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Japan's new emperor speaks of 'deep remorse' in 1st speech marking WWII

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:46 PM

Emperor Naruhito's comments are monitored in Tokyo and throughout Asia for any change in tone but he closely echoed the language employed by his father Akihito

Japan's Emperor Naruhito (R) and Empress Masako (L) bow at an altar during an annual memorial ceremony to remember those lost at war, on August 15, 2019, as the country marks the 74th anniversary of its surrender in World War II.  Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

9 hurt as car rams into famed Tokyo street on New Year's Eve

Jan 01, 2019 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) With an 'intent to murder', 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe drives a small vehicle into Takeshita Street in Tokyo's fashion district of Harajuku at 10 minutes past midnight, a police spokesman says

CRIME. Police inspect a car whose driver rammed his vehicle into crowds on Takeshita street in Tokyo early January 1, 2019. Nine people were hurt, one seriously, when a man deliberately ploughed his car into crowds celebrating New Year's Eve along a famous Tokyo street, police and media said on January 1. Photo from JIJI PRESS / AFP

Mayweather takes on 'Ninja Boy' kickboxer in Japan rumble

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:18 AM

Boxing superstar Floyd 'Money' Mayweather is reportedly getting $88 million for the exhibition match against Japanese kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa

ALL FUN. Hardly threatened by kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa (right), American boxing icon Floyd Mayweather says he can complete 3 rounds ‘in his sleep.’ Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Pacific Rim nations fight to save TPP trade pact

May 21, 2017 - 11:42 AM

UPDATED Several countries try to ‘resuscitate’ the massive free trade pact even as the new US trade chief affirms President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw

NEW TRADE BLOC. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (6R) and Ministerial Representatives from 12 countries pose for a photo after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Auckland on February 3, 2016. Michael Bradley/AFP

Duterte willing to raise plight of comfort women with Japan

Aug 12, 2016 - 10:41 PM

But I cannot go there with a mindset because if I do that my language would be different Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says

PH-JAPAN TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte guides Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to the Executive Room of the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on August 11, 2016. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Japan eyes 'safe, punctual' trains for Philippines

Aug 12, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Japan s P110 billion loan for the Malolos Tutuban railway is one of the biggest Japanese yen loans ever

PRIDE OF JAPAN. This photo taken on June 8, 2016, shows a Shinkansen bullet train running in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese train system is known for its safety and punctuality, an official says. Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Chileans deal with aftermath of 8.3 quake

Sep 18, 2015 - 4:43 AM

2nd UPDATE Officials say the earthquake on Wednesday evening September 16 is the 6th strongest in the history of Chile and the most powerful anywhere in the world this year

WASHED ASHORE. A fishing boat that was ran aground by the sea while moored in the port of Coquimbo, some 445 km north of Santiago, during the eve's earthquake on September 17, 2015. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Aquino orders report on WWII 'comfort women'

Jun 05, 2015 - 1:04 PM

They are our mothers our sisters our aunts It is really incumbent upon our government to take care of our own the Philippine president says

COMFORT WOMEN. Viictims of abuse of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II and their supporters stage a picket outside the Philippine presidential palace during the meeting of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Benigno Aquino III in July 2013. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

Aquino after Nazi jab: No intention to hurt China

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:48 AM

We re just standing up for our rights the Philippine president says after comparing China to Nazi Germany

STATE VISIT. President Benigno Aquino III answers questions from business officials on June 4, 2015, at the Suiho banquet room of the Hotel New Otani for a business meeting during his state visit to Japan. Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Philippines, Japan lash out at China island building

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:21 PM

The Philippines and Japan share serious concern on unilateral actions to change the status quo in the South China Sea

JOINT STATEMENT. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose during the joint press briefing at the Sairan-no-Ma Room of the Akasaka State Guest House on June 4, 2014. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

In Japan, Aquino to meet Uniqlo CEO

Jun 02, 2015 - 7:51 PM

I hope the President can entice the CEO of Uniqlo to do more manufacturing in the Philippines the Philippine envoy to Japan says

TOP BRAND. Shoppers walk into a Uniqlo shop, known for its low-priced clothes, in Tokyo, Japan, on November 20, 2009. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Aquino to brief Japan's Abe on China case

Jun 20, 2014 - 2:26 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also be sharing views on maritime disputes with China

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (right) agree to boost maritime security in a meeting in July 2013. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Plane search stepped up as relatives demand answers

Mar 30, 2014 - 7:24 PM

Eight ships – the largest number so far – and 10 planes from six countries were sweeping a vast expanse of the southern Indian Ocean off Australia for wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777

SEARCHING. This handout photo taken on March 9, 2014 shows Malaysian Maritime Enforcement personnel looking through binoculars during search and rescue operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 777-200. Photo by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement/AFP

New Zealand PM wants Japan apology in whaling row

Feb 11, 2014 - 2:00 PM

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he wants Japan to apologize over a whaling ship entering Wellington s exclusive economic zone

New Zealand summons Japanese diplomat in whaling spat

Feb 10, 2014 - 9:46 AM

Officials in Wellington called in the Japanese embassy s deputy head of mission Friday February 7 to make clear their displeasure at the Shonan Maru 2 s presence in the EEZ

PM Abe wins big in Japan upper house poll

Jul 22, 2013 - 7:35 AM

UPDATE Win strengthens Abe s hand as he tries to push through painful but necessary structural reforms aimed at dragging Japan out of two decades of economic malaise

Pentagon chief visits China, Japan, NZ

Sep 14, 2012 - 10:02 AM

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visits China Japan and New Zealand as part of a US bid to shift its balance towards the Asia Pacific region

PACIFIC SECURITY. Pentagon chief Leon Panetta discusses security in the Asia-Pacific at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Photo from defense.gov