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Japan Cabinet to endorse bills allowing greater defense role

By Thu, May 14, 2015 1:56PM UTC 0 Comment

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet is set to endorse a set of defense bills allowing the country's military to go beyond its self-defense stance and play a greater role internationally, a plan that has split public opinion....

Panel: Fault under Japan nuke plant may be active

By Tue, Dec 11, 2012 10:32AM UTC 12 Comments

TOKYO (AP) — A team of Japanese geologists says a seismic fault running underneath a nuclear plant in western Japan is likely to be active, which could force the scrapping of one of its two reactors. The five-member panel commissioned by the Nuclear Regulation Authority announced Monday that the structure underneath the Tsuruga plant showed...

5.8-magnitude quake strikes between Guam, Japan

By Wed, Sep 12, 2012 12:30PM UTC 0 Comment

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck between Guam and Japan. The early Wednesday earthquake was centered 155 miles southwest of Hagatna, Guam and 289 miles southwest of Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The epicenter had a depth of more than 6 miles. There...

China stays tough on Tokyo, but reins in activism

By Fri, Aug 24, 2012 12:32PM UTC 1 Comment

BEIJING (AP) — Wu Qingjun is no dissident. In fact, this activist’s pet issue — China’s claim over a set of islands controlled by Japan — aligns him squarely with Beijing’s government. But that didn’t stop authorities from sending four agents to tail him. As Beijing continues a tense war of words with Tokyo over...

Japanese journalist killed covering Syria fighting

By Tue, Aug 21, 2012 1:48PM UTC 0 Comment

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese journalist has been killed in Syria while covering the civil war there, Japan’s government said Tuesday. Mika Yamamoto, a veteran war correspondent with The Japan Press, an independent TV news provider that specializes in conflict zone coverage, was killed Monday in the northwestern city of Aleppo, said Masaru Sato, a...