A more supportive policy toward Taipei is emblematic of a broader shift by Tokyo in response to China's crackdown on Hong Kong and increased military activities in the Taiwan Strait.
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As Tokyo again prepares to host the Games this week, Japan is in a technological funk — its heyday of setting the pace far behind it.
The wording in the "Defense of Japan” white paper released Tuesday is set to increase friction between the two biggest economies in Asia.
Remarks from Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi came a week after China sent 28 warplanes near Taiwan, in the latest ratcheting up of military pressure around the democratically ruled island.
Shigeru Omi appeared to open a gap with Suga when he said that "it’s not normal” to be staging the global sports spectacle in the middle of a pandemic.
Some say allowing the Diet to end its session Wednesday without passing the law on LGBT understanding will be a breach of the nation's contract with the IOC.
Foreign leaders, sponsors and even International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach should stay away from next month’s Tokyo Games, according to the CDP leader.
The Tokyo Olympic Games are reaching the point of no return. With seven weeks until the opening ceremony, the Japanese government, the International Olympic Committee and major stakeholders are gambling political reputations and billions of dollars on staging a games that could lift global spirits ...
The nation is unable to return to cutting-edge chip development and manufacturing on its own, LDP lawmaker Akira Amari acknowledged, suggesting a tie-up with the Taiwanese chipmaker.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a report Friday that it would treat semiconductor industry growth as a "national project."