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US ambassador to Japan warns of Chinese economic coercion

Aug. 02, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The United States is working with Japan and other likeminded countries to counter China's efforts to use its economic might to force political change around the world, the U.S. ambassador to Japan said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. Rahm Emanuel,...

Lawyers say church caused suffering for Abe's alleged killer

Jul. 29, 2022 07:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A group of lawyers said Friday that the alleged assassin of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was one of many victims of the Unification Church, which has long cultivated ties with high-level Japanese politicians. The church, founded in South Korea in the 1950s, has...

Japan executes prisoner who killed 7 in Tokyo street rampage

Jul. 25, 2022 23:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Tuesday executed a man who killed seven people in a vehicle crash and stabbing rampage in a crowded Tokyo shopping district in 2008. Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa told reporters that Tomohiro Kato was hanged at the Tokyo detention center earlier Tuesday....

Alleged Abe assassin to undergo mental evaluation until Nov

Jul. 25, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The alleged assassin of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be detained until late November for mental evaluation so prosecutors can determine whether to formally press charges and send him to trial for murder, officials said Monday. The suspect, Tetsuya...

Japan Cabinet sets Abe state funeral amid mixed public view

Jul. 22, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet on Friday formally decided to hold a state funeral on Sept. 27 for assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid national debate over the plan, which some criticize as an attempt to glorify a divisive political figure. Abe was gunned down earlier...

Japan extends detention for Abe's alleged assassin

Jul. 19, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities have obtained court approval to extend the detention of the suspect in former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination earlier this month for 10 more days until they file formal charges. Abe, one of Japan’s most influential politicians, was...

Japan calls for S. Korea's steps to resolve row after talks

Jul. 19, 2022 07:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister said Tuesday he expects South Korea to take appropriate steps toward resolving the countries' wartime disputes, warning that a mishandling especially of the issue of forced Korean laborers would cause “grave” consequences for their bilateral ties. ...

Japan, South Korea foreign ministers agree to improve ties

Jul. 18, 2022 07:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan reaffirmed Monday the importance of bilateral ties and the three-way relationship with the United States as they renewed efforts to mend relations amid the war in Ukraine and other global tensions. Park Jin, South...

Police probe of Abe security lapse begins as Japan mourns

Jul. 15, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Officials from Japan's top police agency began their probe into security lapses blamed for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's assassination a week ago Friday in western Japan, where people brought flowers to pray for the influential but divisive former leader. ...

EXPLAINER: The Unification Church's ties to Japan's politics

Jul. 15, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has unearthed long-suspected, little-talked-of links between him and a religious group that started in South Korea but has spread its influence around the world. Police and Japanese media have suggested...