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UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 10:06 a.m.

Chinese middle class could be boon for Washington ranchers

The prices that small-operation ranchers in Washington get for their cattle is tied to the global economy, making it about as hard to predict as the prairie rain.


Not your grandparents’ dairy: Washington operation shows scale of modern milk production

Case VanderMeulen’s oldest brother inherited his family’s 100-cow dairy in The Netherlands. So the younger brother came to America and built a fortress of milk that never sleeps.


In Japan, Ichiro’s move starts long ‘Sayonara’

Ichiro Suzuki has not officially retired from baseball. But his move to the front office of the Seattle Mariners is seen by many in Japan as the beginning of a …


Mariners, A’s to play next season’s MLB opener in Japan

The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will play an opening two-game series in Tokyo on March 20 and 21, the fifth time Major League Baseball will start its season in …


UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

Trump says U.S., North Korea talking at ‘extremely high levels’

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea are holding direct talks at “extremely high levels” in preparation for a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 7:03 p.m.

Rui Hachimura, Killian Tillie all in on returning to Gonzaga

Rui Hachimura and Killian Tillie weren’t interested in declaring for the NBA Draft unless they were committed 100 percent.


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Takata acquired by Key Safety Systems, president resigns

Takata Corp., the Japanese air bag maker embroiled in a massive global recall, says its acquisition by U.S. mobility safety company Key Safety Systems has been completed and its president …


UPDATED: Sun., April 8, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Forward Rui Hachimura returning to Gonzaga for junior season

Rui Hachimura provided an answer to one of Gonzaga’s biggest offseason questions. The talented forward announced Sunday he will return for his junior season with the Zags.


Woman mayor protests sumo sexism in off-ring speech at event

A woman mayor in western Japan protested sumo’s male-only rules Friday in a speech she was forced to make outside of the ring unlike her male counterparts, as controversy over …


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 3:04 p.m.

Dog sent overseas by mistake returned to Kansas family

A dog that United Airlines mistakenly flew to Japan is back with its family in Kansas.


Japan finance ministry confirms death of official in scandal

A Finance Ministry official linked to a scandal involving the wife of Japan’s prime minister has been found dead, the ministry confirmed Friday, and a second official resigned.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Eleven nations sign Pacific trade pact as U.S. plans tariffs

Trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries signed a sweeping free trade agreement Thursday to streamline trade and slash tariffs on the same day that President Donald Trump was expected …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura shows growth in his game

It was easy to be mesmerized by Rui Hachimura’s post-up buckets, one- or two-dribble moves and midrange jumpers against Saint Mary’s. But it was the other end of the floor …


Japanese short-track speedskater becomes first doping case of Pyeongchang Olympics

Kei Saito, a reserve on Japan’s short-track speedskating team, is the first athlete to test positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 6:01 p.m.

Gonzaga extends television signal to Japan as Rui Hachimura continues to play prominent role on team

Last Thursday’s Gonzaga-San Diego game was the first of four Zag contests to be televised on J Sports in Japan, via an agreement with Root Sports/KHQ through Metta Sport. The …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Robot makes coffee at new cafe in Japan’s capital

Japan has a new robot cafe where customers can enjoy coffee brewed and served by a robot barista.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Pacific Rim trade pact makes step toward new deal without U.S.

Leaders of countries in a Pacific Rim trade pact rejected by President Donald Trump are welcoming progress on a final agreement to press ahead without U.S., saying it shows a …


Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

Twelve people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of a volcano near a famous hot spring resort in central Japan were injured Tuesday by flying rocks during a sudden …


Tokyo holds evacuation drill to prepare for North Korean threat

People huddled into an amusement park basement and a subway station in Japan’s capital and others ducked and covered their heads at a community center Monday during a drill based …


Damaged Navy ship arrives in Mississippi for repairs

Greeted by sailors and flag-waving residents, a U.S. Navy destroyer damaged in a June collision that killed seven sailors arrived Friday for two years of repairs at a Mississippi shipyard.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 16, 2018, 7:55 a.m.

Japan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

Japan’s public broadcaster mistakenly sent an alert Tuesday warning citizens of a North Korean missile launch and urging them to seek immediate shelter, then minutes later corrected it, days after …


Ex-Toyota head Tatsuro Toyoda, who led overseas drive, dies

Tatsuro Toyoda, the former Toyota Motor Corp. president who led the company’s climb to become one of the world’s top automakers, has died. He was 88.


Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Japan has announced it is freezing the assets of 19 companies to step up pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons and missile development.


Chief priest, 2 others dead in Tokyo shrine stabbings

The head priest of a prominent shrine in Tokyo was ambushed and killed with a samurai sword, apparently by her brother, who then took his own life, police said Friday.


Past opinions provide perspective

Pearl Harbor Day is Thursday. The following are Spokesman-Review editorials on the attack. Don’t discriminate, Dec. 11, 1942


Japan on alert as boats thought to be from North Korea found

Japan is stepping up patrols and urging local authorities and fishermen to be on the alert after several boats thought to be from North Korea, some carrying dead bodies, were …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 12:26 p.m.

A ‘ghost ship’ washed ashore in Japan, and clues point to North Koreans

The bodies had been drifting in the Sea of Japan for so long that only bones remained. But investigators in face masks and coveralls found clues inside the battered wooden …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

Risky stalemate as science battles human fears at Fukushima

Japan has yet to reach consensus on what to do with a million tons of radioactive water, more than six years after a tsunami overwhelmed the Fukushima nuclear power plant.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Osaka mayor to end sister-city status with San Francisco over ‘comfort women’ statue

Japan’s third-largest city, Osaka, and San Francisco became sister cities in 1957 – part of a project to twin Japanese cities with American counterparts to foster peace between former enemies …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

U.S. troops in Japan banned from drinking after fatal crash

U.S. military personnel in Okinawa have been restricted to base and banned from drinking alcohol after a Marine was arrested over a crash that killed a Japanese man.