• Prime Minister 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...

  • Japan Oct 15, 2019

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

  • Japan Oct 15, 2019

    Japan Looks for Missing After Typhoon, Warns of Mudslides

    Rescue crews in Japan dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left as many as 36 dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. Typhoon Hagibis unleashed torrents of rain and strong winds Saturday that left thousands of homes on Japan’s main island flooded, damaged or...

  • Canada Oct 13, 2019

    Typhoon Leaves as Many as 33 Dead as Japan Continues Rescue

    Helicopters, boats and thousands of troops were deployed across Japan to rescue people stranded in flooded homes Sunday, as the death toll from a ferocious typhoon climbed to as high as 33. One woman fell to her death as she was being placed inside a rescue helicopter. Typhoon Hagibis made landfall south of Tokyo on Saturday evening and battered central...

  • Commissioner Oct 10, 2019

    NBA Postpones Nets-Lakers Media Sessions in Shanghai

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday that the league is still expecting them to play as scheduled this week, even while the rift between the league and Chinese officials continued in ways that clearly suggested the two planned games in Shanghai and Shenzhen were anything but guaranteed. The NBA called off scheduled...

  • Commissioner Oct 8, 2019

    Could Yao Ming Mend the Fences Between the NBA and China?

    Yao Ming could be the man in the middle if the NBA and China are going to mend fences. Yao is a former Houston Rockets great and an NBA Hall of Famer. At home, the towering center is even larger as head of the Chinese Basketball Association and one of the most recognizable figures in the country. NBA Commissioner Adam...

  • Commissioner Oct 8, 2019

    Chinese State TV Suspends 2 NBA Preseason Game Broadcasts

    Chinese state broadcaster CCTV announced Tuesday it will no longer air two NBA preseason games set to be played in the country. In a statement, CCTV indicated the decision was prompted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s remarks in Japan following a tweet by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey last week that supported anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong. The broadcaster...

  • Japan Jul 18, 2019

    Man Shouting ‘You Die!' Kills 33 at Japan Anime Studio

    A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans. Thirty-six others were injured, some of them critically, in a blaze that sent people scrambling up the...

  • Asher Klein Jun 18, 2019

    Strong Quake Jolts Northwest Japan; No Major Damage Reported

    A powerful earthquake jolted northwestern Japan late Tuesday, and officials warned of a possible tsunami up to one meter (3.3 feet) high along parts of the coast. Some areas lost electrical power and some bullet train services were suspended, but there were no immediate reports of serious injuries or damage from the magnitude 6.8 quake. Only a minor swelling of...

  • Japan May 28, 2019

    Knife-Wielding Man Screaming ‘I Will Kill You!' Attacks Schoolgirls in Japan, Killing 2 and Hurting 16

    A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming “I will kill you!” attacked a group of schoolgirls near a school bus parked at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, killing two people and injuring at least 17 before killing himself, officials said. Most of the victims were students at a Catholic elementary school who were lined...

  • manager Mar 21, 2019

    Ichiro Walks Off Into History in ‘Sayonara' at Tokyo Dome

    At times, it seemed as if he’d go on hitting forever. But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing. The great Ichiro has said “sayonara.”

  • Driver Jan 1, 2019

    Van Slams Into Pedestrians on Tokyo Road, Injuring 8 People

    A minivan slammed into pedestrians early Tuesday on a street where people had gathered for New Year’s festivities in downtown Tokyo, injuring eight people, police said. Police took into custody a man in his 20s but did not further identify him. They say he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the small vehicle through the street,...

  • Driver Jan 1, 2019

    Van Slams Into Pedestrians on Tokyo Road, Injuring 8 People

    A minivan slammed into pedestrians early Tuesday on a street where people had gathered for New Year’s festivities in downtown Tokyo, injuring eight people, police said. Police took into custody a man in his 20s but did not further identify him. They say he is suspected of intentionally trying to kill people by driving the small vehicle through the street,...

  • 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,...

  • New York Mar 19, 2018

    New Yorker Arrested in Japan After Cops Find Missing Woman's Severed Head: Police

    A New York man visiting Japan is being held on suspicion of murder after authorities found a missing woman’s severed head in a suitcase where he was lodging, according to reports. Japanese media outlets report Yevgeniy Bayraktar of Mastic Beach was detained after authorities found the woman’s head in the suitcase as well as her arms, legs and torso in...

  • Donald Trump Mar 10, 2018

    Steel Standoff: EU, Japan Trade Chiefs Meet Trump Envoy

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade envoy is meeting Saturday with top officials from the European Union and Japan, who are pushing back against new U.S. steel tariffs that have unleashed fears of a broader trade war. The EU is seeking clarity from Washington about whether the 28-nation bloc will be exempt from the U.S. tariffs, which come into force in...

  • Kim Jong Un Feb 10, 2018

    S. Korean President Hosts Lunch for Kim Jong Un's Sister

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday met with senior North Korean officials including leader Kim Jong Un’s sister over lunch at Seoul’s presidential palace in the most significant diplomatic encounter between the rivals in years. The luncheon at the Blue House came after Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates attended the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter...

  • United States Dec 1, 2017

    Former US Marine Sentenced to Life for Murder, Rape of Woman in Okinawa Japan

    A Japanese court on Friday convicted a U.S. military contractor of murder and rape charges in the death of an Okinawa woman and sentenced him to life in prison. The Naha District Court also found Kenneth Shinzato, a former Marine, guilty of abandoning the victim’s body, court officials said. The 20-year-old woman was found in the forest in May, three...

  • spokesman Oct 31, 2017

    Horror as Tokyo Police Find 9 Bodies Hidden in Apartment

    Japanese police found nine dismembered bodies hidden in coolers in an apartment southwest of Tokyo, an apparent serial killing case that is transfixing and horrifying the nation. Police were working Tuesday to identify the victims after the man who lived there, 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi, confessed to cutting them up and hiding them in cold-storage cases, some covered with cat litter,...

  • Donald Trump Sep 21, 2017

    Trump's North Korea Threats Leave Asia Struggling to Explain: Analysis

    Was it a bluff? A warning that Washington would shoot down North Korea’s next missile test? A restatement of past policy? Or simply just what it seemed: a straightforward threat of annihilation from the president of the United States? Officials and pundits across Asia struggled Wednesday to parse Donald Trump’s vow Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly to “totally destroy...

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