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Trump tees up Japan summit with Abe golf match

May 26, 2019 - 2:42 PM

While Abe and Trump are at the golf course, their wives Melania and Akie enjoy a display of 'digital art' at an exhibition that has been a smash hit in Tokyo

GOLF BUDDIES. US President Donald Trump (C) waits in a golf cart to board Marine One after playing a round of golf with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at Mobara Country Club in Chiba on May 26, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump arrives in Japan for sumo summit with Abe

May 25, 2019 - 4:56 PM

Japanese and US officials hail as 'unprecedented' the relationship between Trump and his 'golf buddy', Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the pair will again find time for a round to cement their diplomatic bromance

SUMO SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump waves next to First Lady Melania Trump upon their arrival at Haneda international airport in Tokyo on May 25, 2019. Photo by Koji Sasahara/Pool/AFP

Ex-KAT-TUN member Junnosuke Taguchi arrested for marijuana possession

May 23, 2019 - 11:55 AM

The singer is arrested along with his girlfriend, former actress Rena Komine

JUNNOSUKE TAGUCHI. The singer was a member of the Japanese boy band KAT-TUN, which he left in 2016. Screenshot from Instagram.com/junnosuke_official

Trump to get royal treatment on Japan emperor visit

May 23, 2019 - 10:52 AM

The decision by Japan to put Trump at the head of the line for Naruhito illustrates the unique bond between the one-time bitterest of enemies, while delivering rival China a timely reminder that the United States is not alone in Asia

US President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. / AFP PHOTO / Lehtikuva / Heikki Saukkomaa / Finland OUT

Japanese, UK carriers delay release of Huawei phones

May 22, 2019 - 9:11 PM

UK's EE and Vodafone and Japan's KDDI and Softbank are delaying the release of Huawei phones. British chipmaker ARM is also set to cut ties with Huawei.

DELAYING HUAWEI. A man takes a photo next to a Huawei advertisement in a Huawei store in Shanghai on May 22, 2019. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

2 Japanese carriers postpone release of Huawei phones

May 22, 2019 - 4:28 PM

KDDI and SoftBank Corp, the country's number two and number three carriers respectively, say the decision to delay the release of the Huawei handsets was taken to give them time to assess the impact of the US ban

Lawyer for Ghosn slams 'outrageous' rules on seeing wife

May 22, 2019 - 3:48 PM

The tough terms of his bail mean Carlos Ghosn needs court permission to visit his wife Carole, whom prosecutors believe has made contact with people involved in the case against the tycoon

TAKASHI TAKANO. Takashi Takano, one of the lawyers of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, talks during an interview with AFP at his office in Tokyo on May 21, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Stop it! Japan anti-groper app becomes smash hit

May 21, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The Digi Police app has been downloaded more than 237,000 times, an 'unusually high figure' for a public service app, says police official Keiko Toyamine

DIGI POLICE APP. In this picture taken on May 13, 2019, an official at a police department poses as she shows an application for scaring off molesters, in Tokyo. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Trump delays decision on auto tariffs for up to 6 months

May 17, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'Within 180 days...the Trade Representative shall update me on the outcome of the negotiations,' President Donald Trump says in a proclamation issued by the White House

DELAY. In this file photo taken on February 15, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Crisis-hit Nissan shakes up board, keeps boss

May 17, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The firm will propose to shareholders a new board structure with 11 members, 6 of whom will be external, as Nissan attempts to improve corporate governance in the wake of ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn's arrest for alleged financial misconduct

RENAULT-NISSAN. In this file photo taken on March 12, 2019 Nissan Motors president and CEO Hiroto Saikawa (R) looks at Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard (L) during a press conference at the Nissan headquarters in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Duterte headed to Japan end of May

May 16, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will speak at the Nikkei-organized Future of Asia forum in Tokyo. Business-to-business deals are expected to be signed on the sidelines of the trip.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 122nd Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on March 21, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump plans to delay auto tariffs for 6 months – industry sources

May 15, 2019 - 11:45 PM

New tariffs risk exploding already tense trade relations with Washington's major trading partners, who are angry about punitive duties on steel and aluminum imposed last year

US TARIFFS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Russia, Japan say differences remain over disputed islands

May 10, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The territorial dispute centers on 4 islands, between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, seized by the Soviet army in the last days of World War II

'SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES.' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) during their meeting in Moscow on May 10, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Tech fund drives SoftBank Group profit up 36%

May 09, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Net profits for the financial year ending March at Softbank come in at 1.41 trillion yen ($12.8 billion), up 35.8%.

