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Trump says Japan's Softbank will invest 50 billion dollars in US

US president-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that Japanese telecommunications giant Softbank will invest 50 billion dollars in the United States.

North Korea ups military ante in response to sanctions

North Korea has carried out a series of military exercises simulating attacks on South Korean military bases and the country's central government, North Korean state media reported on Friday.

Olympic organizers keep rowing, canoe sprint, swimming in Tokyo

Olympic organizers for the 2020 Games in Tokyo agreed Tuesday to keep the rowing, canoe sprint and swimming venues at their planned sites in Japan's capital.

310,000 chickens to be killed in Japan after bird flu confirmed

Authorities began culling 310,000 chickens at a farm on the Sea of Japan coast early Tuesday after a highly pathogenic strain of H5 avian influenza was detected in five birds, local authorities...

Reports: Japanese Defence Ministry, military hit by cyberattack

The Japanese Defence Ministry and the military have suffered a "very serious" cyberattack that enabled a hacker to penetrate its computer system, local media reported on Monday.

Nuclear uncertainty looms large in Asia after Trump election victory

During his US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump suggested Japan and South Korea should go nuclear amid threats from North Korea. Asian countries are anxiously watching as the US...

Japan files protest over Russia missile deployment on disputed isles

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed displeasure over Russia's recent deployment of missile systems on islands disputed with Moscow.

Tokyo sees first November snow in 54 years

Tokyo residents experienced the first November snowfall in 54 years on Thursday as a cold air mass brought snow to eastern Japan, weather authorities said.

Strong earthquake hits north-eastern Japan, no tsunami threat

A magnitude-6.1 earthquake rattled north-eastern Japan early Thursday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Thousands rush to higher ground after tsunami warning in Japan

Thousands of residents moved quickly to higher ground Tuesday after a tsunami warning was issued following a magnitude-7.4 earthquake off north-eastern Japan, the same region hit by a huge quake...

Strong earthquakes rattle New Zealand

New Zealand was struck by several large earthquakes on Tuesday, with a 5.7 magnitude quake jolting residents near Christchurch just hours after a 5.4 magnitude quake hit the east coast of the...

Tsunami warning issued after huge quake hits north-eastern Japan

A magnitude-7.3 earthquake rocked north-eastern Japan early Tuesday, prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning in Fukushima prefecture.

Japanese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan with mandate to use force

The first batch of 130 Japanese peacekeepers arrived in South Sudan on Monday to support the UN mission and with a mandate to use force for the first time since World War II.

Trump, Japanese premier Abe hold "very candid" discussion

Japan expressed satisfaction on Friday following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s face-to-face talks with Donald Trump in New York, despite remarks made during the president-elect's campaign which...

Japan, India ink controversial nuclear pact

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday in Tokyo, despite public opposition to the pact in the two countries....