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Japan PM visits storm-hit areas; royal parade may be delayed

Oct. 17, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday visited northern towns devasted by the deadly typhoon and promised residents his government's support for their speedy recovery. Abe told reporters during the visit that he is considering postponing a royal parade scheduled for Tuesday to celebrate...

Japan typhoon death toll climbs, while floodwaters recede

Oct. 16, 2019 1:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Wednesday that the death toll from a weekend typhoon that caused widespread flooding has climbed to 63, with another 11 presumed dead. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that another eight people were missing in typhoon-hit areas in central and...

More victims, more damage found in Japan typhoon aftermath

Oct. 15, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — The toll of death and destruction from a typhoon that tore through central and northern Japan climbed Tuesday, as the government said it was considering approving a special budget for the disaster response and eventual reconstruction. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary...

Typhoon may bring 30 inches of rain, strong winds to Tokyo

Oct. 11, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon is forecast to bring up to 80 centimeters (30 inches) of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area and Japan's Pacific coast this weekend, and the government is warning residents to stockpile necessities and leave high-risk places before it's too dangerous. Rugby World Cup...

US, Philippine, Japan forces hold disaster-response drills

Oct. 9, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

SUBIC, Philippines (AP) — More than 2,000 U.S. and Philippine military personnel, along with a small contingent of Japanese forces, began annual combat exercises on Wednesday aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and underscoring their commitment to keep the region "free and open."...

Japan reopens exhibit shut over 'comfort woman' statue

Oct. 8, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese exhibit dedicated to censored art reopened Tuesday after being forced to close because of threats over a statue symbolizing World War II Korean "comfort women" sexually abused by Japanese soldiers. The exhibit, part of the Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival, features a "comfort...

Japan protests to NKorea over sea collision, vows firm steps

Oct. 8, 2019 1:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that Tokyo has lodged a protest with Pyongyang over a collision between a North Korean fishing boat that illegally entered Japan's exclusive economic zone and a Japanese patrol boat, pledging to step up measures against foreign poachers. Japanese...

The Latest: Japan's Abe vows to take steps against poachers

Oct. 7, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on a collision between a Japanese fisheries patrol ship and a North Korea fishing boat (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to thoroughly investigate the case of a North Korean fishing boat that collided with a Japanese patrol ship in waters...

Venezuelan ambassador to Japan says bank account is frozen

Oct. 7, 2019 4:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Venezuelan ambassador to Tokyo says his bank account has become inaccessible in Japan in what he said was apparently a consequence of President Donald Trump's decision to freeze Venezuelan assets in the United States. Ambassador Seiko Ishikawa told The Associated Press that the accounts of...

Japanese whalers complete first commercial hunt in 31 years

Oct. 4, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese whaling ship returned home to the country’s southwest Friday after almost meeting its annual quota, ending its first commercial whaling season in 31 years. Operator Kyodo Senpaku Co. said its main factory ship Nisshin Maru returned to its home port of Shimonoseki, Prime...