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January 23, 2023, 10:08 AM

Kishida prioritizes arms buildup, reversing low birthrate

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Japan faces the severest security environment in the region since the end of World War II
January 23, 2023, 10:08 AM
Kishida prioritizes arms buildup, reversing low birthrate
January 20, 2023, 6:53 AM

Japan to lower COVID-19 to flu status, further easing rules

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has announced plans to downgrade the legal status of COVID-19 to the equivalent of seasonal influenza in the spring, a move that would further relax mask wearing and other preventive measures as the country seeks t...
January 20, 2023, 6:53 AM
Japan to lower COVID-19 to flu status, further easing rules
January 19, 2023, 12:38 AM

Japan court acquits utility executives in Fukushima disaster

A Japanese court has found three former utility company executives not guilty of negligence over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster and the subsequent deaths of more than 40 elderly residents during their forced evacuation
January 19, 2023, 12:38 AM
Japan court again acquits ex-execs over Fukushima disaster
January 13, 2023, 1:19 PM

Japan eyes delay of Fukushima plant water release

Japan has revised the timing of a planned release to the sea of treated radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima nuclear plant to “around spring or summer,” indicating a delay from the initial target, after factoring in the progress of a release tunnel ...
January 13, 2023, 1:19 PM
Japan eyes delay of Fukushima plant water release
January 13, 2023, 6:01 AM

Japan eyes delay of Fukushima plant water release

Japan has revised the timing of a planned release to the sea of treated radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima nuclear plant to “around spring or summer,” indicating a delay from the initial target, after factoring in the progress of a release tunnel ...
January 13, 2023, 6:01 AM
January 12, 2023, 2:53 AM

US, Japan unveil plans to strengthen the alliance

The top national security officials from the U.S. and Japan have unveiled plans to strengthen the alliance to help counter threats from North Korea and China
January 12, 2023, 2:53 AM
US, Japan to boost security, military cooperation
January 2, 2023, 11:26 AM

Japanese emperor greets crowd at palace after COVID hiatus

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and his family have waved to throngs of New Year’s well-wishers at the Imperial Palace in a celebration halted for the past two years by the pandemic
January 2, 2023, 11:26 AM
Japanese emperor greets crowd at palace after COVID hiatus
1 month ago

Japan PM sacks 4th minister to patch up scandal-hit Cabinet

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has dismissed his fourth minister in two months to patch a scandal-tainted Cabinet that has raised questions over his judgment of staff credentials
1 month ago
Japan PM sacks 4th minister to patch up scandal-hit Cabinet
1 month ago

Heavy snow in Japan leaves 17 dead, dozens injured

Large swaths of Japan are seeing heavy snow since last week, killing 17 and leaving hundreds of homes without power
1 month ago
Heavy snow in Japan leaves 17 dead, dozens injured
1 month ago

Japan adopts plan to maximize nuclear energy, in major shift

Japan has adopted a plan to extend the lifespan of nuclear reactors, replace the old and even build new ones
1 month ago
Japan adopts plan to maximize nuclear energy, in major shift
1 month ago

Japan adopts plan to maximize nuclear energy, in major shift

Japan has adopted a plan to extend the lifespan of nuclear reactors, replace the old and even build new ones
1 month ago
Japan reverts to max nuclear power to tackle energy, climate
1 month ago

Snow piles deep in northern Japan, strands vehicles, 3 dead

Heavy snow in northwestern Japan has left three people dead.
1 month ago
Snow piles deep in northern Japan, strands vehicles, 3 dead
1 month ago

As regional threats rise, Japan eases defense-only strategy

Japan's strict self-defense-only postwar principle is being loosened
1 month ago
As regional threats rise, Japan eases defense-only strategy
1 month ago

Court denies govt aid for Nagasaki A-bomb survivors children

A Japanese court has rejected a damages suit filed by a group of children of Nagasaki atomic bombing survivors seeking eligibility for government support for medical costs, saying hereditary radiation impact has not been proven
1 month ago
2 months ago

New Japan law aims at Unification Church fundraising abuses

Japan’s parliament has enacted a law to restrict malicious donation solicitations by religious and other groups, which mainly targets the Unification Church, whose fundraising tactics and cozy ties with the governing party caused public outrage
2 months ago
Japan enacts law to help Unification Church donation victims
2 months ago

