Former leader Abe honored at divisive state funeral

Japan's assassinated hawkish former leader, Shinzo Abe, was given a rare state funeral yesterday that was full of military pomp and surrounded by throngs of mourners as well

Kishida opens diplomacy rush as country preps divisive funeral

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida held a series of meetings with foreign dignitaries yesterday in what he’s called “funeral diplomacy” the day before he hosts a controversial

Powerful typhoon pounds southern Japan; thousands evacuated

A powerful typhoon slammed ashore in southern Japan yesterday as it pounded the region with strong winds and heavy rain, causing blackouts, paralyzing ground and air

Okinawa reelects governor opposing heavy US troop presence

Okinawa's incumbent governor who opposes an ongoing U.S. Marine base relocation forced by Japan’s central government and calls for a further reduction of American troops on the

Seeking arms buildup, ministry makes opaque budget request

Japan's Defense Ministry made a budget request for the coming year yesterday without specifying the costs of missiles for preemptive strikes and dozens of other weapons as

Ceremony marks WWII’s end, Kishida doesn’t mention aggression

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida renewed Japan’s no-war pledge at a somber ceremony yesterday as his country marked the 77th anniversary of its World War II

Japan, Indonesia to boost naval security ties as China rises

The leaders of Japan and Indonesia agreed yesterday to bolster their ties in maritime security and their cooperation on climate change, energy and investment between the

Japan minister says women ‘underestimated’

Japan's minister for gender equality and children's issues called the country's record low births and plunging population a national crisis and blamed "indifference and ignorance" in the male-dominated Japanese parliament. In

Japan, South Korea foreign ministers meet to mend ties

The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan held talks in Tokyo yesterday in what both sides said was a renewed effort to improve bilateral relations. The countries’ ties

Japan votes in key election in shadow of Abe assassination

Japanese voted yesterday in the shadow of the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that brought heightened security as party leaders avoided mingling with crowds

Outages disrupt services at telecoms carrier

Many users of Japan’s No. 2 mobile carrier KDDI Corp. were still having trouble making calls yesterday after a massive outage throughout the weekend that

Tokyo warned of power crunch as Japan endures heat wave

People in Tokyo are sweating it out as the government warns of possible power shortages and urges greater efforts to conserve energy while Japan endures

Japan to host east zone playoffs in Asian Champions League

The Asian Champions League playoffs in the eastern zone are set to be staged in Japan in August. The Asian Football Confederation yesterday said the

Kishida’s cautious course sets up potential long-term rule

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida did not look like he’d last long when he took office eight months ago. He was seen as nice, but indecisive

Star poet Tanikawa, it’s fun, not work, at 90

Shuntaro Tanikawa used to think poems descended like an inspiration from the heavens. As he grew older — he is now 90 — Tanikawa sees poems as

Tokyo complains over Seoul marine survey in disputed waters

Japan lodged a complaint yesterday over a South Korean ship that was conducting a marine survey in waters near Japanese-claimed islands controlled by Seoul. Government

Okinawa marks 50 years of end to US rule amid protests

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki yesterday urged Japan’s central government to do more to reduce the U.S. military presence in the southern island group as it marked the

Japan’s #FreeAgnes campaign shows support for detained Hong Kong activist

While the world focuses on the detention of Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai, it’s the plight of 23-year-old activist Agnes Chow that has made the battle over human rights

Hiroshima survivors worry that world will forget

HIROSHIMA — The atomic bomb that exploded over Hiroshima 75 years ago didn't just kill and maim. The survivors have also lived for decades with lingering shame, anger and fear. Many

Urgency to bear witness grows for last Hiroshima victims

HIROSHIMA — For nearly 70 years, until he turned 85, Lee Jong-keun hid his past as an atomic bomb survivor, fearful of the widespread discrimination against blast victims that has

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