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WWII Clouds Loom Over China-Japan Dispute on Senkaku Islands

The Sino-Japanese dispute has escalated into WWII memories, threats and boycotts as well as unleashing demonstrations.Amiel Ungar, 9/16/2012, 9:31 AM

Japanese Lower House Dissolution Imminent; Noda Honors LDP Deal

Yoshiiko Noda is paying the piper. He promised early elections in return for opposition support on taxes and is keeping his word.Amiel Ungar, 8/25/2012, 5:29 AM

Japanese Nationalists Fly The Flag Responding To Chinese Landing

Demonstrative landings on disputed islands by Chinese and Japanese nationalists have further enflamed Sino-Japanese relations.Amiel Ungar, 8/20/2012, 5:13 AM

Japan Concerned By Chinese Buildup And Use Of Military Muscle

The Japan 2012 defense report signals greater alarm over Chinese military capabilitiesAmiel Ungar, 8/3/2012, 6:52 AM

US F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Off Japanese Coast

An American F-16 fighter jet has crashed in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Japan. No comment from US officials.Chana Ya'ar and Reuters, 7/22/2012, 2:35 PM

24 Dead, 8 Missing in Japanese Floods

Flooding in Japan has killed at least 24 as troops airlifted supplies to keep thousands of others alive.Chana Ya'ar, 7/15/2012, 12:04 PM

Japanese Culture Caused Fukushima Disaster

Japan's parliament releases report on the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, says it was 'man-made,' born of Japan's culture.Gabe Kahn, 7/6/2012, 12:16 AM

Intelligence Sharing With Japanese Too Sensitive For Korea

The painful wounds of the past and the election campaign of the present have temporarily sidetracked a Japanese-South Korean treaty.Amiel Ungar, 7/2/2012, 5:31 AM

Japan Returns to Nuclear Power

Japan is returning to nuclear power, with reactivation of the first nuclear plant since all reactors were shut down earlier this year. Chana Ya'ar, 7/1/2012, 10:28 AM

Noda Pushes Controversial Policies Even With Risk Of Party Split

Yoshihiko Noda, on issues from the sales tax to nuclear power, is willing to do the unpopular.Amiel Ungar, 6/21/2012, 4:10 AM

Japan & India Assail Non-Transparency In China Defense Spending

The US could sit back and let others question the meaning of the Chinese military budget.Amiel Ungar, 6/4/2012, 6:13 AM

Expected Power Shortages Force Retreat From Nuclear Power Ban

The realities of power shortages have forced Japan to backtrack from abandoning nuclear power.Amiel Ungar, 6/1/2012, 4:06 AM

Japan Joins Growing List of Countries Expelling Syria Diplomats

Japan says it will expel Syria's ambassador – joining numerous other nations – over last week's massacre in the central city of Houla.Chana Ya'ar, 5/30/2012, 6:00 PM

Japanese Rocket Carries South Korean Satellite Spacewards

While billed as a civilian venture, the satellite launch by Japan and South Korea has military implications.Amiel Ungar, 5/20/2012, 9:02 AM

Rare Tornado Storms Past Tokyo, Kills 1

A 14-year-old was killed Sunday when a rare tornado raced through Tsukuba city, some 40 miles (60 km) northeast of Tokyo.Chana Ya'ar, 5/7/2012, 12:12 AM

Last Active Nuclear Reactor in Japan Turned Off

Japan's final active nuclear plant was switched off on Saturday with fanfare, banner-waving and celebration by marchers in Tokyo.Chana Ya'ar, 5/6/2012, 5:43 PM

Prime Minister Noda's Position Imperiled After Rival Exonerated

Ichiro Ozawa's exoneration spells trouble for Prime Minister Yushohiko Noda and his tax hike proposal.Amiel Ungar, 4/29/2012, 4:47 AM

The Yiddish Language Alive in... Japan

A Japanese linguist, who compiled the world's first Yiddish-Japanese dictionary, proves one doesn't have to be Jewish to love Yiddish. Rachel Hirshfeld, 4/17/2012, 12:22 PM

Japan Shuts Down Second-to-Last Nuclear Reactor

Japan has taken its second-to-last nuclear reactor off line, and the last will be shut down in May, creating a possible power shortage. Chana Ya'ar, 3/26/2012, 10:42 PM

