific, are the closest such weapons Japan has to China.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 17, 2022
Sanctions on Russia are also about protecting Japan, says Taro Kono
Some officials in Tokyo, including Kono, worry Russia's attack on Ukraine could embolden Beijing to act against Taiwan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 8, 2022
Reactor restarts could be 'best option' for Japan to ride out energy shortages, senior LDP lawmaker says
Joining a U.S.-led import embargo on Russian oil would hit Japan hard, but nuclear energy could help ease any blow, former Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 30, 2021
As China menaces Taiwan, the island's friends aid its secretive submarine project
Taipei has stealthily sourced technology, components and talent from at least seven nations to help it build a fleet with the potential to exact a heavy toll on any Chinese attack.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 15, 2021
As autos go electric, Toyota chases hydrogen dream
In Japan, where mass layoffs are politically difficult, hydrogen's allure is that it would cause less disruption than a full switch to EVs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 7, 2021
Deutsche Telekom lifts T-Mobile U.S. stake in Softbank swap deal
The deal will make SoftBank the second-largest shareholder of the German telecommunication giant.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 4, 2021
Tokyo ready to back Western Digital-Kioxia deal if key tech stays in Japan, sources say
The tie-up could give Japan greater leverage in geopolitical rivalries increasingly dominated by technology, including over shortages of chips.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Aug 8, 2021
Tokyo feared the Games would spread COVID-19. The numbers inside the 'bubble' suggest that didn't happen.
Japan had feared that the Games might spread COVID-19, introduce new variants and overwhelm the medical system. But the numbers from inside the Olympic 'bubble' tell a different story.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 30, 2021
For some of Japan's lonely workers, COVID-19 brings a homecoming
Workers assigned to far-flung locations are seeing their employers bringing them back to their homes and families.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 15, 2021
Deployment of Myanmar's first satellite under review due to coup
Myanmar's first satellite is being held on board the International Space Station following the Myanmar coup, while Japan's space agency and a Japanese university decide what to do with it, two Japanese university officials said.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 5, 2021
Rescue mission: The animals being cared for in Fukushima's nuclear zone
Sakae Kato stayed behind to look after cats when other residents evacuated, spurred on in part by the shock of finding dead pets in abandoned houses.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 27, 2021
Dry ice, containers and staff shortages: Japan's vaccine rollout hurdles
Already the last major industrial country to start mass vaccinations, Japan is likely to be hampered by a lack of equipment and difficulties in recruiting medical workers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 14, 2021
Decision on holding Tokyo Olympics ‘could go either way,’ says Kono
Taro Kono, administrative and regulatory reform minister, said, 'We need to do the best we can to prepare for the games at this moment.'
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 19, 2020
U.S. Navy commander in Asia welcomes Japan-Australia military pact
A senior U.S. Navy commander in Asia welcomed on Thursday an agreement by Japan and Australia to tighten military cooperation that will bolster the United States in a region where China's influence is growing.

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