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Japan's Shinzo Abe and China's Xi Jinping have met numerous times over the last few years on the sidelines of international events but no Japanese leader has made an official visit to China since 2011

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Plans Visit to China

Chinese officials announced on Friday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit China from October 25 – 27, in concert with the 40th anniversary of the “Treaty of Peace and Friendship” signed by the two nations.

A soldier holds a Rising Sun flag during the military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground on October 27, 2013. Around 3,900 personnel, 240 armoured vehicles and 50 aircrafts took part in the inspection parade. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan Withdraws from Naval Event After South Korea Protests Rising Sun Flag

Japan withdrew on Friday from an international naval review scheduled for next week because South Korea asked that Japan not fly the “Rising Sun” flag on its ships. The Koreans see the flag as symbolic of Imperial Japan’s atrocities in World War II, but Japan said its ships are required by law to fly it.

JS Kaga (DDH-184) is a helicopter carrier (officially classified by Japan as a helicopter destroyer) and the second constructed ship in the Izumo class of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF)

Japan’s Largest Warship Visits Sri Lanka, Sends Message to China

The Japanese helicopter carrier Kaga visited Sri Lanka over the weekend, calling on a port that was developed with Japanese financial assistance while the people and government of Sri Lanka are questioning the wisdom of becoming more deeply indebted to China.

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Pay Your Way: Trump Seeks End to U.S. ‘Subsidizing’ Foreign Militaries

President Donald Trump on Saturday hit out at countries that rely on the U.S. “subsidizing” their military capabilities, pointing to Saudi Arabia, as well as Japan and South Korea as culprits. In doing so he linked them to NATO allies in Europe that rely on U.S. defense capabilities while neglecting their own.

Protesters demonstrate near a statue of a South Korean "comfort women" during a protest in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul last year. Japan has previously expressed concern regarding the memorialization of the women forced to serve in Japanese wartime brothels. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI

South Korean and Japanese Leaders Clash over ‘Comfort Women’ at U.N.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, as world leaders often do. The encounter began on a high note but turned sour with an argument over the “comfort women” issue that has divided South Korea and Japan for many years.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has faced pressure from US President Donald Trump for fairer trade

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan Wins Crucial Election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe put doubts about his political future to rest on Thursday by winning an overwhelming victory over challenger Shigeru Ishiba for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, consolidating control of the party and all but ensuring another three-year term as leader of his country.

JDS Harushio (SS 583)

Japan Defies China, Sends Submarine to South China Sea Naval Exercise

Japan courted the wrath of China on Monday by announcing its submarine Kuroshio has been dispatched to join an anti-submarine warfare exercise in the South China Sea on Thursday, marking the first officially confirmed drill for a Japanese sub in those contested waters.

A medium-range ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, during a test in 2017

Japanese Defense Ministry Proposes Record Budget, $2.1B for U.S. Missile Defense System

The Japanese Defense Ministry released a budget proposal on Friday that would increase spending by 2.1 percent to $48 billion, the seventh annual increase in a row and the biggest military budget in modern Japanese history. The largest increase in the budget covers missile defense, including the purchase of $2.1 billion in American-made missile interceptors.

Police in Salt Lake City have launched an investigation after video footage showed an officer forcibly arresting a nurse for refusing to draw blood from an unconscious patient

Japan Rocked by Yet Another Serial Killer of Sick and Elderly

A Japanese nurse confessed to police this week that she killed as many as 20 patients while working at a hospital in Yokohama, claiming that she wanted to avoid explaining the deaths to families so ensured that poison drips would kill the person when she was not on duty.

In this Wednesday, May 14, 2014 photo, buildings along the Sumida River are seen through a Japanese national flag fluttering on a sightseeing boat in Tokyo. Citing threats from China and North Korea, a government-appointed panel has urged Japan to reinterpret its pacifist constitution to allow the use of military …

North Korea: ‘Fascist Fanatic’ Japan Threatening Europe

North Korea’s state news agency followed up its somewhat surprising condemnation of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with a screed Tuesday warning that Japan is a “fascist fanatic” threatening to revisit the “miserable disasters in the Second World War” onto Europe.

A picture shows cars trapped in the mud after floods in Saka, Hiroshima prefecture on July 8, 2018. - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on July 8 of a 'race against time' to rescue flood victims as authorities issued new alerts over record rains that have killed at least …

Death Toll from Floods in Japan Rises to 126

The Japanese government confirmed Monday that at least 126 people have died and approximately 90 are missing from the heavy rains, floods, and mudslides that have swept the island nation.

Shoko Asahara, founder of the notorious Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, was executed in Japan on Friday with six of his followers for perpetrating a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, along with several other crimes.

Japan Executes Doomsday Cult Leader for 1995 Nerve Gas Attack

Shoko Asahara, founder of the notorious Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult, was executed in Japan on Friday with six of his followers for perpetrating a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, along with several other crimes.

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Japan Aims 1,000-Kilometer Radar System at Korean Peninsula and China

Japanese media reported on Tuesday that the Defense Ministry is purchasing Lockheed Martin’s advanced Solid State Radar upgrade for Japan’s Aegis Ashore missile defense system. The SSR has an effective range of 1,000 kilometers, making it even more sensitive than the fabled Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system installed in South Korea.

Jim Mattis, Itsunori Onodera

Mattis in Tokyo: ‘Longstanding Alliance Between Japan and U.S. Stands Firm’

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis became the highest-ranking Trump administration official to visit Japan on Friday, offering reassurances that America’s commitment to regional security remains firm and promising that Japanese kidnapping victims will not be forgotten during negotiations with North Korea.

The controversy of the so-called comfort women -- those forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II -- has marred relations between South Korea and Japan for decades

North and South Korea to Cooperate on Recovering World War II Remains from Japan

A pro-unification South Korean group called the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation (KCRC) announced on Thursday that it will send a delegation to North Korea on July 16 to work on recovering the remains of Koreans forced to work for Imperial Japan as slaves during the World War II era.