SOFTBANK. This picture taken on November 23, 2018 shows people walking in front of a shop of Japan's telecoms giant SoftBank in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Car plows into young children in Japan, killing 2

May 08, 2019 - 1:51 PM

The accident kills a girl and a boy, both two years old, a police spokesman says

CRASH. Police officers inspect a vehicle that plowed into a group of kindergarten children leaving at least 4 of them critically injured in Otsu, Shiga prefecture on May 8, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan's new emperor urges world peace in first public speech

May 05, 2019 - 12:23 AM

'I sincerely wish that our country, hand-in-hand with foreign countries, seeks world peace and further development,' says Emperor Naruhito

SPEECH. Japan's Emperor Naruhito (L) and Empress Masako (R) make their first public appearance after ascending to the throne at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 4, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Ex-porn star Sola Aoi gives birth

May 02, 2019 - 1:30 PM

The Japanese actress welcomes twin boys with her husband, DJ Non

SOLA AOI. The Japanese actress announces her pregnancy in January. Screenshot from Instagram.com/aoi_sola

Japan rings in new era as Naruhito becomes emperor

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Naruhito will formally take possession of the sacred imperial regalia at a solemn ceremony later Wednesday, May 1, but he became the 126th emperor at the stroke of midnight, ushering in the 'Reiwa' imperial era

NEW EMPEROR. A vehicle carrying Crown Prince Naruhito (L) and Crown Princess Masako (R) leaves the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 30, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

End of an era as Japan's emperor abdicates

Apr 30, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Emperor Akihito of Japan offers his 'deepest heartfelt gratitude to the people of Japan' and says he will 'pray for the peace and happiness of all the people in Japan and around the world'

NEW ERA. Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito (L), Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (R) attend the abdication ceremony at the Matsu-no-Ma state room in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 30, 2019. STR / JAPAN POOL / AFP

Japan's emperor to step down in 200-year first

Apr 30, 2019 - 11:19 AM

In a set of solemn ceremonies, Emperor Akihito will abdicate in favor of 59-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito, also kicking off the new imperial "Reiwa" era that will last throughout the new monarch's reign

From Heisei to Reiwa: how Japan changed under Emperor Akihito

Apr 29, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Here are some of the ways Japan has changed dramatically during the Heisei imperial era of Akihito's rule

REIWA ERA SHIRTS. This picture taken on April 1, 2019 shows women taking their commemorative photos of the printed T-shirts with the new era name "Reiwa" distributed for free at an event in Tokyo. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Abe, Trudeau extol Pacific trade pact without U.S.

Apr 29, 2019 - 7:36 AM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership removes trade barriers among 11 nations representing nearly 500 million consumers in the Asia-Pacific region in a bid to counter China's growing economic influence

AGREEMENT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands during a joint media availability in Ottawa, Ontario, on April 28, 2019. Photo Lars Hagberg/AFP

Knives found at Japanese prince's school desk

Apr 27, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The incident comes as Japan is preparing for the abdication of Emperor Akihito, the first monarch to relinquish the throne of the world's oldest imperial family for two centuries

PRINCE. Japan's Prince Hisahito (C), accompanied by his parents Prince Akishino (L) and Princess Kiko (R), chats with his mother at Ochanomizu University junior high school before attending the entrance ceremony in Tokyo on April 8, 2019. Photo by Koji Sasahara/POOL/AFP

Japan creates first artificial crater on asteroid

Apr 26, 2019 - 9:32 AM

The Hayabusa2 probe fires an explosive device at the Ryugu asteroid early this month to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material, aiming to reveal more about the origins of life on Earth

This handout photograph received from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft and made available by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on March 6, 2019 shows stone and sand after bullets were fired into the surface to collect data by the Hayabusa2 spacecraft after landing on the asteroid Ryugu. Hayabusa2, the Japanese probe sent to examine an asteroid 300 million kilometres from the Earth for clues about the origin of life and the solar system, landed successfully on February 22, scientists said. JAXA / AFP

