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US Navy Plane Carrying 11 People Crashes Into Pacific Off Japan

A U.S. Navy transporter carrying 11 people crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan on Wednesday. Search and rescue is underway for survivors, the Japan-based Seventh Fleet said in a statement. As of Wednesday morning, eight people had been rescued and were in “good condition,” The Washington Post reports. The crash happened while the plane…

North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan

North Korea fired another missile on Friday, its 15th test this year, according to South Korea’s military. Like its last test, on Aug. 28, the projectile flew over Japan. The Japanese government issued an alert via TV and cellphones, warning people to take shelter. Japan said the missile landed in the sea 1,200 miles east…

Trump: All Options On The Table For North Korea

President Trump released a statement Tuesday responding to North Korea’s missile launch over Japan, noting that “all options are on the table.” The missiles passed over northern Japan and landed in the ocean, according to several reports. “The world has received North Korea’s latest message loud and clear: This regime has signaled its contempt for…

Trump, Abe Discuss North Korea’s ‘Grave And Growing’ Threat

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke Monday about North Korea’s weapons, and “agreed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and other countries near and far,” the White House said in a statement. The 50-minute phone call came after North…

U.S., South Korea Hold Ballistic Missile Drill After North Korea Test-Fires ICBM

On Tuesday, North Korea said it has successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, calling it the “final step” in making the country a “confident and powerful nuclear state that can strike anywhere on Earth.” In response, the United States and South Korea conducted a joint ballistic missile drill to demonstrate “precision firing” capabilities, the U.S.…

Trump Meets With G7 Leaders In Italy

President Trump is at a G7 summit in the Sicilian coastal town of Taormina Friday with the leaders of Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Britain, and Canada. He started the day with a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the only leader who wasn’t with Trump in Brussels for a NATO summit on Thursday. The…

China, Russia Send Ships To North Korea

Chinese and Russian spy vessels have been sent to shadow the group of U.S. aircraft carriers that are heading toward North Korean waters, Japanese media outlets reported Monday. The move comes amid escalating tensions surrounding Pyongyang’s nuclear efforts. President Trump has described the vessels as an “armada” and said additional and more powerful submarines are…

Pence To North Korea: ‘Era Of Strategic Patience Is Over’

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned that the “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over as he kicked off his 10-day Asia tour. Speaking from a joint U.S.-South Korean base near the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea on Monday, Pence said the White House is counting on China to help ease…

Eric Trump: Nepotism Is ‘A Beautiful Thing’

President Trump’s son Eric doubled down on recent comments, indicating he believes nepotism is a “beautiful thing” days after saying it was “kind of a factor of life.” Eric Trump, who took the reigns of the family business along with his brother Donald Trump Jr., said it made sense to trust family members to look…

Eric Trump: “I’m Sure” Ivanka Influenced Daddy To Launch Syria Strikes

Donald Trump’s decision to bomb Syria was influenced by his daughter, Ivanka, being “heartbroken and outraged” at the country’s alleged chemical weapons attack, one of the president’s sons told a British newspaper. The president launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian government air base he alleged was involved in a chemical weapons attack that killed…

U.S.: North Korea Tested Rocket Again

North Korea tested a rocket engine Friday night in the latest of what appears to be a mounting effort by the Hermit Kingdom to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, U.S. officials told Reuters. The engine test was North Korea’s second such launch this month. North Korea appears to have ramped up its nuclear efforts, officials…

North Korea Fires 4 Projectiles Into Sea Of Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, with three landing in his country’s exclusive economic zone. A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman said “several projectiles” fired from North Korea’s North Pyongan province flew about 620 miles. The U.S. and South Korea are conducting…

Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld some sensitive intelligence from President Trump because of concerns about the information being leaked or compromised, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This purported move underscores distrust between the intelligence community and the new administration as a result of reports that Trump’s campaign team had contacts with…

Survivors Honor Shipmates On 75th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor

Four of the five remaining survivors of the USS Arizona will gather in Hawaii on Wednesday for a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which sank the Arizona and pulled the U.S. into World War II. There were 335 survivors from the Arizona; 1,177 of its officers and…

