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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media as he arrives at the prime minister's office for a cabinet meeting in Tokyo. Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe says he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It is his first visit in nearly seven years. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Former Japanese PM Abe visits controversial Tokyo shrine

Sep. 19, 2020 5:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It was his first visit in nearly seven...

Takayoshi Yamaguchi, the 78-year-old former chairman of now defunct Japan Life, is arrested and led by police  in Tokyo, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Japanese police arrested Yamaguchi, who was invited to one of annual cherry blossom viewing parties hosted by the former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a massive fraud involving thousands of elderly customers.(Kyodo News via AP)

Japan police arrest fraud suspect linked to ex-PM's event

Sep. 18, 2020 5:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police on Friday arrested a man on fraud charges linked to annual cherry blossom viewing parties that were hosted by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but the new government ruled out an investigation into how the party and its budget were used. Abe's annual cherry party came into...

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends an extraordinary session at the upper house of parliament Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Tokyo. Suga started his first full day in office Thursday, with a resolve to push for reforms for the people, and he said he is already taking a crack at it. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

New Japanese PM gets word out: He supports Tokyo Olympics

Sep. 17, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister has gotten the word out to the president of the International Olympic Committee that he is behind next year’s delayed Tokyo Games. Yoshiro Mori, the head of the local organizing committee and also a former prime minister, said Prime Minister Yoshihide...

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends an extraordinary session at the upper house of parliament Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Tokyo. Suga started his first full day in office Thursday, with a resolve to push for reforms for the people, and he said he is already taking a crack at it. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan new PM begins 1st full day, vows to push reforms

Sep. 17, 2020 6:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga started his first full day in office Thursday with a resolve to push forward popular reforms. "I'm determined to work hard for the people and get results so we can live up to their expectations,” Suga told reporters as he walked into the prime...

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Netflix woos Japan with new original series about a reporter

Sep. 17, 2020 3:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Netflix is producing and shooting an original series set in Japan about a journalist who challenges authority, hoping to woo this nation that’s hooked on watching good old TV. Good timing. The series’ heroine is based on a muckraking real-life reporter, Isoko Mochizuki, who has...

Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Asian stock markets declined Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated its benchmark interest rate will stay close to zero at least through 2023 but announced no additional stimulus plans. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian stocks retreat on lack of new Fed action

Sep. 16, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

Asian stock markets declined Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve indicated its benchmark interest rate will stay close to zero at least through 2023 but announced no additional stimulus plans. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong all retreated. Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index...

Yoshihide Suga is applauded after being elected as Japan's new prime minister at parliament's lower house in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Suga was formally elected Wednesday as Japan’s new prime minister in a parliamentary vote, replacing Shinzo Abe. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Yoshihide Suga named Japan's prime minister, succeeding Abe

Sep. 16, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Suga bowed deeply several times when the results were announced, as fellow governing party lawmakers applauded in parliament's more powerful lower house. He...

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center in front row, poses for a group photo with his cabinet members following the first Cabinet meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Japan's Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man.(Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

New Japanese Cabinet retains most key ministers

Sep. 16, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, elected by parliament on Wednesday after pledging to pursue his predecessor Shinzo Abe's policies, formed a 20-member Cabinet that retains many previous ministers. Here are some key appointees: ___ DEFENSE MINISTER: Nobuo Kishi (new) — Former...

FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo, a farmer gathers grass for livestock in Hirado, Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan. Among the challenges awaiting newly appointed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is the urgent challenge of how to keep the world’s third-largest economy growing as its population ages and shrinks. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

End of Abe era leaves Japan still searching for way forward

Sep. 16, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

MITO, Japan (AP) — Among the challenges awaiting newly appointed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is the urgent challenge of how to keep the world’s third largest economy growing as its population ages and shrinks. Yoshihide Suga, Abe’s former chief spokesman, was appointed prime...

Yoshihide Suga arrives at the prime minister's office after being formally elected Japan’s prime minister in a parliamentary vote, succeeding Shinzo Abe, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan's new PM Yoshihide Suga, self-made and strong-willed

Sep. 16, 2020 6:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Before he got Japan's top government job, Yoshihide Suga was known as a “shadow" prime minister and the right-hand man for his long-serving predecessor. When Shinzo Abe announced last month he would resign due to ill health, his chief Cabinet secretary, Suga, said he would come forward...