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Trump says expects to get trade gap with Japan fixed fast

4:16am BST

TOKYO U.S. President Donald Trump kept up pressure on Japan to cut its trade surplus with America, saying ahead of a summit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he expected some announcements, probably in August, with the trade gap straightened out rapidly.

Trade beef aside, Trump and Abe bond over burgers, sumo and golf

12:26am BST

TOKYO, Japan U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and presented a trophy to the winner of a sumo tournament, turning to personal diplomacy for the second day of a Japan visit shadowed by tough trade talk. | Video

Heartsick families of Japanese abducted by North Korea hope Trump meet will help

22 May 2019

TOKYO Takuya Yokota chokes up as he talks about a photograph of his older sister Megumi, whom he has not seen since she was abducted from a beach by North Korean agents one winter evening 41 years ago.

Hearings begin to halt dolphin hunting in notorious Japan village

17 May 2019

TOKYO Court hearings began to stop dolphin hunting in a Japanese village on Friday, with plaintiffs saying the grisly annual hunts, made famous in an Oscar-winning documentary, violate animal protection laws due to their "extreme cruelty".

Swimming - Leukemia treatment proceeding smoothly, says Japan's Ikee

08 May 2019

TOKYO Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee, considered a medal contender for the Tokyo Olympics before being diagnosed with leukemia in February, said on Wednesday her treatment is proceeding smoothly but sometimes she feels her "heart might break".

Emperor Naruhito ascends throne in Japan with 'sense of solemnity'

01 May 2019

TOKYO Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally took up his post on Wednesday a day after the abdication of his father, saying he felt a "sense of solemnity" but pledging to work as a symbol of the nation and the unity of its people. | Video

WIDER IMAGE-'Superfan' of Japan's royals has followed them for decades

29 Apr 2019

KAWASAKI, Japan, April 26 Wherever Japan's royals go, there too goes Fumiko Shirataki: in summer heat and winter cold, to the ocean and to the mountains.

WIDER IMAGE-'Superfan' of Japan's royals has followed them for decades

26 Apr 2019

KAWASAKI, Japan, April 26 Wherever Japan's royals go, there too goes Fumiko Shirataki: in summer heat and winter cold, to the ocean and to the mountains.

'Superfan' of Japan's royals has followed them for decades

26 Apr 2019

KAWASAKI, Japan Wherever Japan's royals go, there too goes Fumiko Shirataki: in summer heat and winter cold, to the ocean and to the mountains.

Japan's incoming imperial couple offers the nation something new

25 Apr 2019

TOKYO Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife, Masako, represent a lot of firsts for an imperial couple: university-educated, multilingual and with years of experience living overseas, during which Naruhito even did his own laundry.

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