| Apr 24, 2014
| 5:18 AM
TOKYO — During a long day in the coded world of Japanese diplomacy, President Obama’s easiest conversation Thursday was with a robot.
“I can kick a soccer ball,” said the Honda humanoid to the president.
“OK, come on,&...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 7:55 AM
Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, whose tumultuous life has landed him in trouble more than once, on Wednesday apologized for a visit to a Tokyo shrine at the center of a bitter international row over Japan's wartime aggression.
Bieber, 20, posted a...
| 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....
| Jan 22, 2014
| 5:31 PM
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his moment in the spotlight Wednesday at the World Economic Forum to sound an alarm over what he sees as China's rising militancy and Japan's outdated defense posture.
In a speech opening the five-day annual...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 11:04 AM
TOKYO -- Although she is a seasoned traveler who frequently flies the route between Tokyo and Hong Kong, Kazuyo Ito confessed to some preflight anxiety as she checked in Thursday for Japan Airlines Flight 29.
"It is a little scary," said the 59-year-...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 12:36 PM
President Barack Obama's vacillation on Syria — first delaying military action and then booting the decision to Congress — poses grave threats to U.S. prosperity.
Imminent military action, especially in the Middle East, instigates fears of...
| 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 7, 2014
| 9:14 AM
MOSCOW – Russian television viewers could be forgiven Friday for failing to notice that the leaders of the United States and some of its political allies were absent from the hoopla in Sochi.
President Vladimir Putin used the hours before the...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 12:24 PM
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continued their quiet negotiations Saturday to bring an end to their nations’ World War II dispute over four Pacific islands, a disagreement that has hampered...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 7:25 AM
BEIJING -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Friday appealed to China to rein in its North Korean ally and to ease its provocative territorial claims, but after a day of talks Beijing’s response was unclear.
In meetings with President Xi Jinping...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:30 PM
You'd think that after announcing his retirement from the feature film biz last year, 73-year-old Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, never one to seek out press, would be welcoming a time of quietude.
But with a third Oscar nomination in his...