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UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Ira Brown, Rui Hachimura share Gonzaga, Japan connection

Back to when Ira Brown first started playing professional basketball in Japan in 2011. Back before Hachimura started playing basketball.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

Japan court upholds sterilization to register gender change

Human rights and LGBT activists on Friday denounced a ruling by Japan’s Supreme Court upholding a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 12:43 p.m.

Russia, Japan make no visible progress on WWII territorial spat

The leaders of Russia and Japan acknowledged Tuesday that settling a decades-long territorial dispute poses a daunting challenge but vowed to continue negotiations. The Soviet Union took the four southernmost …


Volcano in southern Japan erupts; no injuries or damage

A small island volcano in southern Japan has erupted, blasting rocks and ashes into the air but causing no damage or injuries.


5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts West Java

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Sukabumi in West Java on Tuesday afternoon, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has reported.


Self-driving train tested on Tokyo line

A self-driving Yamanote Line train went for a test run in Tokyo on Monday morning, as East Japan Railway Co. unveiled its latest technology to the press.


Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

Who is Rui? How an uncatchable fastball turned Gonzaga’s Hachimura from baseball prodigy to potential NBA lottery pick

Looking back, Rui Hachimura is grateful he stayed at Gonzaga through a stressful first year in Spokane.


Five missing Marines declared dead in warplanes crash off Japan

The U.S. military said Tuesday that five missing crew members have been declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan’s southern coast, and …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 11:38 a.m.

U.S. automakers urge Trump to push hard to open Japanese market

A trade group representing U.S. automakers urged the Trump administration to hold off further opening the American market to Japanese cars until Tokyo shows it’s committed to returning the favor.


Prosecutors indict Nissan’s Ghosn for underreporting pay

Prosecutors have charged Nissan Motor Co.’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, another executive and the automaker itself for allegedly violating financial laws by underreporting income.


Using fallen trees for eco-friendly reconstruction promoted in disaster-hit northern Japan

Three months have passed since a strong earthquake hit Hokkaido in early September. In disaster-affected areas, an increasing number of people are using large numbers of trees felled by landslides.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

2 U.S. warplanes crash off Japan; 2 found, 5 missing

A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan’s southwestern coast after colliding early Thursday, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Japan resumes work at disputed site for U.S. base relocation

Japan’s central government has resumed work at a disputed U.S. military base relocation site on the southern island of Okinawa despite local opposition.


Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seeks allied unity in dealing with North Korea

America’s top diplomat said Saturday the U.S. will coordinate with allies Japan and South Korea on efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.


Scientists from U.S., Japan share Nobel Prize for cancer immunotherapy discoveries

Two scientists who first harnessed the power of the immune system to fight incurable cancers have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology. The discoveries made by American …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 7:58 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura scores 25 points in Japan’s World Cup victory

Rui Hachimura led the way Monday, scoring 25 points as Japan picked up another huge win, 75-60 over Iran, in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers. Hachimura, Gonzaga’s 6-foot-8 junior …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 4:24 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, former Zag Ira Brown spark Japan’s World Cup win

A couple of Gonzaga basketball players, current junior forward Rui Hachimura and former Zag wing Ira Brown, helped Japan cruise to victory Thursday in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers.


Hisashi Iwakuma ends his tenure with the Mariners and his time in Major League Baseball

While his teammates – all of them likely unaware of his decision – conversed/yelled in the Mariners’ clubhouse before Tuesday’s game at loud decibels to overcome the blaring music already …


Japan quake toll up to 18 as rescuers dig through landslides

The toll from an earthquake that rocked Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido rose to 18 on Friday, and in one small town two dozen people remained unaccounted for after …


Japan quake toll up to 16 as rescuers dig through landslides

Rescuers were using dogs, backhoes and shovels to search Friday for survivors trapped in mud and debris from landslides triggered by a powerful earthquake in northern Japan.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Quake in northern Japan kills 2, causes landslides, blackout

A powerful earthquake hit wide areas on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido early Thursday, triggering landslides as well as causing the loss of power at nearly all of 3 …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Stranded people leave flooded airport after typhoon in Japan

People stranded at a flooded offshore airport overnight returned by boat and bus to the Japanese mainland Wednesday after a typhoon swept across part of Japan’s main island.


2 typhoons weaken after pounding South Korea and Japan

A weakening typhoon brushed by metropolitan Seoul on Friday after battering southern South Korea with heavy rain and high winds, leaving one person missing and a slew of damaged buildings, …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 4:47 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura makes Blue Ribbon’s All-America team

Gonzaga junior forward Rui Hachimura has had a busy offseason and that figures to continue as publications and college basketball websites roll out their All-America teams for the upcoming season.


U.S. beats Japan 7-6 in final of softball world championship

Kelsey Stewart drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the United States beat Japan 7-6 in the final of the women’s world softball championship …


Japan urges quick probe of female med school discrimination

Japan’s government urged a medical university to promptly disclose the results of an investigation into its admissions process Friday after reports alleged it had altered the test scores of female …


Japan hangs last 6 members of cult behind subway gas attack

The last six members of a Japanese doomsday cult who remained on death row were executed Thursday for a series of crimes in the 1990s including a sarin gas attack …


Japan’s Abe: US auto tariffs will cost US jobs, harm economy

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned the U.S. on Friday that higher tariffs on auto imports would backfire and harm not only America’s jobs and economy but also devastate the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

20,000 remain isolated in rain-struck areas in western Japan

With the damage from record-breaking torrential rains continuing to spread in western Japan, more than 20,000 people remain stranded in Hiroshima, Ehime and Kochi prefectures on Wednesday, as local roads …