Tokyo - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Tokyo 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 Tokyo jeweler offers gold Darth Vader masks for $1.4 million TOKYO (AP) — "Star Wars" fans with deep pockets might consider it a golden opportunity. A Tokyo jewelry store is offering life-size Darth Vader masks made of 24-karat gold at a hefty price of 154 million yen ($1.4 million) to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the first "Star Wars" movie. The creation measures 26.5 centimeters ... Mon, 01 May 2017 10:47:00 GMT 2017-05-01T10:47:00Z The Latest: Trump says China putting pressure on North Korea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile (all times local): 8:38 a.m. Sunday President Donald Trump says he believes China's president has been putting pressure on North Korea as it pursues its missile and nuclear weapons programs. In an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation," Trump say... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:43:00 GMT 2017-04-29T23:43:00Z The Latest: Tokyo subway temporarily closed over N. Korea SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile Saturday (all times local): 1:05 p.m. One of Tokyo's major subways systems says it shut down all lines for 10 minutes early Saturday after receiving warning of a North Korean missile launch. Tokyo Metro official Hiroshi Takizawa says the tempora... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:01:00 GMT 2017-04-29T04:01:00Z BOJ keeps lax monetary policy, forecasts steady growth TOKYO (AP) — Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018. The Bank of Japan said demand spurred by preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will help support growth in the coming year or two. But the... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:43:00 GMT 2017-04-27T04:43:00Z The Latest: Chinese media warn N. Korea against nuke test PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local): 1:05 p.m. A ruling Chinese Communist Party newspaper is warning North Korea against conducting another nuclear test, saying that would likely propel events past the "point of no return." In an editorial Tuesday, the Global ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:35:00 GMT 2017-04-25T04:35:00Z North Korea quiet amid expectation of missile follow-up PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A U.S. guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the U.S., Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea prepared to mark the anniversary of the founding of its military. Although a major event around the anniversary was viewed as possible, the morning came and went without any nuclear te... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:22:00 GMT 2017-04-25T03:22:00Z The Latest: Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 5:55 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will be visiting the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on Thursday as part of his visit to Indonesia. The vice president's office says he will be touring the largest mosque in Indonesia and par... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:59:00 GMT 2017-04-19T08:59:00Z The Latest: Pence, on US carrier, pledges to defend Asia TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Wednesday U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has once again pledged the Trump administration's commitment to defending its allies in Asia from North Korea and any other threats. Speaking to U.S. and ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:10:00 GMT 2017-04-19T02:10:00Z The Latest: Pence, Japanese leaders begin talks in Tokyo TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 3:40 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso are kicking off a new U.S.-Japan economic dialogue that was launched during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's meeting with President Donald Trump i... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:53:00 GMT 2017-04-18T06:53:00Z Pence visits Japan, turning focus to trade with key ally TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese leaders began talks Tuesday expected to focus largely on trade with America's anchor ally in the region, though tensions with North Korea loomed large. Pence reassured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the U.S. considers its alliance with Japan to be a cornerstone of security in the region. "We appreci... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:01:00 GMT 2017-04-18T06:01:00Z Last Doolittle Raider, 101, recalls attack 75 years later CINCINNATI (AP) — At age 101, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole says his memories are vivid of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders mission that helped change the course of World War II. Now the sole survivor of the original 80-member group, Cole recalls the excitement of learning the bombing target they had been secretly training for was Japan itself. ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 15:23:00 GMT 2017-04-16T15:23:00Z Toshiba says Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection TOKYO (AP) — Japan's embattled Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of massive red ink. Toshiba said in a statement that it filed the Chapter 11 petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of New York. The move had been largely ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-03-29T18:30:00Z Take that! Pyongyang lambastes Trump as too much like Obama TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn't expecting: He's too much like Barack Obama. North Korea's state media, which regularly vilified Obama in the strongest terms, had been slow to do the same with the Trump administration, possibly so that officials in Pyongyang could figure out what direction Trump will likely take and w... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:25:00 GMT 2017-03-23T06:25:00Z Japan, Russia bolster cooperation, urge NKorean restraint TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Russia agreed Monday to step up work toward resolving a longstanding territorial dispute through cooperation in a range of areas. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, also joined in urging North Korea to refrain from "provocative actions" and to abide by United Nations resolutions demanding an end to its n... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:29:00 GMT 2017-03-20T14:29:00Z Tillerson gets a look at NKorea at the DMZ between Koreas CAMP BONIFAS, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the world's most heavily armed border, greeting U.S. soldiers on guard near the tense buffer zone between rivals North and South Korea. Tillerson touched down by helicopter Friday at Camp Bonifas, a U.S. base about 400 meters (438 yards) from the Demilitarized Zone, a Cold War ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:39:00 GMT 2017-03-17T07:39:00Z Fukushima confirmed as venue for Tokyo 2020 baseball TOKYO (AP) — Organizers on Friday confirmed that baseball and softball games for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held in Fukushima, an area hit by the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster. The International Olympic Committee approved the use of Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium as an additional venue for baseball and softball. The IOC an... