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  • Associated Press Nov 23, 2019

    Pope Denounces ‘Evil' of Nukes as He Fulfills Japan Dream

    Pope Francis denounced the “evil” of nuclear weapons on Saturday as he began a three-day visit to Japan and fulfilled a dream to be a missionary in a land with a rich but bloody Christian past. The pope’s plane landed in the rain in Tokyo, where he received a small welcome at the airport before heading to the Vatican residence...

  • Donald Trump Nov 10, 2019

    Over 100,000 Greet Japan's Emperor at Enthronement Parade

    Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako waved and smiled from an open car in a parade Sunday marking Naruhito’s enthronement as more than 100,000 delighted well-wishers cheered, waved small flags and took photos from packed sidewalks. Security was extremely tight, with police setting up 40 checkpoints leading to the parade area. Selfie sticks, bottles and banners — and even shouting...

  • United States Oct 31, 2019

    Fire Burns Down Structures at Historic Japanese Shuri Castle

    A fire has spread among structures at Shuri Castle on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, nearly destroying the UNESCO World Heritage site. Firefighters were still battling the blaze a few hours after the fire started early Thursday, and nearby residents were evacuated to safer areas, Okinawa police spokesman Ryo Kochi said. The fire in Naha, the prefectural capital of Okinawa,...

  • 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...

  • Donald Trump Aug 16, 2019

    N. Korea Fires More Projectiles, Rules Out Talks With South

    North Korea on Friday bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the U.S. and his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. The statement by an unidentified government spokesman came hours before South Korea’s military detected two projectiles North Korea fired into the sea...

  • Associated Press Jul 20, 2019

    Suspect in Japan Anime Studio Arson Reportedly Had Grudge

    The man suspected of setting ablaze a beloved Japanese animation studio, killing 34 people, was raging about theft and witnesses and media reported he had a grudge against the company, as questions arose why such mass killings keep happening in the country. Police only have said the suspect Shinji Aoba, 41, who is hospitalized with severe burns and unable to...

  • 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...

  • Associated Press Jun 16, 2019

    Crew Members of Targeted Norwegian-Owned Tanker Now in Dubai

    Crew members of the Norwegian-owned oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran. Associated Press journalists saw the crew members of the MT Front Altair after their Iran Air flight from Bandar Abbas, Iran, landed in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Front Altair caught fire after the...

  • Associated Press Jun 16, 2019

    Crew Members of Targeted Norwegian-Owned Tanker Now in Dubai

    Crew members of the Norwegian-owned oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran. Associated Press journalists saw the crew members of the MT Front Altair after their Iran Air flight from Bandar Abbas, Iran, landed in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Front Altair caught fire after the...

  • Associated Press Jun 15, 2019

    Trump Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks But Calls for Talks

    President Donald Trump on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area. A day after explosions blew holes in two oil tankers...

  • Associated Press Jun 15, 2019

    Trump Blames Iran for Tanker Attacks But Calls for Talks

    President Donald Trump on Friday blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area. A day after explosions blew holes in two oil tankers...

  • Associated Press Jun 14, 2019

    US: Video Shows Iran Removing Mine From Stricken Tanker

    The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, suggesting Tehran wanted to hide evidence of its alleged involvement. Iran denied any role in Thursday’s apparent attacks, which have again roiled the Persian Gulf amid heightened tensions between...

  • Associated Press Jun 14, 2019

    US Blames Iran for Suspected Attacks on 2 Tankers Near Persian Gulf

    The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of “escalating tensions” in a region crucial to global energy supplies. The U.S. Navy rushed to assist the stricken vessels in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran, including one that was set ablaze....

  • Associated Press Jun 7, 2019

    US, Russia Blame Each Other in Near-Collision of Warships

    The U.S. and Russia accused each other of unsafe actions on Friday after an American guided-missile cruiser and a Russian destroyer came within 165 feet of each other in the Philippine Sea. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters that the U.S. will file a formal diplomatic complaint about the incident and will have military to military conversations with the...

  • Donald Trump May 26, 2019

    Bolton Says N. Korea Missile Tests Violated UN Resolutions, Trump Downplays Potential Threat

    U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Saturday called a series of short-range missile tests by North Korea earlier this month a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and said sanctions must be kept in place. Washington’s position on the North’s denuclearization is consistent and a repeated pattern of failures to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons should be stopped,...

  • Donald Trump May 16, 2019

    Iran Says US Sanctions ‘Unacceptable' as Crisis Mounts

    Iran’s foreign minister on Thursday said sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are “unacceptable” but that his country is committed to an international nuclear deal that has steadily unraveled amid rising tensions. On a visit to Tokyo, Mohammad Zarif defended Iran’s right to respond to the U.S. pullout from the nuclear deal last year and the imposition of sanctions. “We...

  • 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...

  • Donald Trump Apr 30, 2019

    Emperor Announces Abdication as Japan Marks End of Era

    Japanese Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. “Today, I am concluding my duties as the emperor,” Akihito said as he stood in front of the throne, as other members of the royal family and top...

  • King Apr 29, 2019

    Key Questions and Answers About Japan Emperor's Abdication

    Japan’s 85-year-old Emperor Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday when he abdicates to his son Crown Prince Naruhito. He’s the first emperor to abdicate in 200 years. Some key questions and answers about the abdication and ascension and other examples abroad:

  • radiation Apr 15, 2019

    Removal of Fuel in Pool at Fukushima's Melted Reactor Begins

    The operator of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant began removing fuel Monday from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster, a milestone in what will be a decades-long process to decommission the facility. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said workers started removing the first of 566 used and unused fuel units stored in...

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