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'Hopeless': Japan's weak opposition no match for ruling LDP

Jul. 07, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections, nearly a dozen opposition parties are trying to topple the Liberal Democratic Party, which has ruled, almost without interruption, since the end of World War II. These include a party whose sole platform is a call to boycott...

Asian benchmarks mostly lower after tepid Wall St session

Jul. 06, 2022 00:29 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday after tepid trading on Wall Street amid worries about a global recession. Major benchmarks fell across Asia. Oil prices recouped some lost ground after plunging on Monday. Analysts said markets were focusing on a variety of...

Japan sights China, Russia warships near disputed islands

Jul. 04, 2022 07:46 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan protested to Beijing after spotting Chinese and Russian warships just outside its territorial waters around the disputed East China Sea islands on Monday. Japan's Defense Ministry said a Chinese frigate sailed inside the “contiguous zone,” just outside...

North Korea slams US-South Korea-Japan military cooperation

Jul. 02, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday slammed the United States, South Korea and Japan for pushing to boost their trilateral military cooperation targeting the North, warning that the move is prompting urgent calls for the country to reinforce its military capability. ...

Live updates | Putin warns on NATO troops in Sweden, Finland

Jun. 29, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on the NATO summit in Madrid: Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning Finland and Sweden that if they welcome NATO troops and military infrastructure onto their territory, Russia will respond in kind. He said Wednesday that Russia will...

Japan's Toshiba shareholders approve 13 nominations to board

Jun. 28, 2022 00:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toshiba shareholders approved 13 nominated directors to its board Tuesday, as the Japanese technology giant struggles to restore its one-time glory and set a clear leadership direction. Chief Executive Taro Shimada, who oversaw the annual shareholders’ meeting in...

Live updates | G-7 nations seek to counter Chinese influence

Jun. 26, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit, the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, which this year is being held in Germany's Bavarian Alps: One Group of Seven family photo didn’t seem to be enough. After posing for a group shot earlier...

US Pacific admiral: Ties with Japan key to regional security

Jun. 24, 2022 02:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Pacific and the Japanese defense minister on Friday said that close cooperation between their naval forces is more important than ever in the region amid rising tensions over China, North Korea and Russia. Defense Minister Nobuo...

77 years after battle's end, Okinawa wants US base reduced

Jun. 23, 2022 04:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Okinawa marked the 77th anniversary Thursday of the end of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, with the governor calling for a further reduction of the U.S. military presence there as local fears grow that the southern Japanese islands will become embroiled in regional...

Japan suspect in COVID relief fraud deported by Indonesia

Jun. 22, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese man accused of defrauding the government of 1 billion yen ($7.3 million) intended for small Japanese businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic was arrested on board a flight Wednesday after being deported from Indonesia, where he fled 1 1/2 years ago. ...