Earthquake hits northern Japan, no tsunami

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit Aomori and Iwate prefecture in northern Japan early on Wednesday morning but did not cause a tsunami, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. The quake struck at around 2:46 a.m. local time (17:46 GMT). No …

Fumio Kishida elected as new Prime Minister of Japan

The Lower House of the Parliament of Japan elected the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Fumio Kishida as Japan’s 100th Prime Minister Monday, according to the vote, livestreamed on the Parliament’s website. …

North Korea tests hypersonic missile

North Korea test-fired a newly developed hypersonic missile this week, state news media KCNA reported on Wednesday, joining a race headed by major military powers to deploy the advanced weapons system

Who will cover Olympic financial loss?

The spectatorless 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games leaves a financial loss for host nation Japan, setting up talks in the coming months on filling the hole left by hundreds of millions of dollars in unsold tickets. Under the International …

Afghanistan not to take part in Tokyo Paralympics

The Afghanistan Paralympic team will not compete in the Tokyo games with all commercial flights grounded as the Taliban seizes control of the country.  "Due to the serious ongoing situation in the country, all airports are …

Heavy rain triggers floods, landslides in Japan

More than a million people were urged to seek shelter as torrential rain triggered floods and landslides in western Japan on Saturday, leaving at least one dead and two missing, France 24 reports.  Authorities in Hiroshima and the …