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'I'm Entering ISIS Territory, the Responsibility is Mine'

Poignant video reveals captive journalist speaking before entering Syria; Abe admits Japan in 'race against time' to save 2 ISIS hostages.Ari Yashar, 1/21/2015, 12:39 PM

How Have Israel and Japan Become Key Allies in Less Than a Year?

Abe's visit caps off a dizzying growth in bilateral ties, and heralds 'a new era' - what has been accomplished and what is on the docket?Ari Yashar, 1/20/2015, 9:07 PM

US Calls for ISIS to Release Japanese Hostages

State Department expresses support of Japan, condemns ISIS threat to behead captives; Kerry to speak with Japanese counterpart.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/20/2015, 9:02 PM

Japanese PM Vows to 'Lead and Solve the Hostage Crisis'

Before leaving Israel ahead of schedule, Abe outlines steps he is taking to confront ISIS threats to behead 2 Japanese nationals.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/20/2015, 3:56 PM

Report: One of the Japanese ISIS Hostages Mentally Ill

Local media reveals Haruna Yukawa has a history of suicide attempts, may have gone to Syria to die.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/20/2015, 1:26 PM

Japanese Gov't: 'We Will Not Give in to Terrorism'

'Taking people hostage is unforgivable and I feel strong anger,' Tokyo spokesman says after ISIS releases ransom video.Tova Dvorin and Ari Yashar, 1/20/2015, 11:42 AM

ISIS Gives Japan 72 Hours to Save Hostages

Japanese men become latest hostages in pre-beheading video, the first time ISIS has threatened Asia instead of the West.Tova Dvorin, 1/20/2015, 9:58 AM

'Israel and Japan: Two Democracies Threatened by Rogue States'

Israeli and Japanese PMs hail friendship and new era of bilateral ties during historic visit, noting mutual interests and threats.Arutz Sheva Staff, 1/19/2015, 2:14 PM

Japanese PM: Technology, Counter-terror Partnership with Israel

In historic visit to Israel, Abe and Netanyahu discuss rapid expanse in ties, from technology to economics, counter-terror to diplomacy.Ari Yashar, 1/19/2015, 9:04 AM

Japan PM Begins 3-Day Trip to Israel, Ramallah

Netanyahu is reportedly planning to discuss the ICC probe of Israel's 'war crimes' with Shinzo Abe, whose country is a major ICC donor.AFP and Arutz Sheva staff, 1/18/2015, 5:55 PM

PM: Forget Europe, We're Doing Business with Asia

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu suggested Sunday that Israeli businesspeople change their focus from Western Europe to other areas.Moshe Cohen, 1/18/2015, 5:31 PM

Netanyahu: ICC Inquiry is Height of Hypocrisy

At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu discusses ICC probe, Japan PM's visit and the plan to raise Israel's minimum wage.Cynthia Blank, 1/18/2015, 2:03 PM

Japanese PM to Make Historical Israel Visit Solidifying Ties

Sealing the deal as Israel-Japan alliance takes shape, Abe will bring 30 companies to expand bilateral ties and counter-terror cooperation.Ari Yashar, 1/12/2015, 8:08 AM

Israel Passes Japan Alliance Plan, Asian Coalition Takes Shape

Comprehensive plan involving many ministries to solidify Israeli ties with Japan, as PM unveils alliance policy with Japan-China-India.Ari Yashar, 1/6/2015, 4:04 PM

Japanese Paper Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Ad

Sankei Shimbun admits to screening flub as author allowed to promote conspiracy theory books in a regional edition of the paper.Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/6/2014, 6:22 PM

Official Israeli Delegation Leaves to Solidify Japanese Alliance

50-day visit of leading government and industrial representatives sets out as Japanese trade booms.Ari Yashar, 11/3/2014, 1:02 PM

Watch: Israel's Embassy Asks Japanese to Visit - in Anime

Embassy takes a novel approach to encouraging tourism with a promo video in Japanese anime style, as ties flourish.Ari Yashar, 10/29/2014, 1:33 PM

Discovering Japan's 'Jewish Connection' in the Taiko Drumbeats

Diverse sounds harmonize in the music of Marré Ishii, who says Japan is fascinated with, and exists partially thanks to, the Jews.Ari Yashar, 10/24/2014, 3:22 PM

