Dec 31, 2013 — Japan's tough new law protecting state secrets was a victory for Washington, which had long pressured its Asian ally to exert tighter control over classified information. But the controversial law has triggered widespread outrage in Japan and undermined the popularity of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Dec 26, 2013 — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid his respects Thursday at a Shinto shrine where war criminals are among those honored. China and South Korea protested. The U.S. expressed its disappointment. Analysts say Abe's nationalist agenda may be well served by the diplomatic dust-up.
Jun 7, 2013 — Hollande made the mistake standing right next to the Japanese prime minister. Elysée officials said: "He is tired."
May 9, 2013 — A lingerie company says the bra has a "growth strategy" to help bust Japan's inflation problem.
Apr 28, 2013 — The day marks the end of the allied occupation of the country following its defeat in World War II. The day was an election pledge by the prime minister, who in recent weeks has adopted a more hawkish security stance.
Nov 16, 2012 — Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolves the lower house of Japan's parliament and calls elections; polls suggest neither of the main parties will win a parliamentary majority in Dec. 16th vote.