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November 23, 2020, 3:43 PM

Rights experts: Japan's handling of Carlos Ghosn was wrong

The experts urged Japan to pay the former Nissan boss compensation.
November 23, 2020, 3:43 PM
Rights experts: Japan was wrong to detain Carlos Ghosn
November 22, 2020, 1:34 AM

Spike in cases delays Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble

Singapore and Hong Kong have postponed the start of an air travel bubble meant to boost tourism for both cities, citing a spike in coronavirus infections in Hong Kong
November 22, 2020, 1:34 AM
November 16, 2020, 12:36 PM

Japan's foreign minister says Tokyo looks to deepen US ties

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says Japan hopes to deepen its alliance with the United States under President-elect Joe Biden and do more to get its ally continuously committed to regional security and other key international issues
November 16, 2020, 12:36 PM
Japan's foreign minister says Tokyo looks to deepen US ties
1 month ago

Japan rejects nuclear ban treaty; survivors to keep pushing

Japan says it will not sign a U.N. treaty that bans nuclear weapons and does not welcome its entry into force next year, rejecting the wishes of atomic bomb survivors in Japan who are urging the government to join and work for a nuclear-free world
1 month ago
Japan rejects nuclear ban treaty; survivors to keep pushing
1 month ago

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China’s expanding influence
1 month ago
Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights
1 month ago

Japan exports fall amid slow recovery from pandemic downturn

The drop in Japanese exports diminished last month.
1 month ago
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Japan's pragmatic new PM pushes Abe's vision on SE Asia trip

Suga leaves Sunday on his first overseas trip since taking over for Abe.
1 month ago
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Tokyo Stock Exchange resumes trading after technical outage

The Tokyo Stock Exchange has resumed normal trading after it was closed all day Thursday due to what officials said was a computer hardware and systems malfunction
2 months ago
Outage freezes Tokyo Stock Exchange, world's 3rd largest
2 months ago

Tiny Rubik's Cube goes on sale in Japan for anniversary

A tiny but playable Rubik’s Cube, so little it fits on your fingertip, has gone on sale in Japan for 198,000 yen, or about $1,900, for delivery starting in December
2 months ago
Tiny Rubik's Cube goes on sale in Japan for anniversary
2 months ago

Japan new PM begins 1st full day, vows to push reforms

Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has started his first full day in office with a resolve to push forward popular reforms
2 months ago
Japan's new PM begins 1st full day, vows to push reforms
3 months ago

Suga wins party vote, all but assuring election as Japan PM

Yoshihide Suga has been elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party, virtually guaranteeing him parliamentary election as the country’s next prime minister
3 months ago
Yoshihide Suga wins party vote for Japan prime minister
3 months ago

Japan bracing for dangerously powerful typhoon

Japan is bracing for a dangerously powerful typhoon approaching its southern regions this weekend on the heels of an earlier storm that injured dozens of people in the country and on the Korean Peninsula
3 months ago
Japan bracing for dangerously powerful typhoon
3 months ago

Abe's assistant and spokesman seen as favorite successor

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a longtime loyal assistant and the public face of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in daily media briefings, has emerged as a favorite to succeed him in an upcoming internal party vote
3 months ago
Abe's assistant and spokesman seen as favorite successor
3 months ago

Abe says 'gut wrenching' resignation leaves goals unfinished

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is resigning because of a chronic illness
3 months ago
Abe says 'gut wrenching' resignation leaves goals unfinished
3 months ago

Abe says 'gut wrenching' resignation leaves goals unfinished

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is resigning because of a chronic illness
3 months ago
Abe expresses intent to step down due to health
3 months ago

World leaders praise Japan PM Abe's contributions to ties

World leaders are wishing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a rapid recovery and praising his contributions to bilateral relations during his years as Japan’s longest-serving leader
3 months ago
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign

The 65-year-old has suffered from the disease ulcerative colitis, a chronic condition impacting the large intestine.
3 months ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign
3 months ago

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign for health reasons

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will step down as the country’s leader on Friday due to chronic health issues.
3 months ago
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resign for health reasons
3 months ago

Japan's leader visits hospital, raising health concerns

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has visited a hospital for what Japanese media say was a regular health checkup, although the visit generated renewed concerns about his health
3 months ago
Japan's leader goes to hospital, raising health concerns
4 months ago

Hiroshima court recognizes atomic bomb 'black rain' victims

A Japanese court has recognized people exposed to radioactive “black rain” that fell after the U.S. atomic attack on Hiroshima as atomic bomb survivors
4 months ago
Japan court recognizes atomic bomb 'black rain' victims
5 months ago

Photos: Scenes of devastation from floods in Japan

Photos: Scenes of devastation from floods in Japan.
5 months ago
Photos: Scenes of devastation from floods in Japan
5 months ago

Dancing robots cheer at baseball game in Japan

Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks installed dancing robots in the stadium to support the team as fans are not allowed to attend games due to coronavirus restrictions.
5 months ago
Dancing robots cheer at baseball game in Japan
5 months ago

40 dead in Japan floods, as more areas warned of heavy rain

The death toll from three days of heavy rain and flooding in southern Japan has risen to 40, including 14 who drowned at a riverside nursing home, as rescuers search for 10 missing people and rain threatens wider areas of the main island of Kyushu
5 months ago
40 dead in Japan floods, as more areas warned of heavy rain
5 months ago

Japanese island marks 75 years since Battle of Okinawa

Okinawans have marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa with prayers for peace and remembrances of lost loved ones
5 months ago
Japanese island remembers 75 years since Battle of Okinawa
5 months ago

Japan opens baseball season after 3-month pandemic delay

Japanese baseball has managed to do what American baseball has not
5 months ago
Japan opens baseball season after 3-month pandemic delay
7 months ago

Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic

When the Japanese government declared an emergency to curb the spread of the coronavirus and asked people to work from home, crowds rushed to electronics stores
7 months ago
Low-tech Japan challenged in working from home amid pandemic
8 months ago

Many answer Abe's 'stay home' call with reminder: They can't

Perhaps the best that can be said about a “stay home” message from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is that it has inspired bored copycats who are at home waiting out the coronavirus
8 months ago
8 months ago

Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus

Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the disease
8 months ago
Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus
8 months ago

Tokyo marks 25th anniversary of subway nerve gas attack

Relatives of victims prayed silently to observe the 25th anniversary of a nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways that killed 13 people, but a larger commemoration was canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak
8 months ago
8 months ago

Worker at Japan care home sentenced to hang for mass killing

A Japanese court has sentenced a former care home employee to hang for knifing to death 19 disabled people and injuring two dozen others in the deadliest mass attack in post World War II Japan
8 months ago
Death penalty ordered for mass killing at care home in Japan
8 months ago

Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics

The future of the Tokyo Olympics is in doubt over the coronavirus outbreak.
8 months ago
Some Japanese fret more over economy and virus than Olympics
8 months ago

Japan nuke reactor taken offline due to delayed safety steps

The operator of a nuclear power plant in southern Japan was forced to shut down one of its reactors because of a failure to meet the deadline for adding anti-terror safety facility made mandatory after the Fukushima disaster
8 months ago
Japan nuke reactor taken offline due to delayed safety steps
9 months ago

Japan marks tsunami anniversary, no govt memorial amid virus

Some residents along the Japanese northern coast stood on roadsides overlooking the sea, offering silent prayers for their loved ones lost in a massive earthquake and tsunami nine years ago Wednesday
9 months ago
Japan marks tsunami anniversary, no govt memorial amid virus
10 months ago

Japanese warship heads to Middle East to protect tankers

A Japanese warship has departed for the Middle East to ensure the safety of the country's oil tankers in waters where tensions between the U.S. and Iran are high
10 months ago
10 months ago

Japan's environment minister is taking paternity leave and the country is shocked

Japan's environment minister announced he is taking paternity leave after the birth of his first child, and the news garnered international headlines.
10 months ago
Japan's environment minister shocks the nation by taking paternity leave
1 year ago

Tokyo prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Nissan ex-chair Carlos Ghosn's wife

Prosecutors in Tokyo have issued an arrest warrant for Carlos Ghosn's wife, Carole Ghosn, approximately a week after the former Nissan executive fled the country.
1 year ago
Prosecutors issue arrest warrant for former Nissan executive's wife
1 year ago

Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder

Wei Wei, 40, was hanged Thursday at a detention center in Fukuoka.
1 year ago
Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder
1 year ago

Okinawa gov. renews demand to stop US base relocation plan

A U.S. Marine base is set to move to a less developed area of the island.
1 year ago
Okinawa gov. renews demand to stop US base relocation plan
1 year ago

Historical documents show Japan's role in WWII sex slaves

Imperial Army asked the government to provide 1 sex slave for every 70 soldiers.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Fukushima melted fuel removal begins 2021, end state unknown

Details on how the nuclear plant complex should look at the end remain unknown.
1 year ago
1 year ago

Searchers look for man seen on YouTube falling on Mount Fuji

Japanese police say they have found a body on Mount Fuji and are verifying whether it is that of a man who was seen falling down a snow-covered slope while livestreaming his climb up the mountain on YouTube
1 year ago
Searchers look for man seen on YouTube falling on Mount Fuji
1 year ago

Heavy rains flood areas of Japan recovering from typhoons

Torrential rain has caused flooding and mudslides in towns east of Tokyo, prompting concerns over new damage in areas still recovering from recent typhoons
1 year ago
Torrential rain in eastern Japan causes flooding near Tokyo
1 year ago

Japan's Emperor Naruhito hosts tea party for foreign royals

Japanese Emperor Naruhito is hosting a tea party at his residence for royals from other countries, thanking them for celebrating his enthronement at a palace ceremony the day before
1 year ago
Japan's Emperor Naruhito hosts tea party for foreign royals
1 year ago

Japan braces for 2 more storms after deadly typhoon

Japan is bracing for two more storms heading its way a week after a typhoon devastated the country's central and northern regions
1 year ago
Japan braces for 2 more storms after deadly typhoon
1 year ago

Japan searches for North Korean boat crew who fell into sea

The Japanese coast guard is searching for seven crew members who went missing after a wooden North Korean fishing boat carrying 14 people capsized off Japan's northwestern coast
1 year ago
Japan searching for N. Korean boat crew who fell into sea
1 year ago

Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters

Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from natural disasters as climate change brings weather extremes
1 year ago
Flooded bullet trains show Japan's risks from disasters
1 year ago

Deadly typhoon in Japan claims 33 lives, 19 gone missing

Plus, a home invasion caught on tape from doorbell surveillance; a 3-year-old is kidnapped from her birthday party in Alabama; and Simone Biles sets a new record for most medals.
1 year ago
Deadly typhoon in Japan claims 33 lives, 19 gone missing
1 year ago

Typhoon leaves as many as 33 dead as Japan continues rescue efforts

Rescue efforts for people stranded in flooded areas have begun.
1 year ago
1 year ago

The Latest: Typhoon leaves up to 33 dead in Japan

Rescuers in Japan are continuing to help people in the aftermath of a ferocious typhoon, as the death toll from the storm climbed to as high as 33.
1 year ago
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Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years

Japan is ending its first commercial whaling season in 31 years.
1 year ago
Japan whaling ship returns home after first commercial hunt