| Dec 5, 2013
| 11:04 AM
TOKYO -- Although she is a seasoned traveler who frequently flies the route between Tokyo and Hong Kong, Kazuyo Ito confessed to some preflight anxiety as she checked in Thursday for Japan Airlines Flight 29.
"It is a little scary," said the 59-year-...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 7:29 AM
BEIJING -- Vice President Joseph Biden arrived Wednesday in Beijing, hoping to use his past acquaintance with President Xi Jinping to smooth over some major hitches in U.S.-China relations.
Overshadowing their meeting has been the showdown over China&...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 6:53 AM
BEIJING — How to reassure Japan and South Korea that the United States will stand behind them, without inflaming the Chinese?
That is the mission that stands before Vice President Joe Biden as he arrives in the region with a potential crisis...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 12:18 PM
A week or so ago, on my way to meet a friend in Little Tokyo, I stopped into Bunkado on 1st Street, where I found a copy of Paul Reps and Nyogen Senzaki’s “Zen Flesh, Zen Bones.” Bunkado is my favorite store in Little Tokyo, in part...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The busiest moment in the history of Twitter happened in August when multitudes of Japanese users tweeted the word "balus" while watching a TV broadcast of director Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 animated movie, "Castle in the Sky."
In an indicator of Miyazaki's...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 2:40 PM
TOKYO -- In the late 1980s, when Katsumi Suzuki was 20, he was mesmerized when he heard a recording of John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.
"I heard the words 'Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country' and those...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 11:13 AM
In Thursday's Pictures in the News, new students at the University of Granada medical school in Spain are pelted with food by older students during a traditional fall hazing ritual. Tokyo: Japanese businessmen contend with strong wind and rain as deadly...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 12:31 PM
TOKYO -- A powerful typhoon lashed Japan with torrential rain Monday, leaving two dead as it damaged homes and flooded parts of the country's popular tourist destination of Kyoto, where 260,000 people were ordered to evacuate to shelters.
| Aug 21, 2013
| 8:48 AM
TOKYO -- Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority is considering a heightened "serious incident" designation for the leakage of 300 tons of highly radioactive water at the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant at Fukushima.
The country's nuclear regulator earlier...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 6:37 AM
WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. trade official on Monday pressed Japan to open up its auto and insurance markets as he pushed for the completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Speaking during a stop in Tokyo, U.S. Trade Representative Michael...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 9:45 AM
BEIJING -- The operator of the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant at Fukushima, Japan, said Tuesday that 300 tons of highly radioactive water had leaked from one of its storage tanks, the worst in a number of similar leaks since the catastrophic 2011...