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In Tokyo, Harris calls US-Japan alliance 'a cornerstone'

Sep. 26, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday shortly after arriving in Tokyo for the state funeral of assassinated former leader Shinzo Abe. Abe, a former prime minister who was assassinated in July, will be honored on...

Kishida opens diplomacy rush as Japan preps divisive funeral

Sep. 26, 2022 06:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held a series of meetings with foreign dignitaries Monday in what he's called “funeral diplomacy" the day before he hosts a controversial state-sponsored ceremony for former leader Shinzo Abe. Kishida has been criticized for...

EXPLAINER: Why is Japan split over Abe's state funeral?

Sep. 26, 2022 03:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A rare state funeral for Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister who was assassinated in July, has split Japan. The hawkish Abe was one of the nation’s most divisive postwar leaders, but it is the ruling party’s cozy ties with the ultra-conservative Unification...

Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia

Sep. 25, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will confront controversy at nearly every turn as she visits Asia for the memorial honoring former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ...

Today in History: September 25, Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in

Sep. 25, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2022. There are 97 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1957, nine Black students who’d been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock,...

South Korea says North Korea test-fired missile toward sea

Sep. 24, 2022 23:39 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile Sunday toward its eastern seas, extending a provocative streak in weapons testing as a U.S. aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint military exercises in response to the North’s growing nuclear threat. ...

Hundreds demand cancellation of Japanese ex-leader's funeral

Sep. 23, 2022 04:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Several hundred protesters demanded the cancellation of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state funeral as they shouted slogans and waved banners Friday in a Tokyo park. “Abe’s policies supported war,” demonstrator Mayumi Ishida said, noting Abe...

US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea for joint drills

Sep. 23, 2022 01:09 AM EDT

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in the South Korean port of Busan on Friday ahead of the two countries' joint military exercise that aims to show their strength against growing North Korean threats. The joint drills will be...

Unification Church pledges reforms after Abe's assassination

Sep. 22, 2022 20:38 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Unification Church, whose close ties with Japan's governing party have emerged after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, acknowledged Thursday that it had accepted “excessive” donations from the suspect's mother, and that it would need to consider it...

Man sets himself on fire in apparent protest of Abe funeral

Sep. 21, 2022 06:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A man set himself on fire near the Japanese prime minister's office in Tokyo on Wednesday in an apparent protest against the state funeral planned next week for former leader Shinzo Abe, officials and media reports said. The man, believed to be in his 70s, sustained...