Russia says it test-fired anti-ship missiles in Sea of JapanMarch 28, 2023 GMT
MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow test-fired anti-ship missiles in the Sea of Japan, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday, with two boats launching a simulated missile attack on a mock enemy warship about 100 kilometers (60 miles) away.
Japanese student goes to graduation dressed like ZelenskyyMarch 27, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese student showed up to graduation as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s lookalike, wearing his signature olive-colored, snug-fit T-shirt and khaki trousers to show his support for Ukraine’s fight against Russia.
Tokyo demands China free Japan national detained in BeijingMarch 27, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo has demanded that China release a Japanese national who was detained in Beijing earlier this month on suspicion of spying, Japan’s top government spokesperson said Monday.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a news conference that Japan's Embassy in China was informed by Chinese authorities that a Japanese man in his 50s was taken into custody in Beijing earlier in March.
North Korea test-fires 2 more missiles as US sends carrierMarch 27, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fighter jets roared off the USS Nimitz as the nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier and its battle group began exercises with South Korean warships on Monday, hours after North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles in an apparent protest of the allies’ expanding drills.
Japan, South Korea drop export claims against each otherMarch 23, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan and South Korea almost simultaneously dropped their export claims against each other on Thursday in the latest sign of improving ties.
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced that effective Thursday the country would lift export controls of three key semi-conductor-related materials imposed in 2019 against South Korea, while Seoul said it would drop its complaint with the World Trade Organization over the issue.
Ukraine: Russia hits apartments and dorm, killing civiliansMarch 23, 2023 GMT
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia stepped up its missile and drone attacks against Ukraine on Wednesday, killing students and other civilians, in a violent follow-up to dueling high-level diplomatic missions aimed at bringing peace after 13 months of war.
Japan’s Kishida pledges aid for Ukraine-backing PolandMarch 22, 2023 GMT
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Japan's prime minister pledged Wednesday to provide Poland with development support to help the European country assist neighboring Ukraine as it defends itself from Russia's invasion.
LGBTQ activists in Japan launch engagement group ahead of G7March 22, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese LGBTQ activists and rights groups have launched a civil “engagement group” to make policy proposals ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Japan and announced plans to hold an inaugural Pride 7 summit in Tokyo later this month, seeking to accelerate their efforts to get the Japanese government to adopt an anti-discrimination law.
Japan’s PM offers Ukraine support as China’s Xi backs RussiaMarch 21, 2023 GMT
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida made a surprise visit Tuesday to Kyiv, engaging in dueling diplomacy with Asian rival President Xi Jinping of China, who met in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin to promote Beijing's peace proposal for Ukraine that Western nations have all but dismissed as a non-starter.
Japan, China push opposing visions in top-level visitsMarch 21, 2023 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Asia’s stake in Europe’s war was made crystal clear Tuesday when the leaders of the region's two richest countries sat in the capitals of Russia and Ukraine in strong shows of support for the opposing sides.
South Korea to restore Japan’s trade status to improve tiesMarch 21, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Tuesday his government will move to restore Japan’s preferential trade status as he pushes to resolve history and trade disputes with Japan despite domestic opposition.
Japan’s Kishida heading to Ukraine for talks with ZelenskyyMarch 21, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was heading to Kyiv early Tuesday for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that coincide with the Chinese leader's visit to Moscow.
Japan PM Kishida announces new Indo-Pacific plan in IndiaMarch 21, 2023 GMT
NEW DELHI (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday invited his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the Group of Seven summit in May and announced action plans for a new Indo-Pacific initiative aimed at countering China's influence in the region.
North Korea: Latest missile simulated nuclear counterattackMarch 20, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday it simulated a nuclear attack on South Korea with a ballistic missile launch over the weekend that was its fifth missile demonstration this month to protest the largest joint military exercises in years between the U.S.
North Korea launches missile into sea amid US-SKorea drillsMarch 19, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile toward the sea on Sunday, its neighbors said, ramping up testing activities in response to ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal.
Japan, German leaders agree to strengthen ties, supply chainMarch 18, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday held the first round of government consultations in Tokyo and agreed to strengthen economic and defense ties to better cope with China's growing influence and global security concerns.
