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Japan's new PM calls for better ties with South Korea, cooperation on North Korea

24 Sep 2020

TOKYO/SEOUL Japan's new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, spoke to South Korea's president for the first time on Thursday, calling for both countries to repair their frayed ties and cooperate to counter any threat from North Korea.

South Korean statue appearing to show Japan's PM bowing to 'comfort woman' angers Tokyo

28 Jul 2020

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea/TOKYO The Japanese government reacted angrily on Tuesday to a statue in South Korea that appears to depict Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, kneeling and bowing to a seated "comfort woman," a euphemism for women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels. | Video

Tokyo declares coronavirus red alert as situation 'rather severe'

15 Jul 2020

TOKYO Tokyo raised its coronavirus alert to the highest "red" level on Wednesday, alarmed by a recent spike in daily new cases to record highs, with Governor Yuriko Koike describing the situation in the Japanese capital as "rather severe". | Video

Tokyo enlists nightclub workers for Q&A-style videos to fight coronavirus

14 Jul 2020

TOKYO Alarmed by a spike in infections in Tokyo's nightlife districts, the metropolitan government has released educational videos in the form of a Q&A between nightclub hosts, a hostess and a doctor, hoping to stem the spread of the outbreak.

EU lawmakers urge Japan to end parental child 'abductions'

09 Jul 2020

BRUSSELS/TOKYO The European Parliament urged Japan to comply with international rules on child protection and to allow for joint parental custody after a number of EU citizens were denied access to their children by Japanese mothers.

Office cluster pushes Tokyo coronavirus cases to one-and-a-half-month high - governor says

24 Jun 2020

TOKYO The daily number of new coronavirus cases in Tokyo climbed to 55 on Wednesday, Governor Yuriko Koike said, the highest tally in 1-1/2 months after a cluster of infections was found at an unnamed office in the Japanese capital. | Video

Toshiba plans to sell down Kioxia stake, return much of proceeds to shareholders

22 Jun 2020

TOKYO Japan's Toshiba Corp said on Monday it planned to sell down its 40.2% stake in flash memory chips firm Kioxia Holdings and will return a majority of the net proceeds to shareholders.

Man arrested over deadly 2019 arson at Japan's Kyoto Animation

27 May 2020

TOKYO A Japanese man suspected of killing 36 people and injuring dozens in an arson attack at an animation studio last July was arrested on Wednesday after spending 10 months in hospital for treatment.

Japanese face "new normal" after coronavirus emergency lifted

26 May 2020

TOKYO A day after Japan ended its state of emergency, Tokyo residents took to the streets with a mixture of relief and trepidation as they prepared for a "new normal" of living with the novel coronavirus.

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