Philippine-U.S. war games to include allies Japan, Australia

Philippine-U.S. war games to include allies Japan, Australia

(In this April 19 story, corrects to Australia, Japan second attendance in exercises.)) MANILA (Reuters) – Australian and Japanese troops are joining for the second time annual U.S.-Philippine military exercises involving thousands of troops, as the two-week drills move toward becoming multilateral…

Japan ‘covering up' Fukushima nuclear danger-zone radiation levels and blackmailing evacuees to return to radiated areas swarming with radioactive pigs and monkeys

Japan ‘covering up' Fukushima nuclear danger-zone radiation levels and blackmailing evacuees to return to radiated areas swarming with radioactive pigs and monkeys

More than seven years after the nuclear catastrophe rocked the world, many of the 154,000 people who fled their homes have not returned and towns remain deserted. Thousands of irradiated wild boars and monkeys roam around while poorly paid and protected decontamination…

EU blacklists four over financing North Korea’s arms program

EU blacklists four over financing North Korea’s arms program

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union on Thursday imposed travel bans and asset freezes on four people suspected of “deceptive financial practices” to benefit North Korea’s arms program. The move comes ahead of a planned summit between the North Korean leader, Kim…

China air force again circles Taiwan in ‘sacred mission’

China air force again circles Taiwan in ‘sacred mission’

BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) – Chinese aircraft have again flown around self-ruled Taiwan in what China’s air force on Thursday called a “sacred mission”, as Taiwan denounced its big neighbour over what it called a policy of military intimidation. Taiwan, claimed by Beijing as…

Trump, Japan’s Abe agree to intensify trade talks

Trump, Japan’s Abe agree to intensify trade talks

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday they had agreed to intensify trade consultations between the two longtime allies, with an aim to expand investment and trade between both countries. U.S….

Japan contemplates post-Abe world, but rivals’ positions still murky

Japan contemplates post-Abe world, but rivals’ positions still murky

TOKYO (Reuters) – Rivals are jockeying to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the embattled Japanese leader struggles with sinking support, but so far none have offered detailed policy alternatives to his “strong defense, strong economy” platform. FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Foreign Minister…

G7 finance ministers seek maximum economic pressure on North Korea

G7 finance ministers seek maximum economic pressure on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Group of Seven (G7) finance ministers said Wednesday that they would continue to impose maximum economic pressure on North Korea, which evades international sanctions with a network of front and shell companies to access the global financial system. “We…

Top Japanese bureaucrat resigns after allegation of sexual harassment

Top Japanese bureaucrat resigns after allegation of sexual harassment

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s top finance bureaucrat resigned on Wednesday, Finance Minister Taro Aso said, after a weekly magazine reported that he had sexually harassed several female reporters. FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Vice Finance Minister Junichi Fukuda leaves the ministry in Tokyo, Japan…

Japan casino bill to reach parliament on April 27: officials

Japan casino bill to reach parliament on April 27: officials

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s ruling coalition will submit its plan for large-scale casino resorts to parliament this month, as it pushes to get an approval for a project expected to generate billions of dollars for the country, ruling party officials said on…

Trump plugs Mar-a-Lago during Japanese PM’s visit

Trump plugs Mar-a-Lago during Japanese PM’s visit

President Trump plugged his Mar-a-Lago resort on Tuesday at the start of a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — saying that world leaders were clamoring for an invite to his fave Florida destination. “Many of the world’s great leaders request…

Japanese immigration detainees launch hunger strike over death

Japanese immigration detainees launch hunger strike over death

TOKYO (Reuters) – Foreigners held in a Japanese immigration detention center have launched a hunger strike over the death of a detainee, drawing fresh attention to conditions under which they are held. FILE PHOTO: Guards at the East Japan Immigration Center stand…

Japan PM Abe to sack top finance official accused of sexual…

Japan PM Abe to sack top finance official accused of sexual…

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided that a top finance ministry official accused of sexually harassing several female reporters must be fired, the daily Sankei newspaper reported on Monday, without citing a source. FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Prime Minister…