At Yokosuka, 7th Fleet’s Home Port, Worrying and Wondering, ‘Why?’

With 17 crew members dead in two accidents since June, and a tense geopolitical situation in the region, staffing and training are under review.

Japan’s Economy Grows Again, in Longest Streak in 11 Years

By JONATHAN SOBLE August 13, 2017 TOKYO — Japan’s economy grew more strongly than expected in the second quarter, extending the longest streak of uninterrupted growth in 11 years, government data showed on Monday. And the really good news: Much...

Japan’s Economy Is Growing, but Don’t Call It a Hot Streak

By JONATHAN SOBLE May 17, 2017 TOKYO — Japan’s economic engine may not exactly be roaring, but there is a definite hum in the air. The economy grew for a fifth consecutive quarter at the start of 2017, the longest stretch of growth in more than a...

News Analysis: Trump Responds to North Korean Missile Launch With Uncharacteristic Restraint

The president seemed intent on showing that he would not be baited into a confrontation every time an American adversary tried to provoke him.

News Analysis: Trump Foreign Policy Quickly Loses Its Sharp Edge

He is proving to be less of a radical than either his campaign statements or his tempestuous early phone calls with foreign leaders would suggest.

Japan’s Foreign ‘Trainees’ Work in a Place Trump May Envy

By JONATHAN SOBLE February 10, 2017 GIFU, Japan — Liu Hongmei was fed up with her job at a Shanghai clothing factory, where she worked long hours for little pay. So three years ago, she quit to take a job in Japan. A garment factory there promised Ms....