• Japan Sep 16

    Yoshihide Suga Named Japan's Prime Minister, Succeeding Abe

    Japan’s Parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man

  • Japan Aug 29

    Abe Says ‘gut Wrenching' Resignation Leaves Goals Unfinished

    Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is resigning because of a chronic illness

  • Japan Jul 6

    Japan Floods Leave Up to 34 Dead, Many at Nursing Homes

    Deep floodwaters and the risk of more mudslides that left at least 34 people confirmed or presumed dead are hampering search and rescue operations in southern Japan, including at elderly home facilities where more than a dozen died and scores are still stranded

  • 2020 Tokyo Olympics Mar 31

    Japan Moves Forward With Olympics ‘As Planned'

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that the country plans to move forward with hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics as the coronavirus in Japan “has not progressed to an explosive rise of infection spread.”

  • Japan Oct 26, 2019

    Floods, Mudslides From Heavy Rain in Japan Kill at Least 10

    Torrential rain that caused flooding and mudslides in towns east of Tokyo left at least 10 people dead and added fresh damage in areas still recovering from recent typhoons, officials said Saturday. Rescue workers found the body of a person who had gone missing in Chiba prefecture after getting caught up in floodwaters while driving. Another person was unaccounted for...

  • food Oct 12, 2019

    Heavy Rain, Winds Lash Tokyo as Powerful Typhoon Hits Japan

    A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan’s worst in six decades made landfall southwest of Tokyo, with streets, beaches and train stations deserted. Store shelves were bare after people stocked up on water and food ahead of Typhoon Hagibis. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of dangerously...

  • Donald Trump Aug 21, 2019

    Trump's Fake Accent Angers Asian Americans as They Veer Left

    When Amanda Berg heard reports that President Donald Trump mocked the accents of the leaders of South Korea and Japan at a recent fundraiser, it brought back painful memories from her childhood. Berg, a Korean American who grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, recalled kids doing the “stereotypical pulling at the eyes and the mocking accent.” It made her feel...

  • head Jul 24, 2019

    Tokyo Games: Russia Eyes 2020 Olympics After Doping Troubles

    Russia will become a force in the medals table at next year’s Tokyo Olympics despite its current doping problems, the country’s sports minister said Wednesday. Russia won just 19 gold medals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, its lowest count since Soviet days. It was fourth in the medals table behind the United States, Britain and China.

  • head Jul 24, 2019

    1 Year: Tokyo Olympics Unveil Gold, Silver, Bronze Medals

    With exactly one year to go until the Tokyo Olympics open, organizers marked the day by unveiling the gold, silver, and bronze medals that will symbolize the 2020 Games. Thousands of politicians, sponsors, and fans jammed a massive exhibition hall in central Tokyo on Wednesday, piling on speeches, musical interludes, and dancing performances to celebrate the one-year mark. Japanese Prime...

  • North Korea Jul 2, 2019

    Fiscales de El Salvador y Maryland se reúnen

    Fiscales de El Salvador llegaron a Estados Unidos esta semana para reunirse con la Fiscalía General del estado Maryland, en un intento por unir fuerzas y estrategias para combatir en ambos frentes la violencia de pandillas, que está atravesando fronteras.

  • Donald Trump May 26, 2019

    Sumo Diplomacy: Abe Courts Trump With Burgers, Golf, More

    It was a day of sumo-sized diplomacy. Plenty of world leaders have tried to butter up President Donald Trump with flattery and favors. Japan’s Shinzo Abe on Sunday raised the bar for all of them. First Abe treated his friend to a round of golf (with tweeted selfie). Then the prime minister allowed Trump to take center stage at a...

  • Prince May 1, 2019

    Japan's Naruhito in 1st Speech Vows to Stay Close to People

    Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito inherited Imperial regalia and seals as proof of his succession and pledged in his first public address Wednesday to follow his father’s example in devoting himself to peace and staying close to the people. Naruhito succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne at midnight after Akihito abdicated. In his address to the people, Naruhito formally announced his succession...

  • Japan Apr 1, 2019

    Japan Says Name for New Era of Naruhito Will Be ‘Reiwa'

    The name of the era of Japan’s soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be “Reiwa,” the government announced Monday. Emperor Akihito is stepping down on April 30, in the first abdication in 200 years, bringing his era of “Heisei” to an end. The new era takes effect May 1. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday the name draws from the 7th century...

  • Governor Feb 24, 2019

    Rising Anti-US Sentiment on Okinawa Ahead of Military Base Relocation

    The people of Okinawa voted Sunday on a plan for a U.S. military base relocation in a referendum that will send a message on how they feel about housing American troops in Japan, who many see as a burden on the group of tiny southwestern islands. The referendum is technically not binding but interest is high for testing the public...

  • Donald Trump Feb 18, 2019

    Japan Reportedly Nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize After White House Asked

    Just as President Donald Trump claimed last week, Japan’s prime minister has, indeed, nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize — at the request of the White House — one of Japan’s largest newspapers reported Sunday. Trump boasted at a news conference on Friday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had given him a copy of a five-page letter he’d sent...

  • Japan Sep 7, 2018

    Japan Quake Toll Up to 18 as Rescuers Dig Through Landslides

    The toll from an earthquake that rocked Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido rose to 18 on Friday, and in one small town two dozen people remained unaccounted for after an entire mountainside collapsed on their homes. The region was slowly restoring transport links and power, with lights back in about half of the homes on the island after a...

  • Associated Press Sep 6, 2018

    Big Quake Hits Northern Japan, Leaving at Least 9 Dead, Dozens Missing

    A powerful earthquake Thursday on Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido triggered dozens of landslides that crushed houses under torrents of dirt, rocks and timber, prompting frantic efforts to unearth any survivors. At least nine people were killed, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said. Officials said at least 366 were injured, five of them seriously, and about 30 people were unaccounted...

  • Europe Jul 10, 2018

    Over 150 Dead in Japan Floods; Many Out of Power, Water

    Rescuers were combing through mud-covered hillsides and along riverbanks Tuesday searching for dozens of people missing after heavy rains unleashed flooding and mudslides in southwestern Japan, where the death toll has exceeded 150. More than 50 people were unaccounted for as of Tuesday evening, many in the hardest-hit Hiroshima area. At Akira Tanimoto’s apartment complex, about a dozen victims have...

  • social media Jul 10, 2018

    Rescuers Search for Dozens Still Missing After Deadly Japan Floods

    Rescuers in southwestern Japan dug up more bodies Monday as they searched for dozens still missing after heavy rains caused severe flooding and left residents to return to their homes unsure where to start the cleanup. More than 100 people were confirmed dead in the disaster. Minoru Katayama, 86, rushed back to his home in Mabi city, in Okayama prefecture,...

  • Donald Trump Jun 7, 2018

    Trump: I May Invite Kim Jong Un to the White House

    President Donald Trump floated the idea of inviting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the United States, and possibly even to the White House, during a joint press conference between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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