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Japan's industry minister chides utility president over radioactive water leak at Fukushima plant

Feb. 21, 2024 03:34 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s industry minister summoned the president of the utility that runs the Fukushima nuclear power plant to his office Wednesday and chided him for a radioactive water leak at the plant earlier this month. Mishaps related to the massive amount of contaminated...

Ukraine premier in Tokyo says his country needs missiles, but expects new US aid to come through

Feb. 20, 2024 10:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Tuesday that his country needs long-range missiles and other ammunition to end Russia's invasion, and said he expects a U.S. aid package that's stalled in Congress to come through, speaking at a news conference the day after he attended...

Japan vows support to Ukraine while hosting conference focused on war-torn country's reconstruction

Feb. 19, 2024 09:07 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has pledged Monday his country's long-term commitment to Ukraine's reconstruction, calling it a future investment, while stressing support for the war-torn country about to mark the second anniversary of Russia's invasion. In his...

Why is Japan hosting a conference for Ukraine reconstruction when it's still at war? AP explains.

Feb. 19, 2024 02:01 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is hosting a conference for Japanese and Ukrainian officials to discuss reconstruction of Ukraine just ahead of the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion, while the U.S. and other Western countries are still focusing on military aid for the battlefield. Hundreds of senior...

Solemn monument to Japanese American WWII detainees lists more than 125,000 names

Feb. 18, 2024 23:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Samantha Sumiko Pinedo and her grandparents file into a dimly lit enclosure at the Japanese American National Museum and approach a massive book splayed open to reveal columns of names. Pinedo is hoping the list includes her great-grandparents, who were detained in Japanese...

On Valentine's Day, LGBTQ+ activists in Japan call for the right for same-sex couples to marry

Feb. 14, 2024 07:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Activists and LGBTQ+ community members handed out colorful chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day in Tokyo on Wednesday, marking the fifth anniversary of the launch of a legal battle to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples. Japan is the only member of the...

Safety panel urges Fukushima nuclear plant operator to better communicate with the public after leak

Feb. 13, 2024 10:11 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A panel of safety experts on Tuesday urged the operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan to communicate more quickly with the public over incidents such as last week's leak of contaminated water. Thirteen years after the Fukushima...

Scandal-mired Toyota group automaker Daihatsu reshuffles leadership

Feb. 13, 2024 03:40 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Daihatsu on Tuesday named a veteran at its parent company Toyota to replace its president as it tries to repair the damage from a scandal over cheating on vehicle safety tests. The troubles at Daihatsu Motor Co. surfaced after a whistleblower...

Japan's government OKs new foreign trainee program to attract more workers as its population shrinks

Feb. 09, 2024 05:14 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government adopted plans on Friday to scrap its current foreign trainee program, which has been criticized as a cover for importing cheap labor, and replace it with a system it says will actually teach skills and safeguard trainees' rights as Japan desperately seeks more...

Japan repeatedly spots Chinese coast guard and warships near disputed waters

Feb. 08, 2024 12:54 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Chinese coast guard vessels have been passing by Japanese-claimed waters for weeks in the East China Sea and China's warships have been edging near Japan's southwestern islands in recent days, Japanese officials said. A fleet of four Chinese coast guard vessels on...