N Korea calls Abe an 'idiot' over criticism of weapons test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an "idiot" after he criticized a recent weapons test by the North. In a statement attributed to a ...

US, China spar at Southeast Asian regional summit

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — The rivalry between the United States and China over influence in the Asia-Pacific region was on show Monday as the two superpowers traded barbs over freedom of navig...

Moon, Abe meet briefly, agree to more talks to settle row

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for more dialogue between the countries to settle a deep row over trade and history in th...

Trump invites ASEAN leaders to US meet after skipping summit

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders to a “special summit” in the United States early next year after skipping their ongoing annual ...

Japan justice minister resigns in election fraud scandal

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's justice minister has resigned over election fraud allegations involving his wife, also a lawmaker, and about his own gift-giving allegations reported in a tabloid magazine. ...

Report: Japan's Trade Minister Sugawara offers to resign

TOKYO (AP) — A report says Japan's trade minister has offered his resignation after his office was accused of violating election laws. Kyodo news agency reported Isshu Sugawara had m...

Abe meets S. Korean premier amid row over trade, history

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has held talks with South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon in the first high-level meeting since relations nosedived over a trade and history row. ...

Emperor Naruhito proclaims enthronement in ancient-style ceremony

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Naruhito has officially proclaimed himself as Japan's new emperor in front of attendees from more than 180 countries at a ritual-bound, ancient-style ceremony held on ...

US urges Japan towards military readiness to balance China threat

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The United States is urging its ally Japan to boost its military capabilities and inform the public about the threat posed by China’s expansionist activity, with Was...

Japan set to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is abuzz ahead of a ceremony Tuesday marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. It is one of several formal ceremonies for Naruhito, 59, who...

Japan to send own maritime defense force, won't join US coalition for Mideast

Japan’s government said Friday it has decided not to join a U.S. coalition to protect commercial vessels in the Middle East but is preparing to send its own force to ensure the safe shipment of ...

Japan's PM thanks Taiwan for condolences to typhoon victims

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) condolences to Typhoon Hagibis victims on Friday (Oct. 18), emphasizing that T...

Japan PM visits storm-hit areas, royal parade may be delayed

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting towns devasted by the deadly typhoon to meet residents to assess damage and their needs. Rescue and relief efforts for stra...

Taiwan to send gifts to new emperor of Japan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The coronation ceremony for the new emperor of Japan, Naruhito (德仁), will be held in Tokyo on Tuesday (Oct. 22), with many global political leaders and members of royalty ...

More victims, more damage found in Japan typhoon aftermath

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — More victims and more damage have been found in typhoon-hit areas of central and northern Japan, where rescue crews are searching for people still missing. Prime...