G7 officials make progress but no final deal on money for Ukraine from frozen Russian assets

Tokyo, 26 May, /AJMEDIA/ Finance officials from the Group of Seven rich democracies said Saturday they had moved toward agreement on a U.S. proposal to squeeze more money for Ukraine… Read more

More than 10,000 people have reached UK in small boats since January

Tokyo, 26 May, /AJMEDIA/ More than 10,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Britain in small boats so far this year, updated government data showed on Saturday, underlining a key challenge… Read more

U.N. court order demanding Israel halt its Gaza offensive further isolates U.S. position

Tokyo, 26 May, /AJMEDIA/ A U.N. court’s order that Israel halt its offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah has deepened a disconnect with the United States over a… Read more

Japan to join large-scale U.S. Pacific military exercise in June

Tokyo, 26 May, /AJMEDIA/ Japan’s Self-Defense Forces will join a large-scale U.S. military exercise in the Pacific for the first time in June, Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara said, amid… Read more

Tokyo Gov Koike plans to run for third term: source

Tokyo, 26 May, /AJMEDIA/ Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike plans to run in the July gubernatorial election in the hope of securing a third four-year term, a source familiar with the… Read more

Ukraine hopes to sign security pact with Japan before July NATO summit

Tokyo, 26 May, /AJMEDIA/ Ukraine hopes to sign a security cooperation agreement with Japan sometime before a NATO summit meeting in July, a senior diplomat of the eastern European country… Read more

Shrine honors cats at Japan island where they outnumber humans

Tokyo, 26 May, /AJMEDIA/ On a small island off Japan’s northeastern coast, visitors make offerings at a shrine for unlikely local guardians: cats. The “Neko Jinja,” or Cat Shrine, mythologizes… Read more

Japan is changing its yen bills soon, so beware of scam artists, government warns

Tokyo, 26 May, /AJMEDIA/ There’s a big release date coming up in Japan on July 3. It’s not a new video game, anime series, or Japanese Frappuccino, though. It’s the… Read more

UAW files objection to Mercedes vote; accuses company of intimidating workers

Tokyo, 26 May, /AJMEDIA/ The United Auto Workers on Friday accused Mercedes of interfering in a union election at two Alabama factories by intimidating and coercing workers into voting no.… Read more

‘Anora’ wins Palme d’Or, the Cannes Film Festival’s top honor

Tokyo, 26 May, /AJMEDIA/ Sean Baker’s “Anora,” a comic but devastating Brooklyn odyssey about a sex worker who marries the son of a wealthy Russian oligarch, has won the Cannes… Read more