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Japan PM postpones trip to India's violence-hit northeast

Dec. 13, 2019 12:32 PM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday postponed traveling for a summit with India's leader in the violence-wracked northeast, where two people have been killed in ongoing protests over a new law that grants citizenship based on religion and excludes Muslims. Nearly 10,000...

Tokyo being billed as 'Recovery Olympics' -- but not for all

Dec. 13, 2019 6:46 AM EST

FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They’ll also play Olympic baseball and softball next year in one part of...

Police kill 2 protesters defying curfew in Indian state

Dec. 12, 2019 10:40 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police shot and killed two protesters who defied a curfew and arrested dozens of others Thursday in India's northeastern Assam state, where thousands protested against legislation that would grant citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from neighboring countries. Hundreds of...

Japan PM Abe says visit by Iran's Rouhani being arranged

Dec. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his country is arranging a visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani because it wants to play a greater role in resolving a nuclear impasse between Tehran and Washington and in relieving tensions in the Middle East, the source of more than 80% of...

Historical documents show Japan's role in WWII sex slaves

Dec. 7, 2019 10:44 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's army during World War II asked the government to provide one sex slave for every 70 soldiers, according to historical documents reviewed by Kyodo News service that highlight the state role in the so-called “comfort women” system. The 23 documents were gathered by Japan's...

Official: Japanese doctor dies after attack in Afghanistan

Dec. 4, 2019 7:32 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A shooting ambush in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed a Japanese physician and aid worker widely respected and beloved in the war-scarred nation, triggering an outpouring of grief among the people whose lives he helped change for the better. The leaders of Japan and...

Trump’s US-Japan trade deal wins Japan parliament approval

Dec. 3, 2019 11:22 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Parliament on Wednesday approved a trade deal that was agreed upon by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year. The deal cutting tariffs between the countries takes effect at the beginning of next year. It cleared Japan’s upper house...

India and Japan hold inaugural security talks

Nov. 30, 2019 10:51 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Saturday that ties with Japan are key to stability in the Indo-Pacific region as the two countries held their inaugural foreign and defense ministerial dialogue in New Delhi with an aim to further bolster their strategic partnership. The security talks focused on cooperation in...

The Latest: China expresses condolences over Nakasone

Nov. 29, 2019 4:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the death of Japan’s former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone (all times local): 6:55 p.m. China has said that former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone was a “far-sighted senior politician” who made “important contributions to the development of...

Japan’s ex-Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone dead at 101

Nov. 29, 2019 1:28 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, a giant of his country’s post-World War II politics who pushed for a more assertive Japan while strengthening military ties with the United States, has died. He was 101. The office of his son, Hirofumi Nakasone, confirmed that Nakasone...