International Relations

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands after a joint press conference in Tokyo.

Abe, Obama pledge to try to break TPP deadlock

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday they will keep working to break the impasse between their countries on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. At a joint press conference after thei...

  • U.S. vows to defend Japan over Senkakus: Obama

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday the Senkaku Islands fall under the Japan-U.S. security treaty in a show of U.S. commitment to defending the Japanese-administered islands against any attempt by China to seize them by force. ...

  • Time to ease Asian tensions

    YANGZHOU, China -- High-level meetings between Japan and its two neighbors South Korea and China should resume, participants at the annual Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum said before it closed Tuesday. The recommendation comes at a time when meet...

  • Mitsui O.S.K. pays 4B yen in connection with China ship seizure

    TOKYO -- Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines has paid about 4 billion yen ($38.6 million) in connection with a seized iron ore carrier in China, sources said Thursday. The ship had been impounded by the Shanghai Maritime Court due to a disp...

  • Trade talks go into overtime after leaders crack whip

    TOKYO -- With the clock ticking down to a summit, trade negotiations between Japan and the U.S. came unstuck Wednesday night after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama sent their point men back to the table for another try. Akira ...

  • Obama, Abe bond over fine sushi

    TOKYO -- U.S. President Barack Obama spent his first night in Japan dining on sushi with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the renowned Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant in Tokyo's posh Ginza district. As they met in front of the restaurant on Wednesday nig...

  • Obama to tell Abe that US will defend Senkakus

    TOKYO -- Aiming to curb China's maritime ambitions, U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to assure Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the security arrangement between the two countries covers the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea...

  • Japan, US move closer to tariff deal

    TOKYO -- Working into the night, negotiators from Japan and the U.S. have entered what may be the final stretch toward an understanding on tariffs, a crucial step to completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. At the behest of Prime Mini...

  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, to talk with Abe over sushi

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday evening, the first leg of a four-nation trip to East and Southeast Asia during which he will promote the U.S. commitment to the region. Obama will head for a sushi restaur...

  • Obama dreams of sushi?

    TOKYO (Dow Jones) -- On his first night in Japan, U.S. President Barack Obama appears set for a quintessential Japanese dish: sushi. He and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will dine at Sukiyabashi Jiro, a tiny basement eatery whose octogenarian chef was ...

  • Malaysia to seek US understanding on TPP during Obama visit

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia will seek U.S. understanding of the challenges it faces in abiding by the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership when U.S. President Barack Obama visits Kuala Lumpur on April 26-28. The multilateral trade agreement will b...

  • Obama leaves US for Asia tour, alliance in focus in Japan

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama left the United States on Tuesday for Japan, the first leg of a four-nation trip to East and Southeast Asia during which he will promote the U.S. commitment to the region.

  • Korea, Japan, US must hash out China ties

    SEOUL -- On the eve of President Obama's visit to Asia, an influential foreign policy expert in Seoul has called for closer trilateral consultation to narrow gaps in their perceptions of China.

  • Tokyo fretting over whether Obama says the S-word: 'Senkakus'

    TOKYO -- Japan, and undoubtedly China, will be watching to see if and how U.S. President Barack Obama mentions the island dispute between the two neighbors after his summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two leaders' joint statement...

  • Former leaders of Japan, China, South Korea call for fresh talks

    YANGZHOU, China -- The Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum wrapped up Tuesday with a joint statement that calls for the resumption of high-level meetings between Japan, China and South Korea, warning tensions over historical issues and disputed territory...

  • Pacific nations agree on maritime code of conduct

    QINGDAO, China -- Naval officials from Japan and elsewhere have endorsed guidelines for unexpected maritime encounters in an effort to keep such events from escalating into full-blown conflict. The Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea was adopted...

  • Japan to weigh concessions on US pork, cheese

    TOKYO -- Japan will consider partial tariff cuts on U.S. pork and dairy products as attention turns to whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Barack Obama can find common ground on a cross-Pacific trade deal. Unless the two biggest econo...

  • North Korea stirring up nuclear trouble ahead of Obama visit

    SEOUL -- Japan, the U.S. and South Korea are keeping a closer-than-usual eye on North Korea amid signs that it is preparing for a fourth nuclear test. With U.S. President Barack Obama kicking off back-to-back visits to Japan and South Korea on We...

  • Leaders must work together now to solve Asia crisis: Fukuda

    YANGZHOU, China -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda says that only political leadership can solve the tension between Japan and its neighbors China and South Korea, and the time to act is now. In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Revi...

  • South Korea activates task force to monitor possible North Korea nuke test

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea has activated a special task force to monitor a possible fourth nuclear test by North Korea, after detecting signs it may take place "soon" at an underground test site, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. "As o...