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Remains of soldier who died in WWII Japanese POW camp ID'd

Dec. 05, 2022 15:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Experts have identified the remains of a soldier from Massachusetts who died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the the Philippines during World War II, the military said on Monday. Army Pfc. Arthur L. Pierce, 26, of Malden, was accounted for in July through...

Japan panel: Sweeping defense buildup, more cost unavoidable

Nov. 22, 2022 04:48 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese government-commissioned panel said in a report to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida that drastic defense buildup including the use of preemptive strike is “indispensable” to counter growing threats in the region. It called for the public’s understanding to...

Japan, US hold joint arms drills amid China, N Korea worry

Nov. 10, 2022 05:54 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the United States began a major joint military exercise Thursday in southern Japan as the allies aim to step up readiness in the face of China’s increasing assertiveness and North Korea’s intensifying missile launches. The biennial “Keen Sword” drills...

Japan PM vows to strengthen military at int'l naval review

Nov. 06, 2022 10:42 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at an international fleet review Sunday that his country urgently needs to strengthen its military capabilities as security risks increase including threats from North Korea’s nuclear and missile advancement and Russia’s war on Ukraine....