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EXPLAINER: Japanese ruling party race to determine next PM

Sep. 17, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Official election campaigning started Friday for the next head of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party. The winner will almost certainly become leader of the world’s No. 3 economy, shaping key political, military and security roles in the region. ...

Japan governing party begins race to pick Suga successor

Sep. 17, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The race is on for the next Japanese prime minister. Official election campaigning began Friday for the new head of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party, who typically becomes the national leader because of the party's control over parliament. ...

Taiwan drills military as concerns over China grow

Sep. 15, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

JIADONG, Taiwan (AP) — The F-16 screeched across the sky Wednesday before landing on a highway cut through pineapple fields in southwestern Taiwan to refuel quickly and take off again. The Taiwanese military exercise envisioned a Chinese attack taking out the island's...

Japan, US, S. Korea urge N. Korea to return to arms talks

Sep. 14, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Senior diplomats from Japan, the United States and South Korea urged North Korea on Tuesday to return to talks over its missile and nuclear development, a day after it announced it successfully tested new long-range cruise missiles, indicating an advancement of its military...

Japan's outgoing prime minister to attend Quad summit in US

Sep. 14, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to travel to Washington next week to join three other leaders from the so-called Quad nations at an in-person summit of the grouping. The four nations — the United States, Japan, Australia and...

Biden, leaders of Australia, India, Japan to meet in person

Sep. 13, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to host the leaders of Australia, India and Japan for a four-way meeting later this month to strategize about COVID-19, climate change and other issues. Spokesperson Jen Psaki announced Monday that Australian Prime Minister...

Japan warns citizens of possible attack in Southeast Asia

Sep. 13, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Foreign Ministry urged its citizens on Monday to stay away from religious facilities and crowds in six Southeast Asian nations, warning of a possible attack. The ministry said it had obtained information that “there are increased risks such as...

North Korea says it tested new long-range cruise missiles

Sep. 13, 2021 06:28 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday that it successfully tested newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, the first known testing activity in months, underscoring how the country continues to expand its military capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear...

Japan detects suspected China submarine near southern island

Sep. 12, 2021 03:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan detected a submarine believed to be Chinese off a southern Japanese island, the defense ministry said Sunday, heightening Japan’s caution levels in the East China Sea as China increases its military activities. The submarine remained submerged, but...

Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

Sep. 12, 2021 03:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China's growing military influence. Japan's Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the...