Japan

Using a lantern to preserve the Olympic flame

Japan Hopes for a Post-Coronavirus Olympics

The cancellation is another blow to a battered economy as virus numbers creep up.

Allyson Felix of the United States wins gold in the women's 4 x 400 meter relay at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2016.

Mourning the Olympics and All the Celebrations We’re Losing to the Pandemic

Especially in times like these, it's OK to feel for everyone whose milestone events have been canceled or postponed.

Officers assist passengers arriving at a quarantine station at Narita airport on March 9. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on March 5  that foreign arrivals who have recently been in China or South Korea would be required to spend 14 days in quarantine.

Japan and Korea Won’t Let A Pandemic Stop Them Fighting

Existing quarrels are being pushed forward as the virus spreads.

Residents walk past debris after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011

How Japan Rode a Tsunami to Equality

Japanese women quickly realized that the disaster that struck their country nine years ago was an unprecedented opportunity to overcome discrimination.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence discuss the administration’s coronavirus response

Trump and Other Leaders Grapple With Limited Economic Remedies for the Virus

With interest rates already at rock bottom and tax cuts too slow and unfocused, the U.S. president may find his best coronavirus response is a giant stimulus. But will he get one?

People wearing face masks travel on a train in Tokyo on Feb. 25.

Japan’s Economy May Be Another Coronavirus Casualty

The Tokyo Olympics may be at risk as the epidemic spreads.

A pedestrian wearing a face mask walks past a board displaying the Nikkei 225 Index on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Feb. 25. Japan's stock market joined the global rout as fears of a prolonged economic hit from the coronavirus outbreak have chilled investor sentiment.

World Stock Markets Begin Betting on a Coronavirus Slowdown

Big declines in the United States, Europe, and Asia and an inverted yield curve indicate market players are starting to fear the worst.

Containers are transferred to trucks at the Port of Tokyo on Aug. 19, 2019. Japan’s trade surplus with the United States, like that of many other countries, has fueled U.S. President Donald Trump’s ire, though experts say trade balances are a poor metric to use.

What Trump Really Doesn’t Get About Trade

The U.S. president has disrupted the global economy for three years based on misguided notions about trade deficits. Now it’s Europe’s turn.

South Korea’s Hyundai

Coronavirus Begins to Spread Economic Gloom Worldwide

Supply chain disruptions are upsetting markets globally, but especially in Asia.

Carlos Ghosn

What Really Happened to Carlos Ghosn?

Nissan just filed a lawsuit against its former CEO. Here’s why—and what could happen next.

Chinese renminbi pictured on March 17, 2010.

Trump Opens a New Front in the Trade Wars

With a new currency rule, the U.S. president will try to fix the damage caused by the very tariffs he imposed. But he could end up wreaking more havoc.

Carlos Ghosn

Ghosn’s Flight Leaves CEOs Thinking Twice About Japan

A controversial case has put an unwelcome spotlight on the Japanese justice system.

Medical staff transfer patients to hospital in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 17.

Wuhan’s 11 Million People Face Quarantine as Virus Fears Spread

Trains and flights out of the central Chinese city have been canceled as the toll from a new coronavirus grows.

Then-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn speaks during the beginning of the New York International Auto Show's press day in New York.

Big in Japan, ‘Le Cost Killer’ Comes Home

Carlos Ghosn’s mysterious return to Beirut is met with mixed reactions from a country in protest and peril.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe Can’t Afford to Rest on His Laurels

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister has tough times ahead for 2020.

Chinese soldiers sit atop tanks as they drive in a parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

China Is Blowing Its Chance in the Asia-Pacific

Beijing needs a better strategy to ease the United States out.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan Regrets Trusting Trump on Trade

Trade negotiations have left Tokyo giving much and getting little.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the NATO summit at the Grove hotel northwest of London on Dec. 4.

What Trump Gets Right About Alliances

The president is correct to call the bluff of rich allies who free-ride on U.S. military might.

Kimberly Reed testifies during her confirmation hearing to become president of the Export-Import Bank on Capitol Hill on July 19, 2018.

Bid to Revive Export-Import Bank Runs Aground

Despite the threat from China and other nations, Republicans still decry what they call “crony capitalism.”