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Japan to provide loan to help Malaysia battle debt problem

Nov. 6, 2018 6:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Malaysia and Japan agreed Tuesday that Japan will issue yen-denominated bonds of up to 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion) to help the Southeast Asian country battle its large government debt. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan also will provide loans to help Malaysia in...

Japanese Princess Ayako marries commoner at shrine ceremony

Oct. 29, 2018 1:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Princess Ayako married a commoner in a ritual-filled ceremony Monday at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine. Ayako and groom Kei Moriya were shown on national news walking slowly before guests at the shrine. The wedding took place in one of the pagoda-like buildings in the shrine complex and included...

French film star Catherine Deneuve receives Japanese award

Oct. 23, 2018 10:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — French film star Catherine Deneuve received Japan's most prestigious art award on Tuesday at a ceremony in Tokyo, where she was greeted by Emperor Akihito. Deneuve received the Praemium Imperiale for her achievement in film and theater performances. The 84-year-old Akihito, who is abdicating...

When embassies become places of terror, not sanctuaries

Oct. 15, 2018 3:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions worldwide are often considered places of sanctuary, however, not all have been impervious to horrific incidents. When Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week it prompted Turkish officials...

Elaborate throne for Japan's next emperor arrives in Tokyo

Sep. 26, 2018 5:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The monumental imperial throne for the coronation of Japan's new emperor has arrived in Tokyo from an ancient imperial palace in Kyoto more than a year ahead of time, officials said Wednesday. Crown Prince Naruhito will become Japan's next emperor on May 1 of next year, the day after his...

Japan preschools using tablets to prep tots for digital age

Sep. 25, 2018 10:37 PM EDT

YOSHIKAWA, Japan (AP) — It's drawing time at this suburban nursery school in Japan, but instead of crayons, tiny fingers are tapping on colors on iPad screens and taking selfies. Digital schooling has arrived in this nation long known for its zealous commitment to "three R's" education. Coby Preschool, in...