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Japan’s Abe has one thing in common with Trump: Hope for warmer Russia ties

While trade and security were expected to be among the first items Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would broach with President Donald Trump when the two met Friday, another sensitive …


Analysis: Alongside Japan’s Abe, Trump morphs from nice guy to tough guy

Their long weekend mini-summit began with what can only be described as a “bro hug” – initiated by the new U.S. president. Donald Trump greeted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …


Cleaner robot pulled from Fukushima reactor due to radiation

A remote-controlled cleaning robot sent into a damaged reactor at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant had to be removed Thursday before it completed its work because of camera problems most likely …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Weekend visit to Trump resort by Japan’s Abe raises an ethics question: Who pays?

The visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Trump-family-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., this weekend is fraught with ethical problems. Will U.S. taxpayers pay for Abe? …


US Defense chief Mattis reassures Japan, South Korea

TOKYO – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday reassured two key U.S. treaty allies, South Korea and Japan, that President Donald Trump, who has raised doubts about the value …


70 percent of coral reef dead in Okinawa lagoon

About 70 percent of the Sekisei Lagoon coral reef in Okinawa Prefecture, the largest such reef in the nation, has died, according to the Environment Ministry.


Charles Krauthammer: Cold War relic, present-day threat

If North Korea can miniaturize their weapons to fit on top of the rocket and control re-entry, they’ll be able to push a button in Pyongyang and wipe out an …


Ex-Zag Robert Sacre continuing pro career in Japan

Robert Sacre heading to Japan to continue pro career


At Pearl Harbor, U.S. and Japan seek absolution from the war

In a historic pilgrimage, the leaders of Japan and the United States took to the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor on Tuesday to prove that even the bitterest enemies can …


At Pearl Harbor, U.S., Japan look to move past legacy of war

Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where a …


Japanese prime minister lays wreaths at Hawaii cemeteries

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Hawaii on Monday to recognize the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941.


Japan, U.S. to sign pact to limit US base worker immunity

Japan and the U.S. have agreed in principle on details of the scope of American military base workers given immunity from Japanese prosecution under a bilateral agreement, following a murder …


Fire that spread to 140 buildings under control in Japan

A huge fire that spread to about 140 buildings in a small city on Japan’s western coast was brought under control Thursday night after authorities called in extra firefighters to …


Japan to boost coast guard to defend East China Sea islands

Japan’s government announced Wednesday that it will bolster its coast guard capabilities to defend East China Sea islands that China also claims and regularly patrols.


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 …