US Exempting Japan, 10 EU Countries on Iran

US president Barack Obama will exempt Japan and 10 EU states from banking sanctions, allowing trade with Iran.Gabe Kahn., 3/20/2012, 10:22 PM

Japanese PM to Barak: Don't Attack Iran

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda meets Defense Minister Ehud Barak, warns against attacking Iran.Elad Benari, 2/16/2012, 5:43 AM

Japanese Economy Reels Due to Strong Yen and Aging Population

While external factors and national disasters hurt Japan's economy, the graying population is Japan's fault. Amiel Ungar, 2/5/2012, 2:08 AM

Noda Reaches Out to Liberal Democrats with Cabinet Reshuffle

Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda has sought to placate the opposition and revive public support by a cabinet shuffle.Amiel Ungar, 1/15/2012, 4:01 AM

Japan to Test Mother's Milk for Radiation

Japan may add testing for radiation in mother's milk to the health checks in Fukushima Prefecture.Chana Ya'ar, 1/12/2012, 3:11 PM

Japanese Local Lawmakers Celebrate Senkaku Day Angering China

While Japanese Prime Minister Noda wants to dampen down the boundary disputes with China, some local politicians want to force the issue.Aryeh ben Hayim, 1/3/2012, 9:16 PM

China Is More Concerned Than It Reveals on Japan-India Ties

Japan and India boosted naval ties in a move seen as directed against China. China officially downplayed this but is really concerned.Amiel Ungar, 12/30/2011, 3:40 PM

Economic and Strategic Reasons Compel Japan to Relax Arms Ban

A party that was once identified with pacifism has abandoned Japan's limits on defense exports.Aryeh ben Hayim, 12/27/2011, 9:40 PM

Following Kim Jong Il's Death US Assures Jittery Japan

Following the death of Kim Jong Il the US is trying to assure the neighbor of the nuclear dictatorship ha all will be well.Aryeh ben Hayim, 12/21/2011, 2:45 AM

Olympus Admits: Inexplicable Expenses Used to Cover Up Losses

Japan's Olympus Corporation has come clean, admitting that it used crazy consultancy fees to cover up two decades of losses.Aryeh ben Hayim, 11/8/2011, 7:44 PM

Evidence of Fission Found at Fukushima No 2 Nuclear Reactor

Evidence of fission has been found in one of the reactors at the tsunami-struck Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan.Chana Ya'ar, 11/2/2011, 4:45 PM

Scandal in Blue Chip Japanese Company is Salt to Economic Wounds

After firing CEO who questioned inexplicable payments to financial advisers, Olympus is target of probes.Amiel Ungar, 11/1/2011, 5:39 AM

Japan Car Makers Trim Output Due to Lack of Thai Parts

The floods in Thailand and a rising yen have delivered a one two punch to the Japanese motor industry.Amiel Ungar, 10/27/2011, 4:32 AM

Miracles in Turkey's Disaster Zone

The temperature in eastern Turkey is falling. Search and rescue is becoming recovery, but there have been miracles in the earthquake zone.Chana Ya'ar, 10/26/2011, 5:30 PM

Earthquake Strikes Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

A moderate earthquake has struck northeastern Japan's Fukushima prefecture, home to the Dai-ichi nuclear complex damaged in a March tsunami.Chana Yaár, 10/26/2011, 12:55 PM

Phillippines and Japan Announce Coast Guard Cooperation

An overbearing China is triggering regional responses. The entente between Manila and Japan is the latest.Amiel Ungar, 9/28/2011, 3:30 AM

Typhoon 'Roke' Smashes Into Japan, Heads for Nuclear Plant

At least 4 people died in a typhoon of 130 mph winds that smashed into Tokyo, heading for the Fukushima nuclear plant.Chana Ya'ar, 9/21/2011, 2:06 PM

New PM Noda, the Farm Boy, Tries to Unify Party and Steer Japan

In a rebuff to 'kingmaker' Ichiro Ozawa, the Democratic Party of Japan has selected Hiyohiko Noda to be Japan's next prime minister. Amiel Ungar, 8/29/2011, 9:52 PM

Japanese PM Candidate Choice Based on "Shadow Shogun"'s Status

The dominant personality of Ichiro Ozawa rather than policy is the major factor in selecting the Japanese PM, despite major problems. Amiel Ungar, 8/29/2011, 7:49 AM

