| Feb 16, 2015
| 7:54 AM
Japan emerged from a brief recession in the fourth quarter, but growth was less than forecast, signaling continued problems for the nation's long-struggling economy.
The government reported Monday that total economic output, or gross domestic product,...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 7:45 AM
Beginning in the spring, American Airlines will offer nonstop service to Guadalajara, Mexico, and Belize City, Belize, and Japan Airlines will add nonstop service to Osaka, Japan, a route it discontinued eight years ago.
American’s new daily...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 5:04 PM
Japanese industrial designer Kenji Ekuan, whose works included such diverse products as a bullet train and the red-capped Kikkoman soy sauce dispenser, has died. He was 85.
Ekuan died of a heart problem at a Tokyo hospital early Saturday, according to...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 10:13 PM
A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home "with a smile on their faces," as criticisms mounted Tuesday over the government's handling of the crisis.
| Feb 4, 2015
| 8:00 PM
Buoyed by recent better-than-expected subscriber growth, Netflix announced Wednesday that it would expand to Japan this fall.
It will be the movie streaming company’s first foray into the Asian market.
“With its rich culture and celebrated...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 4:21 AM
The killing of two Japanese taken hostage by the Islamic State group has violently driven home the high stakes Japan faces and limited options it can muster in such circumstances.
It also offers a glimpse into how Japan is struggling to handle the...
| Feb 2, 2015
| 4:29 AM
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his policy toward terrorism, as the flag at his official residence flew at half-staff Monday in a mark of mourning for two hostages killed by the Islamic State group.
During a long day of parliamentary debate,...
| Jan 31, 2015
| 7:34 PM
Islamic State militants have beheaded a Japanese journalist, according to video released Saturday on the Internet, ending a wrenching drama that has gripped Japan and jolted another close U.S. ally, Jordan.
The grisly slaying of Kenji Goto, 47, an...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 7:49 PM
Nothing about Ichiro Suzuki suggests "minor signing." He is a 10-time All-Star with a Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player award to accompany 10 Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers. Nonetheless, Suzuki – one of the game's top leading men...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 10:48 PM
The mother of a Japanese hostage believed to be in the hands of Islamic extremists made an emotional appeal for her son’s life Wednesday, hours before a deadline set by his captors was to expire.
In a statement read to reporters, Junko Ishido, the...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 2:41 PM
By the time my Old Man fell asleep never to reawaken, he had lost his anger with the Japanese.
To be specific, this was the Japan of 1941 that had riled him. He sort of hated the entire nation from the emperor on down. He had hated sampans and saki. He...