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Women gradually rise in Japanese politics but face deep challenges

Jul. 09, 2024 01:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Eight years ago, Yuriko Koike became the first woman to lead Tokyo, beating her male predecessor. She won her third term as governor Sunday, and one of her closest rivals was a woman. Multiple women competing for a top political office is still rare in Japan, which has...

Tokyo Gov. Koike wins a third four-year term as head of Japan's influential capital

Jul. 07, 2024 22:15 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike easily won a third four-year term as head of Japan's influential capital in a closely watched vote Sunday, the city's residents apparently happy with her governance that included providing childcare subsidies and holding the Olympics during the coronavirus...

Japan issues new yen banknotes packed with 3D hologram technology to fight counterfeiting

Jul. 03, 2024 21:44 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan issued its first new banknotes in two decades Wednesday, yen packed with 3D hologram technology to fight counterfeiting. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida praised as historic the state-of-the-art anti-counterfeit traits of the new 10,000 yen, 5,000 yen and 1,000 yen...

Japan's top court orders government to compensate disabled people who were forcibly sterilized

Jul. 03, 2024 21:34 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — In a landmark decision, Japan’s Supreme Court ordered the government Wednesday to pay suitable compensation to about a dozen victims who were forcibly sterilized under a now-defunct Eugenics Protection Law that was designed to eliminate offspring of people with disabilities. ...

As North Korean and Chinese threats rise, US looks to lock in defense partnerships with Asian allies

Jun. 29, 2024 01:25 AM EDT

GIMHAE AIR BASE, South Korea (AP) — The United States wrapped up its first multidomain exercise with Japan and South Korea in the East China Sea on Saturday, a step forward in Washington's efforts to strengthen and lock in its security partnerships with key Asian allies in the face of growing...

Japan and Philippines trying to finish defense pact for signing in Manila as alarm grows over China

Jun. 28, 2024 01:23 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Top defense and foreign affairs officials of Japan and the Philippines will meet in Manila next month to strengthen strategic ties and discuss regional concerns, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday at a time of escalating concerns over China’s...

Japanese government panel proposes air traffic control measures to boost safety after Haneda crash

Jun. 24, 2024 12:16 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese transport ministry panel on Monday proposed a number of air traffic control measures to boost safety, more than six months after a fatal collision between a Japan Airlines jetliner and a coast guard plane at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The panel recommended...

Japan, New Zealand agree on intel sharing pact amid growing regional security concerns

Jun. 19, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and New Zealand agreed Wednesday in principle on an intelligence sharing pact as their leaders shared concerns over the increasingly challenging security environment in the region, including closer ties between Russia and North Korea. In a joint statement, Prime...

Will Japanese women be able to keep their maiden names after marriage? Major lobby demands change

Jun. 12, 2024 02:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful Japanese business lobby is calling on the government to allow married couples to keep dual surnames, saying the lack of freedom to do so hinders women’s advancement and has even become a business risk. In Japan, each wedded pair has to legally adopt one...

US envoy calls for Japan's help to quickly replenish US missile inventory, repair warships

Jun. 11, 2024 01:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The United States needs Japan's help to quickly replenish missile inventory and repair warships as conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine continue and Washington seeks to keep its deterrence credible in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. ambassador to Japan said. "It is...