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Japan's 'beat poet' Kazuko Shiraishi, pioneer of modern performance poetry, dies at 93

Jun. 19, 2024 02:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Kazuko Shiraishi, a leading name in modern Japanese “beat” poetry, known for her dramatic readings, at times with jazz music, has died. She was 93. Shiraishi, whom American poet and translator Kenneth Rexroth dubbed “the Allen Ginsberg of Japan,” died of heart...

Japan's exports surge 13.5% in May, helped by cheap yen and strong demand in US, Asian markets

Jun. 19, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports surged 13.5% in May, faster than expected growth helped by a weak yen and strong demand in the U.S. and Asia. Finance Ministry data reported Wednesday showed that the trade deficit totaled 1.22 trillion yen ($7.7 billion), down nearly 12% from 1.38...

Bob Schul, the only American runner to win the 5,000 meters at the Olympics, dies at 86

Jun. 18, 2024 11:35 AM EDT

Bob Schul, the only American distance runner to win gold in the 5,000 meters at the Olympics, has died. He was 86. His death on Sunday was announced by Miami University in Ohio, where Schul shined on the track and was inducted into the school’s hall of fame in 1973. No cause of...

Akio Toyoda, grandson of Toyota founder, wins shareholders' approval to stay in leadership

Jun. 17, 2024 23:38 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota shareholders voted Tuesday in support of all the company's proposals, including keeping Akio Toyoda, grandson of the Japanese automaker’s founder, as chairman on the board. Details on the vote tallies were not immediately available. But the company confirmed...

Toyota shareholders demand vote against chairman Toyoda as automaker embroiled in testing scandal

Jun. 15, 2024 23:08 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota’s chairman Akio Toyoda will be facing some disgruntled shareholders this week, as two major proxy groups demand a vote against keeping the grandson of the founder on its board. The vote expected at the June 18 annual shareholders meeting comes after Toyota...

Japan has no plans to seek a suspension of Osprey flights despite restrictions in US

Jun. 14, 2024 07:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's defense chief said Friday that Japanese and American V-22 Ospreys are being safely operated in his country, and that he has no plans to request a flight suspension despite restrictions in the U.S. where ongoing safety and performance assessments will continue until next year....

Stock market today: Asian shares mixed after AI hopes nudge Wall St to records. BOJ stands pat

Jun. 14, 2024 00:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed in muted trading Friday after Wall Street’s continued frenzy around artificial-intelligence technology nudged indexes on Wall Street to more records. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 0.7% to 38,998.04 after the Bank of Japan kept its...

Japanese architect Maki, credited with fusing East with West, has died at age 95

Jun. 12, 2024 06:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, who won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for designs praised as smartly and artfully fusing the East with the West, has died. He was 95. Maki, who taught architecture and urban design at Harvard, died June 6, his office, Maki &...

Will Japanese women be able to keep their maiden names after marriage? Major lobby demands change

Jun. 12, 2024 02:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful Japanese business lobby is calling on the government to allow married couples to keep dual surnames, saying the lack of freedom to do so hinders women’s advancement and has even become a business risk. In Japan, each wedded pair has to legally adopt one...

Stock market today: Asian shares are mostly lower ahead of Fed decision on interest rates

Jun. 12, 2024 01:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower Wednesday in Asia ahead of a decision by the Federal Reserve on interest rates. In Japan, higher inflation and falling wages raised questions about how the central bank can navigate away from near-zero interest rates. The Bank of Japan will...