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U.S., Japan vow unity against North in 'two-plus-two' talks

The United States and Japan will step up defense cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said Thursday. "For this threat of North Korea, at this meeting we agreed to increase the pressure and to strengthen ...

Sightseeing bus runs off road in Hokkaido, injuring about 30

Aug 18, 2017

Sightseeing bus runs off road in Hokkaido, injuring about 30

Dozens of tourists were injured Friday when their sightseeing bus veered off a road and tipped over in Shimizu, Hokkaido, local firefighters said. The bus, carrying 46 tourists from Kanto region and three staff, was operated by Abashiri Kanko Kotsu, based in Ozora, Hokkaido. The accident ...

U.S. Osprey joins joint drill despite opposition in Hokkaido

/ Aug 18, 2017

U.S. Osprey joins joint drill despite opposition in Hokkaido

A U.S. MV-22 Osprey took part Friday in a joint exercise in Hokkaido between the Ground Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Marine Corps. The tilt-rotor transport aircraft joined the exercise amid local opposition spurred by the central government's decision to retract its request for the ...