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  • Toyota remains top automaker in global sales at 10.23 million vehicles, beating Volkswagen, GM

    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...
  • Q&A: A look at Japan in the Middle East and hostage-taking by Islamic State group

    Two Japanese men have been threatened with death by the Islamic State group if their government doesn't pay a huge ransom. A look at hostages and Japan, and its interests in the Middle East: ___ WHO ARE THE HOSTAGES? One seems obsessed with weapons and...
  • Faced with Islamic State group threat to kill hostages, Japan weighs whether to pay ransom

    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...
  • US nuclear cleanup specialist goes from Hanford to Fukushima

    TOKYO Working in Japan and with his family still living in Richland, Wash., Matthew McCormick has one of the longest commutes in the world. "I don't make it very often, only when family calls or the lawn needs to be mowed, that kind of stuff," he joked....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Japan and Taiwan to host new baseball tournament for top 12 national teams in November

    In a boost for baseball's bid for inclusion in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan will co-host a new international baseball tournament this year. The launch of the World Baseball Softball Confederation's Premier 12 tournament was announced in Tokyo on Monday...
  • 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...
  • Japan Cabinet OKs record budget for 2015, raises defense outlays with eye on China

    Japan's Cabinet approved the country's largest ever defense budget on Wednesday, including plans to buy surveillance aircraft, drones and F-35 fighter jets to help counter China's rising assertiveness in the region. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet...
  • Condo construction to overshadow graves of '47 ronin' samurai in Japan, spurring protests

    The "47 ronin" samurai who inspired the long-loved saga of loyalty and honor eulogized in films, books and plays are fighting a new kind of battle in urban Japan. An apartment complex is going up next to the curved tile-roofed Sengakuji temple where...