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Packing his bags: Trump plans jet-setting summer of travel

May. 20, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four days in Tokyo. Then it's off to see Queen Elizabeth before a jaunt to Normandy, France, and perhaps time in Ireland. A return trip to Japan? Why not. And throw in Seoul. Then it's back to France for President Donald Trump for a summit with world leaders. The homebody president is...

Japan economy expands 2%, 2nd straight quarter of growth

May. 20, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy grew at an annual pace of 2.1% in the first quarter, marking the second straight quarter of expansion, according to government data released Monday. The Cabinet Office said seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product, the total value of a nation's goods and services, grew...

Japan, China agree to boost relations ahead of Xi visit

May. 17, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and China agreed Friday to boost their relations ahead of a planned visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan in June, his first since coming to power in 2013. China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the timing is appropriate for the two sides to...

Perdue barbecues to sell Japanese on buying more US beef

May. 13, 2019 4:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has picked up his barbeque tongs to convey his message to Japan: Buy more American beef. Perdue said Monday that as a top consumer of U.S. beef, Japan should treat the U.S. fairly. He said he hoped President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister...

The Latest: News agency: Kim Jong Un oversaw missile drill

May. 9, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea test firing at least one projectile off its western coast (all times local): 7:40 a.m. North Korea's state-run media says Chairman Kim Jong Un helped guide the firing of two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea. South Korean officials say...

US ends search for Japanese F-35 that crashed in April

May. 9, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S Navy said Thursday it has suspended its search for a Japanese air force F-35A stealth fighter that crashed off Japan's coast last month, after the allies scrambled to locate the aircraft to protect its military secrets. The pilot is still missing, and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya...

Trump puts deal-making credentials to test with China talks

May. 8, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he cranks up the pressure on China in pursuit of a new trade accord, President Donald Trump is putting his deal-making persona on the line and injecting new risk into his bid for another four years in the White House. Trump has raised the already high stakes of this week's talks...

North Korea tests new missile -- and Trump's resolve

May. 6, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea appears to have tested a new short-range missile — and President Donald Trump's resolve to keep it from doing more of the same in the future. The test early Saturday was quickly played down by Trump and his top advisers, who noted it was not the kind of long-range missile...

The Latest: NKorea: Kim oversaw drills of rocket launchers

May. 4, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea test firing short-range missiles (all times local): 6:50 a.m. North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un observed a live-fire drill of long-range multiple rocket launchers and unspecified tactical guided weapons. The report by Pyongyang's official Korean Central...

Kim oversees missile firing drills, tells troops to be alert

May. 4, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean state media on Sunday showed leader Kim Jong Un observing live-fire drills of long-range multiple rocket launchers and what appeared to be a new short-range ballistic missile, a day after South Korea expressed concern that the launches were a violation of an...