National Apr 3, 2014

Obama may visit Japan around April 23-25

The United States and Japan are trying to schedule for President Barack Obama to visit Tokyo sometime between April 23 and 25, a Japanese government source said Wednesday. Japan plans to welcome Obama as a state guest, the first U.S. president to be accorded such ...

'Comfort women' statues spur debate

National Feb 27, 2014

'Comfort women' statues spur debate

by Eric Johnston

In the northern Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, population 192,000, sits a public park with a simple statue that has become a lightning rod in the brewing political storm among the United States, Japan and South Korea over the past few months. Erected by the ...

National Jan 5, 2014

Hagel makes case for mending fences

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urges Japan to make nice with its neighbors following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s upsetting visit to war-linked Yasukuni Shrine.

National Nov 28, 2013

Biden, Kennedy to push female empowerment

Vice President Joe Biden will try to help empower Japanese women when he visits next week, a U.S. government official said Wednesday. Biden will be joined by new Ambassador Caroline Kennedy for "an event to highlight the role of women in the Japanese economy" during ...

National Nov 21, 2013

Obama's official visit to Japan eyed in April

The Japanese and U.S. governments are set to arrange an official trip by U.S. President Barack Obama to Japan in April, people familiar with bilateral relations said Wednesday. During the trip, Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will reaffirm their commitment to strengthening the bilateral ...

National Sep 24, 2013

Japan-U.S. exercise involving Ospreys to be held in Shiga

U.S. Osprey aircraft will be used Oct. 16 during an 11-day joint exercise with the Ground Self-Defense Force at a training area in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, Japanese officials said Tuesday. A senior Defense Ministry official said holding the exercise in Shiga will help reduce the ...

New Yorkers try traditional dance on Japan Day

National May 14, 2013

New Yorkers try traditional dance on Japan Day

New Yorkers experienced a taste of Japanese culture Sunday by taking part in traditional "Awa odori" and "Bon odori" dance performances and putting on kabuki makeup at an annual Japan Day event in Central Park. Performers from the Home Island Project, a group from Shikoku, ...