Japan's prime minister is credited with reviving its deflated economy. He's also accused of setting Japan on a collision course with China. The reality is more complex.
Japan's Shinzo Abe is one of the strongest leaders in its postwar history. Here are some events that have shaped his worldview.
The following regions and issues are among those critical to both short- and long-term US interests. They should draw greater US attention and diplomatic efforts.
As China asserts stronger claims over its coastal seas, the US and others need to be more proactive in engaging Beijing. A joint research trip in the South China Sea hints at one way.
Toyota remained the world's best-selling automaker for the second year, beating General Motors by 270,000 cars. Toyota wants to sell 10 million cars worldwide in 2014.