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Feb 26, 2014
Chinese to sue Japanese firms over wartime forced labor
A group of Chinese experts and citizens will on Wednesday file a lawsuit against Japanese companies to seek compensation for victims of wartime forced labor, a lawyer involved in the plan said Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 25, 2014
Japan to raise air defense zone again at U.N. agency
Japan plans to propose taking up the issue of air defense identification zones with the International Civil Aviation Organization as it did last November after China's declaration of an ADIZ in the East China Sea that covers the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands.
Japan Times
Feb 1, 2014
Fears widen over Kadena toxins
Just days after the commander of U.S. Kadena Air Base, near the city of Okinawa, promised parents their children's schools were safe from dioxin contamination, a further 50 chemical barrels have been unearthed from adjacent land and a retired U.S. Air Force major has come forward with claims the school grounds are located near a former dump-and-burn site for waste that included military defoliants.
Japan Times
Jan 1, 2014
History overshadows present and future Japan-China relations
Can Japan and China find a way to reduce the risk of conflict, and prevent continuing hostilities that could last decades? Can they peacefully coexist in the new era when they are both great powers?
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 16, 2013
MHI maintains wartime reparations issue settled
The president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said the company will maintain its stance that wartime compensation issues related to Korean workers forcibly conscripted as laborers have already been settled.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Media
Dec 7, 2013
Impending Japan-China war has the makings of a Clancy classic
On Nov. 23, China announced the creation of a newly expanded air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, overlapping a large expanse of territory also claimed by Japan. The move has produced a visceral reaction in the Japanese vernacular media, particularly the weekly tabloids. Five out of nine weekly magazines that went on sale last Monday and Tuesday contained scenarios that raised the possibility of a shooting war.
Nov 11, 2013
Japan, Iran pledge continued efforts on nuclear issue
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, agreed Sunday that their countries will continue efforts for an early resolution of issues related to Iran's nuclear program.
Japan Times
Oct 18, 2013
Embassies in Japan using mascots as 'cultural ambassadors'
With the Japanese public smitten with adorable or bizarre costumed characters created to promote localities or events, some foreign embassies are not missing out on the chance to catch a ride on the massive mascot boom.
Oct 7, 2013
Inching toward collective self-defense
By agreeing to revise the terms of Japan-U.S. defense cooperation in view of China's buildup, the Abe administration risks discarding Japan's traditional 'defense-only defense' posture.
Aug 27, 2013
Iwate governor thanks U.S. for 3/11 Operation Tomodachi help
The governor of Iwate Prefecture — one of the areas hardest hit by the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami — hosted an event in New York on Monday to thank the United States for its help after the devastating disasters.
Aug 27, 2013
Improving relations with Russia
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Vladimir Putin will meet on the fringe of the Group of 20 leaders summit next week in Saint Petersburg to discuss mutual trust.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 9, 2013
Japan, Russia to hold talks on isles
Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and his Russian counterpart will hold working-level consultations Aug. 19 in Moscow over a long-running territorial dispute, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.
Japan Times
Jul 31, 2013
New America-Japan Society chief looks to expand
It has a well-recognized name and more than a century of history. Many prominent figures from Japan and the United States have been involved in its efforts to nurture friendly ties between the two nations.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 30, 2013
South Korea court orders Mitsubishi Heavy to compensate for forced labor
The Busan High Court orders Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to pay 80 million won (about ¥7 million) to the families of five deceased Koreans who were forced to work for the company during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
Jul 29, 2013
Japan could soften U.S. cuts
Settling Japan's right to a 'collective self-defense' is destined to become of vital interest to the United States as it carries out mandatory defense budget cuts.
Jul 17, 2013
Abductee Matsumoto 'living in Pyongyang'
A Japanese woman believed to have been abducted by North Korea in 1977 is currently living in Pyongyang, the Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday, citing information given to local media Tuesday night by South Korea's state intelligence agency.
Japan Times
Jul 3, 2013
Finds raise toxic chemical suspicions at ex-Kadena site
The Okinawa Defense Bureau and the city of Okinawa uncover seven more barrels at a former U.S. base site that may have been used to hold toxic chemicals during the Vietnam War.
Jun 24, 2013
Going with the flow in the trade office for Japan
There are some things to say as one leaves the New York office of Japan's JETRO, having worked amid the ebb and flow of trade for 44 years.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2013
Prince Charles visits Yamazaki Mazak factory
Britain's Prince Charles visited Japanese machine tool maker Yamazaki Mazak's factory in central England on Thursday to learn about its highly regarded training programs for young workers.
Jun 2, 2013
Lost at sea cases to be probed for North Korea link
The government will investigate whether Japanese nationals who disappeared at sea in the 1970s and 1980s fell victim to foul play at the hands of North Korea, Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of the abduction issue, declared.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores