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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attends a news conference after his Cabinet reshuffle in Tokyo on Sept. 13.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 3, 2023
Two years in, Kishida delivers stability but fails to wow
Despite little to boast about, Kishida is on his way to becoming one of the longest-serving prime ministers in recent history.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visits a logistics company in Tokyo's Ota Ward on Thursday.
Sep 28, 2023
What is Japan's so-called 2024 problem?
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is turning his attention to a looming challenge: a shortage of truck drivers.
A Chinese coast guard vessel (rear center) shadows Philippine fishing boats anchored near the Chinese-controlled Scarborough Shoal in disputed waters of the South China Sea on Sept. 21.
Sep 27, 2023
China's coast guard pursue Filipino fisherman in disputed waters
Since 2012, China has deployed vessels to block or restrict access to a fishing ground that has been tapped by generations of Filipinos.
Anti-war demonstrators mark the 78th anniversary of the United States' 1945 atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima with a march and protest in New York's Times Square on Aug. 6.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 26, 2023
Nuclear specter rises as world marks day for eliminating weapons
The goal of ridding the world of nukes appears more distant than ever as the U.S., Russia and China ramp up activity at their test sites.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 46th Annual Gala at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 24, 2023
Biden allies seize on impeachment as weapon against Republicans
Tapping White House aides and veterans of Donald Trump impeachments, the plan is to paint the picture of an evidence-free stunt.
Players compete against one another during the Just Dance event at the Olympic Esports Week in Singapore in June.
Sep 24, 2023
China hosts esports’ biggest moment with Tencent at the wheel
The once-in-four-years Asian Games, effectively a regional Olympics, is the first time that competitive video games will be eligible for medals.
The Chinese Navy's nuclear-powered Long March 11 submarine takes part in a naval parade off the eastern port city of Qingdao, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, in April 2019.
Sep 23, 2023
U.S. revives Cold War submarine spy program to counter China
The multibillion-dollar effort, known as the Integrated Undersea Surveillance System, comes as China ramps up activities near Taiwan.
Yuichiro Tamaki, head of the Democratic Party for the People, holds a news conference in the parliament last week.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 19, 2023
CDP and DPP face growing rift three years after merger failure
While the DPP has taken a cooperative line with the LDP-Komeito ruling coalition, the CDP has taken a confrontational stance toward the LDP.
As Chinese leader Xi Jinping throws up a forcefield of security controls to repel perceived foreign threats, Beijing’s message to the public is that spooks are everywhere.
Sep 18, 2023
Xi’s security obsession turns Chinese citizens into spy hunters
The push comes after Xi chaired a National Security Council meeting in May that stressed the importance of "extreme-case scenario” thinking.
Masanobu Ogura (center left), then-minister in charge of policies related to children, receives a petition from Hiroki Komazaki (center right), founder of nonprofit organization Florence, in Tokyo on Sept. 1.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Sep 18, 2023
Debate grows in Japan over proposed background checks for teachers
The Children and Families Agency is proposing to make screening for criminal convictions mandatory for people looking to work in schools or nurseries.
Striking UAW autoworkers demonstrate at a rally in downtown Detroit on Friday.
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Sep 18, 2023
How auto executives misread the UAW and ignited a historic strike
UAW president Shawn Fain’s aggressiveness reflects the mood of the American worker: anxious about job security and angry about a ballooning wealth gap.
Shi Tieniu, 39, sits in a room of an unfinished residential building at Gaotie Wellness City complex in Tongchuan, Shaanxi province, China.
ASIA PACIFIC / Social Issues / FOCUS
Sep 18, 2023
Broken dreams, shattered families in China's unfinished apartments
Since the property debt crisis began in 2021, thousands of homeowners have faced tough situations as smaller developers face liquidity issues.
A car is buried in rubble and debris in the aftermath of a devastating flood in al-Bayda, Libya, on Saturday.
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Sep 17, 2023
'They knew': Warnings went unheeded before deadly Libya flood
Many Libyans are angry that warnings were ignored that could have possibly prevented the worst disaster in the country's modern history.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Family Research Council and FRC Action annual Pray Vote Stand Summit in Washington on Friday.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 17, 2023
Sinner, savior or both? Trump woos evangelicals and women
Despite the legal, moral and sexual escapades of the Republican front-runner, support among his devotees remains strong.
A visitor looks at portraits of former United Nations Secretaries-General at U.N. headquarters ahead of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 17, 2023
World disappointed by the U.N. now looks elsewhere for answers
If the body's strongest members keep resisting reform, the Global South may have no choice but to seek new options, including those offered by China.
An engineer works on a K-9 self propelled howitzer at Hanwha Aerospace factory in Changwon, South Korea, on Friday.
Sep 16, 2023
Inside the South Korean factory that could be key for Ukraine
South Korea has ramped up arms exports while traditional behemoths like the United States struggle with production shortages.
New health minister Keizo Takemi is the son of Taro Takemi, a prominent physician who was dubbed “Emperor Takemi” due to the enormous and often dictatorial power he wielded over health care policy as president of the Japan Medical Association.
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Sep 15, 2023
Critics worry about new health minister's ties with lobby group
Keizo Takemi is the son of a former president of the Japan Medical Association, a political lobby mostly made up of doctors in private practice.
Chinese Defense Minister Li Shangfu (far left) attends the 20th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in June.
Sep 15, 2023
Missing Chinese defense chief signals turmoil in Xi's government
Washington has reportedly concluded that Li Shangfu, who took up his post in March, has been stripped of his responsibilities.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin shakes hands with India's Defense chief Gen. Anil Chauhan during a reception in New Delhi in June.
Sep 9, 2023
India’s military studying options for any China-Taiwan war
Defense chief Gen. Anil Chauhan — India’s top military commander — commissioned a study to examine the wider impact of any war over the island.
Residents watch the McDougall Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, last month.
WORLD / Society / FOCUS
Sep 9, 2023
Conspiracy theories falsely link wildfires to 'smart cities'
Disinformation about deadly wildfires in the United States and Canada has run rampant across social media.


Yoshiko Koide sits in a classroom at Nagoya College where she teaches a Japanese-language observation seminar.
How a dictionary came to spark outrage among the web’s otaku