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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 …


Japan knife attack leaves at least 19 dead, many injured

Dozens of people have been killed or injured in a knife attack in Sagamihara, outside Tokyo, according to news reports.


Japan sees trade surplus in June as imports drop 19 percent

TOKYO – Japan posted a better-than-expected trade surplus in June, as imports fell nearly 19 percent, outpacing a more modest decline in exports. The customs data released Monday showed a …


1 of 2 remaining Doolittle Raiders dies in Montana

One of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders – who bombed Japan in an attack that stunned that nation and boosted U.S. morale – has died in …


Takata faces criminal complaint filed in Japan

A criminal complaint about a Takata air bag causing injuries in a crash has been filed in Japan, the first such case in this nation related to an unfolding massive …


Japanese boy who went missing in forest found

Police say a boy who went missing after his parents reportedly left him in a forest as punishment six days ago has been found.


In Hiroshima, President Obama honors ‘silent cry’ of bombing victims

President Barack Obama paid tribute Friday to the “silent cry” of the 140,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped 71 years ago on Hiroshima, and called on the world to …


Obama looks to boost economic, security ties in Asia

President Barack Obama’s mission in Vietnam and Japan is to build stronger economic and security ties with Asian-Pacific allies anxious about the rise of an increasingly muscular China.


G-7 finance leaders seek to reassure on global economy

Finance leaders of major industrial countries meeting in Japan need to find ways to use all the “policy levers” they have to help counter anxiety over global economic prospects, U.S. …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: America should not apologize for Hiroshima

That said, there is a more visceral reason the answer to the second question must be no: Any other answer would defame Americans who endured unimaginable cruelty at Japanese hands.


Amy Goodman: Obama should listen closely in Japan

With each passing year, fewer and fewer survivors of the horrific attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain to provide eyewitness accounts.


Obama to visit Hiroshima seven decades after atomic bombing

In a moment seven decades in the making, President Barack Obama this month will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb …


SpaceX lands rocket at sea 2nd time after satellite launch

For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications …


U.S. regulators seek more fuel tests from Mitsubishi

The U.S. government wants Mitsubishi Motors to do more real-world tests on its cars to verify gas mileage estimates.


Japanese prototype stealth plane makes first flight

Japan’s first domestically manufactured stealth plane has made its first flight, making Japan one of only a handful of nations with airplane stealth capabilities.


Magnitude 6.5 quake kills 9 in south Japan

Rescuers in southern Japan were searching for trapped residents in at least two dozen collapsed houses after a powerful 6.5 earthquake struck Thursday evening with a force that knocked out …


Japanese military jet carrying 6 airmen missing

A Japanese military jet carrying six airmen disappeared from radar over southern Japan on Wednesday afternoon, and the search has been suspended for the night.


Obama finds common cause on North Korea with China, Asian allies

The United States pledged Thursday to deepen cooperation with allies South Korea and Japan on deterring the North Korean nuclear threat, working to ramp up pressure following worrying provocations. Leaders …