Japan to jointly develop new fighter jet with UK, Italy

Japan has announced it will jointly develop its next-generation fighter jet with the U.K. and Italy
2 months ago
2 months ago

Japan births at new low as population shrinks and ages

Japan’s top government spokesperson said Monday that the number of babies born this year is below last year's record low
2 months ago
Japan births at new low as population shrinks and ages
2 months ago

'Normal thing to do': Japanese fans tidy up at World Cup

Japanese fans, players clean up after themselves after the matches.
2 months ago
2 months ago

Strong earthquake hits Japan, at least 97 injured and 4 deaths reported

A strong earthquake was felt in Japan, occurring off the coast from Fukushima.
2 months ago
Strong earthquake hits Japan, at least 97 injured and 4 deaths reported
2 months ago

Japan to reopen to cruise ships after 2 1/2-year ban

Japan is lifting a more than 2 1/2-year ban on international cruise ships that was imposed following a deadly coronavirus outbreak on the cruise ship Diamond Princess at the beginning of the pandemic
2 months ago
Japan to reopen to cruise ships after 2 1/2-year ban
3 months ago

Japan, US hold joint arms drills amid China, N Korea worry

Japan and the United States have begun a major joint military exercise in southern Japan as the allies aim to step up readiness in the face of China’s increasing assertiveness and North Korea’s intensifying missile launches
3 months ago
Japan, US hold joint arms drills amid China, N Korea worry
3 months ago

Japan PM vows to strengthen military at int'l naval review

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says his country urgently needs to strengthen its military capabilities amid a worsening security environment in the East and South China seas and threats from North Korea and Russia's war on Ukraine
3 months ago
Japan PM vows to strengthen military at int'l naval review
3 months ago

Japan to keep stake in Russian energy project in Sakhalin

Japan’s industry minister says that a Japanese consortium has decided to retain its stake in the new Russian operator of the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project
3 months ago
Japan to keep stake in Russian energy project in Sakhalin
3 months ago

US uses farmers markets to foster ties at bases in Japan

As the United States and Japan further strengthen their military alliance, they’ve turned to farmers markets to foster friendlier ties between American military bases and their Japanese neighbors
3 months ago
3 months ago

Japan Cabinet OKs $200B spending plan to counter inflation

Japan's Cabinet has approved a hefty economic package including about 29 trillion yen ($200 billion) in government spending to alleviate the burden of costs from rising utility rates and food prices
3 months ago
Japan Cabinet OKs $200B spending plan to counter inflation
3 months ago

Japan Cabinet minister resigns over Unification Church ties

Japan’s economy minister resigned over his ties to the Unification Church in a widening controversy involving dozens of governing party lawmakers
3 months ago
Japan Cabinet minister resigns over Unification Church ties
4 months ago

Japan, Canada to formally begin intelligence sharing talks

Japan and Canada have agreed to formally start talks toward signing a military intelligence information sharing accord
4 months ago
Japan, Canada to formally begin intelligence sharing talks
4 months ago

Tourists flock to Japan after COVID restrictions lifted

Eager to admire colorful foliage, eat sushi and go shopping, droves of tourists from abroad have started arriving in Japan
4 months ago
4 months ago

Japan eager to welcome tourists from abroad amid cheap yen

Individual travelers will be able to visit Japan without visas from Tuesday.
4 months ago
Japan eager to welcome tourists from abroad amid cheap yen
4 months ago

Japanese avant-garde pioneer composer Ichiyanagi dies at 89

Avant-garde pianist and composer Toshi Ichiyanagi, who studied with John Cage and went on to lead Japan’s advances in experimental modern music, has died
4 months ago
4 months ago

Japan holds state funeral for Shinzo Abe as protesters line the streets

Controversy erupts over former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's funeral set for Tuesday.
4 months ago
Japan holds state funeral for Shinzo Abe as protesters line the streets
5 months ago

Japan to end pre-departure COVID tests for fully vaccinated tourists in September

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Wednesday the country will end a pre-departure COVID-19 test requirement for fully vaccinated travelers Sept. 7.
5 months ago
This country is ending negative COVID test requirement for vaccinated tourists
6 months ago

