Fifty rebel lawmakers resigned Monday from Japan's governing party, weakening the majority of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda as he pushes a controversial increase in the sales tax through parliament.
South Korea and Japan on Friday postponed the signing of a landmark military intelligence pact after the prospect stirred discontent among Koreans.
Japanese lawmakers approved a contentious plan to double the country's sales tax Tuesday even as Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda battled to contain an uprising in his own party over the issue that could bring about his downfall.
North Korea said the assembly of a rocket it plans to launch in the coming days should be completed Tuesday, setting the stage for a move that has been widely criticized by other nations.
Japan readies its missile defense as North Korea prepares to launch a rocket. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Japan will shoot down any part of the long-range rocket that North Korea plans to launch next month that enters its territory, the Japanese defense minister, Naoki Tanaka, said Friday.
The Japanese defense minister said Friday that he had ordered the country's military to prepare a missile defense system ahead of a planned rocket launch by North Korea next month.
There's no shortage of debate as to whether the Obama administration and Congress have done the right things in attempting to avert a debt crisis and revive the stalled economy.
Naoto Kan has quit as Japan's PM. Seijiro Takeshita discusses whether the job is a poisoned chalice.
CNN's Kyung Lah reports that Japan is not expecting much from newly-elected prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda.
In his acceptance as elected leader of the ruling Democratic Party, Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda likened his nation's political plight as a snowball falling fast downhill.
CNN's Kyung Lah reports on Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda being picked as the leader of Japan's ruling party.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will depart Tuesday for a trip to China, Mongolia and Japan that will include meetings with China's top leaders.
Three Japanese lawmakers were denied entry at a South Korean airport Monday after they announced they would attempt a visit to an island near disputed territory in what Korea calls the East Sea and Japan calls the Sea of Japan.
Vice President Joe Biden will depart on August 16 for a trip to China, Mongolia and Japan that will include meetings with China's top leaders, the White House announced Thursday.
South Korea demanded Tokyo withdraw a ban that asks Japanese diplomats to refrain from flying with Korean Air to protest a test flight above islets in the sea east of Korea that Japan claims is its territory.
CNN's Dana Bash talks with a nuclear energy lobbyist who is meeting with members of Congress to ease their fears.
In Hiroshima, recent images of razed villages and burning shells of buildings in Japan's quake-damaged northeast are recalling painful memories of a time sixty-five years ago when an atomic bomb created similar effects in their town.
Japanese Cabinet secretary says radiation is at a level that "can impact human health" at a nuclear power plant.
Six months on the job, Japan's foreign minister resigns after becoming embroiled in a donation scandal.
The Japanese prime minister on Friday reshuffled his Cabinet to strengthen his political base in the government, but the change remains minor.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her South Korean and Japanese counterparts jointly condemned North Korea on Monday for recent attacks and nuclear arms proliferation that the three diplomats said threaten stability and peace in the Korean peninsula and, more broadly, the Far East.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Monday with the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan to discuss North Korea.
Nations reacted swiftly Tuesday in condemning a North Korean artillery attack that South Korea said killed two marines and wounded 15 soldiers and civilians.
Russia's president visited the disputed Kuril Islands on Monday, over Japanese protest, Russian state media said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to defuse tensions between China and Japan, a strategic U.S. partner, on Saturday, asking the two rival nations to return to negotiations over a group of Pacific islands under dispute.
A panel of economists on Tuesday predicted several more years of pain for the United States, agreeing unemployment will remain high far longer than 2014, when White House and congressional economists have predicted a jobs improvement.
An independent judicial panel says a political heavyweight nicknamed the "Shadow Shogun" should be indicted over a political funds scandal, the Kyodo news agency said.
Japan's prime minister has rejected China's demand for an apology and compensation over the detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain, state media reported Sunday.
Japan's foreign minister has warned that a possible trip by Russia's president to islands both countries claim could harm diplomatic relations, Japanese media reported.