Ghosn wins bail in Japan but banned from seeing wife

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) Under the conditions of his bail, Carlos Ghosn must stay in Japan and must live in a court-appointed residence with cameras to monitor his movements amid fears he might try to destroy evidence

BAIL. In this file photo, former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves his lawyers' offices after he was released earlier in the day from a detention center after posting bail in Tokyo on March 6, 2019. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

2020 Japanese government scholarship applications now open

Apr 23, 2019 - 12:21 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Japanese government is now accepting applications for scholarships

Ghosn hit with fresh charge in Japan, files for bail

Apr 22, 2019 - 1:18 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese authorities charge Carlos Ghosn with aggravated breach of trust, the fourth formal indictment against him

CARLOS GHOSN. Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the office of his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka in Tokyo on April 3, 2019. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/ AFP

Japan's Abe sends offering to Yasukuni war shrine

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Yasukuni shrine, which honors 2.5 million war dead but also top World War II criminals, has frequently been a source of sour relations with countries that suffered from Japan's military atrocities

U.S., Japan meet amid standstill on North Korea

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:51 PM

(UPDATED) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is 'still in charge of the team' negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the US Department of State April 19, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Ghosn to be indicted on fresh charge – media

Apr 19, 2019 - 6:32 PM

According to sources, Tokyo prosecutors will indict the former auto tycoon on suspicion that he had used the money from Nissan for his personal investments into 30 companies

Breaking Bad: Japan professor 'made students produce ecstasy'

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:13 PM

The professor apparently told investigators he was aiming to further the 'education' of his pharmaceutical sciences students

Japan turns to foreigners to decommission Fukushima plant

Apr 18, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The step comes after Japan launched new visa statuses to attract more foreign workers and ease the impact of the nation's shrinking workforce and population

DANGEROUS. In this file photo, a staff member of the Tokyo Electric Power Company measures radiation levels between reactor unit 2 and unit 3 (Rear) at the tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture. Photo by Kimmasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Eco-friendly countries to visit on your next trip

Apr 16, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Are you an eco warrior? You may want to add these countries to your bucket list

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

Apr 15, 2019 - 4:48 PM

The delicate operation represents the first time the Tokyo Electric Power Company has pulled out fuel from inside a highly contaminated building containing the melted-down reactor, and comes 4 years behind schedule

This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017.  The Fukushima nuclear plant's operator on August 22 started freezing the last section of a $320 million ice wall designed to cut down on vast amounts of contaminated water at the site of the worst atomic accident in a generation. / AFP PHOTO / TOKYO ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY (TEPCO) / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

U.S., Japan kick off trade talks amid China deal optimism

Apr 14, 2019 - 1:44 PM

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi are set to embark on two days of talks in Washington

TRUMP AND ABE. US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference on February 10, 2017, at the White House in Washington, DC. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Japan Supreme Court rejects Ghosn appeal

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:35 PM

The court slapped down the appeal without explaining the ruling, according to media reports

APPEAL JUNKED. In this file photo, former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves his lawyers' offices after he was released earlier in the day from a detention center after posting bail in Tokyo on March 6, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan court says Carlos Ghosn detention extended until April 22

Apr 12, 2019 - 3:46 PM

The 65-year-old will be held in custody at a detention center in Tokyo until April 22, whereupon authorities will either have to press formal charges, release him or re-arrest him if they feel he has other accusations to answer

CARLOS GHOSN. This screen grab from handout video released on April 9, 2019 by representatives of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn shows him speaking in a video message recorded on April 3 before his rearrest earlier this month in Tokyo. Handout photo by representatives for Carlos Ghosn/AFP

Carlos Ghosn's wife questioned in Tokyo

Apr 11, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) Carole Ghosn has increasingly emerged as a key figure in the case surrounding her tycoon husband, who is in detention facing multiple allegations of financial malpractice

CARLOS AND CAROLE GHOSN. This picture taken on April 3, 2019 shows former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn (L) and his wife Carole (L) leave the office of his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka in Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Wreckage of missing Japan fighter jet found, pilot missing

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:13 PM

There is no word yet on the fate of the one pilot onboard the jet, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya says

