Japan postpones summit

TOKYO, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Japan Wednesday postponed a trilateral summit it was to host this month with South Korea and China because of Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's resignation.

Japan firm on abduction issue

TOKYO, June 26 (UPI) -- Japan remained firm Thursday on the issue of the abduction of its nationals by North Korea.

Censure motion offered against Fukuda

TOKYO, June 11 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, whose regime is fighting lagging approval ratings, was hit with an opposition-sponsored censure motion Wednesday.

Japanese officials accused of gift-taking

TOKYO, June 6 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda criticized more than 500 government officials for accepting gifts such as cash and material goods from taxicab drivers.

Japan to hold terrorism response drills

TOKYO, June 3 (UPI) -- Japan's central government and prefects were preparing Tuesday to conduct their first-ever biological and nuclear terrorism drills, a cabinet minister said.

Japan may send personnel to Afghanistan

TOKYO, June 1 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Sunday he is considering sending personnel to Afghanistan for "land-based activities."

Commercial plane will carry Japan aid

TOKYO, May 30 (UPI) -- Japan will use a commercial charter instead of military planes to airlift supplies to aid China's quake victims.
Dalai Lama stops in Japan on way to U.S.

Dalai Lama stops in Japan on way to U.S.

TOKYO, April 10 (UPI) -- The Dalai Lama stopped in Tokyo Thursday en route to the United States but Japanese leaders said there were no talks set up with the exiled Tibetan leader.
Japan opposition party delays tax vote

Japan opposition party delays tax vote

TOKYO, March 25 (UPI) -- The Democratic Party of Japan said it would block passage of a critical tax bill, due to expire Monday, ending a gasoline tax that goes toward road repair.

Japan files formal protest in rape case

TOKYO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Japan Tuesday sent an official protest to the United States deploring the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl by a U.S. Marine in Okinawa, a report said.

Korea nuke dance -- Part 2

MOSCOW, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said President Bush did not mention North Korea in his State of the Union address to send a positive signal aimed at further dialogue.
IVAN ZAKHARCHENKO, UPI Outside View Commentator

Japan suspends humpback whaling

TOKYO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A top Japanese government official said the country is suspending humpback whaling during reform talks at the International Whaling Commission.

Japanese official says he's a UFO believer

TOKYO, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- You can add the name of Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura to the list of those who definitely believe in UFOs from space.

Japan protests reporter's death in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Japan filed a formal protest with the government in Myanmar over the death of a Japanese journalist killed covering the ongoing civil unrest in Yangon.

Fukuda wins in lower house, Ozawa in other

TOKYO, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Japan’s lower house of Parliament Tuesday elected Yasuo Fukuda as prime minister, virtually assuring him of the post despite a setback in the upper house.

China, Japan to hold gas talks

BEIJING, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- China and Japan plan to hold a 10th round of talks on the energy-rich East China Sea, which both claim.

Japan, China to meet on East China Sea

TOKYO, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Japan said it will hold another round of talks with China on parts of the energy-rich East China Sea that both states claim.

U.S., Japan assure each other

SYDNEY, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said Friday his government will do all it can to extend Japan’s anti-terrorism law after its Nov. 1 expiration.

Abe reshuffles Japanese Cabinet

TOKYO, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has named one of his harshest critics to the Cabinet in a shake-up aimed at reviving his weakened administration.

Shinzo Abe to rearrange Cabinet

TOKYO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to rearrange his Cabinet following a recent defeat in the upper house election.

Japan allows U.S. nuclear-powered carrier

TOKYO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Japan has agreed to allow the United States to station a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at its Yokosuka Naval Base, starting in 2008.

S.Korea criticizes Japan PM's shrine visit

TOKYO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- South Korea's foreign minister said the Japanese prime minister's visit to a controversial war shrine made it difficult for Korea's president to visit Japan.

Japan and North Korea to talk in Beijing

TOKYO, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Japan and North Korea have agreed to open bilateral talks in Beijing on Nov. 3, Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said Wednesday. Machimura said the two nations' diplomats would discuss the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea in

Koizumi still hopes for China summit

TOKYO, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Tuesday he still hopes to hold summit talks with China despite Beijing's fury over his shrine visit last week.

Japan wants to reduce its U.N. support

TOKYO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Japan, aware that it is unlikely to win a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, will push to have its financial support of the United Nations reduced.
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