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US documents solve mystery of war criminal Tojo's remains

Jun. 14, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led. Now, a Japanese university professor has revealed declassified U.S. military documents...

Korean 'comfort women' memorial a no-go in Aurora

Jun. 12, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — David Oh has a clear vision for a “Statue of Peace” memorial on Aurora city grounds, but it won’t likely ever materialize. He envisions a girl dressed in a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress, sitting on a chair with a bird perched on her...

The Latest: California to lift most of state’s virus rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order that will lift most of the state’s coronavirus rules. The order Newsom signed Friday takes effect Tuesday. It will end the state’s stay-at-home order and its various amendments. ...

Tokyo Olympics still undecided on fans -- or no fans at all

Jun. 11, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The question of allowing any fans into Tokyo Olympic venues is still being debated with a decision unlikely to be announced before the end of the month. This would be just a few weeks before the Olympics are to open on July 23. Fans from abroad have...

Japan says ties with Taiwan are only unofficial

Jun. 11, 2021 01:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's relations with Taiwan are nongovernmental and practical and are based on Tokyo's recognition of China as the sole legitimate government, a top Japanese official said Friday, following Beijing's protest over a recent reference to the island as a country. ...

China says US revoking of China apps ban a 'positive step'

Jun. 11, 2021 00:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that a U.S. move to revoke the Trump administration’s executive orders intended to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a “positive step,” amid strained relations between the two countries. “We hope that...

Japan, Australia share China concerns, augment defense ties

Jun. 09, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Australia on Wednesday shared concern about China’s increasingly assertive actions in regional seas and expressed strong objections to “coercive or destabilizing” behavior. Foreign and defense ministers from the two countries agreed in the...

Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against Japanese firms

Jun. 07, 2021 04:19 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Monday rejected a claim by dozens of World War II-era Korean factory workers and their relatives who sought compensation from 16 Japanese companies for their slave labor during Japan’s colonial occupation of Korea. The...

USPS unveils stamp honoring Japanese American WWII veterans

Jun. 06, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a new commemorative stamp honoring WWII veterans representing the all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442 Regimental Combat Team from Kauai. “The Nisei soldiers of the 442d Regimental Combat...

Taiwan, feuding with China, gets vaccines from Japan

Jun. 04, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A flight carrying 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from Japan touched down in Taiwan on Friday to help the vaccine-starved island fight its largest outbreak since the pandemic began. The donation underscores how geopolitics has...