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Friends of Japanese journalist demand his release in Myanmar

Aug. 03, 2022 05:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Friends of Toru Kubota, a Japanese journalist detained in military-ruled Myanmar while covering a protest, called for his immediate release Wednesday and an online petition has collected more than 41,000 signatures. The documentary filmmaker was arrested Saturday in...

Japan warns of rising global tension, Russia-China arms ties

Jul. 22, 2022 07:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan warned of escalating national security threats stemming from Russia’s war on Ukraine and China’s tensions with Taiwan in an annual defense paper issued Friday, as Japan tries to bolster its military capability and spending. The annual defense white paper,...

Japan's ex-leader Shinzo Abe assassinated during a speech

Jul. 09, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated Friday on a street in western Japan by a gunman who opened fire on him from behind as he delivered a campaign speech — an attack that stunned a nation with some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere. The...

North Korea slams US-South Korea-Japan military cooperation

Jul. 02, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday slammed the United States, South Korea and Japan for pushing to boost their trilateral military cooperation targeting the North, warning that the move is prompting urgent calls for the country to reinforce its military capability. ...

US Pacific admiral: Ties with Japan key to regional security

Jun. 24, 2022 02:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia. Defense Minister Nobuo...

77 years after battle's end, Okinawa wants US base reduced

Jun. 23, 2022 04:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa marked the 77th anniversary Thursday of the end of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, with the governor calling for a further reduction of the U.S. military presence there as local fears grow that the southern Japanese islands will become embroiled in regional...

Japan PM says dialogue with China, S. Korea key to stability

Jun. 21, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday that talks with China's leader are key to regional and international peace and stability amid growing tensions over territorial disputes and Beijing's increased military activity around Japan. “It is important to...

Head of US Marines Pacific to bolster defense in south Japan

Jun. 17, 2022 11:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific said Friday that his forces are committed to defending southwestern Japanese islands as the allies try to bolster their defenses amid growing threats from China and Russia. Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder said at the beginning of...

Japan PM's cautious course sets up potential long-term rule

Jun. 15, 2022 21:06 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida did not look like he'd last long when he took office eight months ago. He was seen as nice, but indecisive and subservient to party heavyweights. Many believed that, like his short-lived predecessor, he was not up to the task of...

Japan vows bigger security role in region to tackle threats

Jun. 10, 2022 20:30 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced plans on Friday to boost his country's diplomatic and security role in the Asia Pacific to tackle what he described as growing threats in the region amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Kishida said Japan will...