Concerns over power shortages motivated Yoshihiko Noda's decision, overriding post-Fukushima anxieties.
At Yongbyon, a nuclear facility creeps toward completion with the emplacement of a key structure.
The world's two biggest economies are entering the final stages of political campaigns to pick their national leaders. But that's where the similarities end.
China and South Korea used the occasion to press territorial claims.
China should not use bilateral talks to attempt to "divide and conquer" nations with competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, the United States said Tuesday.
China's ruling Communists are sticking to their trademark secrecy by keeping mum on the dates of a major party congress this fall that will promote new leaders.
The move suggests a small step toward reopening stalled peace talks with the insurgent group.
Trying disgraced politician Bo Xilai's wife for murder was the easy part in cleaning up the political mess the couple has created for China's communist party leaders.
Australia's prime minister said it will introduce legislation allowing their deportation to the poor Pacific nations of Papua New Guinea and Nauru to face lengthy stays in detention camps.
Japan recalled its ambassador from Seoul and warned that the trip would worsen the countries' strained relations.
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