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UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Suspect in Japan anime studio arson reportedly had grudge

The man suspected of setting ablaze a beloved Japanese animation studio, killing 34 people, was raging about theft and witnesses and media reported he had a grudge against the company, …


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base

Kyoto Animation may not be a giant of Japanese anime, but it has core fans and is known for skilled animators and such hits as “Lucky Star,” “K-On!” and the …


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

Large Japanese media contingent make trip to cover Washington’s Rui Hachimura at NBA Summer League

More than 1,000 media credentials were distributed for the 15th NBA Summer League, and the league’s communication department confirmed it was the largest contingent of international media ever.


Japan resumes commercial whaling despite low demand

Japanese whalers returned to port Monday with their first catch after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years, achieving the long-cherished goal of traditionalists that is seen …


G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they …


Trump jokes about election meddling with Putin

With a smirk and a finger point, President Donald Trump dryly told Russia’s Vladimir Putin “Don’t meddle in the election” in their first meeting since the special counsel concluded that …


Trade, climate change, Iran focus as G-20 leaders meet

Trade and geopolitical tensions, and the looming threat of climate change, are on the agenda as the presidents of the United States and China and other world leaders gather in …


Protesters urge discussion of Hong Kong issue at G-20 summit

Thousands of people joined Hong Kong’s latest rally Wednesday night against legislation they fear would erode the city’s freedoms, capping a daylong appeal to world leaders ahead of a G-20 …


Kremlin confirms Trump-Putin meeting at G-20

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of an international summit in Japan, the Kremlin said Wednesday, in talks that come amid bitter …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Dynamic duo: History awaits Gonzaga, Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke at NBA draft

Gonzaga’s starting five at the NBA draft: Projected first-round picks Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, head coach Mark Few and assistant coaches Brian Michaelson and Tommy Lloyd.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 3:28 p.m.

England beats Japan 2-0 to clinch top spot in Group D

England remained undefeated at the Women’s World Cup and clinched top spot in its group with a 2-0 victory over Japan. Ellen White scored both goals against Japan and has …


Strong quake jolts northwest Japan; no major damage reported

A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning along the coast which was lifted about 2


Robert J. Samuelson: The fate of Japan – and everyone else

Japan is slowly going out of business; its population is shrinking and it resists immigration. This cannot continue indefinitely.


Japan holds off Scotland 2-1 at Women’s World Cup

Mana Iwabuchi had an early goal and then Japan held off a late charge from Scotland for a 2-1 victory at the Women’s World Cup. Iwabuchi was on the Japanese …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 4:39 p.m.

Japan premier warns US, Iran ‘accidental conflict’ possible

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Tehran on Wednesday to warn that an “accidental conflict” could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S., a message that …


Trump’s feud with McCain continues, ship kept out of view

President Donald Trump and his acting defense secretary distanced themselves from an order to keep a warship rededicated in honor of the late Sen. John McCain, a frequent critic of …


Report: WH wanted USS John McCain moved for Trump Japan trip

A new report says the White House wanted the U.S. Navy to move a warship named for the late Sen. John McCain before President Donald Trump arrived in Japan last …


Knife-wielding man attacks schoolgirls in Japan, killing 2

A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming “I will kill you!” attacked a group of schoolgirls near a school bus parked at a bus stop just outside …


UPDATED: Mon., May 27, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

Trump in Japan: Pomp and tense circumstance

All the pomp and pageantry in the world couldn’t paper over the tensions between President Donald Trump and Japan’s Shinzo Abe on two of their most pressing issues: North Korea …


Japan’s charm campaign ready to roll: Golf, sumo await Trump

Under the threat of potentially devastating U.S. tariffs on autos, Japan is ready to roll out the newest phase of its charm offensive targeting President Donald Trump as it welcomes …


Anti-groping smartphone app highly popular in Japan

A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains.


UK, Japan mobile operators suspend Huawei 5G phone launches

British and Japanese mobile phone companies said Wednesday they’re putting on hold plans to sell new devices from Huawei, in the latest fallout from U.S. tech restrictions aimed at the …


Iran’s top diplomat presses efforts to save nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister traveled Friday to China on his Asian tour aimed at keeping world markets open to Tehran amid an intense sanctions campaign from the U.S. as tensions across …


Japanese space startup aims to compete with US rivals

A Japanese startup that launched a rocket into space earlier this month plans to provide low-cost rocket services and compete with American rivals such as SpaceX, its founder said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Veteran coach Linda Lanker continues busy schedule at IAAF World Relays

Longtime track and field coach Linda Lanker jokes that her paychecks are deposited into her gas tank, not her bank account.


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

Emperor Naruhito takes throne day after his father abdicates

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito will perform his first ritual hours after succeeding his father on the Chrysanthemum Throne


Emperor announces abdication as Japan marks end of era

Japanese Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a …


After 30 years on throne, Japanese Emperor Akihito to bow out

Japanese Emperor Akihito is to relinquish the Chrysanthemum throne Tuesday, ending his 30-year reign in the country’s first abdication in about 200 years.


New indictment expands case against Nissan ex-chair Ghosn

Prosecutors indict Nissan ex-chairman Ghosn on fresh breach of trust charges, expanding the case further and prolonging his detention.


Rui’s greatest hits: Four games that cemented a Gonzaga legacy

A look back at some of Rui Hachimura’s finest moments as a Zag. On Monday, Hachimura became the ninth player in Gonzaga history to declare early for the NBA draft.