The Obama administration is walking a tightrope over a diplomatic dispute between China and Japan, as it seeks to curb aggressive Chinese behavior on the high seas while not alienating the Asian giant.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, in New York Tuesday for the United Nations General Assembly, urged Japan to release a detained Chinese boat captain "immediately and unconditionally," China's state news agency Xinhua reported.
Japan's prime minister shuffled his Cabinet on Friday to consolidate his power base, following a landslide win earlier in the week to lead his party.
When Japan's ruling party finishes its vote later Tuesday, the Asian island nation could have its third prime minister in a year.
The wife of Japan's prime minister is a pragmatist. When her husband, Naoto Kan, became prime minister in June, they moved in only with their summer clothes, she told a Japanese weekly magazine.
Japan's first lady writes bluntly about her husband's shortcomings in a new book. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan vowed to keep his job Sunday despite a defeat at the polls for his Democratic Party of Japan, which apparently failed to gain a majority in the upper house of parliament.
CNN's Kyung Lah looks at the challenges ahead for Japan's fifth prime minister in four years.
Japan's new Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced his cabinet Tuesday, retaining 11 of 17 ministers in his predecessor's administration.
Both the upper and lower houses of Japan's parliament elected Finance Minister Naoto Kan to be the nation's new prime minister Friday, following the resignation of Yukio Hatoyama from the post earlier this week.
Japan's parliament elects Naoto Kan to be the new prime minister. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
The lower house of Japan's parliament elected Finance Minister Naoto Kan to be the nation's new prime minister Friday, following the resignation of Yukio Hatoyama from the post earlier this week.
Japan's prime minister announces his resignation after just eight months in office. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan will meet Friday morning to select a new party chief, who will likely become the country's next prime minister.
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announced Wednesday he would resign after eight months in power.
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama told parliamentary officials Wednesday he will resign. "I'm going to step down," Hatoyama announced in a live broadcast on Japanese TV NHK.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Sunday that Northeast Asia -- which includes the Korean Peninsula -- must push for peace and avoid violent clashes in the aftermath of the sinking of a South Korean warship, state news reported.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday that while his country will not defend whoever is responsible for the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, it is not ready to accept South Korea's investigations that blame North Korea for the incident, officials said.
Critics blast Japan's Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama over his fashion choices. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Friday that North Korea must faces consequences over the alleged sinking of a South Korean warship which has stoked tensions in the divided peninsular.
A social networking site run by mothers is leading a grassroots effort pushing deflation in Japan. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
An ongoing feud with the United States over the future of an American military base in Okinawa may end up costing Japan's prime minister his job, a weekend poll shows.
A video game lets players corner women and rape them again and again. HLN's Prime News reports.
In the two days since CNN.com posted the story on hentai games (specifically, the "RapeLay" video game), there have been thousands of comments, more than a million page views and many questions about how a culture can produce this genre of games and then quietly allow the industry to thrive.
Here's a shocker: It could be years before U.S. finances are jolted by an interest rate shock.
China is likely to soon overtake Japan to become the world's second largest economy, a milestone that will only fuel growing fears about the economic might of the world's largest country.
Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada on Thursday apologized to South Korea for the more than three decades when Japan ruled over Korea, calling the time a "tragic incident."
Japanese Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii resigned late Wednesday despite a public plea by Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to stay in the job.
Four American teenagers, all children of U.S. military personnel, have been arrested on charges of attempted murder after a woman was knocked off her motorbike with rope strung across two poles, Japanese police said.
U.S. President Barack Obama chose to make Japan the first stop in his first presidential visit to Asia -- a decision that Japan's new prime minister says signifies the importance Washington attaches to its alliance with Tokyo.
Authorities have officially dropped all charges against an American who tried to snatch back his children from his ex-wife in Japan, the Fukuoka prosecutor's office said Thursday.
The Japanese government says unemployment rate has fallen to 5.3%. CNN's Eunice Yoon reports.
The ambassadors of eight nations urged Japan to ratify the Hague Treaty on child abduction. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
The ambassadors of eight Western nations urged Japan on Friday to consider signing The Hague Convention on international child abduction.
