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Portraits of late former South Korean comfort women are displayed near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. A South Korean court on Friday ordered Japan to financially compensate 12 South Korean women forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II, the first such ruling expected to rekindle animosities between the Asian neighbors. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Seoul court orders Japan to compensate 12 Korean sex slaves

Jan. 8, 2021 3:37 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday ordered Japan to financially compensate 12 South Korean women forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II, a landmark ruling that’s set to rekindle animosities between the Asian neighbors. Japan immediately protested...

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018, file photo, Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami signs his autograph on his novel

Murakami urges politicians to speak sincerely about virus

Jan. 1, 2021 5:35 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami says politicians need to help reduce public uncertainty and fear over the coronavirus and gain people's support by speaking sincerely about the pandemic. Murakami, in a two-hour live New Year's Eve radio show, urged political leaders to “talk honestly...

President-elect Joe Biden fist bumps with nurse practitioner Tabe Mase after receiving his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, as Jill Biden looks on. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

2020: A year where the fist-bump became mainstream greeting

Dec. 30, 2020 12:47 PM EST

The moment called for a handshake. Or would have, under what used to be considered normal circumstances. As in, before 2020. Here’s the scene, from Dec. 21: Tabe Mase, the director of employee health services and a nurse practitioner at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, had just...

Japan virus outbreaks, scandals sap public support for Suga

Dec. 29, 2020 4:25 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga came to office on a wave of popularity, pledging to combat the coronavirus and fix Japan's languishing economy. Three months after he took over from his former boss Shinzo Abe, a more charismatic leader from an influential political family, Suga seems to be...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, front center, and his cabinet ministers pose for a photo session at Suga's official residence in Tokyo. Japan especially lags in women's advancement in politics. Women account for less than 10% of lawmakers in the more powerful of its two-chamber parliament. About 40% of local assemblies have no female members or only one. Suga's 20-member Cabinet has only two female ministers, Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto, bottom right, and Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa, center at third row from front. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Japan delays gender equality goals in new five-year plan

Dec. 25, 2020 2:55 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Friday adopted a plan that delays women's advancement goals by up to a decade after failing to reach even half of the 30% target by 2020 and other measures. Under the new five-year gender equality plan, approved by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet, the government has...

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. Abe offered his deep apologizes on Thursday over illegal expenses linked to a dinner party his office hosted for his supporters ahead of an annual cherry blossom viewing party.(Kyodo News via AP)

Abe apologizes, but isn't charged for cherry blossom scandal

Dec. 24, 2020 10:17 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized Thursday after prosecutors declined to indict him for illegal payments his office made involving dinner receptions for his supporters during Japan's popular cherry blossom season. When Abe resigned in September, he cited ill health but critics have...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2000, file photo, a Japan Air Self-Defense Forces F-2 jet fighter is seen in Toyoyamacho, Aichi Prefecture (state), central Japan.  Japan's Cabinet approved a ninth straight increase in the nation's defense budget as the government bolsters funding to develop longer-range cruise missiles and stealth fighters to counter potential threats from China and North Korea. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

Japan Cabinet OKs more defense funds amid potential threats

Dec. 21, 2020 3:07 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet approved a ninth straight increase in the nation's defense budget as the government bolsters funding to develop longer-range cruise missiles and stealth fighters to counter potential threats from China and North Korea. The record 5.34 trillion yen ($51.7 billion) defense budget...

Japan's Cabinet adopts plan to bolster missile deterrence

Dec. 18, 2020 10:35 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday adopted a plan to enhance the country's missile deterrence, including development of new cruise missiles, to counter potential threats from China and North Korea. Under the plan, the first major defense policy issued by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2018 file photo, a U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat passes President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump's expected move to his Mar-a-Lago club after he leaves office next month is being challenged by a lawyer who says a 1990s agreement allowing Trump to convert the property into a business prohibits anyone from living there, including him.  (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Trump's move to his Florida estate challenged by neighbor

Dec. 17, 2020 2:31 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's expected move to his Mar-a-Lago club after he leaves office next month is being challenged by a lawyer who says a 1990s agreement allowing Trump to convert the Florida property into a business prohibits anyone from living there, including him. Attorney...

Two women take a selfie photo with the Olympic rings in the background in the Odaiba section of Tokyo, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The games were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

A pandemic atlas: Masks key to keeping Japan's caseload low

Dec. 16, 2020 4:07 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic came by ship to Japan in February — a foreboding harbinger for a world that had not yet come to grips with the disaster to come. The virus raced through a luxury cruise ship called the Diamond Princess after it had returned to its home port near Tokyo. A 14-day...