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Japan to send own force, won't join US coalition for Mideast

Oct. 18, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has decided not to join a U.S. coalition to protect commercial vessels in the Middle East, but will send its own force to ensure the safe shipment of oil to Japan. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday that Japan will keep cooperating closely with Washington even if it won't...

Group scours Pacific for sunken battleships, lost war graves

Oct. 18, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are focusing on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. Hundreds of miles off Midway Atoll, nearly halfway...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Oct. 17, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

An Indian worker mixes gunpowder to make firecrackers for Diwali, the upcoming Hindu festival of lights, at a factory on the outskirts of Ahmadabad. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, bullet trains are submerged in muddy waters in Nagano, central Japan, in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis. A lake...

Nasa Hataoka. Amy Yang share LPGA Tour lead in Shanghai

Oct. 17, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Nasa Hataoka birdied three of the final six holes for a 5-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead with Amy Yang on Thursday in the Buick LPGA Shanghai, the first of four straight events in Asia. Hataoka won the Kia Classic in California in March and has finished in the top seven in her...

Tale of 2 Cities: Sapporo likes race move; Tokyo not much

Oct. 17, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sapporo officials are thrilled with a proposal to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons to the northern Japanese city to avoid the summer heat in the city. That was not the case in Tokyo, where the reaction to the move seemed to catch city and organizing committee officials by surprise. "We...

Japan PM visits storm-hit areas; royal parade may be delayed

Oct. 17, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday visited northern towns devasted by the deadly typhoon and promised residents his government's support for their speedy recovery. Abe told reporters during the visit that he is considering postponing a royal parade scheduled for Tuesday to celebrate...

Nathan Chen begins Grand Prix season at Skate America

Oct. 17, 2019 2:33 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nathan Chen would love little more than to become the first man to win four straight U.S. figure skating championships since Brian Boitano achieved the feat in the mid-1980s. But with nationals still three months away, and an entire Grand Prix season on the horizon, the 20-year-old phenom...

Girardi out, Brosius in as US manager for Olympic qualifiers

Oct. 16, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Joe Girardi quit as manager of the U.S. baseball team trying to qualify for the Olympics before it played a single game. Girardi said Wednesday he is leaving to pursue a major league managing job. There are seven current openings. He will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who had been...

Olympic marathons set to move out of Tokyo to cooler north

Oct. 16, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Amid concern about the expected searing heat in Tokyo, the IOC wants to move the 2020 Olympic marathons 800 kilometers (500 miles) north to find cooler and safer race conditions. The International Olympic Committee detailed a new plan Wednesday to stage the marathons and race walking events...

Japan searches for North Korean boat crew who fell into sea

Oct. 16, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese coast guard was searching for seven crew members who went missing after a wooden North Korean fishing boat carrying 14 people capsized off Japan's northwestern coast, officials said Wednesday. The coast guard said it dispatched four patrol vessels and two aircraft after receiving...