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Linda Sieg

South Korea urges dialogue with Japan in measured World War Two anniversary message

Aug 15 2019

SEOUL/TOKYO On the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, South Korea's president on Thursday urged Japan to contemplate its wartime past and offered to engage in talks to repair strained ties, while Japan pledged to never repeat the horrors of war. | Video

Japan, led by less apologetic generation, stays tough in South Korea feud

Aug 08 2019

TOKYO When Yohei Kono made a landmark 1993 apology to "comfort women", many of them Koreans, forced to work in wartime military brothels, Japan's then chief cabinet secretary spoke for a moderate conservative mainstream seeking to reconcile with Asian neighbors.

Japan actor-turned politician aims for real-life starring role

Jul 31 2019

TOKYO Japanese actor-turned-politician Taro Yamamoto is angling for a new real-life role in which he leads his novice party and allies to victory, ousts long-ruling conservatives and takes over as premier within the next few years.

Japan's pro-constitution reform forces fall short of two-thirds upper house majority: NHK

Jul 24 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won a solid majority in an upper house election on Sunday but his coalition and allies fell short of a two-thirds majority needed to begin revising the pacifist constitution, public broadcaster NHK said.

Takeaways from Japan poll: diplomatic challenges and diversity

Jul 24 2019

(Corrects July 22 story inserting "male" in 12th paragraph to show that Taiga Ishikawa became country's only openly gay male parliamentarian)

Takeaways from Japan poll: diplomatic challenges and diversity

Jul 24 2019

(Corrects July 22 story inserting "male" in 12th paragraph to show that Taiga Ishikawa became country's only openly gay male parliamentarian)

Japan's Abe says will make every effort to reduce tension with Iran

Jul 22 2019

TOKYO Japan wants to make every effort to reduce tension between the United States and Iran before responding to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to guard strategic waters off Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.

Explainer: Japan's Abe faces headache from U.S. plan for Mideast maritime coalition

Jul 18 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a tough diplomatic challenge from an expected U.S. request to send its navy to join a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.

Japanese women are running for parliament in record numbers, but face many obstacles

Jul 15 2019

NIIGATA, Japan When anti-nuclear activist Junko Isogai ran for office in Japan's northern Niigata region, it had an awkward dimension: not just stump speeches and chats with constituents, but entertaining potential backers.

Japan export curbs on South Korea may widen rift over wartime labor compensation

Jul 12 2019

TOKYO Japan's restrictions on certain tech exports to South Korea are deepening a decades-long feud over wartime forced labor and may make compromise harder as leaders in both countries appeal to their political bases.

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