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Tokyo area shuts down as powerful typhoon lashes Japan

Oct. 12, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan's worst in six decades made landfall and passed over the capital, where streets, nearby beaches and train stations were long deserted. Store shelves were bare after...

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...

Japan utility head quits over gifts from town official

Oct. 9, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of a Japanese utility resigned Wednesday over a scandal involving 20 of its executives who received cash and gifts totaling $3 million from a former official in a town where it operates a nuclear power plant. Kansai Electric Power Co. Chairman Makoto Yagi said he was taking...

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...

US signs limited deal with Japan on ag, digital trade

Oct. 7, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Japan signed a limited trade agreement Monday, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when President Donald Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office. U.S. farmers have been operating at a disadvantage in Japan since...

Japan rescues all North Korean fishermen after collision

Oct. 7, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities said they rescued all of about 60 North Korean fishermen whose boat collided with a Japanese patrol vessel and sank Monday in an area crowded with poachers. Coast guard officials earlier said that only about 20 North Korean crewmembers were thrown into the sea after their...

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...

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...

Abe wants summit with North Korea, keeps distance from South

Oct. 4, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he wants to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even though he keeps testing missiles. At the same time, Abe gave a cold shoulder to South Korea amid tensions over wartime history. In a policy speech opening the parliamentary session,...