YOKOSUKA, Japan — A Japanese industrial group unveiled Thursday a swimming robot designed for underwater probes of damage from meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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By Mari Yamaguchi The Associated Press
TOKYO — Japan’s ruling party urged the government Thursday to consider arming the country with more advanced and offensive capability, such as striking enemy targets with cruise missiles, further loosening the self-defence-only military posture Japan has had since the end of World War II.
TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Akihito’s video message this week, though subtle, suggested that he wishes to abdicate, and the attention now goes to his elder son, the first in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne.
TOKYO — Japan’s emperor expressed concern about fulfilling his duties as he ages in an address to the public Monday that was remarkable for its rarity and its hinted possibility that he may want to abdicate in a few years.
HIROSHIMA, Japan — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries, meeting Monday in the atomic-bombed Japanese city of Hiroshima, called for a renewed push for flagging nuclear disarmament efforts as they wrestled with some of the intractable global problems facing their nations.
TOKYO — Two British ships arrived in eastern Japan on Monday to transport a shipment of plutonium enough to make dozens of atomic bombs to the U.S. for storage under a bilateral agreement.
TOKYO Five American veterans who took part in the firebombing of Japan during World War II saw photos of levelled homes and stacks of charred bodies Wednesday at a museum dedicated to the victims, and said the outcome on the ground of their missions was awful.
TOKYO In 1944, the two men were in northeastern India as foes, fighting one of harshest battles of World War II between Japan and Britain. More than 70 years later on Thursday, they shook hands and sipped tea in Tokyo.
TOKYO A man in his 40s who worked at the Fukushima nuclear plant after the 2011 disaster is the first person confirmed to have developed cancer from radiation exposure, Japan confirmed Tuesday.
The Health and Labor Ministry said the man, who wasn’t identified further, has received government approval for compensation for the radiation-induced illness.