| Feb 17, 2013
A long time ago, back when Katsu and Haruko Imamura began dating, they walked into a multiplex — then sat in different theaters.
"She went into 'Driving Miss Daisy,' " Katsu remembers. "And I went in to see 'Glory.' "
"He likes samurai or action...
| Feb 2, 2013
If the cult of ramen still mystifies you, you could do worse than to grab a counter seat at the new Little Tokyo branch of Shin-Sen-Gumi, a small restaurant chain that introduced high-quality ramen from Japan's Hakata region to Los Angeles. Most ramen...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 7:30 PM
Sam Jameson, a former longtime Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent with a deep knowledge of and close personal affinity for Japan, his professional and personal base for half a century, died Friday at a Tokyo hospital. He was 76.
The cause of...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 10:30 PM
Donald Richie, an American expatriate in Japan who became that country's preeminent Western interpreter, explaining its culture — from cinema to Zen to tattoos — in books and essays that illuminated the author's psyche as much as that of his...
| 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...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 10:17 AM
Sharp Corp., once a titan among Japanese electronics manufacturers, now isn’t sure it’ll be able to crawl out of a financial pit made deeper by ruthless competition and relentless losses.
Reporting yet another round of dismal earnings, the...
| Feb 9, 2013
Jonathan Grahm, the owner of CompartÚs Chocolatier in Brentwood, is just back from a whirlwind pre-Valentine's Day tour of Japan, where 100 CompartÚs pop-up shops opened for the holiday in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Hiroshima, Nagoya and Kobe. Grahm's face...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 2:53 AM
This post has been updated. See the note below. BEIJING -- Japan’s government said Monday it would buy three uninhabited islands southwest of Okinawa from the Japanese landowners, ratcheting up a territorial dispute with China. Chief Cabinet...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 4:03 AM
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the Obama administration had reached an agreement with Japan to build a new radar site on Japanese territory to defend against possible ballistic missile attacks from North Korea....
| Sep 16, 2012
| 5:33 AM
TOKYO, Japan -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Saturday urged China and its neighbors not to engage in “provocative behavior” over disputed islands and maritime claims, warning that it could escalate into a regional conflict that might...
| Sep 23, 2012
| 9:43 AM
China has cancelled a ceremony scheduled for this week to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Japan in anger over Tokyo’s claims on a disputed cluster of islets in the East China Sea....