Japanese Prime Minister to Visit Pearl Harbor With Obama

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will join President Obama in a visit to Pearl Harbor, the U.S. navy base that was attacked by Japanese forces on Dec 7, 1941, triggering the U.S. entry to World War II. The pair will visit the base on Dec. 26 and 27. “We must never repeat the tragedy of…

Yoshinori Ohsumi Wins Nobel Medicine Prize [VIDEO]

Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work on autophagy: how cells in the human body repair themselves and detoxify. He will nab the award for “mechanisms for autophagy.” The scientist led a series of groundbreaking experiments in the early 1990s that helped researchers to understand the process…

North Korea Test-Fires Ballistic Missile From Submarine [VIDEO]

North Korea has test-fired another ballistic missile, U.S. and South Korean officials said. The missile, a KN-11 launched from a submarine, was fired toward Japan and traveled about 300 miles before landing in the Sea of Japan. The U.S. and South Korea will soon participate in annual military drills, which often provoke a response from…

North Korean Fires Missile Lands Near Japan [VIDEO]

A North Korean ballistic missile launched Wednesday landed near Japanese waters—a strike that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a “grave threat.” The missile’s landing was the first time a device fired by the Pyongyang regime has gotten close to Japan and its launch defied United Nations Security Council resolutions. The main part of the…

Stabbing Attack Leaves 19 Dead In Japan [VIDEO]

The 26-year-old Japanese man who killed 19 mentally disabled people in a stabbing rampage had written a letter to Japan’s parliament detailing his plan months before he carried out the attack. Satoshi Uematsu was fired from a facility for the disabled just outside of Tokyo. On Tuesday, he killed or injured about a third of…

Iconic Iwo Jima Photo
 Guy Mistaken

An investi-gation by the Marine Corps has determined that it wrongly identified a man in the iconic Iwo Jima photograph that features a U.S. flag being raised after a bloody battle in Japan during World War II. Seventy years later, the probe has concluded that Private First Class Harold Schultz was one of the men…

Missing Japanese Boy Found Alive [VIDEO]

The Japanese boy who went missing in a bear-filled forest last week has been found alive, officials say. Yamato Tanooka, 7, had been missing for six days after he was abandoned by his parents as a punishment. He was found by Japan’s Self-Defense Forces without injuries, but was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.

Obama Lifts US Embargo On Lethal Arms Sales To Vietnam [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama has announced the US is fully lifting its embargo on sales of lethal weapons to Vietnam, its one-time enemy. Speaking during a visit to communist Vietnam and talks with its leaders, Mr Obama said the move removed a “lingering vestige of the Cold War”. The US is trying to bolster its relationship…

Obama To Visit Hiroshima On Japan Trip In Late May

US President Barack Obama has decided after some delay to visit Hiroshima on his trip to Vietnam and Japan later this month. He will be the first US president to visit the city since its annihilation by the US in 1945. Obama will be in Vietnam and Japan from May 21 to May 28, with…

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan’s Kyushu

An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter struck 11km east of Kumamoto prefecture in the Japanese island of Kyushu, the US Geological Survey reported on Thursday (Apr 14). The quake’s epicentre was at a depth of around 10km, Japan’s earthquake agency said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, and no tsunami…

Kerry Makes Historic Hiroshima Visit [VIDEO]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry became the most senior American official to visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Japan on Monday. Kerry, in Hiroshima for the G7 foreign ministers meeting, visited the site more than 70 years after the world’s first atomic bombing killed around 140,000 Japanese. The secretary of state did…

100,000 Evacuated in Japan Flooding [VIDEO

More than 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes in Japan on Thursday after torrential rains brought by Tropical Storm Etau caused widespread flooding. At least two people are missing while television footage from public broadcaster NHK shows military helicopters rescuing the many residents still stranded in their homes. Japan issued a pre-dawn warning…

Death Threats Against Ambassador Caroline Kennedy in Japan

Japan authorities are investigating death threats against the American ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, according to Japanese media reports. “We take any threats to U.S. diplomats seriously,” said State Department deputy spokesperson. “We take every step possible to protect our personnel. We are working with the Japanese government to ensure the necessary measures are in…