Japan - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Japan 'Conspiracy bill' draws backlash in Japan over state powers TOKYO (AP) — Japan's lower house has approved a bill that allows authorities to punish those found guilty of planning serious crimes. It has been called the "conspiracy bill" by critics who worry the bill expanding state powers could be used to undermine basic civil liberties. The bill passed Tuesday still requires upper house approval.... Tue, 23 May 2017 07:38:00 GMT 2017-05-23T07:38:00Z Sony chief promises profitability, but is short on specifics TOKYO (AP) — Sony's leader promised a comeback for the Japanese electronics and entertainment company having its best profitability in two decades. "We are a company that moves people," said Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai, as he outlined the strategy for the company at its Tokyo headquarters Tuesday. But he said he cannot give away details... Tue, 23 May 2017 03:16:00 GMT 2017-05-23T03:16:00Z After 9 months in space, mouse sperm yield healthy mice CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After nine months in space, mouse sperm has yielded healthy mice, Japanese scientists reported Monday. The freeze-dried sperm samples were launched in 2013 to the International Space Station and returned to Earth in 2014. The intense radiation of space caused slight DNA damage to the sperm. Yet, after in vitro fertilization on the ground, healthy ... Tue, 23 May 2017 02:35:00 GMT 2017-05-23T02:35:00Z North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile TOKYO (AP) — North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness. It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there, an "answer" to U.S. President Donald Trump's policies. The solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile f... Tue, 23 May 2017 00:29:00 GMT 2017-05-23T00:29:00Z Brad Pitt on his absurd and serious 'War Machine' Brad Pitt says Netflix is opening up new avenues for more stories to be told. The Hollywood star was in Tokyo to promote his first made-for-Netflix film... Mon, 22 May 2017 15:07:00 GMT 2017-05-22T15:07:00Z North Korea calls latest solid-fuel missile test successful SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Monday the missile was a Pukguksong-2, a medium-to-long range ballistic missile also launched in Fe... Mon, 22 May 2017 02:49:00 GMT 2017-05-22T02:49:00Z Gatlin wins 100 meters at Golden Grand Prix in Japan KAWASAKI, Japan (AP) — Justin Gatlin clocked 10.28 seconds to win the 100 meters at a Golden Grand Prix event on Sunday. The American crossed the finish line just .03 seconds ahead of Japan's Aska Cambridge. Shuhei Tada, also of Japan, was third in 10:35. "Glad to open up my season here with a good time," Gatlin said. "I've been a littl... Sun, 21 May 2017 10:34:00 GMT 2017-05-21T10:34:00Z WBA head calls for rematch of N'Dam-Murata middleweight bout TOKYO (AP) — WBA President Gilberto Mendoza has called for a rematch of Saturday's middleweight title fight between Japanese boxer Ryota Murata and France's interim champion Hassan N'Dam. Two judges saw N'Dam win Saturday's bout 116-112 and 115-113. The third had Murata up 117-110 — the same score Mendoza had. N'Dam was awarded the bout on points. ... Sun, 21 May 2017 08:46:00 GMT 2017-05-21T08:46:00Z LL Bean's newest Bootmobile is kicking it in Japan FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean's Bootmobile is leaving North America for the first time. The four-wheeled tribute to the Maine-based retailer's iconic boot is rolling across land of the rising sun, visiting L.L. Bean's 25 stores in Japan. The first Bootmobile was created to coincide with LL Bean's 100th anniversary, and its popularity... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:16:00 GMT 2017-05-20T14:16:00Z Experts question North Korea role in WannaCry cyberattack TOKYO (AP) — A couple of things about the WannaCry cyberattack are certain. It was the biggest in history and it's a scary preview of things to come — we're all going to have to get used to hearing the word "ransomware." But one thing is a lot less clear: whether North Korea had anything to do with it. Despite bits and pieces of evidence that suggest a po... Fri, 19 May 2017 18:13:00 GMT 2017-05-19T18:13:00Z China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor BEIJING (AP) — Commercial development of the globe's huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as "combustible ice" has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. But experts said Friday that large-scale production remains many years away — and if not done properly could floo... Fri, 19 May 2017 09:48:00 GMT 2017-05-19T09:48:00Z Basquiat painting fetches record $110.5M at New York auction NEW YORK (AP) — A 1982 artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for a record $110.5 million at Sotheby's auction of contemporary art Thursday night. Sotheby's said the sale of "Untitled" was an auction record for the artist. It also set a record price for an American artist at auction. The painting's graffiti-like typography depicts a face in the shape of a skull. ... Fri, 19 May 2017 05:56:00 GMT 2017-05-19T05:56:00Z Japan's Cabinet OKs bill to let Emperor Akihito abdicate TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet approved Friday a bill to let 83-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicate and allow his elder son Crown Prince Naruhito to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne. The abdication will be Japan's first in 200 years. Akihito indicated his desire to abdicate due to his age and health concerns last August, reviving a longstand... Fri, 19 May 2017 04:44:00 GMT 2017-05-19T04:44:00Z Trump's Japan envoy pick says he's optimistic on trade deal WASHINGTON (AP) — The businessman in line to be American ambassador to Japan said Thursday that he was optimistic about reaching a deal with Japan that could mean equal or better results than the Asia-Pacific agreement that President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of after taking office. William Hagerty told the Senate Foreign Relations Committ... Thu, 18 May 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-05-18T17:39:00Z Olympic champs Meryl Davis & Charlie White join dance tour LOS ANGELES (AP) — Olympic ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White have a new gig on solid footing. They will co-star with Cheryl Burke of "Dancing With the Stars" in a 30-city live dance tour called "Love on the Floor." The four-act show portrays the story of a relationship from beginning to end, with each star performing a... