Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako pray at a memorial ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II at Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo on Aug. 15, 2022. (Pool photo) (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

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Japan marks 77th anniversary of WWII end as Russia's war continues

TOKYO - Japan on Monday marked the 77th anniversary of its surrender in World War II as Russia's nearly six-month-old invasion of Ukraine brings renewed attention to the importance of peace.

A government-sponsored ceremony to mourn the around 2.3 million military personnel and 800,000 civilians who perished in the war on the Japanese side started before noon in Tokyo, though in a scaled-back form for the third straight year as the country faces another wave of the coronavirus pandemic.


Japan April-June GDP grows annualized 2.2% with lack of COVID curbs

TOKYO - Japan's economy in the April-June period grew a real 0.5 percent from the previous quarter, or an annualized 2.2 percent, on the back of recovering private consumption following the removal of coronavirus restrictions in March, government data showed Monday.

Real gross domestic product, the total value of goods and services produced in a country adjusted for inflation, expanded for the third consecutive quarter following nearly flat growth in the January-March quarter, according to the preliminary report released by the Cabinet Office.


Golf: Japan's Saki Baba, 17, wins U.S. Women's Amateur championship

LOS ANGELES - Japanese high schooler Saki Baba won the U.S. Women's Amateur golf championship on Sunday, beating Canadian Monet Chun in the match-play final at the Chambers Bay course in Washington.

The 17-year-old Baba became the first Japanese player to win the tournament since Michiko Hattori in 1985 by beating the 21-year-old Chun 11 and 9.


2 Cabinet members visit war-linked Yasukuni shrine, PM sends offering

TOKYO - Two Cabinet ministers visited Tokyo's war-linked Yasukuni shrine on Monday, the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II, but Prime Minister Fumio Kishida chose to send a ritual offering to the shrine seen by Asian neighbors as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.

The visits by hawkish economic security minister Sanae Takaichi and reconstruction minister Kenya Akiba, both handpicked for their posts by Kishida last week, marked the third straight year that Cabinet members have visited the Shinto shrine on Aug. 15. Yasukuni honors convicted war criminals along with more than 2.4 million war dead.


Taiwan President Tsai meets U.S. lawmakers amid tensions with China

TAIPEI - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen held talks with a delegation of U.S. lawmakers on Monday, local media reported, with cross-strait military tensions further heightened as the trip came shortly after a high-profile U.S. visit to the self-ruled island earlier this month.

Later in the day, China said it had carried out military drills around Taiwan in response to the latest move by the United States, and criticized Washington and Taipei for playing "political tricks" and undermining peace and stability in the region.


China holds military drills around Taiwan amid U.S. lawmakers visit

BEIJING - China said it had carried out military drills around Taiwan on Monday in response to latest visit to the self-ruled island by a delegation of U.S. lawmakers.

Earlier this month, Beijing also conducted large-scale military drills in areas encircling Taiwan following a trip to the democratic island by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the third-highest-ranking official in the country.


South Korea, Japan must work to resolve historical differences: Yoon

SEOUL - South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday emphasized the importance of cultivating future-oriented ties with Japan to help overcome unresolved historical issues between the Asian neighbors as he made his first Liberation Day speech since taking office.

Yoon has expressed a willingness to improve relations that have been strained for years following a ruling by South Korea's top court that ordered Japanese firms to compensate people for unpaid labor during the colonial era.


Japan PM orders crafting of inflation-relief package by early Sept.

TOKYO - Prime Minister Fumio Kishida instructed officials Monday to draw up an additional package of steps by early September to alleviate the pain on consumers from rising import prices for wheat and energy amid Russia's war in Ukraine.

Kishida said the government will aim to maintain the price of imported wheat that it sells to millers at the current level and consider retaining subsidies to oil wholesalers to lower gasoline and kerosene prices.