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Japan apologizes to forcibly sterilized people, vows redress

Apr. 24, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government apologized Wednesday to tens of thousands of people who were forcibly sterilized under a now-defunct Eugenics Protection Law which was designed to "prevent the birth of poor-quality descendants," and promised to pay them compensation. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga...

Japan reporter sues government after passport is invalidated

Apr. 24, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese journalist known for covering war zones sued the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday after it invalidated his passport and demanded he surrender it, saying it deprived him of his right to travel and restricted press freedom. Kosuke Tsuneoka was stopped at Tokyo's Haneda airport in...

With limos and private train, Kim Jong Un travels in style

Apr. 24, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It's a short hop from Pyongyang to Vladivostok by plane. There's even a semi-regular flight. But for his first summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has once again opted to go by train. And while they aren't quite as flashy as the "Beast," which...

Nissan slashes profit amid Ghosn scandal, lagging sales

Apr. 24, 2019 3:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan cut its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March on Wednesday to reflect slowing sales, higher costs and the fallout from a criminal investigation of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn. Nissan Motor Co. expects to post a 319 billion yen ($2.9 billion) profit for the fiscal year,...

Japan's government apologizes to victims of forced sterilization under now-defunct eugenics law, promises compensation

Apr. 23, 2019 11:23 PM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government apologizes to victims of forced sterilization under now-defunct eugenics law, promises compensation.

North Korea's Kim will go into Putin summit needing a win

Apr. 23, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he will have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with President Donald Trump. But it's not entirely clear how much Putin...

North Korea's Kim will go into Putin summit needing a win

Apr. 23, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin for their first one-on-one meeting, he will have a long wish list and a strong desire to notch a win after the failure of his second summit with President Donald Trump. But it's not entirely clear how much Putin...

Oil prices spike further after US move on Iran buyers

Apr. 23, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Oil prices remained near six-month highs Tuesday in the wake of the Trump administration's announcement that it would soon impose sanctions on all buyers of Iranian oil. On Monday, the Trump administration said it would no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to...

Japan's PM vows to help France in rebuilding Notre Dame

Apr. 23, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pledging to help France rebuild the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral. Abe stopped in France Tuesday as part of his tour of Europe and North America. Speaking alongside French president Emmanuel Macron, Abe said through a translator he "was deeply saddened...

Asian stocks mixed, oil soars on Iran sanctions worries

Apr. 22, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Tuesday while oil prices soared to their highest level since October after the U.S. said it would soon impose sanctions on all buyers of Iranian oil. Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.2% to 22,165.41. The Kospi in South Korea was less than 0.1% higher at 2,217.31...