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  • Japan seeks backing for whaling despite UN ruling

    PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) — Japan sought international backing Wednesday for its highly criticized plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top U.N. court. Japan negotiated at the International Whaling Commission conference in Portoroz, Slovenia,...

  • Japan wants North Korea abductions report soon

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister on Wednesday urged North Korea to quickly release the results of a new investigation into the fate of dozens, possibly hundreds, of Japanese believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and '80s. Minister in charge of abductions...

  • Japan's whale hunt under scrutiny at IWC meeting

    PORTOROZ, Slovenia (AP) — Pro- and anti-whaling countries are set to clash at an international conference that opened Monday over Japan's intention to resume the hunting in the Antarctic next year despite a ruling by the top U.N. court. Japan's controversial plans of "scientific whaling" that...

  • Japan pushes North Korea to resolve abductions

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister turned up the pressure on North Korea on Saturday to answer questions over the fate of possibly hundreds of Japanese citizens believed to have been abducted by the North's agents in the 1970s and '80s. Shinzo Abe told a rally in Tokyo that he will not back...

  • Japanese nuclear plant clears safety hurdle

    TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear power plant in southern Japan won regulators' approval Wednesday under new safety standards imposed after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a key step toward becoming the first to restart under the tighter rules. The Nuclear Regulation Authority unanimously approved an...

  • Japan compiles 12,000-page bio of Emperor Hirohito

    TOKYO (AP) — 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, according to Japan's Kyodo News agency. The 12,000-page record says he complained in July 1939...

  • Modi promises red carpet for Japan firms in India

    TOKYO (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wooing Japanese businesses with a promise of "red carpet" treatment rather than the bureaucratic red tape that India is notorious for. India is the best possible investment destination, offering "democracy, demography and demand" in its market...

  • Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India agreed Monday to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy. Modi, who brought a delegation of more than a dozen Indian tycoons to Japan,...

  • India, Japan each seek deals during Modi's visit

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and India both have much to gain from a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than a dozen Indian steel, energy and IT tycoons that begins Saturday in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The two countries have complementary economies, given Japan's wealth and technological...

  • Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's vital signs remained weak in July as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy. Data released Friday showed the inflation rate was unchanged from the previous month. The core price consumer index...

  • First Japanese flight kicks off aurora season

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The first aurora borealis seekers from Japan have arrived in Alaska's interior to launch the unofficial beginning of the northern lights viewing season. The first Japan Airlines flight of the season landed in Fairbanks on Wednesday with 174 passengers. The flight from...

  • Japanese lawmaker, ex-NFL lineman in North Korea

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A Japanese pro-wrestler-turned-politician arrived in North Korea with a former NFL lineman and more than a dozen martial artists on Thursday for the first big sports event featuring well-known foreigners since Dennis Rodman's controversial basketball game earlier...

  • China calls on Japan to break with militarism

    TOKYO (AP) — China's government on Thursday called on Japan to "break clean with militarism" after Tokyo confirmed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a note earlier this year to a ceremony honoring more than a thousand World War II-era war criminals praising their contributions. Abe sent the...

  • Japan lab unable to replicate stem cell results

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese laboratory that retracted a paper reporting a potentially major breakthrough in stem cell research said Wednesday its researchers have not managed to replicate the results. Scientists at the government-affiliated Riken Center for Developmental Biology said they are...

  • Japan ready to offer flu drug for Ebola treatment

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Monday it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as a possible treatment for the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan can offer favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings...



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