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In a first under Trump, U.S. warship sails within 12 miles of China-claimed Mischief Reef

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. A U.S. warship reportedly sailed within 12 nautical miles of the reef this week. | U.S. NAVY / VIA REUTERS

The U.S. Navy has sailed within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea — the first so-called ...

Revival-seeking rural Japan feels left out as casino plans favor major cities

By Lisa Du,Yuki Hagiwara,Grace Huang
- via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Casino development is seen as a potential boon to the gaming industry, given Japan's wealthy population and its proximity to China. | BLOOMBERG

Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama are emerging as likely candidates for casino resorts under the government’s new bidding framework, triggering criticism from smaller cities that say ...

Hollywood’s love storyboard

By Kaori Shoji
- via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Happy couple: Harold and Lillian Michelson are responsible for some classic Hollywood images. | © 2015 ADAMA FILMS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

If you’re the type who sticks around after a movie to read the credits, you’ll know it takes more than one village to make a ...

Abe departs for G-7 summit in Italy, trip to Malta

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, board a plane bound for Italy at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Thursday. | KYODO

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Italy on Thursday to participate in the summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations and hold talks with ...

Taiwan’s gay marriage ruling raises hopes across Asia

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Chi Chia-wei, 59, one of the petitioners who brought the gay marriage case to the constitutional court in Taiwan, poses after an interview in Taipei on May 16. | REUTERS

Taiwan’s giant step toward allowing same-sex marriage has reverberated across Asia, but activists warn the fight for equality isn’t over in a region where gay ...

A U.N. milestone on the road to nuclear abolition

By Ramesh Thakur
- via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

Nearly a half century after the signing of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, the non-nuclear weapons states are no longer idly waiting for the nuclear powers ...

China says ‘very strong’ need for new talks with North Korea to ease nuclear tensions

via The Japan Times    May 24, 2017

Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi enters a Security Council meeting about North Korea at U.N. headquarters Tuesday. | AP

China’s U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that multiple North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests, with no end in sight, show the “very strong” need for new talks with Pyongyang...

North Korea, if left unchecked, on ‘inevitable’ path to nuclear ICBM: U.S. general

via The Japan Times    May 24, 2017

Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, accompanied by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats. | AP

North Korea, if left unchecked, is on an “inevitable” path to obtaining a nuclear-armed missile capable of striking the United States, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vinc...

Frontale take control in ACL knockout match

via The Japan Times    May 24, 2017

Kawasaki Frontale's Kengo Nakamura (left) takes on a Muangthong United defender during their Asian Champions League round of 16, first leg match on Tuesday. | KYODO

Kawasaki Frontale scored a resounding 3-1 victory over Muangthong United in the first leg of the Asian Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday. After ...

Trump slams North Korean leader as ‘madman with nuclear weapons’ in call with Philippines’ Duterte

By Jesse Johnson
- via The Japan Times    May 24, 2017

Rodrigo Duterte | AP

U.S. President Donald Trump labeled North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a “madman with nuclear weapons” — just days before he said he would be “honored” to meet him — during a t...

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