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Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

Dec. 5, 2019 2:36 AM EST

CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) — As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into the town center, the culminating moment of a Shinto festival that has evolved from a harvest...

Official: Japanese doctor dies after attack in Afghanistan

Dec. 4, 2019 7:32 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A shooting ambush in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday killed a Japanese physician and aid worker widely respected and beloved in the war-scarred nation, triggering an outpouring of grief among the people whose lives he helped change for the better. The leaders of Japan and...

Trump’s US-Japan trade deal wins Japan parliament approval

Dec. 3, 2019 11:22 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Parliament on Wednesday approved a trade deal that was agreed upon by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this year. The deal cutting tariffs between the countries takes effect at the beginning of next year. It cleared Japan’s upper house...

Trump against the world: A snapshot of his trade disputes

Dec. 3, 2019 4:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are lots of ways, it seems, to land on one of President Donald Trump’s tariff hit lists. Countries can allegedly steal U.S. trade secrets. Or they can introduce a tax that the Trump administration doesn’t like. Or they can be unlucky enough to find themselves in such...

Iran says it killed ‘rioters’ in deadliest unrest in decades

Dec. 3, 2019 11:53 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that its security forces shot and killed protesters across the country to put down demonstrations last month over the sharply spiking price of gasoline, the deadliest unrest to hit the country since the turmoil of the 1979...

India and Japan hold inaugural security talks

Nov. 30, 2019 10:51 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India said Saturday that ties with Japan are key to stability in the Indo-Pacific region as the two countries held their inaugural foreign and defense ministerial dialogue in New Delhi with an aim to further bolster their strategic partnership. The security talks focused on cooperation in...

The Latest: China expresses condolences over Nakasone

Nov. 29, 2019 4:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the death of Japan’s former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone (all times local): 6:55 p.m. China has said that former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone was a “far-sighted senior politician” who made “important contributions to the development of...

Japan’s ex-Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone dead at 101

Nov. 29, 2019 1:28 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, a giant of his country’s post-World War II politics who pushed for a more assertive Japan while strengthening military ties with the United States, has died. He was 101. The office of his son, Hirofumi Nakasone, confirmed that Nakasone...

North Korea may deploy ‘super-large’ rocket launcher soon

Nov. 28, 2019 10:30 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday the latest test-firing of its “super-large” multiple rocket launcher was a final review of the weapon’s combat application, a suggestion that the country is preparing to deploy the new weapons system soon. South Korea’s military...

Seoul says North Korea has fired 2 short-range projectiles

Nov. 28, 2019 10:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired two short-range projectiles, likely from a “super-large” multiple rocket launcher, South Korea’s military said, adding to tensions three days after the North said its troops conducted artillery drills near its disputed sea...