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Minimal levels of radiation detected in area milk during federal testing

Consumers were told Wednesday not to worry about low levels of radiation found by federal health and safety regulators testing milk samples in Spokane. “After the disaster in Japan, many …


Car makers restrict colors over supply from Japan

DETROIT – Chrysler on Friday became the second Detroit automaker to restrict dealers from ordering certain colors due to a “potential” pigment shortage that is related to slow recovery of …


ISU seeks new host for figure skating worlds

LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland – Accepting that Tokyo could not host the World Figure Skating Championships next week, the sport’s governing body stepped up efforts Monday to find a new venue and …


Wheat farmers may feel impact

Whether it’s revolution in the Middle East or an earthquake and tsunami in Japan, this year has already been tumultuous for the region’s wheat industry. Japan buys more Washington-grown wheat …


Earthquake, tsunami devastate Japan

TOKYO (AP) — A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan’s eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars …


China’s economy hits No. 2, poised to pass U.S.

BEIJING – China has eclipsed Japan as the world’s second-biggest economy after three decades of blistering growth that put overtaking the U.S. in reach within 10 years. Japan is still …


Japan may nix Marine base

TOKYO – Japan’s prime minister said today he may overturn a key military deal with Washington on relocating U.S. troops, after a local election in Okinawa showed that residents oppose …


Toyota Prius is top-selling car in Japan

TOKYO – The Toyota Prius was the top-selling car in Japan last year – the first time a gas-electric hybrid has clinched that spot. The Japan Automobile Dealers Association said …


Premier stresses U.S.-Japan equality

TOKYO – Japan’s prime minister said today he will press for equal ties with Washington this year, the 50th anniversary of a joint security treaty that grants many special privileges …


U.S. warns Japan against reneging on troop plans

WASHINGTON – Worried about a new direction in Japan’s foreign policy, the Obama administration warned the Tokyo government Wednesday of serious consequences if it reneges on a military realignment plan …


Japan ousts ruling party

TOKYO – Breaking a half-century hammerlock of one-party rule in Japan, the opposition Democratic Party won a crushing election victory on Sunday with pledges to revive the country’s stalled economy …


Japanese premier dissolves parliament

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolved the powerful lower house of parliament today, setting the stage for national elections next month that could transform the country’s political power …


Clinton in Japan on first overseas mission

TOKYO – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today warned North Korea against following through on a threatened missile launch, saying it would damage its prospects for improved relations with …


Eruption rains ash on parts of Tokyo

TOKYO – A volcano erupted near Tokyo early today, spewing a plume of smoke more than a mile high and raining ash down on parts of the city. There were …


Asian governments plan $700 billion stimulus

SINGAPORE – Governments across Asia have pledged a combined $700 billion in stimulus spending and central banks have slashed interest rates to spur growth and cushion the blow of plunging …


World bids adieu to rocky 2008

NEW YORK — Americans are having no problem saying goodbye to 2008 today, but the nation’s economic troubles made many of them less interested in giving it an expensive send-off.


Okinawans Will Be Forced To Renew Leases For Bases

Overruling the objections of Okinawa’s governor, Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto signed documents Thursday to force reluctant property owners on Okinawa to renew leases for U.S. military bases. As a result …


Police Arrest 3 In Cult Tied To Subway Attack Men Suspected Of Keeping Members From Leaving Cult; Extorting Relatives

Police on Saturday arrested a doctor suspected of beating and drugging a woman who tried to leave the religious sect linked to the Tokyo subway attack. Two senior members of …


Gas Kills Subway Passengers At Least 6 Die, 1,200 Hurt As Nazi Nerve Gas Hits Tokyo Commuters

Passengers bleed from the nose and eyes outside a Tokyo station today. Photo by Associated Press


Rivalries Aside, U.S., Japanese Farmers Are A Lot Alike At Least One Japanese Grower Sees Some Benefits To Competition From American Apples

Shuichi Narita tends a small orchard in Aomori perfecture, Japan’s leading apple-growing region. Photo by Emi Endo/The Spokesman-Review


Selling Apples Takes More Than One Pitch In Japan

Yuichi Okazaki got a taste of Washington grown apples while grocery shopping on a recent Saturday in a Tokyo suburb. He sampled a U.S. red Delicious apple at Ito Yokado, …