Japan PM fires aide over derogatory LGBT remarks

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has fired a government aide who made derogatory remarks about LGBT couples. Masayoshi Arai reportedly said he would not want to live next to, or look at, people in same-sex relationships. Mr Arai also warned…

Japan’s PM on fire over son’s “paid’’ sightseeing trips overseas

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida came under fire on Tuesday from the opposition camp over allegation that his son used taxpayers’ money for sightseeing trips overseas. Shotaro, 32, serves as Kashida’s secretary. He was alleged by the Shukan Shincho magazine…

Freighter sinks off South Korea, several crew members still missing

At least 14 crew members have been rescued after a cargo ship sank in the sea between South Korea and Japan, a spokesperson for the South Korean coastguard said on Wednesday. He, however, said it was unclear how many of…

Suspect in assassination of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe charged with murder more than 6 months later

Japanese prosecutors formally charged the suspect in the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with murder, sending him to stand trial, a court said Friday. Tetsuya Yamagami was arrested immediately after allegedly shooting Abe with a homemade gun as…

China suspends Visas for South Koreans

China is suspending short-term visas for South Koreans seeking to visit the country in an apparent retaliation of South Korea’s new coronavirus testing requirements on Chinese visitors. The China Embassy in Seoul made the announcement Tuesday on its official WeChat…

Japan, Britain and Italy plan 6th-generation fighter jet to rival world’s most-advanced warplanes

The United Kingdom, Japan and Italy announced Friday they are teaming up to build a sixth-generation fighter jet, designed to rival or eclipse the best warplanes now employed by the likes of China and Russia – and possibly even the…

Japanese fans continue to clean up at World Cup

Social media has been agog with pictures and comments about Japanese fans at the World Cup bagging trash after the country’s matches with Germany and Costa Rica.  What some may not realise is that this is Japan’s seventh straight World…

Japan protests Chinese coastguard presence near disputed Islands

Japan said on Friday, it had filed a protest with Chinese diplomats after four Chinese coast guard boats entered the waters near the contested Senkaku Islands, known as Diaoyu Islands in China. Two Chinese vessels approached the Japan-administered islands in…

Japan’s justice minister resigns after death penalty quip

Japan’s justice minister stepped down on Friday, over a scandal in less than a month and forcing a last-minute delay for the embattled premier’s Asia tour. The justice minister, Yasuhiro Hanashi, became the second minister to leave Prime Minister Fumio…

In escalation, North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea has fired an unidentified ballistic missile over Japan, in an escalation not seen in years, prompting Tokyo to evacuate some residents in the northern prefectures of Hokkaido and Aomori on Tuesday morning. Hirokazu Matsuno, Japan’s chief Cabinet secretary,…

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