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Japan’s whiskies follow Scottish roots

Much of the world, including the United States, spells whiskey with an “e.” The Scottish do not. On those salty, green cliffs, they drink whisky. The Japanese also drink whisky, …


Japanese students sample America in Spokane Valley

Nao Kawae, 15, said he tried a Ding Dong during his first trip to America. “American snacks are too sweet for Japanese,” he said. “It’s very sweet.”


28 dead from ‘waterfall-like’ rain in Japan

TOKYO — Most of the quarter-million people who fled massive flooding in southwest Japan were able to return home today, but the danger had not fully passed from record rains …


Brad Penny the latest big name to disappoint in Japan

TOKYO – American pitcher Brad Penny was released by the Softbank Hawks after appearing in just one game for the Pacific League team, becoming the latest in a long list …


Modern wonders meet ancient treasures in this Japanese city

KYOTO, Japan – Kyoto is a place that embodies everything I love about Japan: Serene ancient beauty mixed with already-tomorrow modernity. Many visitors arrive on the platypus-nosed Nozomi bullet train …


Japan’s tsunami topic of lecture at Whitworth

Physicist Rich Wolfson, a physics professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, will present the 2012 Science and Society Lecture, “Nuclear Energy: An Environmentalist’s Perspective,” on Monday in the Robinson Teaching …


Baseball waits as Mariners pay visit to devastated city

ISHINOMAKI, Japan – Busing swiftly through the detritus of devastation is hardly a good way to get a feeling for the loss, in the space of a few hours, of …


A reason to cheer

IZUNOKUNI, Japan – One year after their lives were torn apart by the devastating earthquake and tsunami, players from Ishinomaki Technical High School are ready to compete on one of …


Mayor visits first Sister City

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner last week rekindled the city’s relationship with its first sister city. This year officials from Nishinomiya, Japan, and Spokane celebrated the 50th anniversary of their sister …


Joy blossoms in Japan after World Cup win

A nation reeling from months of tragedy united in joyous celebration Monday after its women’s soccer team — nicknamed “Nadeshiko” for a pink mountain flower — won the World Cup …


Japan stuns U.S. in World Cup title game

FRANKFURT, Germany – It was the most gut-wrenching, most emotional and most dramatic final in the history of the Women’s World Cup. It produced the most surprising, most gloriously happy …


Japan, France advance to World Cup semifinals

Japan knocked two-time defending champion and host Germany out of the Women’s World Cup in Wolfsburg on Saturday, advancing to the semifinals with a 1-0 win when substitute Karina Maruyama …


Wash. timber exports thrive on construction boom in East Asia

OLYMPIA – Northwest forests are providing a boost to the building boom in China and will likely help with the rebuilding of post-tsunami Japan. The region’s loggers and longshoremen can …


Japan’s consul general praises Northwest for aid

Soon after the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11, the Seattle office of the consul general of Japan was overwhelmed with messages of condolences from Northwesterners. In the weeks …


WSU’s reactor ‘can’t melt down’

PULLMAN – As workers in Japan struggle to cool a nuclear power plant, the phone has been ringing at Washington State University’s Nuclear Radiation Center. The 50-year-old reactor, which is …


EPA says radiation in milk no threat

The detection of trace amounts of radioactive isotope iodine-131 this week in milk being sold in Spokane has raised anew questions about the extent of radiation exposure from the Japanese …


Radon in Spokane homes more of a risk than milk

The detection of trace amounts radioactive isotope Iodine-131 this week in milk being sold in Spokane has raised anew questions about the extent of radiation exposure from the Japan nuclear …


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 …