- Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder Updated: Jul-02-15 2:35 pm
Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest.
- Popular elsewhere, high-speed rail remains elusive in the US Updated: Jun-27-15 11:53 am
SACRAMENTO, California - Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in Japan, they have become an essential part of transportation worldwide.
- Japan marks 70th anniversary of WWII Battle of Okinawa Updated: Jun-23-15 6:29 am
TOKYO - Heckled by local residents, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined about 5,000 people including the U.S. ambassador in a memorial service marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, one of the bloodiest conflicts of World War II.
- Ige's Japan trip highlights important tourism relationship Updated: Jun-22-15 5:17 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaii Gov. David Ige says Japan is Hawaii's most important source of foreign tourists, and his recent trip there was intended to solidify that relationship.
- Leaders of SKorea, Japan mark anniversary of normalized ties Updated: Jun-22-15 11:10 am
SEOUL, South Korea - The leaders of South Korea and Japan attended separate ceremonies Monday in their respective capitals marking the 50th anniversary of the resumption of normal ties - small, mostly symbolic moves that could signal an easing of abysmal relations between the key U.S. allies.
- Not friends yet, but Japan and South Korea are talking Updated: Jun-21-15 12:22 pm
TOKYO - Foreign ministers from Japan and South Korea held a rare meeting Sunday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of their countries normalizing relations marred by Japan's colonization and World War II conquest.
- Japan's tourism boom lifts economy, but brings headaches Updated: Jun-18-15 3:46 am
TOKYO - From the slopes of Mount Fuji to the temple streets of Kyoto, tourists are cramming Japan's prime sightseeing spots, puzzling their way through Tokyo subways, and splashing out cash on cosmetics, sushi and high-tech toilet seats.
- THE LATEST: Obama says G-7 studying more sanctions on Russia Updated: Jun-08-15 11:35 am
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- Japan offers Ukraine aid of $1.5 billion Updated: Jun-06-15 8:34 am
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has thanked Japan's visiting prime minister for promising $1.5 billion in credit guarantees to aid the country's efforts at reform and redevelopment.
- At G-7, Japan's energy plan is not all that green Updated: Jun-06-15 2:04 am
TOKYO - Japan may find itself the odd man out when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presents his government's blueprint for combating climate change at this weekend's summit of the world's leading industrialized democracies.
- China, Japan reopen finance talks stalled amid tensions Updated: Jun-06-15 12:46 am
BEIJING - Chinese and Japanese finance ministers on Saturday reopened talks to deepen economic cooperation that were delayed over strained relations between the Asian giants.
- Philippines wants defense pact for Japanese troops Updated: Jun-05-15 6:19 am
TOKYO - Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Friday he wants to start talks to allow Japanese troops into his Southeast Asian country, as both nations try to build up their defenses at a time of tense territorial disputes with China.
- Merkel pursues ambitious agenda for G7 summit Updated: Jun-05-15 5:38 am
BERLIN - When Germany last hosted a summit of the world's leading industrialized democracies, Chancellor Angela Merkel was a relative newcomer on the world stage. With less than two years in office she focused on one major theme: the fight against climate change.
- Japan, Philippines to talk about transfer of military goods Updated: Jun-04-15 11:09 am
TOKYO - Japan and the Philippines agreed Thursday to start talks on transferring Japanese military hardware and technology to the Southeast Asian country trying to upgrade its defenses.