- Japan prime minister touts economic synergy with US in visit Updated: May-01-15 8:05 pm
LOS ANGELES - The United States and Japan will work toward strengthened economic ties, including promoting more direct investment in each other's markets and approval of a Pacific trade agreement, officials said Friday.
- Japan ruling party gears up to revise pacifist constitution Updated: May-01-15 11:29 am
TOKYO - Japan's conservative ruling party is gearing up for a new push to achieve its long-sought goal of revising the country's U.S.-drafted post-World War II constitution. Its first challenge: winning over a divided public.
- Obama under pressure to beef up Democratic support for trade Updated: Apr-30-15 5:28 pm
WASHINGTON - Republican leaders say GOP votes alone won't pass trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama and are urging the White House to put more pressure on reluctant Democrats to lend their support.
- Japanese PM seeks tech innovation in Silicon Valley visit Updated: Apr-30-15 1:05 am
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans a swing through Silicon Valley on Thursday, speaking with Stanford University experts about innovation, building relationships with tech firms and investors, and - as head of one of the world's leading car producing nations - popping in on electric carmaker Tesla Motors.
- Japanese state dinner surprises with haiku, sake and R&B Updated: Apr-29-15 3:43 am
WASHINGTON - The first White House state dinner in more than a year served up some surprises: a president reciting haiku, toasts using sake instead of champagne and the leader of Japan describing relations between the countries using the words of a popular R&B classic.
- AP EXPLAINS: Japan's long wait to address US Congress Updated: Apr-29-15 12:56 am
WASHINGTON - Washington honors America's closest friends by inviting their leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress, but Wednesday's speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the first by a Japanese leader. That's striking considering the tight U.S.-Japan alliance in the 70 years since World War II ended. British, South Korean and German leaders have been invited multiple times. So have two Liberian presidents and a Latvian one - more than 100 invitations overall since the war. So why not Japan? The answers have to do with underlying friction that has been a part of U.S.-Japanese relations and, more recently, frequent changes of Japanese leaders.
- The Latest: 'Jersey Boys' serenade guests at state dinner Updated: Apr-28-15 10:59 pm
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- Hundreds protest Japanese leader ahead of California visit Updated: Apr-28-15 9:58 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - Hundreds of people protested outside the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco on Tuesday, calling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to apologize for his country's treatment of people from other Asian countries during World War II.
- Japan PM sidesteps question on apologizing for WWII abuses Updated: Apr-28-15 12:57 pm
WASHINGTON - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sidestepped a question on whether he would apologize for the sexual enslavement of women by Japan's army during World War II.
- First lady promotes student foreign exchanges Updated: Apr-28-15 12:53 pm
GREAT FALLS, Virginia - Michelle Obama said Tuesday that all of America's students should have the opportunity to interact with kids from other countries so they can learn about each other and realize what they have in common, instead of focusing on their differences.
- Japan's prime minister focuses on economy and women's issues Updated: Apr-27-15 11:52 am
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his administration is trying to improve the status of women in his country as it also seeks to protect women's rights on the international stage.
- White House to unveil Barack Obama state china Updated: Apr-27-15 6:04 am
WASHINGTON - A hue of blue inspired by the waters of Hawaii is a prominent feature of the Obama state china service being unveiled by the White House.
- Japan's prime minister goes to US to showcase close ties Updated: Apr-26-15 7:46 pm
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in the U.S. on Sunday for a weeklong visit to showcase the success of the alliance built from Tokyo's defeat in World War II, while promoting a political agenda based on still stronger military and economic ties.
- Japan's prime minister kicks off US visit in Boston Updated: Apr-26-15 6:38 pm
BOSTON - Japan's prime minister has arrived in the U.S. for a closely watched visit beginning with a stop at Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and a dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.
- No trade breakthrough expected with Japan during Abe visit Updated: Apr-24-15 5:44 pm
WASHINGTON - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Washington next week comes amid heightened attention in Congress to an Asia-Pacific trade deal that has created a deep rift between President Barack Obama and members of his Democratic Party and whose central feature is liberalized commerce between the U.S. and Japan.
- Ige to attend White House state dinner for Japanese leader Updated: Apr-24-15 9:04 am
HONOLULU - Gov. David Ige's office says he will represent Hawaii at a White House state dinner honoring Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next week.
- African, Asian leaders agree to cooperate against terrorism Updated: Apr-23-15 10:04 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Asian and African leaders agreed to develop concrete ways to cooperate in fighting extremism and the financing of terrorism, they said at the conclusion of a summit in Indonesia's capital Thursday.
- Japan ministers' war shrine visit irks China after Abe talks Updated: Apr-23-15 9:19 am
TOKYO - Three Japanese Cabinet ministers on Thursday visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, drawing a rebuke from China just a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping met in a bid to smooth ties.
- Japanese leader doesn't offer customary apology for WWII Updated: Apr-22-15 10:16 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - South Korea expressed deep regret Wednesday that Japan's leader did not repeat his predecessors' apologies for the country's aggression during World War II.
- Japanese lawmakers visit shrine honoring war criminals Updated: Apr-21-15 9:52 pm
TOKYO - More than 100 Japanese lawmakers paid respects Wednesday at a Tokyo shrine that honors Japan's war dead, including World War II leaders, but Cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not participate in the spring ritual.
- US, Japan say no deal on farm, auto trade but end in sight Updated: Apr-21-15 1:41 am
TOKYO - U.S. and Japanese trade officials failed to resolve differences on autos and farm exports that are hindering progress toward a Pacific Rim trade deal but say they believe agreement is within reach.
- Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact Updated: Apr-17-15 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."
- Amid tensions, Chinese premier meets Japan delegation Updated: Apr-14-15 6:50 am
BEIJING - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met Tuesday with a Japanese delegation led by ex-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, amid halting efforts to reduce lingering tensions between the countries before this year's 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender at the end of World War II.
- Japan's emperor prays at WWII battleground on Pacific island Updated: Apr-09-15 7:46 am
TOKYO - The emperor of Japan visited a remote Pacific island Thursday to pray for thousands of Japanese and American soldiers who died during the World War II battle of Peleliu.
- 5 things to know about White House state dinners Updated: Apr-08-15 6:35 pm
WASHINGTON - Guess who's coming to dinner at the White House?