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  • Japan-NK hold talks despite missile launch

    BEIJING (AP) — Japanese and North Korean envoys began talks Tuesday about the North's abduction of Japanese citizens after Tokyo expressed dismay at its firing of Scud missiles. The meeting was aimed at clarifying the fate of missing Japanese, an issue that has kept relations in a deep...

  • Japan May data show economy slowing but resilient

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy is slowing following a sales tax hike but not as badly as some economists feared, according to two business surveys released Tuesday. The central bank's quarterly business confidence survey showed sentiment falling for the first time in 18 months in April-June....

  • The stories of 12 Japanese abducted by North Korea

    TOKYO (AP) — A 13-year-old schoolgirl walking home after badminton practice. A 28-year-old restaurant employee sent by his boss to Vienna. A young couple on a date, driving to the beach to see the sunset. They are among at least 17 Japanese — possibly many more than that — who were...

  • Thousands protest greater Japanese military role

    TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of people protested outside the Japanese prime minister's office Monday in anticipation his government will reinterpret the constitution to allow Japan's military a larger international role. Several thousand people demonstrated to demand that Prime Minister Shinzo...

  • Japan ruling bloc near agreement on security shift

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ruling party and its coalition partner are near agreement on a major shift in the country's restrictive defensive policy that would allow the military to help defend other nations. The planned change is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to allow Japan to play a...

  • Filipino ex-sex slaves demand justice from Japan

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipino women forced into prostitution by the Japanese military during World War II marched Wednesday to the Japanese Embassy to demand justice and to criticize Philippine President Benigno Aquino III's silence on the issue during his visit to Japan. Six women in...

  • Sexist views dent Japan push for women's rights

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese newspapers splashed front-page photos this week of a Tokyo assemblyman bowing deeply to a female colleague after admitting that he had heckled her with a sexist remark. The uproar over the rude comments aimed at Ayaka Shiomura by some male lawmakers reflects both greater...

  • Abe's grand plan to revive Japan's economic might

    TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a slew of measures Tuesday aimed at restoring Japan's global competitiveness. Past governments have sought and failed to enact many of the reforms Abe and other leaders say are needed to revamp an outdated post-World War II industrial model and...

  • Japan unveils strategy to restore cutting edge

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe formally announced Tuesday an outline of his long-awaited growth strategy, a slew of reforms meant to revitalize the economy and restore its global competitiveness. The plan, approved by the Cabinet earlier in the day, includes dozens of...

  • Tokyo assemblyman apologizes over sexist heckling

    TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo city assemblyman apologized Monday for shouting out a sexist remark at a female counterpart last week — but denied he meant to insult her. Akihiro Suzuki, 51, reversed his earlier denial and came forward five days after officials scrambled to identify the voices heard...

  • Taiwan art exhibit in Japan salvaged by name fix

    TOKYO (AP) — An exhibition of Chinese art from Taiwan has opened as planned after the Tokyo National Museum revised promotional materials that had omitted the word "National" from references to Taipei's National Palace Museum. Taiwan is sensitive to how other governments portray it, and last...



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