An American man who flew to Japan to reclaim his children is now out of jail. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Had this custody drama played out in the United States, Christopher Savoie might be considered a hero -- snatching his two little children back from an ex-wife who defied the law and ran off with them.
CNN's Morgan Neill reports on the new challenges facing Japan's new prime minister.
Liberal Democratic Party Prime Minister Taro Aso resigned early Wednesday, setting the stage for Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Hatoyama to take over the reins of government.
Death row inmates in Japan spend decades in isolation and face inhuman conditions that can lead to mental illness, Amnesty International said Thursday.
Japan's election may result in thousands of dollars in cash payouts to parents. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Yoshiko Sato would love to give her only son a brother or a sister. But money struggles and Japan's cost of living have pushed the mother to wait.
Now comes the hard part. Handed a sweeping mandate for change, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) begins the formidable task of delivering on a laundry list of promises intended to lift the country after its worst recession since World War II.
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso announced his resignation as head of the party that has governed Japan for decades following its apparent landslide defeat in elections Sunday.
Voters in Japan will turn out for parliamentary elections Sunday in what poll after poll shows will be a historic shift in political power to oust the ruling party.
Unemployment in Japan hit 5.7% in July, the highest on record since World War II.
Japan has released a slew of economic data. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Japan's ruling LDP trails in the polls ahead of the August 30th general election. CNN's Morgan Neill looks at one critical race.
The recession's latest victim in Japan may not be corporate earnings but the political careers of the ruling party in the country's parliament.
Japan is struggling to meet its greenhouse gas reduction target set out at Kyoto. CNN's Morgan Neill reports.
Japan dissolved its lower house of parliament Tuesday ahead of general elections in August.
Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso will dissolve the lower house of parliament this month and call for general elections in August, the government said Monday.
More than nuclear bomb tests, the suicide of former South Korean president Roh Moo-Hyun has stunned the South Korean public. While the news has shocked the nation, perhaps the level of surprise at the method wasn't as great.
CNN's Kyung Lah outlines Japan's latest and larger than expected proposed stimulus plan.
Euphoria returns! Who could have guessed that Bank of America stock would rally 70 percent the week it learns the Feds are demanding new capital equal to nearly half the bank's market capitalization?
Two Japanese destroyers set sail Saturday on an anti-piracy mission off Somalia, the Japanese defense ministry said, marking the first policing action for the country's Maritime Self-Defense Force.
A 13-year-old girl has to choose between her country and her parents by Japan's immigration law. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
The clicking of dozens of news cameras drowned out the sobs of the 13-year-old girl, but her face explained what was happening in the departure hall of Japan's Narita International Airport.
Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso announced a historic $150 billion stimulus package Friday aimed to turn around the recession in the world's second-largest economy.
The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Japan met Monday for a second closed-door session to hammer out a response to North Korea's weekend rocket launch in defiance of international opposition.
Japan is expected to extend economic sanctions against North Korea at a cabinet meeting later this week, a spokesman for Prime Minister Taro Aso said Monday.
As President Obama discusses the economic crisis with world leaders at the G-20 summit this week, two nations' experiences wrestling with similar financial troubles in recent history could offer recovery lessons for the United States.
Japan's Prime Minister will soon announce a third stimulus package as the unemployment rate still rises. CNN's Kyung Lah reports
Japan is mobilizing its missile defense system, and U.S. Navy ships are deploying to the Sea of Japan, as North Korea prepares to launch a rocket that is expected next month, officials said.
Aokigahara Forest is known for two things in Japan: breathtaking views of Mount Fuji and suicides. Also called the Sea of Trees, this destination for the desperate is a place where the suicidal disappear, often never to be found in the dense forest.
CNN's Kyung Lah takes us inside an area in Japan known as the "suicide forest."
Japan said Friday that it could shoot down the satellite that North Korean officials said they plan to launch.
Japan's defense minister has ordered two destroyers to help fight piracy in the waters off Somalia, officials with the defense ministry told CNN.
Location: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
Grappling with its worst economic crisis since World War II, Japan posted a record $10.1 billion trade deficit in January, the Ministry of Finance reported Wednesday.