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:49:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:49:00Z US admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster' TOKYO (AP) — The top American military officer in the Pacific said Wednesday that North Korea's recent military actions are "a recipe for a disaster" and warned against a sense of complacency in the face of increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Adm. Harry Harris Jr. made the remarks at a lecture for a Tokyo think tank after meeting with Japanese le... Wed, 17 May 2017 05:44:00 GMT 2017-05-17T05:44:00Z New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House next month for a summit with President Donald Trump amid worries over North Korea's progress in building a nuclear and missile arsenal, Seoul's presidential office said Tuesday. The agreement for the leaders to meet in late June followed a meeting in Seoul between ... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:55:00 GMT 2017-05-16T10:55:00Z The Latest: Cyberattack hits schools, hospital in Taiwan NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the global extortion cyberattack that hit dozens of countries (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Taiwanese state media say the WannaCry cyberattack infected computers in 10 schools, the national power company, a hospital and at least one private business. However, the Central News Agency says ... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:49:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:49:00Z North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday boasted it successfully launched a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, an escalation of its nuclear program that the U.N. Security Council warned could bring new sanctions on Pyongyang. Outsiders saw a significant technological jump in the weekend test, wi... Mon, 15 May 2017 23:52:00 GMT 2017-05-15T23:52:00Z The latest: Australia says China responsible for NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea's missile launch (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Australia's prime minister has called on China to use its leverage over North Korea to end the regime's missile testing. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday that North Korea's conduct was "... Mon, 15 May 2017 03:49:00 GMT 2017-05-15T03:49:00Z UNSC to hold urgent consultations on NKorea missile test UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council will hold urgent consultations on North Korea's latest ballistic missile test at the request of the United States, Japan and South Korea. Uruguay holds the council presidency this month and its U.N. Mission said Sunday the closed consultations will be held on Tuesday afternoon. U.S. Ambass... Sun, 14 May 2017 18:36:00 GMT 2017-05-14T18:36:00Z North Korea sends protest to US Congress over sanctions TOKYO (AP) — A North Korean parliamentary committee sent a rare letter of protest to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday over its new package of tougher sanctions. The sanctions were condemned as a "heinous act against humanity" by the foreign affairs committee of the North's Supreme People's Assembly, according to a state media report. ... Fri, 12 May 2017 21:08:00 GMT 2017-05-12T21:08:00Z Nissan annual profit rises on strong US, China, Europe sales TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co.'s profit rose by 27 percent in the fiscal year that ended in March to 663.5 billion yen ($5.8 billion), as strong sales in the U.S., China and Europe and the sale of its stake in a parts maker offset damage from the strong yen, the company said Thursday. But Nissan is forecasting a 19 percent drop in profit... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:56:00 GMT 2017-05-11T14:56:00Z New Zealand ratifies Pacific trade deal after US withdrawal WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Thursday became the second nation after Japan to ratify a Pacific trade deal that will need changes to proceed after the United States pulled out. Trade Minister Todd McClay said New Zealand is exploring alternatives for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that ratifying the deal helps keep its options open. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 10:06:00 GMT 2017-05-11T10:06:00Z Moon's rise to power in S Korea causes worries, hopes abroad SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Which of South Korea's neighbors and allies stand to benefit most from liberal Moon Jae-in's ascension to the presidency this week? It might be North Korea, which sees Moon as an advocate of a softer approach to ridding the North of nuclear weapons. This, in turn, could alarm a more conservative Washington. Beijing, meanwhile, likely hopes to win bi... Thu, 11 May 2017 00:18:00 GMT 2017-05-11T00:18:00Z S. Korea's leader willing to visit North, talk to US, China SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said as he took office Wednesday that he is open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about its aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles. Moon's softer stance on North Korea could create friction with Washington, which has swung from threats of military actio... Wed, 10 May 2017 10:08:00 GMT 2017-05-10T10:08:00Z The Latest: Philippines congratulates S. Korean president SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea's new president (all times local): 3:04 p.m. The Philippines' president has congratulated South Korean President Moon Jae-in and says his country is committed to further enhancing relations with Seoul. "On behalf of the Filipino nation, President Rodrigo Duterte wish... Wed, 10 May 2017 07:21:00 GMT 2017-05-10T07:21:00Z S. Korea's new president willing to visit rival North SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday he was open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about Pyongyang's aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles. Moon's softer stance on North Korea could create friction with Washington, which has swung from threats of military action to hints of ... Wed, 10 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT 2017-05-10T07:00:00Z The Latest: New S. Korean president hints at trip to NKorea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on South Korea's presidential election (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a congratulatory message to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, saying he looks forward to working together to develop their relationship and tackle North Korean threats. Ab... Wed, 10 May 2017 03:59:00 GMT 2017-05-10T03:59:00Z S. Koreans vote for new president to succeed ousted Park SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Millions of South Koreans headed to polls Tuesday to elect a new president, a culmination of a two-month race a trailing conservative equated to an ideological war as his liberal rival appeared poised to overturn a decade of conservative rule after a massive scandal toppled the previous leader. Conservatives worry that a victory ... Tue, 09 May 2017 04:43:00 GMT 2017-05-09T04:43:00Z