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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

U.N. takes up North Korea after latest missile launch

North Korea conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile Friday, sending an intermediate-range weapon hurtling over U.S. ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in a launch that …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:55 p.m.

South Korea says North Korea has fired another missile

South Korea’s military says North Korea fired an unidentified missile from its capital Pyongyang in a continuation of weapons tests following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date …


Analysis: As North Korea aims nukes on U.S., South Korea and Japan feeling heat

As worrying as North Korea’s nuclear advance is for America, the increasingly realistic threat of an atomic warhead striking a U.S. city might be even more unnerving for South Korea …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 9:18 a.m.

Turbulent path awaits new DP chief Maehara

Democratic Party President Seiji Maehara, who on Friday won the party’s leadership vote, will begin changing the policies that existed under former DP President Renho.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 11:14 a.m.

U.S. flies bombers, fighters in show of force against North Korea

The United States flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile …


Japan unimpressed with May’s Brexit but ‘too polite’ to say so

Theresa May got a taste of Japanese restraint and formality during a tea ceremony with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What might be lost in translation is how unimpressed a key …


North Korea missile flying over Japan makes Tokyoites more wary

While the launch of a North Korean missile over Japanese territory heightened concerns in Japan, residents of Tokyo were fatalistic in response. There is little they can do, they said, …


North Korea’s missile over Japan bolsters Abe’s quest for stronger defense

Kim Jong Un might have done Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a little favor. The North Korean leader’s move to fire a ballistic missile over Japan’s northern Hokkaido island on …


Analysis: Is North Korea winning deterrence war with U.S.?

Conventional wisdom says that if North Korea were ever to use its nuclear weapons, it would be an act of suicide. But brace yourself for what deterrence experts call the …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 7:52 p.m.

Trump: ‘All options’ on the table after North Korea fires missile over Japan

President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning said “all options” remain in play after North Korea fired a missile over Japan’s northern island on Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

North Korea fires missile over Japan in aggressive test

North Korea fired an unidentified projectile from its capital Pyongyang that flew over Japan, officials said, an especially aggressive test-flight that will rattle an already anxious region.


In Japan, restaurants to receive subsidies to set up separate smoking areas

Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry intends to subsidize part of the costs that restaurants, cafes and other eating establishments incur to set up rooms or spaces exclusively for smoking, …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

Blue chrysanthemum created in laboratory in Japan

A genuine blue chrysanthemum has been successfully created through genetic engineering, according to the team behind the project comprising researchers from Suntory Holdings Ltd. and the Institute of Vegetable and …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

U.S. general pledges to defend Japan from North Korean attack

America’s top military official reiterated Friday his country’s pledge to defend Japan against a North Korean missile attack, as western Japan carried out a test of an emergency alert system.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

Tillerson, Mattis insist military options remain for NKorea

America’s diplomatic and defense chiefs sought Thursday to reinforce the threat of possible U.S. military action against North Korea after President Donald Trump’s top strategist essentially called the commander-in-chief’s warnings …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 7:13 p.m.

Former Gonzaga center Robert Sacre returning to Japanese pro team

Former Gonzaga center Robert Sacre is returning to Japan for a second season with the Hitachi Sunrockers.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:01 a.m.

U.S. vet returns dead Japanese soldier’s flag

Tatsuya Yasue buried his face into the flag and smelled it. Then he held the 93-year-old hands that brought this treasure home, and kissed them. Marvin Strombo, who had taken …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Will Rogers, RIP, Aug. 17, 1935


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

U.S. WWII vet returns Japanese flag to fallen soldier’s family

The former U.S. Marine knew the calligraphy-covered flag he took from a fallen Japanese soldier 73 years ago was more than a keepsake of World War II. When Marvin Strombo …


Respond to North Korea with cool head

It is extremely rare for a U.S. president to use such language that evokes nuclear attacks.


Toyota, Mazda plan $1.6 billion U.S. plant

Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. plan to spend $1.6 billion to build a joint-venture auto manufacturing plant in the U.S. – a move that will create …


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 10:09 p.m.

North Korea 2nd ICBM test puts much of U.S. in range, experts say

North Korea on Friday test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile, which flew longer and higher than the first according to its wary neighbors, leading analysts to conclude that a wide …


Reports: Japan defense chief to quit over document cover-up

Japan’s beleaguered defense minister, a protege of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will step down in connection with an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations, media reports said …


Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant

An underwater robot captured images of lava-like lumps Thursday inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear …


British foreign secretary in Japan for security, trade talks

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson mingled with robots on Thursday before meeting with Japanese officials.


Swimming robot probes Fukushima reactor to find melted fuel

An underwater robot entered a badly damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Wednesday, capturing images of the harsh impact of its meltdown, including key structures that were torn …


UPDATED: Mon., July 17, 2017, 12:17 p.m.

Japan says this is a time to raise pressure on North Korea

Japan’s government spokesman says this is a moment to raise pressure on North Korea – not a time for dialogue.


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 3:10 p.m.

Trump, Asian allies seek counter to North Korean ‘menace’

Wrapping up his second European tour, President Donald Trump and Asian allies searched for consensus Saturday on how to counter what the president called the “menace” of North Korea after …


Cooperation needed to thwart North Korea

The net encircling Pyongyang must be urgently tightened through international cooperation.


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 8:54 p.m.

Floods in southern Japan force hundreds to flee; two dead

Troops were working Thursday to rescue families left stranded by flooding in southern Japan. Two people were reported dead and 11 others were unaccounted for in flooding that wrecked homes, …