Japanese court rules ban on same-sex marriage not unconstitutional

A Japanese court on Monday ruled the country’s ban on same-sex marriage was not unconstitutional, dealing a setback to LGBTQ rights activists in the only Group of Seven nation that does not allow people of the same gender to marry. Three same-sex couples – two male, one female – had filed the case in the… Read More Japanese court rules ban on same-sex marriage not unconstitutional

U.S. President Joe Biden says willing to use force to defend Taiwan against China

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan against Chinese aggression in a comment that seemed to stretch the limits of the ambiguous U.S. policy towards the self-ruled island. While Washington is required by law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself, it has… Read More U.S. President Joe Biden says willing to use force to defend Taiwan against China

North Korea test-fires largest ICBM

North Korea conducted what is thought to be its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test ever on Thursday, the South Korean and Japanese militaries said, marking a dramatic end to a self-imposed moratorium on long-range testing. It would be the first full-capability launch of the nuclear-armed state’s largest missiles since 2017, and represents a major… Read More North Korea test-fires largest ICBM

North Korea test-fires ‘advanced’ ballistic missile

North Korea appeared to test-fire a ballistic missile on Tuesday that may be more advanced than a “hypersonic” one it launched less than a week ago, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang pursues increasingly powerful weapons. Tuesday’s launch, condemned by authorities in Washington and Tokyo and prompting an expression of concern from the U.N. secretary… Read More North Korea test-fires ‘advanced’ ballistic missile

Japan’s new PM Fumio Kishida holds first talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Friday he had agreed in his first talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping since taking office on the need to work together on issues of shared concern. “I frankly raised concerns between both countries from my side, and I suggested we should continue dialogue in the future,”… Read More Japan’s new PM Fumio Kishida holds first talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Fumio Kishida wins election to emerge Japanese prime minister and leader of ruling party

Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister, on Wednesday won the race to lead Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) party and become the next prime minister. read more The soft-spoken Kishida, 64, won a run-off against vaccine minister Taro Kono with 257 votes to 170. Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister, on Wednesday won the… Read More Fumio Kishida wins election to emerge Japanese prime minister and leader of ruling party