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U.S. returns largest tract of Okinawa land to Japan in 44 years

The U.S. military announced the return to the Japanese government of the largest tract of land in more than 40 years, reducing American-administered areas on the southern island of Okinawa …

Putin, Abe hold talks on Japan-Russia territorial dispute

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin spent much of their first round of talks at a hot springs resort in western Japan on Thursday …

Abe and Putin to hold talks Thursday in Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at a hot spring in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

U.S. military Osprey crash-lands off Okinawa, no fatalities

A U.S. military Osprey aircraft has crash-landed off Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, but its five crew members were safely rescued.

Japan launches much-needed supplies to space station

A Japanese capsule blasted off with much-needed supplies for the International Space Station on Friday, a week after a Russian shipment was destroyed shortly after liftoff.

Fukushima radiation detected on Oregon shores

Researchers say seawater samples taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach indicate radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, but at extremely low levels not harmful to humans or the environment.

Search underway for Marine pilot off coast of Japan

Search and rescue efforts are underway for a Marine pilot who ejected about 120 miles off the coast of Japan on Wednesday.

Trump announces SoftBank investing $50 billion in the United States

President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Japanese telecom and internet conglomerate SoftBank would invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs, saying that the decision wouldn’t …

Editorials delve into Pearl Harbor attack

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Pearl Harbor Day is Wednesday. The following are Spokesman-Review editorials on the attack.

‘Game of Thrones’ actress Maisie Williams speaks out against dolphin shows

“Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams wants everyone to stop buying tickets to marine shows. She says it’s the best way to stop the capture and killings of dolphins in …

Highly contagious bird flu found in Japan; culling starts

Japanese health authorities have confirmed a highly contagious avian flu strain in poultry in two prefectures in northern Japan, with culling of hundreds of thousands of birds starting Tuesday at …

Japanese theme park thought it was a good idea to freeze 5,000 dead fish in a skating rink

An amusement park in southwestern Japan has closed its ice-skating rink after public outrage over the rink’s key feature: 5,000 dead fish frozen into the ice itself.

Trump gets $3,755 gold golf club from Japanese prime minister

President-elect Donald Trump is getting acquainted with the traditions of the presidency, and he’s doing OK by one of them: the diplomatic gift exchange.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 21, 2016, 2:33 p.m.

Offshore earthquake causes tsunamis, nuclear worries in Japan

Japan’s Fukushima region was bracing for another tsunami Tuesday morning, after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the area that was devastated by an enormous earthquake and tsunami more than 5 1/2 …

Japan authorities raid Dentsu in overwork suicide case

Japanese authorities have raided the country’s top advertising agency Dentsu as part of a criminal investigation into the suicide of a 24-year-old employee due to overwork.

Japan finds costs are ballooning for dismantling Fukushima

TOKYO – Japan’s estimate of dismantling the Fukushima nuclear plant is ballooning far beyond the utility’s estimate of $19 billion. A government study released Tuesday found decommissioning the Fukushima Dai-ichi …

Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Everest, dies at 77

Japanese media reports say the first woman to climb Mount Everest has died.

Magnitude 6.6 quake causes strong shaking in western Japan

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Tottori prefecture in western Japan, causing power outages, train stoppages and a handful of injuries in the nation’s strongest shake in six months.

Global money is fleeing Japan stocks at fastest pace since 1987

After dumping their Tokyo stock holdings for four of the past five months, foreigners are on track for their biggest annual exodus since 1987. Back then, they were fleeing bubbly …

Takata sells auto interiors unit as recall costs rise

Troubled air bag maker Takata Corp. of Japan is selling its automotive interior trim and seating material operation, raising cash as its inflator recall costs continue to mount.

Bataan Death March survivor, Montana artist Ben Steele dies at 98

Ben Steele’s hold on his sanity as a prisoner of war after surviving the Bataan Death March relied on hidden scraps of paper, stolen pieces of charcoal and his artist’s …

U.S., Japan, South Korea condemn nuke test by North Korea

The United States, Japan and South Korea on Sunday roundly condemned North Korea’s recent nuclear test and called for tough new measures to further isolate the communist state.

Japanese Defense Ministry seeks record $51 billion budget

Japan’s Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high 5.17 trillion yen ($51 billion) budget for the 2017 fiscal year to bolster missile defense capability amid an escalating North Korean threat and …

More Mitsubishi models in Japan found with inflated mileage

The mileage scandal at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is widening after the Japanese government ordered sales halted on eight more models after finding mileage was falsely inflated.

Elderly Japanese among 11 dead in typhoon onslaught

Heavy rain from Typhoon Lionrock flooded towns across Japan’s north and left at least 11 people dead, most of them elderly residents at a nursing home who could not escape …

North Korea’s Kim praises submarine launch test as a success

A ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine on Wednesday flew about 310 miles, the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon, Seoul officials said, putting …

Japan’s emperor suggests he would like to abdicate

TOKYO – Japan’s emperor expressed concern Monday about fulfilling his duties as he ages, in a public address that was remarkable for its rarity and its suggestion that he would …

Security Council takes up North Korean missile launch

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power predicted that the Security Council will swiftly condemn North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launches following an emergency meeting Wednesday of the U.N.’s most powerful body.

Japan Cabinet OKs new stimulus package to pump up growth

Japan’s Cabinet approved a fresh economic stimulus package on Tuesday worth more than $275 billion, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s latest effort to get the stalling recovery back on track.

Japan police send suspect in stabbing spree to prosecutors

The suspect in a mass stabbing attack that left 19 people dead at a facility for the mentally disabled in Japan was being transferred Wednesday from a local police station …