FIGHTER JET. This file photo taken on October 14, 2018 shows an F-35 fighter aircraft of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force taking part in a military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground in Asaka, Saitama prefecture. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ghosn accuses Nissan executives of 'backstabbing' plot

Apr 09, 2019 - 3:38 PM

In the brief video, played by his lawyers at a press conference, Carlos Ghosn denounces a 'conspiracy' against him and says events had been 'twisted in a way to paint a personage of greed, a personage of dictatorship'

CARLOS GHOSN. This screen grab from handout video released on April 9, 2019 by representatives of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn shows Ghosn speaking in a video message recorded on April 3 before his rearrest earlier this month in Tokyo. Handout photo by Representatives for Carlos Ghosn/AFP

Virgin territory: study shows sexual inexperience rising in Japan

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The research is based on data from 7 rounds of the National Fertility Survey of Japan, carried out between 1987 and 2015, which is administered by a unit overseen by the Japanese health ministry.

Japan's Abe to visit U.S., France on pre-G20 tour

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The tour from April 22 to 29 will also include stops in Italy, Belgium and Slovakia, a foreign ministry official says

SHINZO ABE. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada on June 9, 2018. File photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Just like Mayweather, Pacquiao signs with Rizin

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The Filipino boxing legend will be 'involved in a way' in Rizin 15, which will be staged on April 21

SAME PATH. Manny Pacquiao follows Floyd Mayweather's suit by joining Rizin. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Nissan shareholders sack ex-chief Ghosn

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Nissan sacks Ghosn as chairman almost immediately after his initial arrest but an extraordinary meeting of shareholders is required to remove him from the board

CARLOS GHOSN. Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the office of his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka in Tokyo on April 3, 2019. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ghosn to name names as wife flees Tokyo

Apr 07, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The wife of ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn says he will name 'the people responsible for what has happened to him'

This picture taken on April 3, 2019 shows former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn (2nd L) and his wife Carole (R) leave the office of his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka in Tokyo. - Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will remain in custody until at least April 14, a Japanese court ruled on April 5, 2019, as prosecutors quiz him over fresh allegations of financial misconduct. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

Apr 05, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The explosive mission is the riskiest yet attempted by the Japanese space agency's Hayabusa2 probe that aims to reveal more about the origins of life on Earth.

JAPAN'S HAYABUSA2 PROBE. In this handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on April 4, 2019, researchers and employees work in the control room in Sagamihara, before the Hayabusa2 probe starts descending towards the target asteroid. Photo by Yutaka Iijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

Making a dent: Japan probe prepares to blast asteroid

Apr 04, 2019 - 4:55 PM

The mission will be the latest in a series of explorations carried out by the Japanese space agency's Hayabusa2 probe and could reveal more about the origin of life on Earth

JAXA MISSION. In this handout photograph taken and released by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on April 4, 2019, researchers and employees receive data in the control room in Sagamihara, which confirms the Hayabusa2 probe started descending towards the target asteroid. Photo by Yutaka Iijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

Ghosn tweets press conference as authorities 'mull fresh charge'

Apr 03, 2019 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese media report authorities are probing a possible aggravated breach of trust charge related to at least $32 million in Nissan funds transferred to a distributor in Oman

ANOTHER CASE. This file photo taken on September 15, 2017 shows then-Renault-Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn gesturing as he addresses a press conference in Paris. Photo by ERIC PIERMONT/AFP

Japan's new imperial couple face heavy burden of tradition

Apr 01, 2019 - 7:39 AM

Japan's incoming emperor Crown Prince Naruhito faces the delicate task of balancing tradition within the world's oldest monarchy and his own modern values

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito delivers a speech at the opening session of the Board of Governors at the Asian Development Bank's annual meeting in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on May 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI

End of an 'era': Emperor's exit resets Japan calendar

Mar 29, 2019 - 1:14 PM

The abdication of Japan's Emperor Akihito on April 30 will quite literally mark the end of an era, the Heisei era of his rule

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 25, 2018 shows Japan's Emperor Akihito smiling during the spring garden party hosted by the emperor in Tokyo. Japan's 84-year-old Emperor Akihito cancelled his official duties on July 2, 2018 after being taken ill, the country's top government spokesman said. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Toshifumi KITAMURA