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Japan Parliament OKs law to allow up to 3 casino resorts

Jul 20, 2018

Japan's parliament has approved a law allowing up to three casino resorts to open by the mid-2020s

North Korea puts reunion of war-separated families in doubt

Jul 20, 2018

North Korea says an August reunion of Korean families separated by war may not happen if South Korea doesn't immediately return some of its citizens

Philippines orders Australian nun deported and blacklisted

Jul 19, 2018

The Philippine immigration bureau has ordered the deportation of an Australian nun who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies but her lawyers say they'll appeal

Didi, SoftBank set up taxi-hailing joint venture in Japan

Jul 19, 2018

Chinese mobile service giant Didi Chuxing and Tokyo-based SoftBank Corp. set up joint venture for taxi-hailing in Japan

Japan OKs 1st anti-smoking law, but seen as lax and partial

Jul 18, 2018

Japan approves 1st national smoking ban inside public facilities, but measure excludes many restaurants and bars

Executed Japanese cult founder's body cremated

Jul 9, 2018

Japanese authorities have cremated the body of doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara three days after he was executed over the 1995 subway gassing and other crimes

The Latest: Pope prays for victims of Japan floods

Jul 9, 2018

Pope Francis is praying for the victims of Japan's flooding and is encouraging civil authorities involved in search and rescue operations

Bishops call for 3-day fasting after Duterte says God stupid

Jul 9, 2018

Philippine Catholic bishops have called for fasting and prayers after the president called God "stupid" and questioned God's existence in profane remarks that set the foul-mouthed leader on a collision course with Asia's largest Catholic church

38 dead, nearly 50 reported missing as heavy rain hits Japan

Jul 7, 2018

Torrents of rainfall and flooding are battering a widespread area in southwestern Japan, with public broadcaster NHK saying 38 people are dead and 47 missing

Duterte vows to resign if anybody can prove God exists

Jul 7, 2018

The Philippine president, who sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists