- Coal, medicine, trains top Tokyo's Asia infrastructure plan Updated: May-22-15 4:15 am
TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offer of $110 billion in fresh infrastructure financing for Asia is as much about Japan's agenda for selling its clean coal know-how and other technologies as it is about keeping up with China.
- Exoskeleton that helps paralyzed walk faces barrier in Japan Updated: May-12-15 3:49 am
ATSUGI, Japan - Yuichi Imahata's 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It's an experience that is new to her.
- 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.
- 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.