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Japanese and Taiwanese coast guards hold joint search and rescue drill off Japan's eastern coast

Jul. 19, 2024 06:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and Taiwanese coast guards conducted what is believed to be their first joint drill off Japan's eastern coast, officials said Friday, a move seen as an effort to expand maritime cooperation amid concern about China's increasingly assertive activity in regional seas. ...

Pacific island leaders agree to enhance Japan's role in the region amid growing China influence

Jul. 19, 2024 00:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Leaders of 18 Pacific island nations and areas agreed to an enhanced role of Japan in the region's development while opposing any attempted coercive activity, in a joint declaration adopted at their summit Thursday, as Tokyo seeks greater engagement to counter China's influence. ...

Japan's trade deficit for first half declines as exports recover

Jul. 18, 2024 01:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan posted a trade surplus in June, the first in three months, highlighting a recovery in exports, government data showed Thursday. For the first six months of this year, Japan’s trade deficit declined by more than half from the same period last year, to 3.23...

Japan punishes hundreds of defense officials for mishandling classified data and other misconduct

Jul. 12, 2024 06:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s defense ministry announced disciplinary action on Friday against more than 200 senior officials and service members over mishandling of classified materials and other misconduct, an embarrassment that could undermine Tokyo’s efforts to work more closely with United States...

Stock market today: Asian stocks mixed amid volatile yen after Wall St climbs on inflation report

Jul. 12, 2024 03:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Friday with the yen moved between gains and losses after the latest update on inflation bolstered Wall Street’s belief that relief on interest rates may come as soon as September. U.S. futures were mixed and oil prices rose. ...

Sale of US Steel kicks up a political storm, but Pittsburgh isn't Steeltown USA anymore

Jul. 11, 2024 10:51 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Generations of Pittsburghers have worked at steel mills, rooted for the Steelers or ridden the rollercoaster at Kennywood amusement park, giving them a bird's eye view of the massive Edgar Thomson Works, the region’s last blast furnace. Now, Steeltown USA's most...

A Japanese climber's body is found in Pakistan who died a week ago after scaling a mountain

Jul. 09, 2024 14:59 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A group of Pakistani volunteers found the body of a Japanese climber who died while trying to descend from one of the highest mountains in the country, officials said Tuesday. The body of 64-year-old Hiroshi Onishi was brought down the previous day from...

Women gradually rise in Japanese politics but face deep challenges

Jul. 09, 2024 01:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Eight years ago, Yuriko Koike became the first woman to lead Tokyo, beating her male predecessor. She won her third term as governor Sunday, and one of her closest rivals was a woman. Multiple women competing for a top political office is still rare in Japan, which has...

Japan and the Philippines sign a defense pact in the face of shared alarm over China

Jul. 08, 2024 08:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Japan and the Philippines signed a key defense pact Monday allowing the deployment of Japanese forces for joint drills in the Southeast Asian nation that came under brutal Japanese occupation in World War II but is now building an alliance with Tokyo as both face an...

Today in History: July 8, Thai cave rescue

Jul. 08, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, July 8, the 190th day of 2024. There are 176 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 8, 2018, divers rescued four of the 12 boys who’d been trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand with...