| 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...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 7:22 PM
Japan was working Monday to coordinate efforts with Jordan and other countries to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State group.
"We all have one unchanged goal and we will absolutely not give up until the end. And with that faith, we will...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 6:11 AM
Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, taking that auto industry crown for the third year straight, but was less upbeat about this year.
The Japanese automaker sold 10.23 million vehicles, beating out Volkswagen and General...
| Jan 25, 2015
| 12:53 AM
A video distributed Saturday on the Internet showed what appears to be a Japanese hostage saying that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed and outlining a new militant demand for his release.
In the video, the hostage, a man identified as Kenji...
| Feb 6, 2015
In Japan, where conformity takes precedence over individuality, one of the most important values is to avoid "meiwaku" — causing trouble for others. And sympathy aside, the two Japanese purportedly slain by the Islamic State group are now widely...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 9:22 AM
Prayers were offered Friday at Tokyo's largest mosque for two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants who had demanded a $200 million ransom for their release.
Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group posted an online...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 4:26 AM
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called for the immediate release of two Japanese hostages being held by Islamic State extremists seeking a $200-million ransom.
“I strongly demand that they not be harmed and that they be immediately...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 10:56 PM
The deadline to pay a ransom for two Japanese hostages of the Islamic State group or risk their deaths loomed Friday, with no signs of progress on securing their release.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened his National Security Council to discuss how to...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 8:40 AM
The final decision on which new sports will be added to the program for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics won't be made until August 2016 — a year later than originally planned.
Wrapping up a two-day meeting in the Japanese capital, IOC Vice President John...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 2:05 PM
BEIJING When news broke Sunday that militants from the Islamic State group had beheaded journalist Kenji Goto after killing another Japanese citizen, much of the world condemned the executions and offered Japan condolences.
Not China. In Beijing,...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 3:56 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 rising...