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China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky

Feb. 04, 2023 19:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What in the world was that thing? The massive white orb that drifted across U.S. airspace this week and was shot down by the Air Force over the Atlantic on live television Saturday triggered a diplomatic maelstrom and blew up on social media. China...

Japanese prime minister's aide leaving over LGBTQ remarks

Feb. 03, 2023 23:48 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A senior aide to Japan’s prime minister is being dismissed after making discriminatory remarks about LGBTQ people. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters Saturday that Masayoshi Arai, a secretary at his office, was being dismissed after Arai recently told...

The Emperor's Last: MMA pioneer Fedor Emelianenko retiring

Feb. 03, 2023 15:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fedor Emelianenko became a near-mythical martial arts figure two decades ago at the grey dawn of the social media age, so his earliest exploits had a tantalizing touch of mystery. His vicious knockouts and submissions weren't broadcast worldwide or posted on...

US Figure Skating blasts delay in awarding of Beijing medals

Feb. 02, 2023 13:07 PM EST

U.S. Figure Skating has largely taken the high road when it comes to allegations of Russian doping at last year's Beijing Olympics, which have left its team without any sort of medal after finishing second nearly a year ago. Not anymore. In a strongly worded...

Tokyo Olympic bribery scandal rolls on; company apologizes

Feb. 02, 2023 05:09 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese company embroiled in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic corruption scandal said Thursday it would strengthen oversight to prevent further wrongdoing. Kadokawa “seriously betrayed public trust,” company president Takeshi Natsuno said. He bowed deeply with two other...

Sony CFO to lead entertainment-electronic giant as president

Feb. 02, 2023 03:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Sony appointed a veteran executive as its president Thursday to lead the Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate through changing times, and reported a decline in its profit in the last quarter. Hiroki Totoki, Sony's chief financial officer, will become...

Japan's Honda outlines hydrogen power plans to go green

Feb. 01, 2023 22:49 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Honda is expanding the use of hydrogen to include trucks and construction equipment, electricity for buildings and even outer space, not just cars on the roads. Honda Motor Co. plans a new fuel cell vehicle for sale next year, packed with a fuel cell stack developed...

Megan Rapinoe back with US for SheBelieves Cup

Feb. 01, 2023 18:13 PM EST

Megan Rapinoe is set to return for the United States in the SheBelieves Cup after missing the team's recent trip to New Zealand because of an ankle injury. Rapinoe has made 197 appearances for the United States and she could reach 200 during the tournament, which begins Feb. 16 in...

South Korean court says stolen statue must return to Japan

Feb. 01, 2023 05:58 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court ruled Wednesday that a 14th century Korean Buddhist statue should be sent back to a Japanese temple from where it was stolen in 2012. The statue’s return had been put on hold for years after a South Korean temple claimed ownership of...

NATO chief urges closer ties with Japan to defend democracy

Jan. 31, 2023 09:31 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sharply criticized China on Tuesday for “bullying its neighbors and threatening Taiwan” and stressed the need for Japan and other democracies to work together with the alliance to defend the international order. Calling it a...