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Japan's new PM sends ritual offering to war-linked Yasukuni shrine
TOKYO - Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday sent a ritual offering to Yasukuni, a Shinto shrine in Tokyo viewed as a symbol of Japan's past militarism by its Asian neighbors.
The "masakaki" tree offering was made under his name as prime minister to celebrate the shrine's biannual festival held in the spring and autumn.
N. Korea may test long-range missile over next year: U.S. report
WASHINGTON - North Korea may resume long-range ballistic missile tests over the next year, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency says in a report analyzing the country's military capabilities, warning that Pyongyang will continue to pose a "critical security challenge" for the United States and its allies.
The report, which was released Friday, is the latest warning about North Korea's efforts to beef up its military power despite not having tested intercontinental ballistic missiles or nuclear devices over the past several years.
Japan's PM Kishida visits crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant
TOKYO - Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday visited the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for the first time since taking office to inspect progress in decommissioning it.
Kishida told executives of the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., that decommissioning is a "prerequisite for reconstruction" of Japan's northeastern region, devastated by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis in 2011.
Japanese Princess Mako attends last rite as imperial family member
TOKYO - Japanese Princess Mako on Sunday visited the Imperial Palace to attend an annual ritual ceremony, her last as an imperial family member as she is scheduled to marry her commoner boyfriend later this month.
Princess Mako, 29, whose fiance Kei Komuro returned from the United States last month, entered the palace by car with her younger sister, Princess Kako. Sitting side by side in the back seat, the princesses opened the window to wave with a smile at people who had gathered along the road in the rain.
Man arrested over stabbing murder of ex-wife in western Japan
KOBE - A 33-year-old man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of stabbing his former wife to death on the premises of her apartment building in the western Japan city of Amagasaki, police said.
Kyohei Morimoto has admitted to the allegations, saying, "I stabbed her with the intention of killing her," according to the police.
Judo: Japan wins 4 of 7 weight classes on Day 1 of Paris Grand Slam
TOKYO - Japanese judoka won four of the seven gold medals on offer on the opening day of the Paris Grand Slam judo tournament on Saturday.
Wakana Koga, who took the women's 48-kilogram silver at the world championships in June, defeated France's Melanie Legoux Clement by ippon in the final of her weight class for Japan's first gold in the 50th edition of the International Judo Federation event.
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