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Japan's industry minister chides utility president over radioactive water leak at Fukushima plant

Feb. 21, 2024 03:34 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s industry minister summoned the president of the utility that runs the Fukushima nuclear power plant to his office Wednesday and chided him for a radioactive water leak at the plant earlier this month. Mishaps related to the massive amount of contaminated...

The Air Force knows what failed on an Osprey in a crash in Japan, but still doesn't know why

Feb. 20, 2024 14:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday it knows what failed on its CV-22B Osprey leading to a November crash in Japan that killed eight service members. But it still does not know why the failure happened. Because of the crash, hundreds of Osprey...

Founder of Japanese dollar-store chain Daiso dies; he was 80

Feb. 20, 2024 05:27 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Hirotake Yano, who founded the retail chain Daiso known for its 100-yen shops, Japan’s equivalent of the dollar store, has died. He was 80. Yano died Feb. 12 of heart failure, Daiso Industries Co. said in a statement Monday. Yano founded his business,...

Japan vows support to Ukraine while hosting conference focused on war-torn country's reconstruction

Feb. 19, 2024 09:07 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has pledged Monday his country's long-term commitment to Ukraine's reconstruction, calling it a future investment, while stressing support for the war-torn country about to mark the second anniversary of Russia's invasion. In his...

Why is Japan hosting a conference for Ukraine reconstruction when it's still at war? AP explains.

Feb. 19, 2024 02:01 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is hosting a conference for Japanese and Ukrainian officials to discuss reconstruction of Ukraine just ahead of the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion, while the U.S. and other Western countries are still focusing on military aid for the battlefield. Hundreds of senior...

Japan's new flagship H3 rocket reaches orbit in a key test after failed debut last year

Feb. 17, 2024 06:32 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's flagship H3 rocket reached orbit and released two small observation satellites in a key second test following a failed debut launch last year, buoying hope for the country in the global space race. The H3 rocket blasted off from the Tanegashima Space Center on...

Stock market today: Asian shares track Wall Street rally as Japan's Nikkei nears a record high

Feb. 16, 2024 00:23 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced in Asia on Friday, with Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 index trading near a record high, 34 years after it peaked and then plunged with the collapse of Japan's financial bubble. U.S. futures were lower after stocks on Wall Street set another record...

Japan slips into a recession and loses its spot as the world's third-largest economy

Feb. 15, 2024 16:08 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s economy is now the world’s fourth-largest after it contracted in the last quarter of 2023 and fell behind Germany. The government reported the economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.4% in October to December, according to Cabinet Office data on real GDP...

Are we about to find out the moon's origin? Japan's space agency says it may now have clues

Feb. 14, 2024 10:54 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An unmanned lunar spacecraft has captured and transmitted data analyzing 10 lunar rocks, a greater-than-expected achievement that could help provide clues about the origin of the moon, a Japan space agency official said Wednesday. For four days, the Smart Lander for...

On Valentine's Day, LGBTQ+ activists in Japan call for the right for same-sex couples to marry

Feb. 14, 2024 07:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Activists and LGBTQ+ community members handed out colorful chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day in Tokyo on Wednesday, marking the fifth anniversary of the launch of a legal battle to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples. Japan is the only member of the...