Japan gov't "highly praises" outgoing U.S. envoy Kennedy's work

... Okinawa Prefecture shoulders for hosting the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan. To have fuller access to the Kyodo News website, it is necessary to subscribe. We offer a broad range of subscription options depending on your needs. Learn more. ( read original story ...)

McDonald's to sell Japan stake

The fast food chain is selling up to a third of its stake in its Japan unit, and private equity firms are considering making bids, according to the Wall Street Journal. Fred Katayama reports. ( read original story ...)

Japan emperor: How abdication could usher in a calendar change

For the first time in two centuries a Japanese emperor may be about to abdicate. The huge change for Japan could also affect one aspect of everyday life - the calendar. Emperor Akihito, 83, has hinted he wants to stand down at the end of 2018, allowing ... ( read original story ...)

Nikkei drops while other Asian markets largely gain

Japan’s Nikkei fell Thursday as a higher yen hurt export stocks. Asian equity markets were slightly higher Thursday, after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump largely avoided fresh attacks on global trade in his first news conference in six months. ( read original story ...)

Japan's Abe Starts 4-Nation Trip With Visit to Philippines

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Thursday for a two-day visit to Manila as the Philippines has boosted ties with China while taking a hostile stance toward Tokyo's main ally the United States. The Philippines is Abe's first stop in a four-nation ... ( read original story ...)