North Korea said it would investigate what happened to Japanese citizens it kidnapped decades ago. Japan agreed to ease some sanctions against North Korea once the probe is reopened and will consider providing humanitarian aid.
Japan's prime minister appears to be stepping up his campaign to reinterpret Japan's wartime history, aggravating China and South Korea at a time when the region should be uniting to deal with North Korea.
President Obama met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday. Major topics included Japan's joining a regional trade pact, North Korea's recent nuclear test, and a Japan-China territorial dispute.