Aug 20, 2012
In China over the weekend, activists smashed shop windows and overturned cars in a wave of anti-Japanese protests. The protests center around a couple of uninhabited, rocky islands in the East China Sea.
Aug 13, 2012
New figures out this morning show Japan's economy is slowing down. It grew at a rate of 1.4 percent in the latest three month period. That's down sharply from the previous quarter.
Aug 2, 2012
In Japan, two big electronics companies are reporting disappointing earnings this morning. Sony is reporting a $316 million quarterly loss. And Sharp announced a $1.2 billion loss, which was much worse than expected.
Jul 17, 2012
In Japan, the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident is going nowhere fast. And in many cases, it's not clear where the radiation's OK, and where it's not. That's where a group called SafeCast comes in.
Jul 5, 2012
A Japanese government report on the Fukushima nuclear crisis puts the blame squarely on culture -- namely, a cozy relationship between politicians, regulators and the nuclear power industry. It goes so far as to suggest the accident might have occurred even without an earthquake and tsunami.
Jul 2, 2012
The new government initiative could lift the land of the rising sun to second place among the world's solar energy markets.
Jun 26, 2012
A government plan would increase the nation's sales tax from 5 percent to 10 percent. Critics say this would affect consumer spending.
May 29, 2012
China and Japan move to trade each other's currencies directly, without using the U.S. dollar to set the exchange rate. The change is a new step toward a world where the dollar is not last word in global currencies.
May 3, 2012
And no one has clue who will pay for the clean-up of tons of debris.
Apr 30, 2012
The Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, is in Washington today for meetings with President Obama. There are tensions over the U.S. military in Japan, but moves toward closer cooperation on energy and trade.