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Pentagon to lift ban on V-22 Osprey flights, 3 months after fatal crash in Japan

Mar. 01, 2024 15:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will lift the ban on flights by the grounded V-22 Osprey next week, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Friday, following a high-level meeting where Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin endorsed the military services' plans for a safe and measured return to...

Japan opposition lawmakers bring no-confidence motion accusing gov't of halting debate over scandal

Mar. 01, 2024 07:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Outraged Japanese opposition lawmakers submitted a no-confidence motion on Friday, accusing the governing party of trying to push through a budget bill without adequate debate because of disruptions caused by a scandal over its fund-raising practices. Opposition...

South Korea's Yoon calls for unification, on holiday marking 1919 uprising against colonial Japan

Mar. 01, 2024 02:19 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president lambasted North Korea on Friday over what he called its repressive rule and vowed to achieve a free, unified Korean Peninsula, weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rejected the idea of peaceful unification and threatened to occupy the...

A sure sign of spring: The iconic cherry trees in the nation's capital will soon begin to bloom

Feb. 29, 2024 16:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's cherry blossom season again, and officials in the nation's capital are predicting a banner year for the signature pink blooms. To herald the iconic blossoms, the nation's capital has prepared several weeks of events, including a parade, concerts and fireworks for both...

Kishida vows no more fundraising parties at Parliament's ethics hearing over a funds scandal

Feb. 29, 2024 02:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s beleaguered prime minister renewed his apology over his governing party's corruption scandal, promising to not hold any more parties himself as leader during a political ethics committee Thursday. Fumio Kishida has fought against plummeting support ratings...

Services prepare to brief Secretary Austin on a plan to get Ospreys flying again

Feb. 27, 2024 17:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The military services will take a key step toward getting the V-22 Osprey fleet back in the air as they lay out their plans Friday to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin for addressing safety concerns stemming from a fatal crash in Japan, three defense officials said. ...

Taiwan giant chipmaker TSMC opens first plant in Japan as part of key global expansion

Feb. 24, 2024 03:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. opened Saturday in an official ceremony its first semiconductor plant in Japan as part of its ongoing global expansion. “We are deeply grateful for the seamless support provided by you at every step,” TSMC Chairman...

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...

Ukraine premier in Tokyo says his country needs missiles, but expects new US aid to come through

Feb. 20, 2024 10:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Tuesday that his country needs long-range missiles and other ammunition to end Russia's invasion, and said he expects a U.S. aid package that's stalled in Congress to come through, speaking at a news conference the day after he attended...

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...