International Relations

The aircraft shown here will test technologies for a new fighter jet to be developed by the defense ministry's Technical Research and Development Institute. (Courtesy of the Ministry of Defense).

Japan again looks to get domestic fighter jet off ground

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is embarking on an ambitious quest to develop an entirely domestic fighter jet for the first time since the end of World War II. It will work with major defense contractors such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and ...

  • Territorial rows gumming up China-Asean trade

    GUANGZHOU, China -- China's trade with Southeast Asia is losing steam, and territorial disputes with its southern neighbors are not helping matters. For more than a decade until 2013, the value of trade between China and members of the Associatio...

  • US complains about low growth in Japan, Europe

    CAIRNS, Australia -- The U.S. can live with a stronger dollar but wants Japan and the European Union to do more to rev up their economies. That was one takeaway from the weekend gathering here of finance ministers and central bank chiefs from the...

  • Abe, Putin agree to maintain dialogue including summit

    TOKYO/MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed bilateral ties and the situation in Ukraine over the phone Sunday, agreeing to maintain dialogue at various levels, both governments said. T...

  • G-20 to take additional steps to support growth

    CAIRNS, Australia (Kyodo) -- Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 industrial and developing economies agreed Sunday to take additional measures to ensure meeting their commitment to a growth target amid increasing risks of a global slowdown. "We wil...

  • UN Security Council stands with Iraq against Islamic State militants

    UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council expressed support Friday for Iraq's fight against the Islamic State (ISIL), with many countries pledging military and humanitarian aid. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry chaired the meeting, ...

  • No sunshine at Asian Games after Koreas clash over costs

    SEOUL -- North Korean athletes striding onto the field at Friday's opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon were greeted with cheers. Not so a North Korean patrol ship that strayed over a disputed maritime border to warning shots from South Kor...

  • Japan mulls fact-finding mission to cagey North Korea

    TOKYO -- With North Korea failing to deliver new information on past kidnappings as expected this week, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government must now rethink its strategy for holding the secretive state to its word. Cabinet member Erik...

  • Ex-Japanese prime minister Mori meets with South Korea's Park

    SEOUL -- Acting as a goodwill envoy, former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday to deliver a personal message from Japan's current leader calling for top-level talks. According to South Kor...

  • Japanese business delegation hopes to warm ties with China

    TOKYO -- Over 200 leaders of Japanese industry will visit China starting Monday in an attempt to improve bilateral relations and help pave the way for a summit this fall. The Japan-China Economic Association has sent a delegation to China almost ...

  • China to invest $20B in India over next 5 years

    NEW DELHI --China will invest $20 billion in India over the next five years as part of an economic package designed to deepen bilateral ties and counter U.S. and Japanese influence on the subcontinent. Chinese President Xi Jinping promised the i...

  • Border showdown clouds China-India summit

    NEW DELHI -- A military standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Himalayas on Thursday served as a stark reminder of lingering tensions between the two major Asian powers, overshadowing a summit the same day that touted economic cooperation....

  • UN Security Council calls for massive Ebola response

    UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Security Council on Thursday urged the world to scale up its response to the Ebola epidemic in western Africa, calling for the lifting of travel bans to allow for swift deliveries of relief supplies and personnel....

  • Japan to put more Russian money on ice

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government is moving to impose additional visa restrictions and asset freezes on figures connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration and its intervention in Ukraine. The new sanctions would bring Japan in ...

  • 15 arrested in anti-terror raids in Sydney, Brisbane

    SYDNEY (Kyodo) -- Australian police on Thursday detained 15 people in a sweeping counter-terrorism operation following a call from a senior Islamic State militant for "demonstration killings," according to local media reports. The predawn raids i...

  • China, India cinch up economic ties

    NEW DELHI -- Indian and Chinese leaders rarely go out of their way to look chummy -- their countries still nurse a Himalayan border dispute, after all. Tell that to Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping, his eyebrow-raising birthday guest Wednesday. China...

  • Asian free trade agreement may leave India behind

    TOKYO -- Countries negotiating a comprehensive Asia-Pacific free trade pact might reach an agreement without India, whose low target for tariff liberalization has thrown a wrench into the talks. The proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partne...

  • Seoul leans closer to Tokyo, but summit still out of reach

    TOKYO -- South Korea's government is showing flexibility for talks with Japan -- as long as they are not between Park Geun-hye and Shinzo Abe. Park remains adamant about Japan apologizing for its wartime treatment of Korean "comfort women" before...

  • Chinese ambassador to Iceland arrested for espionage: report

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Chinese Ambassador to Iceland Ma Jisheng and his wife Zhong Yue were arrested early this year by Chinese authorities for allegedly spying for Japan, Hong Kong media reported Wednesday. "According to a Chinese official, the Ch...

  • Former Japanese PM Mori to meet with South Korean President Park

    TOKYO -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori plans to visit South Korea and hold talks with President Park Geun-hye on Friday, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday. Mori is expected to convey a message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as pa...