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Asian shares trade mixed ahead of US jobs report

Feb. 02, 2023 23:18 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were trading mixed Friday ahead of a closely watched U.S. jobs report that may affect global interest rates. Weaker than expected earnings reports from U.S. technology companies, announced after Wall Street trading ended, pulled Chinese benchmarks lower. ...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Feb. 02, 2023 21:00 PM EST

Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2023 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Masayo Yoshida in Tokyo. Follow AP visual...

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...

Asian stocks rise after Fed sees inflation improving

Feb. 01, 2023 23:01 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets gained Thursday after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy is moving toward lower inflation but more interest rate hikes are planned. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced. Oil prices rose. Wall Street's benchmark...

Asian shares fall in muted trading ahead of Fed meeting

Jan. 30, 2023 23:05 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly fell in muted trading Tuesday as investors awaited decisions on interest rates and earnings reports from around the world. Traders were awaiting the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates, expected on Wednesday. They are also watching...

Sam Mewis unlikely to play for US at World Cup after surgery

Jan. 30, 2023 17:11 PM EST

Midfielder Sam Mewis has undergone a second knee surgery and is unlikely to be available to play for the United States at the Women's World Cup this summer. Mewis, who also plays for the Kansas City Current in the National Women's Soccer League, first had surgery on her right knee...

Japan, Greece step up security ties as 'strategic partners'

Jan. 30, 2023 10:58 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, agreed on Monday to strengthen their security, defense and economic ties and pledged to cooperate in responding to Russia's invasion of Ukraine and other threats in Europe and Asia. ...

Japan firm opens whale meat vending machines to push sales

Jan. 28, 2023 05:05 AM EST

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — A Japanese whaling operator, after struggling for years to promote its products amid protests from conservationists, has found a new way to cultivate clientele and bolster sales: whale meat vending machines. The Kujira (Whale) Store, an unmanned outlet that...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Jan. 27, 2023 03:27 AM EST

Jan. 20-26, 2023 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Hiro Komae in Tokyo. Follow AP visual journalism: ...