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

Powerful earthquake hits southern Japan, tsunami advisory

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 has struck southern Japan, barely 24 hours after a deadly quake hit the same region. The quake shook the Kumamoto region at

Researcher: Children’s cancer linked to Fukushima radiation

TOKYO (AP) — A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children

Japan | Islamic State extends hostage deadline until sundown

  Japan said it was putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants, after the latest message purportedly from his captors

Japan | Hostage Mom’s plea to Abe: Please save Kenji

  The mother of a Japanese hostage held by Islamic State group extremists appealed publicly to Japan’s leader to save her son yesterday after his captors purportedly issued what they said was

Japan | People turn to ‘I am Kenji’ Facebook page on hostage crisis

  The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people’s hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying

Japan | Video claims death of 1 of 2 IS hostages

  From prime minister to ordinary people, Japanese responded with shock yesterday at a video purportedly showing one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed. With

Japan | Gov’t agonizes over ways to free Islamic State hostages

Lacking strong clout and diplomatic reach in the Middle East, Japan scrambled yesterday for ways to secure the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with

Japan | Cabinet OKs record military budget with eye on China 

  Japan’s Cabinet approved the country’s largest ever defense budget yesterday, including plans to buy surveillance aircraft, drones and F-35 fighter jets to help counter China’s rising assertiveness in the region. Prime Minister Shinzo

Japan | Secrecy law takes effect as Abe seeks fair vote coverage

Under the act, people can be jailed for as long as 10 years for leaking state-designated secrets on matters from foreign affairs to defense and counter-terrorism. While the government says

Japan | Trade, justice ministers quit amid scandals

Japan’s trade and justice ministers resigned yesterday after allegations they misused campaign funds in the biggest setback so far for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative administration. The two ministers were among five

TWIN STORMS | India lashed by strong cyclone; typhoon hits Japan 

Heavy rain and wind gusts ripped through a large swath of India’s eastern seaboard, uprooting trees and snapping power cables as a powerful cyclone swept through the Bay of Bengal and slammed

SEVERE WEATHER | Japan flight cancellations mount as typhoon disrupts travel

ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co., the nation’s two largest carriers, canceled more flights yesterday as typhoon winds disrupted travel for a second week. Typhoon Vongfong prompted ANA to cancel

JAPAN | More than 30 believed dead at erupting volcano

Rescue workers have found 30 or more people unconscious and believed to be dead near the peak of an erupting volcano in central Japan, local government and police said. Nagano prefecture posted

JAPAN | New bio says Emperor Hirohito condemned WW2 involvement

Japan’s Imperial Household Agency has compiled a 61-volume biography of former Emperor Hirohito that portrays him as being distressed that he could not stop his country from going to war,

JAPAN | Tokyo and Delhi pledge to strengthen ties as Beijing rises

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged an upgrade of economic and security ties with India, saying Japan would double investment and expand defense cooperation amid concerns about China’s growing influence in

JAPAN | Modi visit draws pledges of support from Tokyo

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi courted Japan’s government and business leaders yesterday, winning pledges of help for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy. Modi is visiting Japan with a

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