| Oct 31, 2014
| 6:45 AM
When the Japanese singer-songwriter Miyavi came to Los Angeles for the first time in 2006, he had none of the clichéd rock-star aspirations of breaking into acting. A flashy, high-energy musician known for his unconventional finger-slapping style of...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 1:35 PM
If you think of Japan these days, it's probably about cars or video game consoles or maybe even pop culture. (Those clever smiley face symbols and characters that liven up text messages? They're Japanese 'emoji').
What's missing from the conversation...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 8:10 AM
With his nation in an unexpected recession, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday called early parliamentary elections to seek public backing for a delay in a scheduled tax increase that could worsen economic conditions.
"I’ve made up my...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 8:25 PM
Japan's unexpected fall into recession — the latest stumble for its long-struggling economy — poses another obstacle to the U.S. recovery and demonstrates the problems many key nations still are having regaining their economic footing after...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 4:42 PM
The photograph on Tuesday from Beijing was as carefully arranged as a display of Ming china: Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping discussing the world's business as they walked, side by side, across a bridge with ornate, brilliantly illuminated...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 9:20 PM
The G20 communique will include a significant passage on climate change, EU officials said on Sunday, as the United States and other heavyweight nations override host Australia's attempts to keep the issue off the formal agenda.
Much of the meeting of...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 8:48 PM
United States Japan and Australia lined up together against Russia on Sunday, vowing to oppose Russian efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine during a rare trilateral meeting held at the G20 summit in Brisbane.
President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime...
| Nov 16, 2014
| 4:12 AM
Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.
| Nov 16, 2014
| 2:01 PM
Criticized for being long on promises and short on delivery, leaders of the Group of 20 major economies set a target of lifting global economic output by at least 2% over five years -- an ambitious goal that would add $2 trillion to the world economy...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 3:12 AM
Shaking hands but not smiling, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Monday in Beijing on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in a move aimed at defrosting relations between the two...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 8:00 AM
In Japan, history is still divided according to the reign of the emperors. This year, for instance, is Heisei 26 — the 26th year of the reign of Emperor Akihito, who will be posthumously renamed Heisei.
Shigeru Mizuki, the manga artist beloved...