Japan is Coming to Israel – With Its Best Kosher Food

Trade officials, Japanese and Israeli businessmen all agree: Japan has found the Israeli market, and the sake has just started flowing.Ari Yashar, 10/23/2014, 8:34 PM

'Two Eternal Nations' Meet at Jerusalem's Japanese Culture Week

Though separated by thousands of miles, Japan and Israel are closer than you might think; Mayor Barkat lauds ties at fascinating event.Ari Yashar, 10/21/2014, 4:30 PM

Japanese LED Inventors win Nobel Physics Prize

Three scientists who invented ubiquitous energy-saving lights get the Nobel nod - and $1.2 million in prize money.Ari Yashar, 10/7/2014, 2:09 PM

Jerusalem Celebrates Japanese Culture

Municipality to hold week-long events celebrating Japanese cuisine, martial arts, music and movies as two nations strengthen ties.Ari Yashar, 10/6/2014, 3:01 PM

Israel and Japan Sign Historic Industrial R&D Agreement

Israel first state to sign agreement on reciprocal industrial research and development ties with Japan; heralds stronger bilateral ties.Ari Yashar, 7/7/2014, 2:24 PM

PM: We'll Take Peace With Just Half the Palestinians

In an interview in Japan, Binyamin Netanyahu said that, if necessary, Israel was prepared to make peace with the PA even if Hamas remains.Yaakov Levi, 5/15/2014, 11:27 AM

Netanyahu Warns of Iran-N. Korea Nuclear Cooperation

Netanyahu tells Japanese press root cause of PA conflict is recognition of Jewish state, 'no new settlements in 20 years.'Ari Yashar, 5/14/2014, 9:16 AM

Netanyahu Holds PA Accountable for 'Every Gaza Rocket'

Netanyahu notes unity deal has changed dynamics to Japanese FM, says 'we both face rogue states'; tells Emperor of similarities.Ari Yashar, 5/13/2014, 5:55 PM

Japan's PM Visits Anne Frank Museum After Vandalism

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam, weeks after vandalism of her diary in Tokyo.Elad Benari, 3/24/2014, 3:12 AM

Arrest Made in Anne Frank Diaries Vandalism Case

Tokyo announces arrest in anti-Semitic vandalism case, motive still unknown.Tova Dvorin, 3/14/2014, 10:09 AM

Anne Frank House Donates Copies of Diary to Japan

Anne Frank House donates to Japanese libraries following the vandalism of hundreds of copies of Frank's diary.Elad Benari and AFP, 3/9/2014, 4:32 AM

Malaysia Bans Japanese Superhero For 'Allah'

Comic of pop icon Ultraman 'lost in translation,' banned for Allah reference; part of wider Malaysian ban of word for non-Muslims.Ari Yashar, 3/7/2014, 12:40 PM

International Community Pledges $220 Million to PA

Jakarta conference for 'Palestinian refugees' sees huge donations to PA - but it is not enough for the UNRWA.AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/1/2014, 6:45 PM

Israeli Envoy: Anne Frank Vandalism Does Not Represent Japan

Israelis understand that the vandalism in Japan of Anne Frank's diary is "a single act," says Israeli envoy.Elad Benari, 2/28/2014, 5:15 AM

Israeli Embassy Donates New Anne Frank Diaries

Copies of diary torn in Tokyo vandalism spree replaced by embassy, 300 copies to make up for 308 ruined books.Ari Yashar, 2/26/2014, 4:13 PM

'Diary of Anne Frank' Vandalized in Libraries Across Tokyo

Hundreds of books about the Holocaust found torn apart across Tokyo Friday; Japanese nationalist politics may be to blame.AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/21/2014, 11:34 AM

Pentagon: 'US Would Have No Clue If Iran Got Nuke'

New Pentagon report reveals US unable to detect nations acquiring nuclear bomb, expert notes India example - 'we had no warning whatsoever.'Ari Yashar, 2/7/2014, 9:00 AM

S. Korea to Expand Its Own 'Zone' During Biden's Visit

Responding to China's 'air zone,' S. Korea to expand its own 'zone' escalating standoff. US expert: 'chance of conflict highest ever.'Ari Yashar, 12/4/2013, 8:46 AM

Biden Flies to Japan as China 'Zone' Standoff Heats Up

Japanese Defense Minister and British Naval Chief of Staff vow unity on escalating standoff with China.Ari Yashar, 12/2/2013, 10:20 AM

