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Remains of soldier who died in WWII Japanese POW camp ID'd

Dec. 05, 2022 15:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Experts have identified the remains of a soldier from Massachusetts who died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the the Philippines during World War II, the military said on Monday. Army Pfc. Arthur L. Pierce, 26, of Malden, was accounted for in July through...

Japan panel: Sweeping defense buildup, more cost unavoidable

Nov. 22, 2022 04:48 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese government-commissioned panel said in a report to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that drastic defense buildup including the use of preemptive strike is “indispensable” to counter growing threats in the region. It called for the public’s understanding to...

Japan, US hold joint arms drills amid China, N Korea worry

Nov. 10, 2022 05:54 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the United States began a major joint military exercise Thursday in southern Japan as the allies aim to step up readiness in the face of China’s increasing assertiveness and North Korea’s intensifying missile launches. The biennial “Keen Sword” drills...

Japan PM vows to strengthen military at int'l naval review

Nov. 06, 2022 10:42 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at an international fleet review Sunday that his country urgently needs to strengthen its military capabilities as security risks increase including threats from North Korea’s nuclear and missile advancement and Russia’s war on Ukraine....

Germany stresses increasing defense role in Indo-Pacific

Nov. 01, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday stressed his country's increased defense cooperation with Japan and other democracies in the Indo-Pacific region faced with security challenges such as Russia's war in Ukraine and China's rise. Steinmeier, after...

Japan's army issues rare apology over sexual harassment case

Sep. 29, 2022 12:04 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — In a rare admission of sexual harassment in Japan’s military, its army chief apologized Thursday to a former soldier for suffering caused by a group of servicemembers. Yoshihide Yoshida, head of Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force, said an internal investigation...

EXPLAINER: What's behind strained China-Japan relations

Sep. 28, 2022 01:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and China on Thursday mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 normalization of their ties, but there isn't much of a celebratory mood. Improved ties between Asia’s two biggest economies are considered vital to the region's stability and prosperity, but they remain at odds over...

Okinawa reelects governor opposing heavy US troop presence

Sep. 11, 2022 21:09 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa’s incumbent governor who opposes an ongoing U.S. Marine base relocation forced by Japan's central government and calls for a further reduction of American troops on the southern island secured his reelection on Sunday despite concerns of escalating tensions between China...

Japan military opens probe after sex harassment complaints

Sep. 06, 2022 21:01 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s defense minister said Tuesday he has ordered a ministry-wide special investigation into growing reports of sexual assault after allegations of harassment were brought by a former soldier. Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada’s order came after a female former...