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  • Japan to step up sanctions against Russia

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan is imposing more sanctions against Russia over its support for pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine who are accused of shooting down a Malaysian jet, the chief government spokesman said Monday. The sanctions include the freezing of assets held in Japan by individuals and groups...

  • Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storms, multiple failures and...

  • Japan approves joint missile study, export to US

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets. The approval late Thursday marks the first defense technology transfer since Japan...

  • Japan wary as US, Europe up sanctions on Russia

    TOKYO (AP) — For Japan, the ramping up of sanctions by the West against Russia can be summed up in a familiar phrase: It's complicated. The tug-of-war over Ukraine threatens to derail Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's moves toward rapprochement with Russia. Relations between Japan and Russia...

  • Japanese nuclear plant deemed safe, nears restart

    TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety regulations Wednesday, an important step toward restarting the country's first reactors under the tighter rules applied after the 2011 disaster. The Nuclear Regulation Authority accepted a...

  • How nations are tackling nuclear waste storage

    TOKYO (AP) — For years, Japan has struggled to find a site to safely store highly radioactive waste from nuclear power plants for as long as 100,000 years. Tens of thousands of tons of spent fuel stored at nuclear power plants will remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years — a...

  • Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue

    HORONOBE, Japan (AP) — Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip. Underground it's a different story. Workers and scientists have carved a sprawling laboratory deep below this sleep dairy town that, despite government...

  • Hollywood 'Godzilla' finally stomps home to Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo is rolling out the red carpet for Hollywood's Godzilla remake although the nation that gave birth to the fire-breathing monster is seeing the latest movie after it opened everywhere else. Godzilla," opening in the U.S. May 16, has grossed more than $488 million globally. But...

  • Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

    TOKYO (AP) — Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there's an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry. Engineers and other...

  • Tropical storm Neoguri hits Japan's main islands

    TOKYO (AP) — A major storm dumped heavy rain on western Japan Thursday after sweeping through the southern islands of Okinawa, where it caused extensive flooding, knocked out power and injured at least 32 people. The storm also boosted rainfall levels in other parts of the country, leaving two...

  • Japan protests China paper's map of atomic clouds

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan protested Wednesday to China over a newspaper's depiction of exploding mushroom clouds in a map of Japan, calling it offensive. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan, as the only nation to have suffered atomic attacks, will "never tolerate" such a...

  • Typhoon heads toward Kyushu after slamming Okinawa

    TOKYO (AP) — A powerful storm slammed through the southwestern Japanese island of Okinawa, leaving at least 28 people injured and 63,000 homes without power before swerving toward the bigger island of Kyushu on Wednesday. The Okinawan government raised the injury toll to 28 from 17 the day...

  • China holds ceremony to mark China-Japan war

    BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping criticized people who "beautify the history of aggression" as China on Monday marked the 77th anniversary of the start of a war with Japan amid rising tensions between Beijing and Tokyo. This year's unusually high-profile commemoration of the 1937 Marco Polo...

  • Xi rebukes Japan for brutality in China, Koreas

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The leaders of China and South Korea expressed concern Friday about Japan's recent reinterpretation of its war-renouncing constitution and its re-examination of a past apology for wartime atrocities, a South Korean official said. Japan colonized the Korean Peninsula...

  • Pacifist no more? Experts discuss Japan's military

    TOKYO (AP) — In one of modern Japan's biggest changes to security policy, its government decided this week to reinterpret Article 9 of its constitution to allow greater use of military force to defend other countries. The move sparked street protests amid fears it marks a reversal of Japan's...



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