Xi Says Visiting Japan Next Year A 'good Idea'

Xi says visiting Japan next year a 'good idea'

China's President Xi Jinping has called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's proposal that he officially visit Japan next spring a good idea.

Xi responded to the proposal while meeting Abe in Osaka on Thursday, the eve of the opening of the G20 meeting there.

Abe Considering Visiting Iran In Mid-june

Abe considering visiting Iran in mid-June

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Iran, apparently to ease tensions between the country and the United States. Such a visit would be the first by a Japanese prime minister since 1978.

Informed sources say Abe is thinking of making the visit in mid-June at the earliest, to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Abe is expected to make a final decision after meeting US President Donald Trump in Tokyo on Monday.

Iranian Fm Zarif Visiting Japan

Iranian FM Zarif visiting Japan

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is visiting Japan from Wednesday.

Japan's Foreign Ministry said Zarif's three-day visit through Friday was quickly arranged at Iran's request. He is to have talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Thursday, and pay a courtesy call to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Emperor, Empress Visiting Ise

Emperor, Empress visiting Ise

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are in the city of Ise in central Japan on their last trip to a local region before the Emperor's abdication on April 30.

The couple left Tokyo Station on Wednesday afternoon. They were seen off by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Imperial Couple Visiting Quake-hit Hokkaido

Imperial couple visiting quake-hit Hokkaido

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are visiting an earthquake-hit town in Hokkaido, northern Japan.

They left Tokyo's Haneda Airport on Thursday morning and arrived at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido around noon.

Abe To Reshuffle Cabinet After Visiting Us

Abe to reshuffle Cabinet after visiting US

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he plans to reshuffle his Cabinet and ruling party executives after his upcoming visit to New York.

Abe disclosed the plan after being reelected for a third term as president of the Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday.

Visiting Hamarikyu Gardens

Visiting Hamarikyu Gardens

I recently spent a cold afternoon strolling around Hamarikyu Gardens, a stone's throw from The Asahi Shimbun Tokyo headquarters, the office to which I send my biweekly manuscripts.

Why visit a famous garden in the dead of winter when there's not much to see? Tsk-tsk. It's the lack of the in-your-face colors and fragrances that vigorously compete for attention, like in the spring, that opens one's senses to the muted joys that abound if only we become aware.

Nfc-based Mobile Payments To Be Offered For Docomo Users Visiting Korea

NFC-based Mobile Payments to be Offered for DOCOMO Users Visiting KoreaeB Card Corporation, a specialized prepaid smart card distributor for cashless life, and NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, announced today that they have developed eB Card's "cashbee" prepaid mobile payments service application implemented with NFC (near field communication) technology for provision on a cross-border basis to DOCOMO smartphone users visiting South Korea beginning December 18.

Japanese Tourists Still Finding New Reasons For Visiting Hawaii

Japanese tourists still finding new reasons for visiting HawaiiIn Japan, Hawaii has been synonymous with a popular overseas destination for nearly 50 years. For Japanese, these distant, isolated islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean are a southern tropical paradise. But beneath the balmy weather and white sandy beaches, there is much more than meets the eye. What is the real Hawaii like?