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US, Philippine, Japan forces hold disaster-response drills

Oct. 9, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

SUBIC, Philippines (AP) — More than 2,000 U.S. and Philippine military personnel, along with a small contingent of Japanese forces, began annual combat exercises on Wednesday aimed at responding rapidly to crises and natural disasters and underscoring their commitment to keep the region "free and open."...

Japan reopens exhibit shut over 'comfort woman' statue

Oct. 8, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese exhibit dedicated to censored art reopened Tuesday after being forced to close because of threats over a statue symbolizing World War II Korean "comfort women" sexually abused by Japanese soldiers. The exhibit, part of the Aichi Triennale 2019 art festival, features a "comfort...

Woman helps Japanese World War II diary find way home

Oct. 7, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

DOUGLASSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Judy Reitz was making turkey suppers in the kitchen at St. Paul's UCC in Amityville when she got a call on her cellphone a couple months ago. Not recognizing the number, she hesitated to answer. She's not sure why, but something made her take the call. "I have good news for you,"...

North Korea fires missile days before resuming US talks

Oct. 2, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a ballistic missile from the sea on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, a suggestion that it may have tested an underwater-launched missile for the first time in three years ahead of a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States this weekend. The North...

Japan not inviting South Korea to naval review amid dispute

Sep. 24, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Tuesday that it is not inviting South Korea to a multinational naval review it is hosting next month because their ties are badly strained over history, trade and defense. The Maritime Self-Defense Force, Japan's navy, said Tuesday it will not invite the South Korean navy for...

Statue honors Dane credited as Nanjing Massacre lifesaver

Aug. 31, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A statue of a Danish citizen who is credited with saving thousands of people in China during the Japanese invasion that led to the Nanjing Massacre was unveiled by Denmark's queen on Saturday. Queen Margrethe II revealed the three-meter (10-foot) bronze statue of Bernhard Arp Sindberg at a...

Japan defense costs swell on greater role, purchases from US

Aug. 30, 2019 2:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's defense spending is expected to set a new record next year as the country deepens its military alliance with the U.S. and spends more on expensive American stealth fighters and other equipment amid threats from China and North Korea. The Defense Ministry on Friday released its 5.32...