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FILE - In this June 26, 2019, file photo, aircraft maintenance engineers prepare to stow away an SH-60K helicopter on the flight deck aboard Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) along a sea route heading northward from Brunei towards Sulu Sea. Japan's Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget of nearly 5.5 trillion yen ($55 billion) for fiscal 2021 fund more purchases of costly American stealth fighters and expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space.(AP Photo/Emily Wang, File)

Japan military seeks record budget amid regional threats

Sep. 30, 2020 3:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget of nearly 5.5 trillion yen ($55 billion) for fiscal 2021 to fund more purchases of costly American stealth fighters and expand its capability to counter possible threats in both cyber and outer space. The budget request made public...

In this combination image shows left to right; U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sept. 21, 2020, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, May 18, 2020, Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Jan. 17, 2020, and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Aug. 28, 2019. All for of these top diplomats from the U.S., Australia and India will gather in Tokyo next week for “quad” talks to discuss their common regional concerns, including China’s increasingly assertive actions, in a first face-to-face meeting Japan hosts since the pandemic. (AP photo)

US, Australia, India ministers to meet in Japan next week

Sep. 29, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Top diplomats from the U.S., Australia and India plan to gather in Tokyo next week to discuss their common regional concerns, such as China's increasingly assertive actions, in the first face-to-face ministerial meetings Japan will host since the coronavirus pandemic began. Japanese Foreign...

New Japanese PM Suga urges Putin to resolve island dispute

Sep. 29, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that he wants to settle their territorial dispute and sign a peace treaty formally ending their World War II hostilities. Suga took office two weeks ago, replacing Shinzo Abe who stepped down...

FILE - This combination of file photos show Japan's then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, left, in Tokyo on April 1, 2019 and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Sept. 11, 2019. New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he and Chinese President Xi agreed in talks Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 to work closely together by holding high-level meetings including summits, but did not discuss the possibility of a visit by Xi to Japan. (AP Photo/File)

Japan's new PM says stable Japan-China ties key to region

Sep. 25, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in talks Friday to work closely together by holding high-level meetings including summits, but did not discuss the possibility of a visit by Xi to Japan. “I told (Xi) that the stability of...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

Japan's newly minted prime minister steps into UN limelight

Sep. 25, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister, stepping from the shadows of his longtime supporting role, said Saturday in his debut at the U.N. General Assembly that he’s willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any conditions. The offer comes as Yoshihide Suga — only...

FILE - This combination of file photos show South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, taken in Gwangju on May 18, 2020, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, taken in Tokyo on Sept. 16, 2020.  Suga on Thursday, Sept. 24, held his first telephone call with his South Korean counterpart since taking office, telling President Moon that the neighbors should work to resolve their strained relations. (AP Photo/File)

Japan PM tells South Korea it's time to fix strained ties

Sep. 24, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday held his first telephone call with his South Korean counterpart since taking office, telling President Moon Jae-in that the neighbors should work to resolve their strained relations. The talks, proposed by South Korea, were the first...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington, before departing for a campaign rally in North Carolina. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's made-up car plants, court revisionism

Sep. 21, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are playing loose with the facts when it comes to a successor for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Seeking to justify a possible confirmation vote before the Nov. 3 election, Trump asserted over the weekend that many high court nominations...

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga walks in to attend an extraordinary session at the upper house of parliament Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Tokyo. Suga started his first full day in office Thursday, with a resolve to push for reforms for the people, and he said he is already taking a crack at it. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan's Suga holds 1st phone talks with Trump as leader

Sep. 20, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held his first talks with U.S. President Donald Trump since he took office, a diplomatic phone call that was one of his first as the country’s leader and one that highlights the close tie between the two allies. Suga was elected as...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020, file photo, Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to the media as he arrives at the prime minister's office for a cabinet meeting in Tokyo. Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe says he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It is his first visit in nearly seven years. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Former Japanese PM Abe visits controversial Tokyo shrine

Sep. 19, 2020 5:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he has visited a shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression. Abe's visit Saturday to Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which he announced in a tweet, comes days after his resignation. It was his first visit in nearly seven...

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a memorial service for the late former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui in Taipei, Taiwan on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Lee, remembered for leading the island's transition to democracy, died at age 97 in July, (Pool Photo via AP)

China sends more warplanes as Taiwan honors late leader

Sep. 19, 2020 1:44 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China sent more warplanes toward Taiwan for the second day Saturday as the island's leader, senior government officials and a high-level U.S. envoy paid tribute to the man who led Taiwan's transition to democracy, former President Lee Teng-hui. Keith Krach, the U.S. undersecretary for...