Dems say some foreign gifts to Trump remain unaccounted forMarch 18, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's White House has failed to report more than 100 gifts from foreign nations worth more than a quarter-million dollars, and federal officials have been unable to find a life-size painting of Trump given by the president of El Salvador as well as golf clubs from the prime minister of Japan, according to a report Friday from House Democrats.
Japan PM praises SKorea leader; biz groups vow to boost tiesMarch 17, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said hats off to South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol for “making a difficult decision and action" by overcoming the troubled history between the two countries, pledging to work with him toward better future relations.
Japan, South Korea renew ties at Tokyo summitMarch 17, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan and South Korea agreed to resume regular visits between their leaders and take steps to resolve a trade dispute during a long-awaited summit Thursday. Japan's prime minister called their meeting a “big step” to rebuilding the two nations’ security and economic ties as they try to overcome a century of difficult history.
Japan, UK, Italy push joint fighter jet development by 2035March 16, 2023 GMT
Japan, Britain and Italy reaffirmed their commitment Thursday to push joint development of a next-generation fighter jet as a centerpiece of their increasingly close defense ties in the face of growing threat from China, Russia and North Korea.
North Korea launches ICBM before South Korea-Japan summitMarch 16, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday just hours before the leaders of South Korea and Japan were to meet at a Tokyo summit expected to be overshadowed by North Korean nuclear threats.
China, Japan trade accusations over maritime incursionsMarch 16, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China’s dispute with Japan over tiny Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea is heating up again, with both sides accusing the other of infringing on their maritime territory.
Yoon: Seoul-Tokyo ties key to address N Korea, supply chainsMarch 15, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president wants to quickly overcome decades of lingering hostility left over from Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula and forge a united front on North Korea’s nuclear threats and other regional security and economic challenges facing the neighbors.
Japan, S. Korea summit must overcome history to renew tiesMarch 14, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — South Korean and Japanese leaders will meet in Tokyo this week, hoping to resume regular visits after a gap of over a decade and overcome resentments that date back more than 100 years.
North Korea launches 2 missiles to sea as allies hold drillsMarch 14, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-fired two short-range ballistic missiles in another show of force Tuesday, a day after the United States and South Korea began military drills that Pyongyang views as an invasion rehearsal.
Government races to reassure US that banking system is safeMarch 14, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Depositors withdrew savings and investors broadly sold off bank shares Monday as the federal government raced to reassure Americans that the banking system was secure after two bank failures fed fears that more financial institutions could fall.
Masks stay put in Japan as 3-year request to wear them endsMarch 13, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Monday dropped its request for people to wear masks after three years, but hardly anything changed in the country that has had an extremely high regard for their effectiveness at anti-virus protection.
Kishida makes 1st pitch in Japan game with South KoreaMarch 10, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida threw out the first pitch for Friday's World Baseball Classic game between Japan and South Korea, bouncing a ball that was scooped up by Japan manager Hideki Kuriyama, his designated catcher.
Japan parliament OKs Ueda as BOJ chief to tackle inflationMarch 10, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — The appointment for the next head of Japan’s central bank won parliamentary approval Friday, challenging a new monetary leadership with steering the world’s third-largest economy through inflation and other looming risks.
North Korea fires ballistic missile toward sea, Seoul saysMarch 9, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired a short-range ballistic missile toward waters off its western coast, South Korea’s military said.
The launch came as the United States and South Korea prepare to hold their biggest combined military training exercises in years next week to counter the threat of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, which leader Kim Jong Un has aggressively expanded in recent years despite his country's deepening economic isolation and pandemic-related difficulties.
South Korea, Japan to hold summit next week to expand tiesMarch 9, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The leaders of South Korea and Japan will meet next week for a summit on strengthening ties, both governments said Thursday, days after South Korea unveiled a step toward resolving strained ties stemming from Tokyo’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
Japan activists demand dual-surname option on Women’s DayMarch 8, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Women's rights activists in Japan renewed their demand Wednesday for the government to allow married couples the option to keep both of their surnames, saying the current practice in which most women face social pressure to adopt their husbands' surnames — a prewar tradition based on paternalistic family values — widens gender inequality.