Tokyo crowds mourn former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Crowds gathered on Tuesday to pay respects and lay flowers near former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's private funeral at Zojoji temple in Tokyo.
6 months ago
Tokyo crowds mourn former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
6 months ago

Crowds line Tokyo streets to mourn former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Crowds gathered to pay respects and lay flowers for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s private funeral near Zojoji temple, Tokyo.
6 months ago
Tokyo crowds mourn former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
6 months ago

Investigation into assassination of Japan’s former PM

Japan is in mourning over the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and there are new reports on the emerging details about the suspect.
6 months ago
Investigation into assassination of Japan’s former PM
7 months ago

Blinken arrives in Japan to pay respects to former PM Shinzo Abe

ABC News' Bob Woodruff reports from Tokyo with the latest on the investigation into the former Japanese prime minister's assassination on Friday.
7 months ago
Blinken arrives in Japan to pay respects to former PM Shinzo Abe
7 months ago

Japanese authorities release details on Shinzo Abe's assassination

Authorities have released details on how the suspect allegedly prepared for the attack.
7 months ago
Japanese authorities release details on Shinzo Abe's assassination
7 months ago

Shinzo Abe's assassination was 'shock to the system' of Japan: Ambassador Rahm Emanuel

Shinzo Abe's assassination was a "shock to the system and a shock to the culture" of Japan, U.S. Ambassador Rahm Emanuel said Sunday on "This Week"
7 months ago
Shinzo Abe's assassination was 'shock' to Japan's system: Ambassador Rahm Emanuel
7 months ago

Abe was 'a visionary', saw US-Japan partnership as 'unstoppable': Amb. Rahm Emanuel

George Stephanopoulos interviews U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel on "This Week."
7 months ago
Abe was 'a visionary', saw US-Japan partnership as 'unstoppable': Amb. Rahm Emanuel
7 months ago

Japanese authorities admit possible security failures

Japan makes plans to bury former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated by a man armed with a homemade gun.
7 months ago
Japanese authorities admit possible security failures
7 months ago

Suspected gunman tackled after former Japan PM Shinzo Abe assassinated

The suspected gunman was tackled by security personnel after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated.
7 months ago
Suspected gunman tackled after former Japan PM Shinzo Abe assassinated
7 months ago

Former Japanese PM assassination sends shock waves

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was giving a morning campaign speech at a train station near Kyoto when he was suddenly shot twice from behind and security tackled the suspect immediately.
7 months ago
Former Japanese PM assassination sends shock waves
7 months ago

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dies at 67 after assassination

Despite no longer being Japan's prime minister, Abe remained influential on national security and economic policies and was a central figure within the ruling party.
7 months ago
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dies at 67 after assassination
7 months ago

Japan in shock following assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe

President Biden ordered flags lowered to half-staff as an act of reverence reserved for the most important world figures and U.S. allies.
7 months ago
Japan in shock following assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe
7 months ago

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gunned down while giving speech

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed during a campaign speech in western Japan on Friday, hospital officials said.
7 months ago
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gunned down while giving speech
7 months ago

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, assassinated

Plus, Brittney Griner said she unintentionally brought illegal hashish oil into Russia, and the unemployment rate holds steady at 3.6% in the United States.
7 months ago
Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, assassinated
7 months ago

Suspect arrested in connection with prime minister assassination

Mireya Solis, director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies, discusses fallout from the assassination of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the impact he had on U.S.-Japan relations.
7 months ago
Suspect arrested in connection with prime minister assassination
7 months ago

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot and killed

Investigators say the suspect arrested at the scene told them he was unhappy with Japan’s former prime minister and intended to kill him.
7 months ago
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shot and killed
7 months ago

Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe dead at 67 after assassination

Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated by a gunman during a campaign speech Friday in Nara, Japan.
7 months ago
Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe dead at 67 after assassination
7 months ago

Assassination of former PM Abe ‘profoundly disturbing,’ Blinken says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Shinzo Abe “an extraordinary partner” with the U.S.
7 months ago
Assassination of former PM Abe ‘profoundly disturbing,’ Blinken says