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  • Japan Cabinet OKs record budget for 2015, raises defense outlays with eye on China

    Japan's Cabinet approved the country's largest ever defense budget on Wednesday, including plans to buy surveillance aircraft, drones and F-35 fighter jets to help counter China's rising assertiveness in the region. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet...
  • Condo construction to overshadow graves of '47 ronin' samurai in Japan, spurring protests

    The "47 ronin" samurai who inspired the long-loved saga of loyalty and honor eulogized in films, books and plays are fighting a new kind of battle in urban Japan. An apartment complex is going up next to the curved tile-roofed Sengakuji temple where...
  • Japan and Taiwan to host new baseball tournament for top 12 national teams in November

    In a boost for baseball's bid for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan will co-host a new international baseball tournament this year. The launch of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's Premier 12 tournament was announced in Tokyo on Monday...
  • Protests flare as work resumes on U.S. base expansion in Okinawa

    TOKYO Protests flared in Okinawa over the restart of ocean bed surveys in preparation for the expansion of a U.S. Marine Base in the southern Japanese island. Public broadcaster NHK showed workers installing floating barriers off the coast at Henoko,...
  • Japan's Cabinet approves record $814 billion budget after tax hike increases revenue

    Japan's Cabinet approved a record 96.3 trillion yen ($814 billion) government budget for the coming fiscal year Wednesday after a tax hike to accommodate rising outlays for social security and defense. Rising revenues following the sales tax increase...
  • Relations between Japan and the U.S.

    The article “To Japan, Pearl Harbor is just another battle” (News, Dec. 7) contains two incorrect statements. The view presented by the museum at the Yasukuni Shrine does not constitute “Japan’s official line on the war”...
  • Sony CEO worried for months about 'The Interview,' emails show

    Sony CEO worried for months about 'The Interview,' emails show
    Kazuo Hirai was worried. For months, the Tokyo-based chief executive of Sony Corp. had been raising questions about his Hollywood studio's plans to go forward with a film depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In a June 23...
  • In Boyle Heights, Japanese churches look to broaden their membership

    In Boyle Heights, Japanese churches look to broaden their membership
    The service begins with four loud claps. Two reverends in white robes and black ceremonial caps face each other and chant, alternating between English and Japanese. Two children quietly chatter to their parents in the back of the church. Several...
  • Japan is honest on history and 'comfort women'

    To the editor: The notion that the Japanese government denies or downplays history is misleading. Following the stance of the past administrations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his sincere commitment to face history with humility on numerous...
  • World War II veterans show pride with 'Go for Broke' Rose Parade float

    In a frigid barn near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, members of the Japanese American community looked on with pride Sunday as four of five World War II veterans riding in the 126th Rose Parade each placed a flower on the "Go for Broke" float. Among the...
  • Police: Clanging pots mistaken for shots at Chicago Ridge Mall

    Police: Clanging pots mistaken for shots at Chicago Ridge Mall
    It may have sounded like gunfire, but what caused hundreds of people to scatter at Chicago Ridge Mall over the weekend was apparently the sharp clang of pots or lids at a restaurant, according to police. Chicago Ridge police Chief Robert Pyznarski said...