Yoon: Forced labor plan crucial for better ties with JapanMarch 8, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday defended his government’s contentious plan to use local funds to compensate Koreans enslaved by Japanese companies before the end of World War II, saying it’s crucial for Seoul to build future-oriented ties with its former colonial overlord.
China’s trade contracts as Western demand weakensMarch 7, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade contracted again in January and February as U.S. and European demand weakened in the face of interest rate hikes, adding to pressure on official efforts to revive economic growth following the end of anti-virus controls.
South Korean plan aims to heal forced labor feud with JapanMarch 6, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea took a step toward improving ties with its traditional rival Japan on Monday, announcing a plan to compensate Koreans who performed forced labor during Tokyo’s colonial rule that doesn’t require Japanese companies to contribute to the reparations.
South Korea’s Yoon renews hopes for improved ties with JapanMarch 1, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s president on Wednesday called Japan “a partner that shares the same universal values” and renewed hopes to repair ties frayed over Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.
Japan PM: Ban on same-sex marriage not discriminationMarch 1, 2023 GMT
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the country's ban on same-sex marriage is not discriminatory, insisting that constitutional freedom of marriage only envisions heterosexual unions, a comment that triggered criticism he is backtracking despite his recent apology and meeting with LGBTQ people.
Japan OKs new budget incl. hefty arms cost to deter ChinaFebruary 28, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — The lower house of Parliament approved Tuesday a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes a record 6.8 trillion yen ($50 billion) in defense spending, part of Japan's effort to fortify its military as China’s influence in the region grows.
Japan, NZ to speed up intel sharing pact amid China concernsFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — The foreign ministers of Japan and New Zealand agreed on Monday to speed up talks on an intelligence sharing pact as the two island nations vowed to strengthen security ties and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region amid shared concern over an increasingly assertive China.
Japan air force member sues government in sexual harassmentFebruary 27, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese air force serviceperson filed a lawsuit against the government on Monday, saying it had failed to protect her from verbal sexual harassment from a male colleague and then systematically covered up the problem for more than a decade.
Japan, other G-7 leaders step up Russia sanctionsFebruary 25, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other Group of Seven leaders adopted a set of additional sanctions against Russia over its war on Ukraine at an online G-7 summit Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of the start of the invasion.
Asia stocks mixed after Wall St breaks losing streakFebruary 24, 2023 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares in Asia were mixed Friday after Wall Street broke its longest losing streak since December with a modest rally led by tech stocks.
Benchmarks rose in Tokyo and Sydney but fell in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul.
North Korea fires 2 missiles in tests condemned by neighborsFebruary 20, 2023 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea east of the country Monday in its second test launch in three days, prompting Japan to request an emergency meeting of the U.N.
Japan PM apologizes to LGBTQ activists over ex-aide’s remarkFebruary 17, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with representatives of LGBTQ groups Friday and offered an apology over discriminatory remarks made by his former aide that sparked nationwide outrage and calls for the government to ensure equal rights.
Tokyo Olympic bribery trial opens; accused accepts guiltFebruary 17, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A trial looking into widespread bribery at the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee began Friday with a former head of a major ad company admitting to the charges.
Shinichi Uneo, who formerly headed ADK Holdings, quietly told the Tokyo District Court the allegations were accurate.
US envoy confident Japan will ban LGBTQ discriminationFebruary 16, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he has “full confidence” that the Japanese government will take the necessary steps to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people.
LGBTQ people have been campaigning for the government to adopt an anti-discrimination law after an aide to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters he wouldn’t want to live next to LGBTQ people and that citizens would flee Japan if same-sex marriages were allowed.
China threatens US entities over downing of balloonFebruary 16, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China said Wednesday it will take measures against U.S. entities related to the downing of a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the American East Coast.
Japan’s PM Kishida says sinus surgery went smoothlyFebruary 11, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had sinus surgery at a Tokyo hospital on Saturday to treat chronic sinusitis that has caused him to have a stuffy nose since last year.
