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Merrill Eisenhower Atwater, the great-grandson, left bottom, Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, center bottom, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a group photo session as part of the 60th Anniversary commemorative reception of the signing of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty at the Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)

Japan's leader vows to boost nation's role in US alliance

Jan. 19, 2020 7:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Sunday to bolster his country's role under its security pact with the U.S. in “outer space and cyberspace,” as the allies marked the 60th anniversary of a treaty that has been the basis for their postwar defense alliance. Abe's...

Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi speaks during a meeting at his ministry in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Japan's popular environment minister Koizumi said he will to take paternity leave when he expects his first child later this month, seeking to be a good example for working fathers in Japan where men are largely absent in child raring and other family roles because of persisting expectations for men to focus on work. (Kyodo News via AP)

It's a boy for 1st Japan Cabinet member on paternity leave

Jan. 16, 2020 11:26 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's environment minister became father to a boy and is going ahead with his planned paternity leave — still a rarity in Japan where men are under pressure to put work before family. Shinjiro Koizumi said his wife, former newscaster Christel Takigawa, gave birth to their first child...

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 photo, made available by the Oman News Agency, Oman's new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, right, receives Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, after his arrival to attend an official mourning ceremony for the late Sultan Qaboos, in Muscat, Oman. A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf are driving urgent efforts to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran's top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating in recent days the mantra of “de-escalation” and “dialogue,” yet none have publicly laid out a path to achieving either. (Oman News Agency via AP)

Japan's Abe among visitors to Oman to meet new sultan

Jan. 14, 2020 8:09 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dignitaries and leaders from around the world traveled to Oman on Tuesday for the third straight day to pay respects and shake hands with the country's new ruler, after the death of the country's longtime leader. The range of diplomats and leaders visiting Oman in recent...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso poses during a ceremony marking the start of this year's trading in Tokyo. Japan's gaffe-prone finance minister Aso came under fire, this time for praising Japan for what he says is the world's only country of single race, language and monarchy that lasted for 2,000 years - a remark that invited criticisms that he neglected Japanese indigenous ethnic group of Ainu and the reality of more racially diverse population elsewhere. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Deputy prime minister calls Japan a nation with single race

Jan. 14, 2020 4:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's deputy prime minister described the country as the only one in the world with a single race, language and 2,000-year-old monarchy, sparking criticism that he was ignoring an indigenous ethnic group and Japanese racial diversity. Taro Aso, who is also finance minister and one of most...

In this Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020 photo, made available by the Oman News Agency, Oman's new Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, right, receives Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, after his arrival to attend an official mourning ceremony for the late Sultan Qaboos, in Muscat, Oman. A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf are driving urgent efforts to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran's top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating in recent days the mantra of “de-escalation” and “dialogue,” yet none have publicly laid out a path to achieving either. (Oman News Agency via AP)

High-gear diplomacy aims to avert U.S., Iran conflict

Jan. 13, 2020 11:21 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A flurry of diplomatic visits and meetings crisscrossing the Persian Gulf have driven urgent efforts in recent days to defuse the possibility of all-out war after the U.S. killed Iran's top military commander. Global leaders and top diplomats are repeating the mantra of...

Protesters chant slogans and hold up posters of Gen. Qassem Soleimani during a demonstration in front of the British Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. A candlelight ceremony late Saturday in Tehran turned into a protest, with hundreds of people chanting against the country's leaders — including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — and police dispersing them with tear gas. Police briefly detained the British ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, who said he went to the Saturday vigil without knowing it would turn into a protest. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Defying police, Iranians protest over plane shootdown

Jan. 12, 2020 12:48 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protest their country's days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people, the latest unrest to roil the capital amid soaring tensions with the United States. Videos...

In this photo released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi King Salman, right, receives Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)

Japan's Abe meets Saudi king amid threats in Persian Gulf

Jan. 12, 2020 10:50 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman on Sunday as part of a tour of oil-producing Gulf Arab states aimed at promoting peace amid a spike in tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Japan has a deep alliance with the United States, but it...

FILE - In this Dec. 24, 2019, file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the 8th trilateral leaders' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province.  Abe will go ahead with a planned visit to the Middle East this weekend despite the crisis in the region, a spokesman said Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Wang Zhao/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Japan's Abe to go ahead with Mideast visit despite crisis

Jan. 10, 2020 1:52 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister still plans to visit the Middle East starting Saturday despite the crisis in the region, a spokesman said. Japan is also expected to deploy a warship and a maritime reconnaissance aircraft to protect its shipping interests in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. ...

President Donald Trump speaks to the media about the situation at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, from his Mar-a-Lago property, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

From resort amid palm trees, Trump settled on Iran strike

Jan. 4, 2020 8:17 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — At the midway point of his annual Christmas vacation, President Donald Trump huddled at his Florida club with his top national security advisers. Days earlier, a rocket attack by an Iranian-funded group struck a U.S.-Iraqi base, killing an American contractor and wounding...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, former South Korean comfort women, Lee Yong-soo, center, Lee Ok-seon and Gil Won-ok, right, leave the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's Constitutional Court on Friday, Dec. 27, rejected a petition seeking the repeal of a 2015 deal with Japan settling a bitter dispute over Korean women enslaved for sex by the Japanese military during World War II. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

S Korea court rejects attempt to repeal Japan sex slave deal

Dec. 27, 2019 4:02 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Friday rejected a petition seeking the repeal of a 2015 deal with Japan settling a bitter dispute over Korean women enslaved for sex by the Japanese military during World War II. A decision to spike the largely stalled deal could have...