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  • Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations

    Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the pledge at a two-day meeting with the island...
  • Japan's first lady visits controversial shrine to war dead

    Japan's first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression. Prime Minister Shinzo...
  • Island of Pagan opposes plan to use it for Marine invasion training

     Island of Pagan opposes plan to use it for Marine invasion training
    The tiny Pacific island of Pagan is a lost world of deserted black sand beaches, feral pigs and huge fruit bats. Two active volcanoes, one at each end of the spoon-shaped isle, rise over a deep blue horizon. A rusting Zero fighter plane lies near a...
  • China suspends TV drama over plot of crotch grenade

    A Chinese television drama got pulled off the air following a public outcry over a plot in which a hidden grenade is pulled from a woman's crotch during an amorous scene. The country's regulating agency — the State Administration of Press,...
  • Japan ups ante in race to boost influence in Asia with cash

    Vying to keep pace with China's rising influence and economic clout, Japan plans to provide $110 billion to help develop roads, ports and other infrastructure in Asia in the next five years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. Abe announced the...
  • Senators get creative to protect industries in trade debate

    In Congress' roiling debate over trade, one senator calls his efforts to protect the U.S. catfish industry a matter of averting "the dangers of exposure to foreign agriculture drugs." Another senator, trying to help Michigan's auto making industry, talks...
  • Asia-Pacific militaries seek to develop amphibious skills

    Japanese Maj. Gen. Jiro Hiroe turned to numbers to explain to his counterparts from other nations why Japan is developing the skills to move troops from sea to shore: his nation has 6,852 islands and 6,414 of them are uninhabited. "Therefore developing...
  • AmericanWarrior flight honors local WWII veteran

    Bill Karosi was a young man who wanted to fight for his country and signed up with the U.S. Navy in 1943, as soon as he was 18. He served during World War II on the LSM 79, a landing ship in the Pacific preparing for the invasion of Okinawa. An invasion...
  • Japan plans to scale back stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    Japan plans to scale back the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as the government runs short of money and time, the country's sports minister said Monday. Hakubun Shimomura said a planned retractable roof wouldn't be built in time for the games,...
  • Okinawa governor hopes US will heed base plan protests

    The governor of the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa said Wednesday that he would head to Washington to convey local objections to a plan to relocate a U.S. air base. A plan set in 1996 would move U.S. Marine Air Station Futenma to a less...
  • Japan economy gathers pace in 1Q as recovery takes hold

    Japan's economy grew at a faster-than-expected 2.4 percent annual pace in the January-March quarter, suggesting a recovery is gaining traction despite persisting weakness in corporate and household spending. About 2 percentage points of the first...