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Japan to allow limited foreign package tours as experiment

May. 17, 2022 07:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday it will begin allowing small package tours from four countries later this month before gradually opening up to foreign tourism for the first time since it imposed tight border restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Ukraine star Karol in Japan, says her country will rebuild

May. 16, 2022 02:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Singer Tina Karol said Monday from Japan that she and her fellow Ukrainians will not give up defending their land and culture from Russian invasion and are determined to win the war and rebuild an even more beautiful country. “My weapon is language and music,”...

Okinawa marks 50 years of end to US rule amid protests

May. 15, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Sunday urged Japan's central government to do more to reduce the U.S. military presence in the southern island group as it marked the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan after 27 years of American rule, amid frustration and bitterness over a lack...

EXPLAINER: Why frustration lingers in Okinawa 50 years later

May. 13, 2022 22:11 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa on Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of its return to Japan on May 15, 1972, which ended 27 years of U.S. rule after one of the bloodiest battles of World War II was fought on the southern Japanese island. The day is being marked with more bitterness than joy...

Japan, EU agree to raise efforts on Russia, in Indo-Pacific

May. 12, 2022 03:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the European Union on Thursday agreed to step up their sanctions against Russia as leaders from the two sides raised concerns about the war’s impact in the Indo-Pacific, where they seek to strengthen their partnership and increase engagement amid China's growing...

Britain pledges military help to Sweden, Finland if attacked

May. 11, 2022 15:32 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Britain pledged to come to the aid of Sweden and Finland, including with military support, if the two Nordic nations came under attack under security deals Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed Wednesday with his Swedish counterpart in Stockholm and the Finnish president in...

Finnish PM says joining NATO will strengthen security

May. 11, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said the possibility of her country joining NATO was for the security of its citizens and called for the international community to unite in stepping up sanctions against Russia during talks Wednesday in Japan. Non-aligned Finland...

Tokyo to recognize same-sex unions but not as legal marriage

May. 11, 2022 06:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's capital has announced it will start recognizing same-sex partnerships to ease the burdens faced by residents in their daily lives, but the unions will not be considered legal marriages. Support for sexual diversity has grown slowly in Japan, but legal...

Japan to send FM to S. Korean president's inauguration

May. 06, 2022 08:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday that its foreign minister will attend new South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol's inauguration ceremony next week as part of an effort to bring the countries' strained relations back to normal. Although the decision to send Foreign Minister...

UK and Japan reach new defense deal amid Russia concerns

May. 05, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The militaries of Britain and Japan will “work more closely together” under a defense deal that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced during talks with his Japanese counterpart Thursday. Johnson hosted Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the British...