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May 19, 2022, 3:43 AM

Japan records trade deficit as imports surge on energy costs

Japan has recorded a trade deficit in April as imports ballooned 28% as energy prices soared while the yen remained weak
May 19, 2022, 3:43 AM
May 18, 2022, 8:29 AM

Japan OKs plan to release Fukushima nuclear plant wastewater

Japan’s nuclear regulator has approved plans to release treated wastewater.
May 18, 2022, 8:29 AM
Japan OKs plan to release Fukushima nuclear plant wastewater
May 15, 2022, 12:17 PM

Okinawa marks 50 years of end to US rule amid protests

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki has urged Japan’s central government to do more to reduce the U.S. military presence in the southern island group as it marked the 50th anniversary of its return to Japanese rule
May 15, 2022, 12:17 PM
Okinawa marks 50 years of end to US rule amid protests
May 11, 2022, 11:50 AM

Tokyo to recognize same-sex unions but not as legal marriage

Japan’s capital has announced it will start recognizing same-sex partnerships to ease the burdens faced by residents in their daily lives, but the unions will not be considered legal marriages
May 11, 2022, 11:50 AM
Tokyo to recognize same-sex unions but not as legal marriage
May 6, 2022, 1:51 PM

Japan's Okinawa urges government to reduce China tensions

The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa is urging Japan to focus more on peaceful diplomacy with China instead of on military deterrence
May 6, 2022, 1:51 PM
Okinawa seeks Tokyo's help lowering tensions with China
April 27, 2022, 5:39 AM

Major Japan railway now powered only by renewable energy

A Japanese railway company, Tokyu, says it now uses just solar and other renewable energy to power its sprawling train service
April 27, 2022, 5:39 AM
April 25, 2022, 5:08 AM

Japan to send envoy to Solomons amid worry over China pact

Japan is sending a vice foreign minister to the Solomon Islands amid worry over a security agreement it struck with China that could increase Beijing’s military influence
April 25, 2022, 5:08 AM
April 24, 2022, 2:58 PM

10 found dead after Japan tour boat with 26 aboard sinks

Rescuers say 10 people who were retrieved from the frigid sea and the rocky coast of a northern Japanese national park had died, a day after a tour boat with 26 aboard sank in rough waters
April 24, 2022, 2:58 PM
10 of 26 people from sunken Japan tour boat confirmed dead
April 24, 2022, 9:17 AM

10 of 26 people from sunken Japan tour boat confirmed dead

Japan’s guard says 10 of the 26 people aboard a tour boat that sank in the frigid waters of a northern national park have been confirmed dead
April 24, 2022, 9:17 AM
4 people from missing tour boat in Japan found
1 month ago

Tour boat with 26 aboard missing in frigid Japan waters

Japan’s coast guard says a tour boat with 26 people aboard has been missing in the frigid waters hours after sending a distress call that it was sinking
1 month ago
Tour boat with 26 missing in Japan after distress call
1 month ago

NZ, Japan boost security ties amid Russia, China concerns

The leaders of New Zealand and Japan have agreed to strengthen their countries' partnership in defense, trade and climate, including the start of formal talks toward a military information sharing agreement
1 month ago
NZ, Japan boost security ties amid Russia, China concerns
1 month ago

Japan formally revokes Russia's 'most favored nation' status

Japan has enacted a law formally revoking Russia's “most favored nation” trade status over its invasion of Ukraine, as Tokyo steps up sanctions amid revelations of Russian military atrocities against civilians
1 month ago
Japan formally revokes Russia's 'most favored nation' status
1 month ago

US lawmakers affirm Japan alliance eyeing China, North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and visiting U.S. lawmakers have reaffirmed their commitment to working together under a longstanding alliance at a time of heightened global tensions and threats from China and North Korea
1 month ago
US lawmakers affirm Japan alliance eyeing China, North Korea
1 month ago

Japan, US hold navy drills off Koreas amid nuke test worry

U.S. and Japanese warships are conducting a joint naval exercise in a rare location — in waters between Japan and the Korean Peninsula
1 month ago
Japan, US hold navy drills off Koreas amid nuke test worry
1 month ago

