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Enduring Image of the G7: Merkel Staring Down Trump

German chancellor's Instagram account posts photo of tense leaders at summit

(Newser) - Amid the inevitable landslide of photos that emerges from any G7 summit, there's one in particular from the latest contentious such event that's raising some eyebrows, and it comes courtesy of the German chancellor's official Instagram account. In it, Angela Merkel sternly stares down President Trump as... More »

Trump: 'I Don't Think I Have to Prepare Much' for Kim Summit

And more big lines from president's appearance with Japan PM Shinzo Abe

(Newser) - Heading into his North Korea summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump said Thursday that "attitude" is more important than preparation as he looks to negotiate an accord with Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, the AP reports. Preparing to depart Washington for the next week's... More »

Netanyahu Hosted Japan's PM for Dinner. The Dessert Stunned

Not in a good way, though, as shoes are looked down upon in Japanese culture

(Newser) - On Monday, Israeli celebrity chef Segev Moshe proudly posted a pic on Instagram showing off his latest creation: what looked to be a man's shoe filled with a "chocolate selection from the world." Per the Washington Post , it was Moshe's dessert offering for a May 2... More »

Japan's Abe on Shaky Ground as He Returns to Meet Trump

Japanese leader is plagued by scandals amid calls for his resignation

(Newser) - Japan's Shinzo Abe became the first foreign leader to meet President Trump after the US election, and he returns for another face-to-face on Tuesday. As CNN notes, Abe sorely needs to score some points with voters back home. Trump may be facing strong political headwinds of his own, but... More »

Trump, Abe Make Fishy Faux Pas

What restraint?

(Newser) - It's probably one of the most-repeated phrases when teaching kids about how to feed fish: just a pinch. It's a directive President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe most definitely did not follow while the two visited the Akasaka palace's koi carp pond Monday. The Guardian ... More »

In Tokyo, Trump Blasts 'Weak Rhetoric' of Past on N. Korea

His 'very strong' rhetoric includes saying the North is 'threat to the civilized world'

(Newser) - President Trump ratcheted up the pressure on North Korea on Monday, refusing to rule out eventual military action and declaring that the US "will not stand" for Pyongyang menacing America or its Asian allies. Trump, in Tokyo on the first stop of his lengthy Asia trip, denounced North Korea... More »

Re-Elected Japanese PM Plans Big Change to Military

Abe has promised a hard line on North Korea

(Newser) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cruised to re-election victory Sunday on a promise to take a hard line against Pyongyang, and he says the country will now "dramatically show counter-measures against the North Korea threat." Abe said Monday that action against North Korea will be discussed with... More »

N. Korea's Spies Took Her in '77. Trump Wants to Help Find Answers

President to meet with parents of Japan's Megumi Yokota, snatched at age 13 to serve as tutor

(Newser) - Forty years ago, a Japanese teen was abducted while walking home, one of at least 17 people kidnapped by North Korea in the '70s and '80s to serve as language and cultural tutors to the nation's spies. Now, President Trump has plans to meet with Megumi Yokota'... More »

Seoul Responded to Latest Pyongyang Launch Within Minutes

Test shows Guam is now in range, experts say

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for "direct actions" against North Korea from oil suppliers China and Russia after the country launched another missile over Japan early Friday. China and Russia "must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own,"... More »

N. Korea Launches Missile That Lands Near Japan

It traveled 45 minutes and 620 miles

(Newser) - North Korea continues to defy warnings to quit messing with missile tests, this time with an apparent launch into the sea near Japan, the AP and Reuters report. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the missile, which was launched Friday night, looks to have landed in the country's exclusive... More »

Trump Meets With Xi Jinping, Calls Out North Korean 'Menace'

More from the G20 summit

(Newser) - President Donald Trump assailed North Korea as a "problem and menace" Saturday as he met with Asian allies on the sidelines of an international summit to find consensus on next steps after Pyongyang's recent test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. "Something has to be done about it,... More »

Japan PM Issues Sarin-Gas Warning About North Korea

As concern mounts that another missile test is imminent

(Newser) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Thursday that North Korea may be capable of firing a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas toward Japan, as international concern mounted that a missile or nuclear test by the authoritarian state could be imminent. "There is a possibility that North Korea is already... More »

Another Test Increases Worries Over North Korea

Pyongyang performs second ballistic missile engine test

(Newser) - "North Korea is continuing its activities to sophisticate its missile capability," a rep for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says, and the latest report from CNN seems to back that up. It cites two unnamed defense officials in reporting that North Korea performed another test of... More »

Japan: North Korean Missile Landed 190 Miles From Coast

Tokyo says it was an 'extremely dangerous action'

(Newser) - North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 620 miles, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials say. The move was an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that... More »

Trump Stands With Japan '100%' as Korea Fires Missile

President is hosting PM Shinzo Abe during Pyongyang's latest show of defiance

(Newser) - North Korea appeared to fire a ballistic missile Sunday in an implicit challenge to President Trump, who stood with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe as the latter called the move "intolerable." There was no immediate confirmation from the North, which had recently warned it was ready to test its... More »

Japan PM to Join Obama for Historic Pearl Harbor Visit

Both men will lay a wreath at USS Arizona Memorial

(Newser) - Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where the bloodshed of the surprise attacks drew America into World War II. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit Tuesday with President... More »

Shinzo Abe Headed to Pearl Harbor to 'Comfort Souls'

It will be first time a Japanese leader has visited the site in Hawaii

(Newser) - Right after Christmas comes a first for the US: a Japanese leader will visit Pearl Harbor. The Straits Times reports that PM Shinzo Abe will be in Hawaii for two days at the end of December to meet with President Obama, and he'll make a stop at the site... More »

Pyongyang Fires Missile Into Japanese Waters

Seoul experts say they could be aiming for US bases

(Newser) - A medium-range ballistic missile fired Wednesday by North Korea flew about 620 miles and landed near Japan's territorial waters, officials in Tokyo and Seoul say. This was one of the longest flights by a North Korean missile, and the US Strategic Command says North Korea fired two presumed Rodong... More »

Obama Pardons 'Abe' the Turkey, and the Chinese ... Gloat

That was Abe as in Abe Lincoln, but the Chinese had a different interpretation

(Newser) - President Barack Obama's pardoning of a turkey named "Abe" this Thanksgiving has led some Chinese to gloat at the Japanese prime minister's expense. As part of a peculiar annual tradition at the White House, Obama on Wednesday granted amnesty from the dinner table to two turkeys named... More »

Japan Close to Nixing 70-Year Ban on Fighting Overseas

Protesters demonstrate against parliamentary reversal of 'defense only' stance

(Newser) - Japan's parliament today attracted protesters and opposition lawmaker walkouts after its lower house voted to allow the country's military to fight overseas, a power eschewed since WWII, the New York Times reports. A package of 11 security-themed bills supported by PM Shinzo Abe and the US—and given... More »

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