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The Latest: Japan's emperor proclaims ascension to throne

Oct. 22, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Japan's Emperor Naruhito has proclaimed his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne at a palace ceremony. Tuesday's enthronement ceremony is the high point of succession rituals and confirms his...

Japan set to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement

Oct. 21, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is abuzz ahead of a ceremony Tuesday marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. It is one of several formal ceremonies for Naruhito, 59, who has been a full-fledged emperor since succeeding in May after the abdication of his father, Akihito. A look at the...

Japan to send own force, won't join US coalition for Mideast

Oct. 18, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Friday it has decided not to join a U.S. coalition to protect commercial vessels in the Middle East but is preparing to send its own force to ensure the safe shipment of oil to Japan. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that Japan will keep cooperating closely...

Japan PM visits storm-hit areas; royal parade may be delayed

Oct. 17, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday visited northern towns devasted by the deadly typhoon and promised residents his government's support for their speedy recovery. Abe told reporters during the visit that he is considering postponing a royal parade scheduled for Tuesday to celebrate...

More victims, more damage found in Japan typhoon aftermath

Oct. 15, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — The toll of death and destruction from a typhoon that tore through central and northern Japan climbed Tuesday, as the government said it was considering approving a special budget for the disaster response and eventual reconstruction. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary...

Japan looks for missing after typhoon kills dozens

Oct. 14, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — Rescue crews dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left dozens dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds Saturday, leaving...

Tokyo area shuts down as powerful typhoon lashes Japan

Oct. 12, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan's worst in six decades made landfall and passed over the capital, where streets, nearby beaches and train stations were long deserted. Store shelves were bare after...

Typhoon may bring 30 inches of rain, strong winds to Tokyo

Oct. 11, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon is forecast to bring up to 80 centimeters (30 inches) of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area and Japan's Pacific coast this weekend, and the government is warning residents to stockpile necessities and leave high-risk places before it's too dangerous. Rugby World Cup...

Japan utility head quits over gifts from town official

Oct. 9, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The head of a Japanese utility resigned Wednesday over a scandal involving 20 of its executives who received cash and gifts totaling $3 million from a former official in a town where it operates a nuclear power plant. Kansai Electric Power Co. Chairman Makoto Yagi said he was taking...

Japan reopens exhibit shut over 'comfort woman' statue

Oct. 8, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese exhibit dedicated to censored art reopened Tuesday after being forced to close because of threats over a statue symbolizing World War II Korean "comfort women" sexually abused by Japanese soldiers. The exhibit, part of the Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival, features a "comfort...