Japan, Vietnam reach broad agreement on transfer of defense gear

HANOI (Reuters) - Japan and Vietnam agreed on Monday to strengthen security and economic ties, including an agreement in principle for Japan to export military gear and technology to the Southeast Asi...

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense, economic, energy ties

HANOI (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first summit foray since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the...

Japan exports down but slowly recovers amid pandemic damage

TOKYO (AP) — The drop in Japanese exports diminished last month, according to government data released Monday, underlining how trade damage from the coronavirus pandemic may be easing. ...

Japan's populist, pragmatic new PM Suga pushes Abe's vision

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, leaves Sunday on his first overseas foray since taking over from his former boss Shinzo Abe last month, heading to Vietnam and Indonesia. ...

Japan to release Fukushima's contaminated water into sea - reports

Nearly a decade after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan’s government has decided to release contaminated water from the destroyed plant into the sea, media reports said on Friday (Oct. 16), ...

Taiwan legislators pen letter inviting Abe to visit nation next year

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The East Asia Parliamentary Friendship Association, which is composed of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Kuomintang (KMT) legislators, on Tuesday (Oct. 13) drafted ...

Japan vows to boost missile defense after North Korea parade

TOKYO (AP) — Japan vowed Monday to bolster its missile deterrence capability to respond to threats by North Korean weapons that are becoming “more diverse and complex,” as displayed during Pyongyang's...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's shaky claims on virus, Dem misfires

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impatient to return to the campaign trail, President Donald Trump dubiously claimed he's fully recovered and immune from COVID-19, hailed a cure that isn't so and declared the corona...

US, Australia, India, Japan to discuss China's growing power

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Japanese counterpart, Toshimitsu Motegi, said they will lead a regional initiative called “Free and Open Indo-Pacific" aimed at countering Chin...

US, Australia, India, Japan to discuss China's growing power

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign ministers from four Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad group are gathering in Tokyo on Tuesday for talks that Japan hopes will increase their involvement in a regional initiat...

Alumni at Barrett's undergrad school sign letter of concern

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett graduated in 1994 with honors from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. But more than 1,500 alumni of the small liberal arts school ...

Documentary tries to prove existence of dead Lincoln photo

NEW YORK (AP) — The image is haunting, depicting a gaunt-faced man with a familiar beard, staring ahead lifelessly. The right eye is bulging and appears disfigured from an unseen wound. ...

Japan angered by unveiling of Korean 'comfort woman' statue in Berlin

The Japanese government has said it "regrets" the unveiling of statue of a Korean "comfort woman" in Berlin on Monday. Katsunobu Kato, the chief cabinet secretary, said the statue ...

Tokyo Stock Exchange stops trading over system failure

Trading in Tokyo's stock markets was halted for the whole day on Thursday after the system suffered one of its worst ever glitches. A technical problem involving the delivery of market informa...

Japan military seeks record budget amid regional threats

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget of nearly 5.5 trillion yen ($55 billion) for fiscal 2021 to fund more purchases of costly American stealth fighters and expand its...