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See the images of North Korea's launch pad activity as it prepares its first spy satellite

May. 30, 2023 12:52 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Tuesday it would launch its first military spy satellite in June and described space-based reconnaissance as crucial for monitoring U.S. “reckless” military exercises with South Korea. The statement came a day after North Korea...

Toyota, Daimler Truck, Hino, Mitsubishi Fuso joining forces in ecological technology

May. 30, 2023 05:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — German truck maker Daimler, Japan’s top automaker Toyota and two other automakers said Tuesday they will work together on new technologies, including using hydrogen fuel, to help fight climate change. The companies said Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp., whose top...

North Korea notifies neighboring Japan it plans to launch satellite in coming days

May. 29, 2023 16:26 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea on Monday notified neighboring Japan that it plans to launch a satellite in coming days, which may be an attempt to put its first military reconnaissance satellite into orbit. Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said he ordered Japan’s Self Defense Force to...

Anannarukarn holds off Furue to win LPGA Match Play at Shadow Creek

May. 28, 2023 22:08 PM EDT

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Pajaree Anannarukarn of Thailand capped off the longest week on the LPGA Tour with a 3-and-1 victory Sunday to win the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play over Ayaka Furue of Japan. Anannarukarn, who beat Linn Grant of Sweden in the semifinals Sunday morning...

Japan's coast guard says North Korea has notified it of plans to launch a satellite in coming days

May. 28, 2023 20:23 PM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's coast guard says North Korea has notified it of plans to launch a satellite in coming days.

Palou balances plans with Ganassi vs. McLaren as Spaniard tries to win Indy 500

May. 27, 2023 17:33 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Few had heard of Alex Palou when he arrived in IndyCar after several years of racing in Japan. It was 2020, during the pandemic and a season of no spectators, and the Spaniard drove for one of the smallest teams in the series. But the next year he moved to Chip...

Le Mans 24-hour race to include hydrogen-powered vehicles starting in 2026

May. 27, 2023 00:53 AM EDT

OYAMA, Japan (AP) — The 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's most famous endurance race, will be open to hydrogen-powered cars starting in 2026, Pierre Fillon, the president of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, said Saturday. Fillon spoke at Japan's Fuji Speedway, which is holding a...

Suspect in killing of 4 people, including 2 police officers, in Japan captured after standoff

May. 25, 2023 23:54 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Police said they arrested a man Friday who had holed up in his father's house armed with a rifle and a knife after allegedly killing four people, including two police officers, in central Japan. TV Asahi showed the man with his hands on his head walk out of the house...

Japan nuclear watchdog asks Fukushima plant operator to assess risk from reactor damage

May. 25, 2023 10:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear watchdog has asked the operator of Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant to assess possible risks resulting from damage that was found in a key supporting structure inside one of the three melted reactors. A robotic probe sent inside the Fukushima...

South Korea experts say Japan carefully answered questions on plan to release radioactive water

May. 24, 2023 09:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of a South Korean team of experts said Wednesday they saw all of the facilities they had requested to visit at Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant and Japanese officials had carefully answered their questions about a contentious plan to release treated but...