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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Shinto festival carries on centuries-old tradition in Japan

As fireworks light up the winter night, scores of men, women and teenagers crying “washoi, washoi” haul the last of six towering, lantern-covered floats up a small hill and into …


Two Japanese players made available to major league teams

Pair of Japan players now available to major league teams; clubs have until Jan. 2 to negotiate


Pope in Japan says world must rethink reliance on nuclear power

Pope Francis has met with victims of Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and called for the world to rethink its reliance on nuclear power.


Francis fulfills dream, goes to Japan as missionary pope

Pope Francis will fulfill his dream to be a missionary in Japan when he arrives for a three-day visit with two main aims: to appeal for nuclear disarmament and minister …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Fat Tire brewer bought by Kirin in latest Japan craft beer deal

New Belgium Brewing, one of the largest craft beer companies in the United States, agreed to be acquired by a unit of Japan’s Kirin Holdings Co., the latest independent brewer …


Climate change triggers a chain reaction that threatens the heart of the Pacific

The salmon catch is collapsing off Japan’s northern coast, plummeting by about 70 percent in the past 15 years. The disappearance of the fish coincides with another striking development: the …


Rescue efforts underway after typhoon rains flood Japan

Helicopters pluck people from flooded homes as rescue efforts went into full force in wide areas of Japan after a powerful typhoon unleashed heavy rain.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Typhoon may bring 30 inches of rain, strong winds to Tokyo

A powerful typhoon is forecast to bring up to 30 inches of rain and damaging winds to the Tokyo area and Japan’s Pacific coast this weekend, and the government is …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

U.S. signs limited deal with Japan on ag, digital trade

President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign a limited trade agreement Monday with Japan, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when Trump pulled out of a …


Japan rescues all North Korean fishermen after collision

Japanese authorities said they rescued all of about 60 North Korean fishermen whose boat collided with a Japanese patrol vessel and sank Monday in an area crowded with poachers.


Japan sees NKorea missile, China space activity as threat

Japan raises caution level about North Korea’s missile capability in defense report noting the country resumed missile tests while taking no concrete denuclearization steps and is able to make miniaturized …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

U.S. signs trade deal with Japan, securing important market for Washington wheat

The Washington wheat industry got its first good news in more than two years Wednesday when President Donald Trump announced a new bilateral trade deal with Japan, which traditionally has …


Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty in Fukushima disaster

A Japanese court ruled Thursday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019

Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty of Fukushima nuke crisis liability

A Japanese court says three former executives for Tokyo Electric Power Co. are not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns.


Nissan chief hands in resignation, successor to be named

Nissan Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa tendered his resignation Monday after acknowledging that he had received dubious income and vowed to pass the leadership of the Japanese automaker to a new …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Former Gonzaga standout Kyle Wiltjer drains seven 3s in Canada’s record-setting win at FIBA World Cup

Canada entered its name in the FIBA World Cup record book Saturday with the help of a couple of former Gonzaga standouts.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

Former Gonzaga standout Rui Hachimura held to four points in blowout loss to Team USA

Team USA’s dominant performance made for a tough outing for former Gonzaga standout Rui Hachimura and his Japanese teammates Thurdsay at the FIBA World Cup in China.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Rising star: Former Gonzaga standout Rui Hachimura proving himself on FIBA World Cup stage

Japan is winless in two World Cup games, but the stage has not been too big for Rui Hachimura.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Domantas Sabonis helps Lithuania past Canada, ex-Zags teammates Kevin Pangos and Kyle Wiltjer at FIBA World Cup

Gonzaga’s international success in recruiting has been on display at the FIBA World Cup in China, including one matchup Tuesday involving three former Zag teammates.


Police, protesters fill French beach resorts for G-7 summit

Thousands of French police are setting up checkpoints and combing Atlantic beaches to secure the southwestern coast for the world leaders who are coming for the G-7 summit this weekend.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

Former Gonzaga forward Jeremy Jones signs with Austrian pro team

Former Gonzaga Bulldog forward Jeremy Jones will begin his professional basketball career in Austria. Jones has signed with the Kapfenberg Bulls, according to the team’s Website.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019

Former Gonzaga center Robert Sacre retires to be with family full time in Spokane

The 30-year-old Sacre announced his retirement recently, surprising many in Japan because he was at the top of his game, but not those who know what means the most to …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Japan’s NEC shows ‘flying car’ hovering steadily for minute

Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. on Monday showed a “flying car,” a large drone-like machine with four propellers that hovered steadily for about a minute


North Korea absent, US holds talks with Japan, South Korea

Unable to meet with a North Korean official, the chief U.S. envoy for North Korea met on Friday with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in Thailand.


IAEA chief Yukiya Amano who oversaw Iran deal dies at 72

Yukiya Amano, the Japanese diplomat who led the International Atomic Energy Agency for a decade and was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and the cleanup of the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019

Suspect in Japan anime studio arson reportedly had grudge

The man suspected of setting ablaze a beloved Japanese animation studio, killing 34 people, was raging about theft and witnesses and media reported he had a grudge against the company, …


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base

Kyoto Animation may not be a giant of Japanese anime, but it has core fans and is known for skilled animators and such hits as “Lucky Star,” “K-On!” and the …


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019

Large Japanese media contingent make trip to cover Washington’s Rui Hachimura at NBA Summer League

More than 1,000 media credentials were distributed for the 15th NBA Summer League, and the league’s communication department confirmed it was the largest contingent of international media ever.


Japan resumes commercial whaling despite low demand

Japanese whalers returned to port Monday with their first catch after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years, achieving the long-cherished goal of traditionalists that is seen …


G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they …