“The surgery went smoothly and I have returned to my official residence,” Kishida said in his tweet Saturday night.
Japan, Philippines agree to sharply boost defense tiesFebruary 9, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and the Philippines agreed Thursday to sharply boost their defense ties, allowing Japanese troops greater access to Philippine territory, as tensions rise in Asia amid China’s growing influence.
Japan shows tough new security moves during Philippines tripFebruary 7, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Growing worry over Chinese threats has led to a major Japanese boost in military spending, defense partnerships and aid packages, a concerted new effort to draw like-minded Asian nations into a stronger, unified front as Beijing seeks to establish regional dominance.
Asian stocks rebound after Wall St sinks on rate fearsFebruary 7, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rebounded Tuesday after Wall Street sank under pressure from worries about higher interest rates and after Japan reported stronger wage gains than expected.
Japanese prime minister’s aide leaving over LGBTQ remarksFebruary 4, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A senior aide to Japan’s prime minister is being dismissed after making discriminatory remarks about LGBTQ people.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters Saturday that Masayoshi Arai, a secretary at his office, was being dismissed after Arai recently told Japanese media he did not like seeing LGBTQ people.
Ex-UK leader Truss to urge tougher China stance in TokyoFebruary 3, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Former British Prime Minister Liz Truss will join the former leaders of Australia and Belgium at a conference in Tokyo later this month to call for a tougher international approach to China.
NATO chief urges closer ties with Japan to defend democracyJanuary 31, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sharply criticized China on Tuesday for “bullying its neighbors and threatening Taiwan” and stressed the need for Japan and other democracies to work together with the alliance to defend the international order.
Japan, Greece step up security ties as ‘strategic partners’January 30, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, agreed on Monday to strengthen their security, defense and economic ties and pledged to cooperate in responding to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and other threats in Europe and Asia.
Japan ex-soldier sues gov’t, colleagues over sexual abuseJanuary 30, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A former Japanese soldier who reported being sexually abused by military colleagues said Monday she has filed a damage suit against five perpetrators and the government because she feels their earlier apologies were empty.
Automakers Renault, Nissan to make cross-shareholdings equalJanuary 30, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Nissan and Renault have agreed to equalize the stakes they hold in each other, both sides said Monday, ironing out a source of conflict in the Japan-French auto alliance.
Up to now, Renault Group has held a 43.4% stake in Nissan Motor Co., potentially giving it a larger say in how the Japanese automaker is run.
Source: Dutch, Japanese join US limits on chip tech to ChinaJanuary 30, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Japan and the Netherlands have agreed to a deal with the U.S. to restrict China's access to materials used to make advanced computer chips, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press on Sunday.
Japan launches intel satellite to watch N. Korea, disastersJanuary 26, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan successfully launched a rocket Thursday carrying a government intelligence-gathering satellite on a mission to watch movements at military sites in North Korea and improve natural disaster response.
Kishida prioritizes arms buildup, reversing low birthrateJanuary 23, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday that Japan faces the severest security environment in the region since the end of World War II and pledged to push a military buildup under a newly adopted security strategy, as well as tackle rapidly declining births so the country can sustain national strength.
Japan refiles request to list divisive gold mine on UNESCOJanuary 20, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has formally resubmitted documents seeking to obtain UNESCO World Heritage recognition for a controversial former gold mine that has added to diplomatic frictions with South Korea over Japanese colonization of the Korean Peninsula and its wartime actions.
Biden and Kishida discuss Japan ‘stepping up’ securityJanuary 13, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held wide-ranging talks at the White House on Friday as Japan looks to build security cooperation with allies in a time of provocative Chinese and North Korean military action.
China’s trade surplus swells to $877.6B as exports growJanuary 13, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade surplus swelled to a record $877.6 billion last year as exports rose despite weakening U.S. and European demand and anti-virus controls that temporarily shut down Shanghai and other industrial centers.
Japanese PM asks for Canada’s help on clean energyJanuary 12, 2023 GMT
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is looking to Canada to help his country wean itself off fossil fuels from places such as Russia.
Kishida is in Ottawa Thursday for his first visit as Japan’s head of government, as part of a tour of other Group of Seven countries.