Japan, Philippines seek pact to further defense cooperation

Japan and the Philippines have agreed to start talks toward a possible defense agreement that would allow closer cooperation between their militaries amid regional tensions with China and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
1 month ago
Japan, Philippines seek pact to further defense cooperation
1 month ago

Japan to expel 8 Russian officials, impose new sanctions

Japan is expelling eight Russian diplomats over the Ukraine invasion.
1 month ago
Japan announces expulsion of 8 Russian diplomats
2 months ago

Japan enjoys cherry blossom season despite COVID-19 worries

People across Japan are celebrating the peak cherry blossom viewing season one week after the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, triggering concerns of a possible virus resurgence
2 months ago
Japan enjoys cherry flower season despite COVID-19 worries
2 months ago

Japan OKs bigger budget to host US forces, step up alliance

Japan’s parliament has approved a new agreement with the United States, endorsing Japanese government spending in excess of $8 billion for hosting U.S. troops
2 months ago
Japan OKs bigger budget to host US forces, step up alliance
2 months ago

Power outage alert in Japan amid quake damage, cold weather

Japan’s government is alerting people in the Tokyo region they may face blackouts as power runs short after several coal-fired plants temporarily stopped generating electricity following an earthquake last week
2 months ago
Tokyo area warned of power outages due to cold, quake damage
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

Powerful quake off north Japan kills 2, dozens injured

A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan, killing two and triggering a tsunami advisory and temporarily causing widespread power outages
2 months ago
7.3 magnitude quake hits north Japan, tsunami alert issued
2 months ago

Powerful earthquake hits northern Japan, tsunami advisory issued

Powerful earthquake hits northern Japan, tsunami advisory issued
2 months ago
Powerful earthquake hits northern Japan, tsunami advisory issued
2 months ago

Japan marks 11 years since quake, tsunami, nuclear disaster

Japan on Friday paid tribute to the victims of a massive earthquake and tsunami.
2 months ago
Japan marks 11 years since quake, tsunami, nuclear disaster
2 months ago

11 years later, fate of Fukushima reactor cleanup uncertain

Most of the radioactive debris blasted by hydrogen explosions has been cleared.
2 months ago
11 years later, fate of Fukushima reactor cleanup uncertain
3 months ago

Rare Japanese strawberries being grown in US

Omakase strawberries, which cost $29 for six berries, are being farmed indoors in vertical gardens.
3 months ago
Rare Japanese strawberries being grown in US
3 months ago

Japan's Toshiba CEO steps down amid restructuring efforts

Toshiba’s Chief Executive Satoshi Tsunakawa is stepping down as the embattled Japanese technology giant seeks to restructure and restore its reputation
3 months ago
Japan's Toshiba CEO steps down amid restructuring efforts
3 months ago

Japan eases border controls amid criticism as exclusionist

Japan will ease its tough COVID-19 border controls by increasing the number of people allowed to enter each day and reducing quarantine requirements following criticism that its current policy is unscientific and xenophobic
3 months ago
Japan to ease border controls amid criticism as exclusionist
3 months ago

Robot photos appear to show melted fuel at Fukushima reactor

A remote-controlled robot has captured images of what appears to be mounds of nuclear fuel that melted and fell to the bottom of the most damaged reactor at Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant
3 months ago
Robot photos appear to show melted fuel at Fukushima reactor
3 months ago

Japan to extend virus measures in Tokyo and other areas

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has announced plans to keep COVID-19 restrictions for Tokyo and 12 other areas for three more weeks until early March
3 months ago
3 months ago

Japan border policy keeps thousands of foreigners in limbo

Hundreds of thousands of foreigners have been denied entry to study, work or visit families in Japan, which has kept its doors closed to most overseas visitors during the pandemic
3 months ago
Japan border policy keeps thousands of foreigners in limbo
4 months ago

Japan's Kishida says virus measures, defense top priorities

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has told parliament that fighting the pandemic and strengthening defense are his government’s top priorities
4 months ago
Japan's Kishida says virus measures, defense top priorities
4 months ago

Teenager arrested in stabbing near Japan entrance exam venue

Tokyo police say that three people, including two students on their way to university entrance exams, have been stabbed near a test venue, and authorities arrested a 17-year-old student at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder
4 months ago
Teenager arrested in stabbing near Japan entrance exam venue
4 months ago

