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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.


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.