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Activist Yoon Meehyang, who begins her four-year term as a lawmaker for the ruling liberal party on Saturday, speaks during a news conference at National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Lawmaker-elect denies wrongdoing over 'comfort women' funds

May. 29, 2020 5:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A prominent South Korean activist who was recently elected to the National Assembly denied on Friday that she misused public donations for Korean survivors of Japanese wartime sexual slavery. Yoon Meehyang, who begins her four-year term as a lawmaker for the ruling liberal party...

Japan Defense Minister Taro Kono delivers a speech at a launch ceremony of the Space Operations Squadron at the Defense Ministry, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Tokyo. The launch of the Space Operations Squadron reflects Japan's increasing need to defend itself from threats in cyberspace electromagnetic interference against Japanese satellites. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan launches new unit to step up defense in outer space

May. 18, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan launched its new space defense unit Monday to monitor and counter threats to the country's satellites. The Space Operations Squadron, part of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force, starts with 20 members and is expected to grow to about 100 members once the unit is fully operational in...