| Apr 24, 2014
| 4:58 PM
SEOUL — As he hops around the Western Pacific this week, President Obama hopes to unite much of Asia around a free-trade deal, updated alliances and a new power balance. But he first must persuade two of America's closest allies to stop squabbling....
| Apr 25, 2014
| 6:06 PM
SEOUL — Halfway through a long-delayed visit to four allies in Asia, President Obama is struggling to sell a foreign policy strategy that seems under siege on multiple fronts.
When he landed in Seoul on Friday, Obama had not locked down a key...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 1:42 PM
For the third time in five years, the Pritzker Prize is going to a Japanese architect.
Shigeru Ban, a 56-year-old architect born in Tokyo, was named the winner of his profession’s top honor on Monday.
Yet Ban’s architecture is markedly...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 7:00 AM
HARBIN, China — Visitors to the newest museum in this frigid northeastern Chinese city enter through a quaint facade affixed to the modern shell of the main train station. No bigger than a 7-Eleven, the museum could easily be mistaken for a...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 4:30 PM
TOKYO -- Entertainment Farm, a Tokyo-based film financier launched in 2002, has begun bankruptcy proceedings. The amount of its corporate debt, owned to 20 business partners, stands at a reported $13 million.
Under the leadership of former...
| 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 8, 2013
| 11:04 AM
Japan and China have stepped up their dispute over tiny islands in the East China Sea with naval muscle-flexing and diplomatic reprimands as the potent Aug. 15 anniversary of Japan’s World War II defeat approaches.
Tokyo summoned the Chinese...
| 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 30, 2013
| 8:30 PM
TOKYO -- "In Bloom," a coming-of-age drama by Georgian director Nana Ekvtimishvili and British director Simon Grosss, was awarded the Grand Prize at the closing ceremony of the 15th Tokyo Filmex fest, held Nov. 23-Dec. 1 in Tokyo.
The pic, which...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The Chernin Group, the media company headed by former News Corp. exec Peter Chernin, announced Monday it has acquired a majority stake in anime video-streaming site Crunchyroll -- which TCG will use as an anchor to expand into different genres.
| 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...