Japan

Amnesty International: China Again Leads World in Executions

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday published the 2018 edition of its annual report on the death penalty. The report found a 31 percent decrease in executions compared to 2017, “the lowest number of executions that Amnesty International has recorded in the past decade.”

WENZHOU, CHINA: CHINA OUT Chinese police show of a group of hardcore convicts at a sentencing rally in the east Chinese city of Wenzhou 07 April 2004, where 11 prisoners were later executed for various crimes. Amnesty International has called for a moratorium on the death penalty in China, saying …

Japan Recognizes Juan Guaidó as Venezuelan President

Japan recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country’s legitimate president on Tuesday, joining the over 50 democratic nations around the world to have already done so.

Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido declares himself the country's "acting president" during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro, on the anniversary of the 1958 uprising that overthrew military dictatorship, in Caracas on Wednesday. | Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images

Ariana Grande ‘Fixes’ Botched Tattoo to ‘Japanese Barbecue Finger’

Pop star Ariana Grande, who deleted an Instagram post showcasing her latest Japanese tattoo after it was revealed to mean “small charcoal barbecue” instead of “7 Rings,” claims to have “fixed” the mistake. Now the tattoo reportedly reads “Japanese barbecue finger.”

Ariana Grande and her Japanese tattoo, which she further botched to read "Japanese BBQ Finger"

Vladimir Putin, Shinzo Abe Hold Summit Seeking to Finally End WWII

Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit on Tuesday where they both affirmed their commitment to signing a peace treaty over their decades-long territorial dispute over the Russian-controlled Kuril Islands.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

Hotel Fires Half of ‘Nuisance’ Robot Staff

A Japanese hotel reportedly fired half of its nearly 250 robot staff following various complaints from guests. Henn-na Hotel, which employs various robots from check-in staff to in-room help, reportedly decided to lay off half of its robot employees after

C-3PO, the annoying robot of Star Wars fame

Japan Protests Russian Detention of Fishing Boats near Disputed Islands

Hopes that 2019 might be the year Japan and Russia finally put World War II to bed were dealt a setback on Thursday when the Japanese Foreign Ministry formally protested Russia’s “unacceptable” detention of two Japanese boats that were fishing near the contested Kuril Islands.

NEMURO, JAPAN - AUGUST 29: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) In this aerial image, Habomai Islands are seen on August 29, 2013 in Nemuro, Hokkaido, Japan. The southernmost Kuril Islands, where Japan have demanded the return from Russia. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

6.4-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Southern Japan

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of southeast Japan on Tuesday, causing moderately strong shaking in affected areas according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

IN SPACE, JAPAN - MARCH 13: In this handout image provided by NASA, a satellite view of northeastern Japan following a massive earthquake captured March 13, 2011 at 03:55 UTC as seen from Space. An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale has hit the northeast coast of Japan yesterday …

Japan Announces First Aircraft Carriers Since World War II

The Japanese government announced on Tuesday that it will deploy aircraft carriers for the first time since World War II as part of a defense strategy that will involve purchasing a great deal of American military hardware, a course of action U.S. President Donald Trump has strongly urged.

Japan's Maritime Self Defense Forces helicopter carrier Izumo sails out its Yokosuka Base in Kanagawa prefecture on May 1, 2017. Japan on May 1 dispatched its biggest warship since World War II to protect a US supply ship, one of the country's military roles expanded under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, …

Vladimir Putin Photo Calendar Sells Out in Japan

A 2019 calendar dedicated to Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have become Japan’s most popular Christmas presents, outpacing similar calendars of homegrown celebrities.

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South Korea to Dissolve Japan-Funded ‘Comfort Women’ Foundation

South Korea announced on Wednesday that it will dissolve the “Reconciliation and Healing Foundation,” established by a 2015 agreement with Japan to help the families of “comfort women” abused by Japanese soldiers during the World War II era.

South Korean protesters hold placards showing portraits of former "comfort women". The plight of the so-called "comfort women" who were forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II is an emotional issue that has marred ties