Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he shares the same values and ideals with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Japanese officials said the government will explore relaxing visa requirements to encourage more tourists from Southeast Asia to visit Japan.
Russian and Japanese interests are aligned in terms of potential shipments of liquefied natural gas, Russian energy company Gazprom said.
Japan's lower house of Parliament approved and sent to the upper house Prime Minster Shinzo Abe's record stimulus-infused $953 billion budget.
Free trade has been a rock on the back of the U.S. economy and American workers and the Barack Obama strategy will only make things worse.
There's a clear advantage to working with Asian leaders like the Japanese government, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
Japan's participation in the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership free-trade pact will strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement may hurt Japan's farming and other interests, a group of Japanese university professors has warned.
The United States, South Korea and Japan remained alert Wednesday for any imminent ballistic missile tests by North Korea, officials said.
Japan's Defense Ministry deployed anti-missile units in the Tokyo area to defend against any North Korean missile launch, a top official said Tuesday.