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Japan's Kishida vows to regain trust in church controversy

Oct. 03, 2022 02:44 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday that he will humbly listen to people’s “harsh voices” criticizing his governing party’s cozy ties to the ultra-conservative Unification Church and help victims of its allegedly fraudulent businesses and huge donation...

North Korea fires missiles after Harris leaves South Korea

Sep. 29, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — In a show of defiance, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea on Thursday, hours after U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris flew home from a visit to South Korea during which she traveled to the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas and...

US seeks united front in Asia despite Korea, Japan tensions

Sep. 28, 2022 23:34 PM EDT

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — Standing on the deck of an American destroyer at a naval base here on Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris directly challenged China by accusing it of “disturbing behavior” and “provocations” around Taiwan. Harris said the United States would in...

McConnell backs post-Jan. 6 revisions to elections law

Sep. 28, 2022 15:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he will “proudly support” legislation to overhaul rules for certifying presidential elections, bolstering a bipartisan effort to revise a 19th century law and avoid another Jan. 6 insurrection. The...

Abe's militaristic funeral captures Japan's tense mood

Sep. 27, 2022 21:07 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The leadup to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial state funeral could seem like a never-ending exchange of heated words — both for and against. But it was the images of Tuesday’s ceremony that most clearly told the story of a nation still deeply divided over...

Japanese former leader Abe honored at divisive state funeral

Sep. 27, 2022 17:21 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's assassinated hawkish former leader, Shinzo Abe, was given a rare state funeral Tuesday full of military pomp and surrounded by throngs of mourners as well as by widespread protests, with thousands taking to the streets in opposition. Prime Minister Fumio...

Harris focuses Asia trip on security, adds tour to Korea DMZ

Sep. 27, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — In meeting after meeting with Asian leaders Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris emphasized the U.S. commitment to regional security and the White House disclosed that she would visit the Demilitarized Zone dividing the rival Koreas. An official said Harris would tour...

Tokyo Olympics bribery arrests widens to third Japan sponsor

Sep. 27, 2022 04:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Bribery allegations against a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member ensnared a third company that sponsored the Games, as Japanese prosecutors “re-arrested” Haruyuki Takahashi for the third time Tuesday. The latest allegations of dubious payments...

In Tokyo, Harris calls US-Japan alliance 'a cornerstone'

Sep. 26, 2022 22:06 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shortly after arriving in Tokyo for the state funeral of assassinated former leader Shinzo Abe. Abe, a former prime minister who was assassinated in July, will be honored on Tuesday, and...

Kishida opens diplomacy rush as Japan preps divisive funeral

Sep. 26, 2022 06:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held a series of meetings with foreign dignitaries Monday in what he's called “funeral diplomacy" the day before he hosts a controversial state-sponsored ceremony for former leader Shinzo Abe. Kishida has been criticized for...