Japanese defense minister sounds alarm on North Korea
Asia / Politics

Japanese defense minister sounds alarm on North Korea

CLARK, Philippines (AP) — Japan’s defense minister asserted Monday that North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities have grown to an “unprecedented, critical and imminent” level, requiring “different responses” to the threat. The minister, Itsunori Odonera, said that this rising threat compels his country to endorse the U.S. view that “all options” must be considered, … Continue reading

Sony Music apologizes for Japanese band’s Nazi-like outfits
Celebrities / Music

Sony Music apologizes for Japanese band’s Nazi-like outfits

TOKYO (AP) — Sony Music Japan apologized Tuesday after a popular Japanese all-girls band came under fire for performing in outfits resembling Nazi-era German military uniforms. The mostly teenage members of Keyakizaka46 appeared at an Oct. 22 concert in black knee-length dresses that look like military overcoats, and black capes and officer caps with a … Continue reading

Japan princess misses school for a month for health reasons
Asia / Health / International News

Japan princess misses school for a month for health reasons

TOKYO (AP) — A granddaughter of Japan’s Emperor Akihito is not feeling well and has missed school for a month. Palace officials said Wednesday the 14-year-old Princess Aiko has been staying home since Sept. 26, after complaining of stomach problems and dizziness attributed to fatigue from studying for exams and practicing for an athletic event … Continue reading

Nobel Prize for Japanese who unraveled cell recycling system
Asia / Health / International News / Science

Nobel Prize for Japanese who unraveled cell recycling system

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Japanese biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday, Sept. 26th, for discoveries on how cells break down and recycle content, a garbage disposal system that scientists hope to harness in the fight against cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The Karolinska Institute honored Ohsumi for “brilliant experiments” in the … Continue reading

Tokyo museum exhibits Issey Miyake’s constant innovations
Art / Fashion / International News

Tokyo museum exhibits Issey Miyake’s constant innovations

TOKYO (AP) — Although he’s behind one of the biggest fashion brands to come out of Japan, Issey Miyake detests being called a fashion designer. Maybe a designer, even a sculptor, but not that frivolous, trend-watching, conspicuous consumption known as fashion. What he has pursued since he started in the 1970s is more timeless. His down-to-earth clothing is meant to … Continue reading

Ice wall at Fukushima plant switched on, but will it work?
Asia / Business

Ice wall at Fukushima plant switched on, but will it work?

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant switched on a giant refrigeration system on Thursday to create an unprecedented underground ice wall around its damaged reactors. Radioactive water has been flowing from the reactors, and other methods have failed to fully control it. The decontamination and decommissioning of the plant, damaged … Continue reading

Business

Europe stocks lower as weak China data weighs

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European stocks fell Monday amid ongoing jitters over the Chinese economy following weak manufacturing data. Japanese stocks, however, extended gains following the Bank of Japan’s decision last week to introduce a negative interest rate policy to boost lending and spur growth. KEEPING SCORE: Europe got off to a weak start with … Continue reading

Philippine leader welcomes Japan’s emperor as ties blossom
Asia / Politics

Philippine leader welcomes Japan’s emperor as ties blossom

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gave a red-carpet welcome to Japan’s emperor Wednesday in a sign of blossoming ties between the two nations, both mired in territorial disputes with China, while further moving past painful memories of Japan’s World War II aggression. Aquino and Emperor Akihito held talks at Manila’s Malacanang … Continue reading

Malaysia calls IS evil, Obama vows no safe haven for killers
Asia / International News / Uncategorized

Malaysia calls IS evil, Obama vows no safe haven for killers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama promised that Islamic extremists would find no safe haven anywhere, while the leader of Muslim-majority Malaysia branded the Islamic State group as a “new evil” that has blasphemed the religion, and urged world leaders to confront it forcefully. Obama and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak were speaking … Continue reading

Blast at Japan’s controversial war shrine injures no one
Asia / Australia & the Pacific / International News / Uncategorized

Blast at Japan’s controversial war shrine injures no one

TOKYO (AP) — An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured. The Yasukuni shrine, which honors 2.5 million Japanese war dead, including executed war criminals, has been the target of criticism from China and South Korea, … Continue reading

Asian stocks slump on Fed rate hike fears, commodity rout
Business / International News / U.S. News

Asian stocks slump on Fed rate hike fears, commodity rout

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks slid Friday following sharp losses on Wall Street as a slump in commodities markets deterred investors from riskier assets and expectations grew that the U.S. would soon move to raise interest rates. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 0.8 percent to 19,534.97 while South Korea’s Kospi shed … Continue reading