Reiji Yoshida, The Japan Times

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10 Kyodo News staff rode vehicle driven by man confirmed to have COVID-19

A man in his 60s confirmed to have been infected with the COVID-19 virus drove a total of 10 Kyodo News staff members in a hired vehicle from late January → Read More

Abe to cancel Middle East trip as Iran-U.S. tensions enter 'worst-case scenario'

Months of Japan's efforts to walk a fine line between an antagonized Iran and the United States were put to a crucial test Wednesday Tehran staged two sepa → Read More

Japan's Cabinet adopts plan to dispatch defense forces to Middle East amid rising Iran tensions

The Cabinet on Friday formally adopted a plan to deploy a Self-Defense Forces unit for an intelligence-gathering mission in the sea off Yemen and Oman, dis → Read More

Iran's Hassan Rouhani urges Abe to strengthen bilateral economic ties at outset of Tokyo visit

Visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday in Tokyo, urging Japan to pursue stronger relations and to assist the Mid → Read More

Hopes low for Japan-Iran summit, with Tokyo hemmed in by competing interests

It’s unlikely Japan will be able to bypass U.S.-imposed sanctions and resume importing crude oil from Iran in accordance with Tehran’s apparent wishes, experts say. → Read More

Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, a political titan who spanned eras, dies at 101

Yasuhiro Nakasone, the 101-year-old former prime minister who strengthened Japan's military alliance with the United States and privatized Japanese Nationa → Read More

In Japan, Pope Francis urges rethink of reliance on nuclear energy

Meeting survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, which triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, visiting Pope Francis → Read More

For Pope Francis, visit will revive dream to be a missionary in Japan

Pope Francis' trip to Japan this weekend might fulfill a wish he gave up on decades ago as a young man in South America. St. John Paul II addresses a crowd → Read More

Clandestine imperial enthronement rite embodies tradition, marked by controversy

Throughout this year, a series of awe-inspiring ceremonies are being held in Japan to mark the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito and the beginning of the ne → Read More

Japan and South Korea still entangled in game of chicken after superficial signs of detente

It had the look of a typical public relations photo — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in chatting side-by-side on a sofa duri → Read More

Fujifilm to make Fuji Xerox a wholly owned unit

Fujifilm Holdings Corp. said Tuesday it will turn Fuji Xerox Co. into a wholly owned subsidiary by acquiring an additional 25 percent from Xerox Co. of the → Read More

Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai resigns over wife's alleged election law breach

In another blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai tendered his resignation Thursday after a magazine alleged that his wife vio → Read More

With hazy plan for SDF dispatch to Mideast, is Japan pursuing contradictory goals?

It was an unusual meeting starting at around 7:30 a.m. at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's headquarters in Tokyo on Oct. 23, hastily organized so gove → Read More

Japan and South Korea deny reports of joint fund to address wartime labor issue

High-ranking Japanese officials denied a media report Tuesday that Tokyo and Soul are considering setting up a joint "economic cooperation fund" to resolve → Read More

Flooding of Tama River put capital on the brink of crisis during Typhoon Hagibis

Tokyo faced crisis last Saturday, with water levels in the Tama River quickly climbing as heavy rains and winds from Typhoon Hagibis inundated the Kanto re → Read More

Japan's Rising Sun flag: A bone of contention for South Korea

Late last month, South Korean lawmaker An Min-suk of the ruling Democratic Party stood before the media in Seoul to explain a resolution proposed in the Na → Read More

North Korea fires ballistic missile built to be launched from submarine into Japan's EEZ

North Korea test-fired what is believed to be a ballistic missile built to be launched from a submarine from waters off its east coast into Japan's exclusi → Read More

New Japan Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi holds firm that Seoul must end wartime labor row

Newly-appointed Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Wednesday that Tokyo urgently demands Seoul eliminate "violations of international law" regarding w → Read More

New Environment Minister Koizumi vows Japan will take lead role on plastic waste

Newly appointed Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi spoke to reporters Friday about his ambitions and goals in his new role, saying that he hopes to make → Read More

Observers sift through Abe's reshuffle picks for potential successors

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his Cabinet for the seventh time Wednesday, trying again to boost popularity among voters by tapping fresh faces and f → Read More