US, Japan unveil plans to strengthen the allianceJanuary 12, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Japan unveiled plans Wednesday to strengthen their alliance to help counter threats from North Korea and China, which they called the greatest security challenge in the region.
UK, Japan sign defense deal amid rising concern about ChinaJanuary 11, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — The leaders of Britain and Japan signed a defense agreement Wednesday that could see troops deployed to each others’ countries.
The two countries are strengthening military ties amid growing concern about China’s increasing military assertiveness and designs toward Taiwan, which it considers a renegade province.
US, Japan poised to agree on shift in Marine unit on OkinawaJanuary 11, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top national security officials from the United States and Japan are expected to agree to changes in the joint defense posture this week as the two nations confront rising threats from North Korea and increasing aggressiveness from China.
Japan PM in Paris to discuss Ukraine, climate, food securityJanuary 9, 2023 GMT
PARIS (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida started a weeklong trip to Europe and North America in Paris where he held talks Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron on key issues including North Korea and the war in Ukraine.
Kishida highlights security concerns on trip to Europe, USJanuary 9, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida begins a weeklong trip Monday to strengthen military ties with Europe and Britain and bring into focus the Japan-U.S. alliance at a summit in Washington, as Japan breaks from its postwar restraint to take on more offensive roles with an eye toward China.
Japan, US to hold security talks before Kishida meets BidenJanuary 6, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the United States will hold security talks between their foreign and defense ministers in Washington the day before Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida lands in the U.S. capital next week, wrapping up his tour of the Group of Seven nations as Tokyo expands its military and deepens its alliance with America amid China's growing influence.
Japan’s PM Kishida vows deeper alliance with US on defenseJanuary 4, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday pledged to deepen his country's alliance with the United States under Japan's new defense policy that breaks from its exclusively self-defense-only stance in the face of growing regional tensions.
Biden to host Japan’s Kishida for talks on NKorea, economyJanuary 4, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will host Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House later this month for economic and security consultations, the U.S. administration announced Tuesday.
N. Korea fires 3 missiles amid tensions over drone flightsDecember 31, 2022 GMT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters in its latest weapons display on Saturday, a day after rival South Korea conducted a rocket launch related to its push to build a space-based surveillance to better monitor the North.
China faces bumpy road to normal as infections surgeDecember 30, 2022 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — After three years of quarantines pushed them close to shutting down, restaurant owner Li Meng and his wife are hoping for business to rebound after China rolled back severe anti-virus controls.
Bangladesh opens first metro service to ease Dhaka trafficDecember 28, 2022 GMT
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh launched its first metro rail service, mostly funded by Japan, in the densely populated capital on Wednesday amid enthusiasm that the South Asian country’s development bonanza would continue with both domestic and overseas funds.
Asian shares mixed after tech-led decline on Wall StreetDecember 28, 2022 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday after a post-holiday retreat on Wall Street, as markets count down to the end of a painful year for investors.
Shares fell in Tokyo, Shanghai and Seoul but rose in Hong Kong as the Chinese government took further steps to reopen to foreign travel after relaxing its stringent “zero-COVID” policies.
Japan to require COVID-19 tests for all visitors from ChinaDecember 27, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Tuesday that Japan will tighten border controls for COVID-19 by requiring tests for all visitors from China starting Friday as a temporary emergency measure against the surging infections there.
Japan military probe finds over 100 sexual harassment casesDecember 15, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s army on Thursday fired five servicemen and punished four others in a sexual assault case brought by a former soldier, prompting a rare investigation across the Defense Ministry that found over 100 other complaints of harassment, officials said.
Court denies govt aid for Nagasaki A-bomb survivors childrenDecember 12, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Monday rejected a damages suit filed by a group of children of Nagasaki atomic bombing survivors seeking eligibility for government support for medical costs, saying hereditary radiation impact has not been proven.
New Japan law aims at Unification Church fundraising abusesDecember 10, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament on Saturday enacted a law to restrict malicious donation solicitations by religious and other groups, which mainly targets the Unification Church, whose fundraising tactics and cozy ties with the governing party caused public outrage.