Japan's Former Foreign Minister Declares His Candidacy for PM

Seiji Maehara, the former Japanese Foreign Minister, is now the favorite to win the August 29 balloting to succeed Naoto Kan.Aryeh ben Hayim, 8/23/2011, 5:22 PM

As Kan Sets to Depart Succession Struggle Is Under Way

Naoto Kan with his anemic 15% popularity will soon be history and Japan's ruling party will be picking a successor.Amiel Ungar, 8/22/2011, 7:27 AM

With Ratings Companies Circling, Japan Parties Reach Compromise

Japan's government and the main Liberal Democratic Party opposition in control of the upper house have agreed to a compromise.Amiel Ungar, 8/9/2011, 9:35 PM

66th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Sixty-six years ago this weekend, the USA unleashed a nuclear weapon of mass destruction against Japan.Chana Ya'ar, 8/8/2011, 11:34 PM

Japan Says It Reads Chinese Naval Buildup as Looming Threat

Japan, an Island Nation, believes an overbearing China will soon have a naval force that will pose a threat to her.Amiel Ungar, 8/4/2011, 6:57 AM

Japanese Embrace Anti Nuclear Position But Don't Embrace Kan

However unpopular he may be, most Japanese agree with their prime minister on phasing out nuclear energy.Amiel Ungar, 7/24/2011, 9:09 PM

Reconstruction Czar's Arrogance Deconstructs Kan

The resignation of Ryu Matsumoto has further undermined the position of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto KanAryeh Ben Hayim, 7/5/2011, 8:12 PM

Kan Is Going Going but not Gone

As the problems continue to pile up, the Japanese Prime Minister is still vague about his resignation plans.Amiel Ungar, 6/28/2011, 12:22 AM

Japan Rattled by 6.7 Magnitude Earthquake

Northeast Japan was rattled early Thursday by a 6.7-magnitude earthquake.Chana Ya'ar, 6/23/2011, 3:12 PM

Nato Kan's Indefinite Resignation Spurs Grand Coalition Talk

The DPJ has failed to usher in a new politics and is resembling the LDP that it ousted. The impasse has fueled talk of a grand coalition. Amiel Ungar, 6/5/2011, 8:06 PM

The Sharks Are Circling around Naoto Kan

Japan's Naoto Kan confronts both the opposition and a grudge match within his own party.Amiel Ungar, 5/30/2011, 8:47 AM

Japanese Disaster Provides a Path for Asian Rapprochement

The Japanese natural disasters helped bring China, South Korea and Japan together, but the split over North Korea remains.Amiel Ungar, 5/23/2011, 8:02 AM

Japanese High Court Rejects Hassidic Appeal

Tokyo High Court affirms harsh verdict of six years at hard labor against a Hassidic youth accused of drug smuggling - but deducts “time served.”Hillel Fendel, 5/16/2011, 5:03 PM

Kan's High Disapproval Ratings Menace Destiny

As the crisis recedes in Japan we are back to where we were before it. Pressure on Naoto Kan to resign have resumed.Amiel Ungar, 5/1/2011, 11:18 PM

Tōhoku Recovery Could Take a Decade

Japan's Reconstruction Design Council says recovery from the devastating March 11 Tōhoku tsunami-earthquake double-header could take a decade.Gabe Kahn., 4/28/2011, 12:15 AM

IDF Japan Delegation Returning Home

Over the past two weeks, IDF medical personnel treated around 220 patients at Minami-Sanriko. They are leaving behind medical equipment.Gil Ronen, 4/11/2011, 6:14 PM

New Quake Shakes Up Japan

A huge 6.6 quake shakes Japan Monday as officials expand the nuclear radiation evacuation zone. Landslides buried cars, trapping several people.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 4/11/2011, 2:34 PM

7.1 Magnitude Aftershock Shakes Japan

Less than a month after the massive quake-tsunami, a strong aftershock rocks Japan; panic, but little damage.Gabe Kahn., 4/7/2011, 9:26 PM

Video: IDF on the Job in Japan

The IDF has set up a medical clinic in Japan that has already treated hundreds of people - and has helped provide much needed fun to local kids.David Lev, 4/5/2011, 10:04 PM