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Official: Japan hopes to lead Asian zero-emissions push

Jan. 18, 2022 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will gradually phase out coal plants over the next two decades while developing new technologies to reduce, capture and utilize carbon, Environment Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi said Tuesday. Yamaguchi said in an interview with The Associated Press that Japan hopes...

Japan's Kishida says virus measures, defense top priorities

Jan. 17, 2022 05:41 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told parliament on Monday that fighting the pandemic and strengthening defense are his government's top priorities. Kishida delivered a speech opening this year's parliamentary session hours after North Korea test-fired two...

Japan minister aims to control COVID while achieving growth

Jan. 12, 2022 01:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese minister responsible for containing COVID-19 while steering the world’s third largest economy toward growth says he is confident he can carry out that precarious “balancing act.” “We know infectious diseases aren’t going away ever,” Daishiro...

N Korea fires possible missile into sea amid stalled talks

Jan. 11, 2022 11:29 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into its eastern sea, its second launch in a week, following leader Kim Jong Un’s calls to expand its nuclear weapons program in defiance of international opposition. The launches...

Japan keeps border controls as it prepares for omicron surge

Jan. 11, 2022 05:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will keep its borders closed to most foreign citizens through February as it attempts to accelerate coronavirus booster shots for elderly people and expand hospital capacity to cope with the rapidly spreading omicron variant, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday. ...

US, Japan hail stronger ties, including 2 new defense deals

Jan. 06, 2022 21:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to deepen their defense cooperation, the United States and Japan will soon sign a new five-year agreement on sharing the cost of the American military presence in Japan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday. Speaking at the outset of a virtual...

Australia, Japan sign defense pact as China concerns loom

Jan. 06, 2022 09:13 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Australia signed a “landmark” defense agreement Thursday that allows closer cooperation between their militaries and stands as a rebuke to China's growing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison...

Japan asks US forces to stay on base as COVID-19 cases jump

Jan. 06, 2022 06:49 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday asked that the U.S. military in Japan stay inside its bases to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Hayashi said he spoke on the phone with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and was promised utmost...

North Korea fires ballistic missile, in 1st test in 2 months

Jan. 05, 2022 14:05 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, its first weapons launch in about two months and a signal it isn’t interested in rejoining denuclearization talks anytime soon and would rather focus on boosting its weapons...

Asian shares mostly fall as tech stocks slump on Wall Street

Jan. 04, 2022 23:42 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian benchmarks mostly slipped Wednesday as technology shares in the region echoed a similar drop in the sector on Wall Street. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 was little changed at 29,301.22 in morning trading. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dipped 0.3% to 7,567.20....