Category Archives: TOKYO

Japan, China agree to boost relations ahead of Xi visit

Japan and China have agreed to boost their relations ahead of a planned visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan in June, his first since coming to power in 2013. Continue reading

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Japan’s trade negotiator: US won’t impose quotas on autos

Japan’s trade negotiator has said Washington won’t be demanding any numerical restrictions on Japanese auto exports to the U.S. Toshimitsu Motegi, the economy minister, made the comment Friday after he spoke with his U.S. counterpart, Robert Lighthizer. Continue reading

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Court being asked to stop dolphin hunts in Japanese village

A court in central Japan is hearing arguments over whether dolphin hunting violates the nation’s animal cruelty laws. Continue reading

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Iran’s foreign minister says US sanctions ‘unacceptable’

Iran’s foreign minister says his country is committed to an international nuclear deal but that the escalating U.S. sanctions are “unacceptable.” Continue reading

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Hit with arrest of ex-chair Ghosn, Nissan profit nose-dives

Japanese automaker Nissan, reeling from the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, has seen annual profit nose-dive to less than half of what it earned in the previous year. Continue reading

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Japan uses turtle divination for emperor enthronement rites

Japanese palace officials have used an ancient turtle-shell divination to choose sites to harvest sacred rice used in an upcoming harvest ritual — the most important one new Emperor Naruhito will perform after enthronement. Continue reading

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Experts see Russia fingerprints on North Korea’s new missile

The three new missiles North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has tested over the past week are eerily familiar to military experts: They look just like a widely copied missile the Russian military has been actively trying to sell abroad for years. Continue reading

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SoftBank profits rise, party on gains from Saudi-tied fund

Japanese internet company SoftBank has reported a 36% increase in profit for the fiscal year through March from the previous fiscal year, partly on gains from its Vision Fund. Continue reading

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Japan’s emperor reports to Shinto gods week after succession

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito has performed a Shinto ritual at the palace to report to imperial family gods the plans for the main ceremonies of his succession later this year. Continue reading

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Car hits 13 children, 4 seriously injured, in western Japan

A car has slammed into a group of 16 mostly kindergarten children who were walking to school along a sidewalk in the lakeside city of Otsu in western Japan, leaving four seriously injured. Continue reading

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Japan’s emperor greets public for 1st time since succession

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito has greeted the public for the first time since his succession, expressing hope for Japan to keep pursuing peace. Continue reading

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The Latest: Emperor Naruhito inherits Imperial regalia

The Latest on Emperor Naruhito’s succession (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Continue reading

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Emperor Naruhito takes throne day after his father abdicates

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito will perform his first ritual hours after succeeding his father on the Chrysanthemum Throne. Continue reading

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The Latest: Japanese people mark end of Heisei era

The Latest on Emperor Akihito’s abdication (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Continue reading

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Japan police: Man put knives on desk of emperor’s grandson

Japanese police on Monday arrested a man linked to knives found on the school desk of Emperor Akihito’s 12-year-old grandson. Continue reading

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Japanese police probe knife on desk of emperor’s grandson

Japanese media reports say police are investigating a knife that was placed on the school desk of Emperor Akihito’s grandson. Continue reading

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Japan’s new emperor Naruhito: A cosmopolitan team player

Japan’s future new emperor is a musician and historian who is expected to bring a global perspective to an ancient institution when he ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1. Continue reading

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Japan reporter sues government after passport is invalidated

A Japanese journalist known for covering war zones has sued the Foreign Ministry after it invalidated his passport and demanded he surrender it, saying it deprives him of his right to travel and interferes with press freedom. Continue reading

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Japan apologizes to those forcibly sterilized, vows redress

Japan’s government has apologized to tens of thousands of victims forcibly sterilized under a now-defunct Eugenics Protection Law and promised to pay compensation. Continue reading

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Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

Japan’s space agency says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft has released an explosive onto an asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system. Continue reading

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