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Japan, Philippines Push Biden to Challenge Chinese Colonialism in South China Sea

President Joe Biden held a summit Thursday with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in which the three focused primarily on the threat communist China poses to its neighbors in the South China Sea. Ta. This summit was the first to involve the three countries and followed Kishida’s long visit […]

US, South Korea and Japan hold naval drills amid North Korea threats

South Korea, Japan and the United States conducted a long-planned joint naval exercise involving a U.S. aircraft carrier to ensure preparedness against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, the Seoul Navy announced Friday. North Korea has accelerated its weapons development, testing a solid-fuel hypersonic missile last week, and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un said Wednesday […]

Pioneering Hawaiian-born sumo champion Akebono dies aged 54 | Japan

Akebono, the first foreign sumo wrestler to reach the top of the sumo world, has passed away at the age of 54, and condolences have been expressed in Japan. Born Chad Rowan in Hawaii, the wrestler is considered a pioneer in breaking cultural barriers and becoming the first foreign athlete to compete in the centuries-old […]

Japan to give US 250 new cherry trees to replace ones in D.C. construction

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Wednesday during a visit to the White House that Japan will gift the United States with 250 new cherry trees to replace those cut down during the construction of Washington’s Tidal Basin. The city’s now-iconic cherry blossoms bloom along the Tidal Basin in front of the Jefferson Memorial and the […]

Japan Gives US 250 Replacement Cherry Trees For Tidal Basin: REPORT

Japan’s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, announced Wednesday that Japan will gift 250 cherry trees to replace the ones torn down during construction at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., the New York Times (NYT) reported. “These Japanese-born cherry trees have been sounding the arrival of spring to the city every year for over 110 years,” […]

The US must seize this week’s opportunity with Japan and the Philippines

This week, President Joe Biden will host the leaders of Japan and the Philippines, two close allies of the United States. On Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will address a joint meeting of Congress, a rare honor and symbolic of the most important U.S. bilateral relationship in Asia. Also on Thursday, Biden will meet with […]

Japan knows how to handle migrant workers

Japan will handle immigration in a practical and effective way that deters unruly behavior and maintains national identity while profiting from foreign labor.  On Friday, its government expanded the nation’s visa program to include four more industries. It also plans to bring in 820,000 foreign workers over the next five years, double what was predicted […]

CBS News shutters Tokyo bureau after over 50 years in Japan

CBS News quietly closed its Tokyo bureau this week in a last-ditch move to cut costs that could curtail the network’s China coverage, the Post reported. CBS News London bureau chief Andrew Roy — known by some at the station as “Axe” — flew to Tokyo on Tuesday to lay off staff, according to a […]

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