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:09:00 GMT 2017-03-17T06:09:00Z Tillerson says NKorea 'need not fear' United States TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on North Korea on Thursday to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, saying the isolated nation "need not fear" the United States. Tillerson made that declaration after meeting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo, where they discussed possible new approaches in dealing wit... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:50:00 GMT 2017-03-16T11:50:00Z The Latest: NKorean diplomat blames US for rising tension TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's Asian tour (all times local): 6.48 p.m A North Korean diplomat in China says Pyongyang must act in self-defense against the U.S. and South Korea's joint military drills, which he said have brought the region to the brink of nuclear war. Minister Pak Myong-h... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:56:00 GMT 2017-03-16T09:56:00Z US envoy makes 1st Asia trip as anxiety rises over NKorea TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday began a three-nation tour of Asia where anxiety is rising over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, along with questions over how the Trump administration will tackle one of its sternest national security challenges. Tillerson flew to his first stop in Japan as the U.S., Japanese and S... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:09:00 GMT 2017-03-15T14:09:00Z Trauma to lives, economy from tsunami persists 6 years on TOKYO (AP) — Six years ago, more than 18,000 people died or went missing as a tsunami triggered by a massive quake engulfed coastal areas of northeastern Japan. Tens of thousands more people's lives were unraveled when they lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods. The displacement widened as entire communities fled after meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclea... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:31:00 GMT 2017-03-11T09:31:00Z Surprising Israel prepares for 2nd round at WBC TOKYO (AP) — On a World Baseball Classic high, Israel will be aiming to extend its unexpected run at the tournament when it arrives in Tokyo for the second round after winning its first three games in Seoul. Team Israel beat 2009 silver medalist South Korea 2-1, Taiwan 15-7 and a Netherlands team that included such bona fide major leaguers as Didi Gregori... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMT 2017-03-10T14:00:00Z Asian shares mixed, Seoul up after Park impeachment affirmed SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Friday as a weaker yen pushed Tokyo's benchmark higher. South Korea's Kospi edged higher after the Constitutional Court decided to remove the country's president for the first time in history. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.3 percent to 19,575.34 and South Korea's Kospi added 0.2 percent t... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:05:00 GMT 2017-03-10T04:05:00Z MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says WBC on solid ground TOKYO (AP) — The commissioner of Major League Baseball on Tuesday denied reports that 2017 would be the last edition of the World Baseball Classic, saying the tournament is as popular as ever. The fourth edition of the tournament run by MLB and the players' association began in Seoul on Monday. Japan will kick off its campaign on Tuesday against Cuba at Tokyo Dome. ... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:10:00 GMT 2017-03-07T11:10:00Z Rule change could make Abe longest-serving leader in Japan TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ruling party approved a change in party rules Sunday that could pave the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to become the country's longest-serving leader in the post-World War II era. It is a remarkable turnaround for Abe, who lasted only a year during an earlier stint as prime minister, and in a country that had six prime ministers i... Sun, 05 Mar 2017 05:31:00 GMT 2017-03-05T05:31:00Z Asian shares climb on back of Wall Street highs TOKYO (AP) — Shares rose in Asia on Thursday after investors bet big on U.S. stocks overnight, pushing the major indexes to record highs. Tokyo shares were buoyed by the dollar's gain against the Japanese yen. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 stock index advanced 0.9 percent to 19,115.54 and the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong added 0.5 percent to 23,889.34... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:02:00 GMT 2017-03-02T06:02:00Z Fans in Japan rush to get Murakami book with esoteric title TOKYO (AP) — Fans of Haruki Murakami rushed to Japanese bookstores Friday to get his latest work with an esoteric title. "Kishidancho Goroshi," or "Killing Commendatore," is a two-part story about a 36-year-old portrait painter and what happens after his wife divorces him and he moves into an old house on a mountainside west of Tokyo. The mysterious events include meeting a ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:06:00 GMT 2017-02-24T10:06:00Z The Latest: Japanese cult also used VX nerve gas KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local): 12:55 p.m. Malaysia's national police chief says authorities will decontaminate the airport where Kim Jong Nam was killed with a nerve agent 11 ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:57:00 GMT 2017-02-24T04:57:00Z Robot probes show Japan reactor cleanup worse than expected TOKYO (AP) — Robot probes sent to one of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear reactors have suggested worse-than-anticipated challenges for the plant's ongoing cleanup. The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the remote-controlled "scorpion" robot was sent into the Unit 2 reactor's containment vessel Thursday to investigate the area around the core that had melted si... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:50:00 GMT 2017-02-17T09:50:00Z Birdies, pars and diplomacy: Trump and Abe to play golf TOKYO (AP) — If they stick to schedule, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump will spend more time on the fairways than at the White House. After facing off on some divisive issues in Washington on Friday, they jet to Florida, where they will turn to something they have in common on Saturday: a love of golf. ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:17:00 GMT 2017-02-10T13:17:00Z