Japan prosecutors seek to query former PM Abe in political funding case - media

Prosecutors have asked Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to report for voluntary questioning in a case they are building against his secretary over unreported political funds involving as...

Russia deploys missiles to Pacific islands claimed by Japan

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Tuesday announced the deployment of state-of-the-art air defense missiles to the Pacific islands claimed by Japan. Russia's Eastern Military Dis...

Japan ex-PM Abe's office investigated over funding scandal

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Tuesday his office is being investigated for questionable expenses linked to a dinner party his office hosted for his supporters ahe...

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Today is Friday, Nov. 20, the 325th day of 2020. There are 41 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 20, 2000, lawyers for Al Gore and Georg...

Australia, Japan to bolster defense ties amid China's rise

TOKYO (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is in Japan to hold talks with his Japanese counterpart, Yoshihide Suga, to bolster defense ties between the two U.S. allies to counter China's gr...

Bach comes to Tokyo as cheerleader for next year's Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC and Tokyo Olympic organizers have been shouting the message for months now, that despite the continuing pandemic, the Games will open on July 23, 2021. The volum...

Taiwan receives heightened international support to join WHA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday (Nov. 14) that Taiwan has received heightened support from countries around the world for its request to join the Worl...

Japan PM meets top SKorea official, urges Seoul to solve row

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met with South Korea's top intelligence official on Tuesday in a sign of a thaw in relations between the two countries, but maintained that South Ko...

Japan should brace for 'leaderless era' as U.S. turns inward, adviser to PM says

A prominent economic adviser to Japan’s prime minister says Tokyo should prepare for a “leaderless era” as U.S. global leadership gradually withers, and expand other strategic ties w...

A worried Asia wonders: What will Joe Biden do?

TOKYO (AP) — As Asia comes to terms with the reality of a Joe Biden administration, relief and hopes of economic and environmental revival jostle with needling anxiety and fears of inattention. ...

Japanese lawmakers voice support for Taiwan's inclusion in upcoming WHA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japanese lawmakers from a bipartisan diet caucus have passed a resolution urging the Japanese government to endorse Taiwan’s participation in the upcoming World Heal...

Post-Abe agenda: Suga says Japan to go carbon-free by 2050

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday in his first policy speech as leader, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country struggle...

Scholars decry Japan PM's academic panel rejections

TOKYO (AP) — Scholars who had their recommendations to join Japan's national academy denied by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday that the rejection was unconstitutional. Suga...

Japan PM pushes closer Southeast Asia ties in China counter

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's new prime minister pledged Wednesday to help Southeast Asian nations increase their maritime security capabilities, as he used his first overseas trip as leader to pu...

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...