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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.


Japanese tug boat scrapes U.S. Navy ship during exercise

A Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer during a towing exercise, the Navy said.


U.S. Navy says a Japanese tugboat ‘drifted into’ a 7th Fleet destroyer

The U.S. Navy said a Japanese tugboat “drifted into” a destroyer during a scheduled exercise Saturday, causing “minimal damage” to the warship and no reported injuries.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 7:46 p.m.

Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura at the center of Japanese media’s attention

Rui Hachimura’s locker sits in between and space was limited with the spillover from a dozen Japanese media interviewing the Zags’ sophomore forward. A year ago, two Japanese reporters chronicled …


Accord on revised Pacific Rim trade pact stalled

Talks on a Pacific Rim trade pact abandoned by U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to have stalled Friday as Canada balked at a basic agreement worked out in ministerial-level talks …


Trump unaware as Abe falls in bunker during weekend golf match

Japan’s prime minister said his round of golf with visiting President Donald Trump was a good chance to relax and discuss difficult issues. It also was an opportunity to display …


Trudy Rubin: Will Trump play North Korea roulette?

A snowball in hell probably has better prospects than a serious Trump effort at diplomacy, and he may leave empty-handed.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

Trump strikes hard line against North Korea in Japan

President Donald Trump struck a hard line against North Korea’s nuclear weapons program Monday and urged Japan to do the same as he closed out two days of talks, dinner …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

In Japan, Trump pushes new trade deal, mourns Texas shooting

President Donald Trump opened his second day in Japan by pushing for stronger, more equitable economic ties between the allies, yet his message in Asia threatened to be overshadowed by …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 9:47 p.m.

Typhoon Lan sweeps across Japan; 2 reported dead

A powerful typhoon caused flooding and landslides along the Pacific coast of Japan, killing at least two people before heading out to sea Monday.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe heads to impressive election win

Japan’s leader has scored a major victory in national elections that returned his ruling coalition to power in decisive fashion.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 9:46 p.m.

Japan votes for lower house; Abe’s party seen headed for win

Japanese are voting in a general election that will most likely hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition a majority in parliament.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

Incumbent Prime Minster Abe appears headed to victory in Japan

Media polls indicate Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition will handily win a general election Sunday, possibly even retaining its two-thirds majority in the more powerful lower house of …


Japan standards inspectors search Kobe Steel over faked data

Japan’s industrial standards agency searched offices of metals maker Kobe Steel on Friday as investigations into falsified data on its products widened.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 10:41 a.m.

U.S. allies air concerns about Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order

Israel, Hong Kong and Taiwan joined a number of U.S. allies at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday to express concerns over a Trump administration executive order that calls on …


U.S., Japan agree to maximize diplomatic pressure on N. Korea

U.S. and Japanese diplomats agreed Tuesday to maximize pressure on North Korea to resolve tensions over its nuclear program, while citing the need to be prepared for the worst if …


Volcanic eruption in Japan spreads ash in 4 cities, towns

A volcano in southwestern Japan has erupted for the first time in six years and spread ash in nearby cities and towns.


Japan’s Kobe Steel under fire for fudging data on metals

The Japanese government urged steelmaker Kobe Steel on Wednesday to clarify the extent of manipulation of inspection data on steel, aluminum and other metals used in a wide range of …


Abe says Japan fully behind U.S. on pressuring North Korea

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that his government fully supports the U.S. stance on pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, with all options on the table.


Top focus in Japan election: Will Tokyo governor run?

Just days before Japan’s national election campaign kicks off, all eyes are on Tokyo’s populist governor, a political go-getter and a gambler. Will she jump into the race and try …


Strong quake shakes northeastern Japan, no danger of tsunami

A strong earthquake late Friday shook northeastern Japan off the coast of Fukushima, the region hit by a massive quake and tsunami in 2011 that triggered a nuclear plant meltdown, …


Sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific on tsunami debris

Nearly 300 species of fish, mussels and other sea critters hitchhiked across the Pacific Ocean on debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, washing ashore alive in the United States, researchers …


Japan’s Abe dissolves lower house; snap election set for Oct. 22

Japan’s House of Representatives was dissolved at the beginning of the extraordinary Diet session convened Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Japan Prime Minister Abe dissolves lower house, calls snap election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house of parliament Thursday, paving the way for a snap election that is expected to be held Oct. 22.


Abe calls snap election in Japan, readies $18 billion package

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he’ll dissolve the lower house of parliament on Sept. 28 for a general election as he announced an $18 billion economic package.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

U.S. allies divided over Trump’s threat against North Korea

Japan urged international unity Wednesday in pressuring North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, even as another key U.S. ally pushed back against President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally …


Magnitude-6.1 earthquake strikes off coast of Japan

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has hit off the coast of Japan.


Toshiba board decides on chip sale to Bain Capital group

Toshiba’s board signed off Wednesday on selling its computer chip business to a group led by Bain Capital Private Equity, but the deal’s future remains unclear as Toshiba’s U.S. joint …