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Japan aims to boost 5-year defense spending to $318 billion

Dec. 05, 2022 07:49 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday set a new target for military spending over the next five years to 43 trillion yen ($318 billion), or 1.5 times the current level, as the country seeks defense buildup including the use of preemptive strike. Defense...

Japan births at new low as population shrinks and ages

Nov. 28, 2022 05:11 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The number of babies born in Japan this year is below last year’s record low in what the the top government spokesman described as a “critical situation.” Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno promised comprehensive measures to encourage more marriages and...

Japan's Doan savors answering Germany jibes at World Cup

Nov. 24, 2022 15:28 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Just wait, thought Ritsu Doan. Just wait. The Japan midfielder, who plays for German team Freiburg, had to grit his teeth when he heard people saying his team would be an easy opponent for Germany at the World Cup. “I listened to their talks with...

Japan panel: Sweeping defense buildup, more cost unavoidable

Nov. 22, 2022 04:48 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese government-commissioned panel said in a report to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that drastic defense buildup including the use of preemptive strike is “indispensable” to counter growing threats in the region. It called for the public’s understanding to...

Japan nuclear watchdog considering extending reactor life

Nov. 21, 2022 06:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese nuclear regulators are considering revising a safety evaluation system to allow aging reactors to operate beyond the current 60-year limit, but the move is aimed at preventing safety lapses and is not motivated by government efforts to increase use of nuclear power, an...

Japan's prime minister sacks 3rd minister in a month

Nov. 20, 2022 22:22 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The internal affairs minister in Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government was forced into resigning over funding problems on Sunday, in a blow to the scandal-prone Cabinet that has already lost two ministers in one month. Minoru Terada has been under fire...

China's Xi seeks fresh diplomatic inroads with Asian leaders

Nov. 18, 2022 22:17 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping has used his first face-to-face meetings with America’s Asia-Pacific allies since 2020 to try to forge diplomatic inroads as Washington pushes back against Beijing’s influence in the region. Xi has not backed away from China’s...

North Korea test-fires ICBM with range to strike entire US

Nov. 18, 2022 18:23 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed near Japanese waters Friday in its second major weapons test this month that showed a potential ability to launch nuclear strikes on all of the U.S. mainland. While it's unclear whether...

Asia-Pacific leaders seek unity on war, economic ills, virus

Nov. 17, 2022 22:31 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pacific Rim leaders were striving to find common ground on the war in Ukraine and other dire threats to humankind in an annual meeting that began Friday at a heavily guarded venue in Thailand's capital. The annual summit of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic...

North Korea fires missile after threatening 'fiercer' step

Nov. 17, 2022 00:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward its eastern waters Thursday, hours after the North threatened to launch “fiercer” military responses to the U.S. bolstering its security commitment to its allies South Korea and Japan. The...