A Japanese foreign minister met Pope Pius XII and his secretary of state during World War II to seek mediation in a desperate bid to avert war with the United States, eight months before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Vatican documents recently seen by Kyodo News show. Yosuke Matsuoka wanted the Holy See […]

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan —   U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Ricky Rupp, Commander of U.S. Forces Japan and Fifth Air Force, and 374th Airlift Wing leadership took time to serve meals and celebrate Thanksgiving Day alongside service members and families assigned to Yokota at the Samurai […]

PHILIPPINE SEA – Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5 joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Philippine Sea for tri-lateral operations to include the first replenishment at sea (RAS) between a new Australian oiler and a U.S. aircraft carrier, Nov. 20. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and forces from […]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Japanese defense minister says a North Korean missile test-launched Friday could potentially reach the entire continental U.S. Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters that the suspected intercontinental ballistic missile flew 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) at a maximum altitude of about 6,000 kilometers (3,600 miles). He says the altitude […]

Acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai‘s latest film Suzume no Tojimari has earned US$13.5 million (1.88 billion yen) during its first three days in cinemas in Japan. This achievement places the movie . . .

You’ve seen the home kits, now here come the aways. This is where kit designers either go ‘full template’ and give a range of countries slightly tweaked versions of the same set-up, or go entirely rogue and produce some quite extraordinary shirts, for good and bad. This way to see who got things right, and […]

Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo, Japan Tomohiro Ohsumi | Bloomberg | Getty Images Stocks in the Asia-Pacific traded higher early Tuesday morning as investors digest the Bank of Japan’s summary of opinions and look ahead to the U.S. midterm elections. The Nikkei 225 in Japan rose 0.9% and the Topix was also 0.75% higher. […]

TOKYO, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Japan’s government warned on Saturday that new electric vehicle tax credits in the United States could ultimately deter further investment by the Japanese there and hit employment in the world’s biggest economy. In a comment submitted to the U.S. Treasury Department, the government raised a number of concerns about the […]

TOKYO, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Japan is in the final stages of negotiations with the United States to buy U.S.-made Tomahawk cruise missiles, the Yomiuri daily reported on Friday, citing multiple unnamed Japanese government sources. Tomahawks can hit targets from more than 1,000 km (620 miles) away, putting parts of China and the Russian Far […]

TOKYO, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The United States, Japan and South Korea warned on Wednesday that an “unparalleled” scale of response would be warranted if North Korea conducts a seventh nuclear bomb test. Washington and its allies believe North Korea could be about to resume nuclear bomb testing for the first time since 2017.

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