Mark Esper's announcement comes after Japan's Defense Chief Taro Kono warned the U.S. official that such an "act of goodwill" will not likely persuade North Korea to change his mind.
The incident is the latest in a decades-long series of troubling events eliciting anger from local Japanese communities toward U.S. military personnel as well as their own government.
A North Korean diplomat hit Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo with a slew of insults, calling him "an idiot and villain" after he criticized a recent multiple launch rocket test.
"Under a rather extreme hypothetical situation in which war may break out between North Korea and Japan, 45.5 percent would choose to help North Korea, and 15.1 percent Japan," a new survey shows.
A Japanese hotel chain apologized and acknowledged that it had been possible for persons to gain unauthorized access to its in-room robots at Henn na Hotel Maihama Tokyo Bay.
The hosts hope to shock South Africa for the second time in four years and make history by reaching a first World Cup semifinal.
Originally serialized beginning in 1972, "The Drifting Classroom" portrays the horrors that unfold after an elementary school is transported to an endless wasteland, unleashing factional violence, suicide and monsters upon children doing their best to survive.
Super Typhoon Hagibis has killed dozens of people in Japan as the government mobilizes thousands of troops to assist in rescue efforts.
At least 33 people have died in Japan after Typhoon Hagibis —reportedly one of the most powerful storms to hit the area since the 1950s—tore across the country this weekend.
Eimi Haga, a first year student at Mie University in Japan, had been tasked with writing about a visit to the Ninja Museum of Igaryu for her ninja history class.
Japan's Abe Shinzo said "there is something only Japan can do here, given its alliance relationship with the United States and the long-standing amicable ties with Iran," Pakistan's Imran Khan said it's "a complex issue, but we'll try our best."
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump agreed a limited trade deal as he tries to win back support from farmers unhappy with his trade wars.
The modern Cold War has moved from Europe to Asia, where Japan is posted on the frontier of the U.S. and China's worsening economic and military feud.
Experts tell Newsweek why Japan hasn't signed on to a U.S.-led military buildup against Iran in the Persian Gulf and why Tokyo remains a potential player for peace between Washington and Tehran.
The suspect is accused of hitting at least 30 different marts and pilfering as much as $12,000 during his one and only shift.
"You know, the trade deal, I trust him to do the right thing for everybody," Randy Sowers said.
Where Trump sees no wrongdoing, Abe says North Korean missile test "clearly violates" UN resolution. Trump says the trade deal is done, Abe says there's more work to do. Both maintain they are "on the same page."
The town of Kaida has formed an all-volunteer "monkey militia" to stop macaques from raiding vegetable fields.
The tail moves like that of an animal's—though no word yet whether it will wag when the wearer is happy.
The current trade dispute between Asia's second and fourth largest economies has its roots in grievances dating from World War Two.
Japanese researchers propose new plan to hunt down our galaxy's "isolated black holes."
Toru Adachi, 40, reportedly admitted to stealing 10 items of women's underwear from the store in April. He was detained on Monday and police found the women's clothing items inside his home.
Shinji Aoba, 41, shouted "die" before setting the Japanese animation studio on fire, witnesses have said.
At least 12 people have died and many more were injured in the blaze that broke out at an animation studio.
The man confessed to the sale, telling police: "I thought [North Korean beer] could be sold at a high price."
Nara park is home to more than 1,000 free-roaming sika deer which have been designated a national treasure and are even considered sacred by some.
Kahsai Tyree Hill, 21, has partially denied the charge after the incident in Tokyo's Shinjuku district.