Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for war

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has had a lifetime mission: Make amends for a war fought in his father's name. Akihito was just 11 when he heard his father Hirohito's voice on t...

Japan using emperor, first lady's birthday to court Trump

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduling a rushed visit to Washington to meet with President Donald Trump and celebrate first lady Melania Trump's birthday, and then is inviting h...

Q&A: What's in a name for Japan emperor's new era?

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government has unveiled an era name, "Reiwa," or "pursuing harmony," for soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito, who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne on May 1. His father, Emperor Akihi...

Japan's Akihito seen as devoted to duties, open to new ideas

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has devoted his 30-year reign to making amends for a war fought in his father's name, while adapting the 1,500-year-old monarchy to draw the Imperial Family closer...

Japanese same-sex couples sue for equal marital rights

TOKYO (AP) — Ken Kozumi and Kenji Aiba have held onto a marriage certificate they signed at their wedding party in 2013, anticipating that Japan would emulate other advanced nations and legalize same-...

Japan PM vows to step up China ties but bolster defense

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to further expand Japan's already improving ties with China but stressed the need to bolster defense capability as far as space amid concern about Ch...

AP Explains: Nissan's ex-chair spending Christmas in custody

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. former chairman Carlos Ghosn, charged with financial improprieties and detained in Tokyo for more than a month, has also been accused of a breach of trust that caused a m...

Japan new defense plan bolsters fighter capability, budget

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has adopted new defense guidelines that include plans for its first aircraft carrier and increases in defense spending and arms capability in coming years, citing the need to counte...

2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 crew dead, 5 missing

TOKYO (AP) — One of two crew members recovered after two U.S. warplanes collided and crashed off Japan's coast early Thursday is dead and five others remain missing, the U.S. military said. ...

Details of Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn's life under arrest

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn is in custody in Tokyo after his arrest this week for alleged financial improprieties. Japanese prosecutors have been very tight-lipped about detail...

Author Murakami talks about his library plan, writing, music

TOKYO (AP) — Haruki Murakami is planning an archive at his Japanese alma mater that will include drafts of his best-selling novels, his translation work and his massive collection of music. Murakami, ...

Tokyo Olympic minister promises transparency on spending

TOKYO (AP) — The minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympics says national government spending on the event is billions less than a recent national government audit showed. Olympic Mini...

Tokyo Olympics: Costs hit almost $25 billion _ may go higher

TOKYO (AP) — The price tag keeps soaring for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite local organizers and the International Olympic Committee saying that spending is being cut. A report just...

AP Explains: The new Okinawa governor and US military bases

TOKYO (AP) — The election of a new Japanese governor who is an outspoken opponent of a plan to relocate a U.S. air base on Okinawa could further delay the move and prompt renewed calls to reduce the h...

Abe's third term: A chance for constitutional change?

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to be re-elected by his ruling Liberal Democratic Party to a third term as its leader on Thursday, paving the way for him to serve as prime ...