US-Japan Wargames Amid China 'Zone' Standoff

Massive naval exercise in region of China's new 'air defense' zone, as Japanese, Chinese, US and S. Korean planes face off in airspace.Ari Yashar, 11/28/2013, 8:04 PM

Panasonic to Sell Semiconductor Plants to Israeli Company

Panasonic is poised to sell 3 domestic plants to TowerJazz in restructuring attempts to cut back losses.Ari Yashar, 11/27/2013, 8:08 AM

US Bombers Challenge China's 'Air-Defense Zone'

Two B-52 bombers fly through China's new 'air-defense zone'; area includes sensitive disputed island chain controlled by Japan.Ari Yashar, 11/26/2013, 10:39 PM

Tsunami Hits Japan After 7.1 Earthquake

A tsunami hit Japan after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake was felt in the country. No damage or injury reported.Elad Benari, Canada, 10/25/2013, 10:14 PM

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Becoming a Nightmare?

Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is facing new problems, just a month after a four-month hiatus due to major issues with its lithium-ion batteries.Chana Ya'ar, 6/12/2013, 10:28 AM

US Offers Direct Talks to North Korea

The US has dangled the option of direct talks before North Korea in exchange for Pyongyang dropping its nuclear ambitions.Chana Ya'ar, 4/15/2013, 5:30 PM

John Kerry in Japan on North Korean Crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Sunday in Japan for talks to head off a nuclear crisis with North Korea, after meetings in China.Chana Ya'ar, 4/14/2013, 2:52 PM

Japan Ready to Defend Against North Korean Nuclear Missiles

Japan is preparing for a potential North Korean nuclear missile attack – or a missile test. Chana Ya'ar, 4/10/2013, 11:13 AM

Caroline Kennedy in Running for Ambassador to Japan

The daughter of slain president John F. Kennedy, is being vetted as the United States' next ambassador to Japan.Arutz Sheva staff, 4/2/2013, 6:17 AM

Japan and US Agree on Auto Exemptions in Free Trade Pact

Tokyo and Washington agreed on exemptions for the auto industry in a Pacific-wide free trade pact. , 3/6/2013, 10:29 AM

Japan Hosts First East Asian Conference on PA Financial Aid

Japan is hosting the first meeting of Asian countries to discuss the issue of financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority. Rachel Hirshfeld , 2/14/2013, 9:21 PM

Japan Shuts Down All Nuclear Reactors A Second Time

Japan is shutting down its nuclear reactors for the second year in a row for reasons connected to “safety standards.” Chana Ya'ar, 1/24/2013, 5:02 PM

South Korea's Electorate, Unlike Japan, May Move Leftwards

The South Korean presidential race is being fought over domestic issues despite the North Korean missile test.Amiel Ungar, 12/16/2012, 11:01 PM

LDP Headed For A Majority; Coalition May Get 2/3 Super Majority

According to the polls, Japan's LDP will score a crushing victoryAmiel Ungar, 12/14/2012, 4:42 AM

Ruling Japanese Party Headed For A Shellacking Say The Polls

With the caveat of many undecided voters, the polls in Japan predict that the LDP will return to power.Amiel Ungar, 12/7/2012, 3:41 AM

Talmud and Regional Woes Connect South Korea and Israel

Ilsoo Kim, South Korean Ambassador to Israel, tells Arutz Sheva of the similarities between the two countries.Yoni Kempinski & Gil Ronen, 12/6/2012, 11:16 AM

Serious Differences Emerge Between Japanese Party Platforms

With Japan's elections less than three weeks away, the party platforms show sharp differences.Amiel Ungar, 11/30/2012, 5:24 AM

Japan's Noda Dissolves Lower House Goes To Elections

The DPJ party, convinced that its electoral prospects would not improve, has decided on early electionsAmiel Ungar, 11/20/2012, 2:56 AM

Tokyo Seeks Upgrade In Military And Economic Ties With The US

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is banking on the Trans Pacific Partnership to help contain China and please the Japanese consumer.Amiel Ungar, 11/12/2012, 5:54 AM

Japan and India Increase Cooperation to Counterbalance China

Faced with a more militarily assertive China, Japan and India are banding together.Amiel Ungar, 11/5/2012, 4:10 AM