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  • Islamic State deadline for killing Japanese hostages passes with no word

    Islamic State deadline for killing Japanese hostages passes with no word
    As the mother of one of two Japanese men held by Islamic State militants begged for his release Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration said Britain and Australia had agreed to help try to secure the hostages’ freedom. In a...
  • Islamic State militants: 'Countdown has begun' for Japanese hostages

    Islamic State militants: 'Countdown has begun' for Japanese hostages
    Prayers were offered Friday at Tokyo's largest mosque for two Japanese hostages threatened with beheading by Islamic militants who had demanded a $200 million ransom for their release. Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group posted an online...
  • Japan says it's looking at all possible ways to free hostages

    Japan says it's looking at all possible ways to free hostages
    Japan said Thursday it was considering all possible ways to gain the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate. The Islamic State group, in a video message seen Tuesday, said...
  • Toyota keeps title as top automaker, but VW closing the gap

    Toyota keeps title as top automaker, but VW closing the gap
    Toyota Motor Corp. stayed at the top in global vehicle sales in 2014, taking that auto industry crown for the third year straight, but was less upbeat about this year. The Japanese automaker sold 10.23 million vehicles, beating out Volkswagen and General...
  • U.S., Japan and Australia vow to oppose Russian action in Ukraine

    U.S., Japan and Australia vow to oppose Russian action in Ukraine
    United States Japan and Australia lined up together against Russia on Sunday, vowing to oppose Russian efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine during a rare trilateral meeting held at the G20 summit in Brisbane. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime...
  • Japan weighs ransom in Islamic State threat to kill hostages

    Japan weighs ransom in Islamic State threat to kill hostages
    The Islamic State group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages within 72 hours, demanding a $200 million ransom in a video posted online Tuesday that showed a knife-brandishing masked militant standing over the two kneeling captives. Prime Minister...
  • 2 Japanese hostages: How their lives got intertwined

    2 Japanese hostages: How their lives got intertwined
    One is a freelance journalist respected for his reporting on refugees and children in war zones. The other is a man who seems obsessed with guns and went to Syria to train with fighters. Despite their differing backgrounds and passions, their paths...
  • It's a hoot hanging out with owls at this Tokyo cafe

    It's a hoot hanging out with owls at this Tokyo cafe
    TOKYO (AP) — In the U.S., hanging out in a cafe with animals is such an exotic concept that people can't get enough of it. A pop-up cat cafe in New York last year had lines down the block. Online reservations for another Manhattan cat cafe are...
  • A framework for resolving Japan-China dispute over islands

     A framework for resolving Japan-China dispute over islands
    How to make sense of the dispute between Japan and China over some half a dozen uninhabited islets in the East China Sea known as the Diaoyu to the Chinese and the Senkaku to the Japanese? ------------ FOR THE RECORD: In a Nov. 30 OpEd about...
  • Japanese hostages took different routes to Syrian war zone

    Japanese hostages took different routes to Syrian war zone
    One is an independent journalist who traveled to the Middle East apparently in pursuit of his next big story. The other is seemingly a man adrift, on a quest for a new life after becoming homeless in Japan. The two Japanese men threatened with death...
  • Ramen Manichi opens in Little Tokyo: black tonkotsu, gyoza, salaryman lunch

    Ramen Manichi opens in Little Tokyo: black tonkotsu, gyoza, salaryman lunch
    Sure, you can go to Torrance, Gardena or Sawtelle for excellent ramen, but there's something lovely and almost old school about slurping a bowl of the hot noodle soup in Little Tokyo. A thriving Japanese American community for well over 100 years, there...