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Japan's economy contracts, but at smaller rate than thought

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese economy contracted in the first quarter, but at a slower pace than earlier estimated, the government said Wednesday. The world’s third-largest economy contr...

EXPLAINER: What's the 4-nation Quad, where did it come from?

TOKYO (AP) — Leaders of the U.S., Japan, Australia and India gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday for a summit of the “Quad.” What is the group, where did it come from and why do diplomats keep coming up with...

Japan: Why are there so few women in top managerial roles?

Japan's financial services watchdog is introducing a new regulation designed to encourage companies to employ more women in senior management positions, although women are divided on whether the c...

Japan edges from pacifism to more robust defense stance

Speaking to Japanese MPs via videolink earlier this month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised Japan for being the "first Asian nation that has begun exerting pressure on Russia."...

Former Japanese PM pushes US to drop strategic ambiguity toward Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. should be clear about its defense commitments to Taiwan, Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said on Sunday (April 17). Speaking at a Liberal Democratic ...

S. Korean slavery victim seeks UN justice as time runs out

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thirty years after going public with her story of abduction, rape and forced prostitution by Japan’s wartime military, Lee Yong-soo fears she’s running out of time to get clo...

Japan PM Kishida announces $42 billion investment in India

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday announced a 5 trillion yen ($42 billion) investment in India over the next five years during a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi....

Ukraine conflict: Japan stiffens resolve on Russia, but it comes with a price

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has been swift to follow in the footsteps of the vast majority of the international community in the aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, imposing restr...

Taiwan Presidential Office confirms Tsai-Abe phone call in January

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo had a phone conversation at the end of January, Presidential Office Spokesperson Xavier Chang (張...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2022. There are 324 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 1...

Japan's nationalist firebrand Shintaro Ishihara dies at 89

TOKYO (AP) — Shintaro Ishihara, a fiery nationalist politician remembered as Tokyo's gaffe-prone governor who provoked a spat with China by calling for Japan's purchase of disputed islands in the East...

Japan to push controversial mine for UNESCO World Heritage

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday that Japan will recommend a former gold mine on Sado Island for a UNESCO World Heritage list, despite protests from South Korea that the site is i...

Japan to expedite booster shots, bolster island defence -PM Kishida

Japan will bring forward COVID-19 vaccination booster shots by as much as two months, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Monday, as the highly transmissible Omicron variant sends infections soaring ...

Japan's security role and Taiwan seen in focus at 'two-plus-two' talks with U.S.

The question of Japan's security role at a time of rising tension over Taiwan is likely to figure prominently at a meeting on Friday between the foreign and defense ministers of Japan and the Unit...

Japan leader promises boosters, new measures against omicron

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida vowed Tuesday to speed up coronavirus vaccine booster shots, secure imported supplies of drugs to treat COVID-19 and reorganize medical facilities to ...