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North Korea tests possible submarine missile amid tensions

Oct. 19, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired at least one ballistic missile, which South Korea’s military said was likely designed to be launched from a submarine, in what is possibly the most significant demonstration of the North’s military might since U.S. President Joe...

Japan's PM interrupts campaign as N Korea test-fires missile

Oct. 19, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister interrupted his first day of election campaigning and returned to Tokyo on Tuesday to deal with rising regional tensions following North Korea's test-firing of a missile earlier in the day. Fumio Kishida's campaign was already off...

Japan leader calls for greater military capability, spending

Oct. 18, 2021 06:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida called for increases in Japan's military capability and spending in response to what he described as growing threats from China and North Korea in a public debate with eight other political party leaders ahead of upcoming national elections. ...

Japan PM says Fukushima wastewater release can't be delayed

Oct. 17, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister on Sunday said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Speaking at his first visit to the facility since taking...

Japan's premier sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine

Oct. 17, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister donated ritual offerings Sunday to a Tokyo shrine viewed by Chinese and Koreans as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression, though he did not make a visit in person. Fumio Kishida donated “masakaki” religious ornaments to...

Japan, S Korea leaders look to deepen ties despite strains

Oct. 15, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and South Korea spoke by phone on Friday, saying they would look to deepen ties in the face of regional security threats despite strained bilateral relations. Although are both military allies of the U.S. and share common concerns over...

Russia says it pushed US destroyer from area near its waters

Oct. 15, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Defense Ministry said a Russian warship on Friday prevented a U.S. Navy destroyer from what it described as an attempt to intrude into Russia’s territorial waters in the Sea of Japan. Hours later, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command called the Russian...

Russian Defense Ministry: Russian warship pushed U.S. destroyer from an area near Russia's waters in the Sea of Japan

Oct. 15, 2021 10:12 AM EDT
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Defense Ministry: Russian warship pushed U.S. destroyer from an area near Russia's waters in the Sea of Japan.

TSMC plans chip plant in Japan, says supply shortages easing

Oct. 15, 2021 02:02 AM EDT

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. has confirmed it is planning to build a computer chip factory in Japan. TSMC’s CEO C.C. Wei said the company, the world’s biggest contract producer of semiconductors, was expanding to better serve its customers and enhance its...

In Japanese court, 5 ask N. Korea to pay for their suffering

Oct. 14, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Five people who say they were promised “paradise on Earth” in North Korea but suffered human rights violations instead told a Japanese court Thursday that they were deceived and kidnapped to that country and that they now want its leader Kim Jong Un to compensate them. ...