US, Japan hail stronger ties, including 2 new defense deals

Top U.S. and Japanese officials are highlighting new defense agreements, including a five-year deal on sharing the cost of the American military presence in Japan
4 months ago
5 months ago

Japan hangs 3 in first use of capital punishment in 2 years

Japan has hanged three death-row inmates amid growing criticism from human rights groups of its use of the death penalty
5 months ago
Japan hangs 3 in first use of capital punishment in 2 years
5 months ago

Osaka fire suspect might have copied Kyoto Animation attack

The suspect in a deadly fire might have studied a fatal 2019 Kyoto arson.
5 months ago
Osaka fire suspect might have copied Kyoto Animation attack
5 months ago

Osaka arson suspect identified, buildings to be checked

A 61-year-old man as a prime suspect behind a fire that engulfed a mental clinic
5 months ago
5 months ago

US embassy in Tokyo warns foreigners of suspected racial profiling cases involving Japanese police

Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo unexpectedly warned foreigners of an increase in suspected racial profiling cases involving Japanese police.
5 months ago
US embassy in Tokyo warns of suspected police racial profiling
5 months ago

Japan holds drills in north as it faces Russia, China threat

Japan's military has continued with troop and tank drills on its northern island of Hokkaido, as Tokyo looks to confront rising threats in the region, including from Russia and China
5 months ago
Japan holds drills in north as it faces Russia, China threat
5 months ago

About 100 Japanese lawmakers visit controversial shrine

A group of about 100 Japanese lawmakers has prayed at a Tokyo shrine viewed by China and the Koreas as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression
5 months ago
About 100 Japanese lawmakers visit controversial shrine
5 months ago

Japan's military, among world's strongest, looks to build

Dozens of Japanese tanks are participating in a major exercise on the northern island of Hokkaido in a display of military power that coincides with a recent escalation of Chinese and Russian military moves around Japanese territory
5 months ago
6 months ago

Japan crown prince says royals should refute extreme attacks

The family are currently expected to stoically weather any criticism.
6 months ago
Japan crown prince says royals should refute extreme attacks
6 months ago

Japan, US set framework for talks on trade, broader ties

U.S. Trade Representative Katharine Tai and Japan's trade minister have agreed to work to resolve a dispute over American tariffs on steel and aluminum as part of a framework for deeper cooperation
6 months ago
Japan, US set plans for talks on resolving tariffs dispute
6 months ago

Japan's former princess leaves for US with commoner husband

A Japanese princess gave up the throne to marry her commoner college sweetheart.
6 months ago
6 months ago

Japan had no COVID-19 deaths 1st time in 15 months

Japan has reported no daily deaths from COVID-19 for the first time in 15 months, as infections decline rapidly
6 months ago
Japan had no COVID-19 deaths 1st time in 15 months
6 months ago

Fire set by rider on Japanese bullet train quickly put out

Police say a rider on a Japanese super-express train started a fire that was quickly put out by fellow passengers and didn’t cause injuries
6 months ago
Fire set by rider on Japanese bullet train quickly put out
7 months ago

At least 17 injured in Tokyo subway attack

Over a dozen people were hurt when a knife-wielding man wearing a Joker-like costume attacked riders on a crowded train.
7 months ago
At least 17 injured in Tokyo subway attack
7 months ago

New Images of Tokyo train attack

Authorities have arrested the suspect, but have not revealed a potential motive. ABC News' Megan Tevrizian has more.​
7 months ago
New Images of Tokyo train attack
7 months ago

Man with knife injures 17 people on Tokyo train, starts fire

Police and witnesses say a man dressed in a Joker costume and brandishing a knife stabbed at least one passenger on a Tokyo commuter train and started a fire
7 months ago
Man with knife stabs at least 17 on Tokyo train, starts fire
7 months ago

The Princess and the commoner

This Japanese princess just gave up her royal status to marry the man of her dreams. ABC News’ Will Ganss has their inspiring love story.
7 months ago
The Princess and the commoner
7 months ago

Hiroshima atomic bombing survivor Sunao Tsuboi dies at 96

Sunao Tsuboi made opposing nuclear weapons the message of his life.
7 months ago
Hiroshima atomic bombing survivor Sunao Tsuboi dies at 96