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Japan, France seek to deepen security ties amid China's rise

Jan. 20, 2022 10:19 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign and defense ministers of Japan and France held talks on Thursday as the two countries seek to deepen security ties in the Indo-Pacific region, where tensions have been rising amid China’s military buildup and North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. ...

Japan widens virus curbs, including in Tokyo, as cases surge

Jan. 19, 2022 06:21 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo and a dozen other areas in Japan will face new COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, with local leaders shortening hours for restaurants, as omicron cases hit a record high in the capital. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that the areas will be placed...

Japan's Kishida says virus measures, defense top priorities

Jan. 17, 2022 05:41 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told parliament on Monday that fighting the pandemic and strengthening defense are his government's top priorities. Kishida delivered a speech opening this year's parliamentary session hours after North Korea test-fired two...

Biden, new Japanese prime minister to meet virtually Friday

Jan. 16, 2022 20:56 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden will meet virtually with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan on Friday, as the omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to surge around the world. The White House said Sunday the meeting will take place to highlight the strength of...

North Korea claims successful test of hypersonic missile

Jan. 12, 2022 02:09 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday its leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a successful flight test of a hypersonic missile he claimed would remarkably increase the country’s nuclear “war deterrent.” The state media report came a day after the militaries of the...

N Korea fires possible missile into sea amid stalled talks

Jan. 11, 2022 11:29 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into its eastern sea, its second launch in a week, following leader Kim Jong Un’s calls to expand its nuclear weapons program in defiance of international opposition. The launches...

Japan keeps border controls as it prepares for omicron surge

Jan. 11, 2022 05:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will keep its borders closed to most foreign citizens through February as it attempts to accelerate coronavirus booster shots for elderly people and expand hospital capacity to cope with the rapidly spreading omicron variant, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday. ...

US, Japan agree to keep troops on base to curb COVID spread

Jan. 09, 2022 06:54 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. and Japan on Sunday agreed to keep American troops within their bases as worries grew about a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the country. The restrictions starting Monday will last 14 days, confining U.S. military personnel to base facilities except for...

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

Jan. 06, 2022 21:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to deepen their defense cooperation, the United States and Japan will soon sign a new five-year agreement on sharing the cost of the American military presence in Japan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday. Speaking at the outset of a virtual...

Australia, Japan sign defense pact as China concerns loom

Jan. 06, 2022 09:13 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Australia signed a “landmark” defense agreement Thursday that allows closer cooperation between their militaries and stands as a rebuke to China's growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison...