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Asian stocks mixed on strong US hiring, OPEC oil output cuts

Oct. 05, 2022 23:28 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Thursday after strong U.S. hiring dampened hopes the Federal Reserve might ease off plans for interest rate hikes and the OPEC group of oil exporters agreed to output cuts to shore up prices. Tokyo and Seoul advanced while Hong Kong and Sydney...

Boston Symphony Orchestra to embark on 4-city tour of Japan

Oct. 05, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra is embarking on a four-city tour of Japan next month, for its first overseas engagements since before the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of cultural events around the world. The orchestra is scheduled to perform at...

US vows to supply green-fuel-laggard Japan with bioethanol

Oct. 04, 2022 22:16 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. officials are touting bioethanol in Japan, which trails other nations on using the green fuel made from corn and other crops. The U.S. is a top grower of corn, and an embassy official said the U.S. would be “a reliable supplier” of bioethanol. ...

Publishing executive charged in Tokyo Olympic bribes scandal

Oct. 04, 2022 03:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A top executive at a major Japanese publisher was charged Tuesday with bribing a former Tokyo Olympics organizing committee member. The charges against Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, a major figure in Japan’s movie and entertainment industry, are the latest in the unfolding...

Japanese wrestler and politician Antonio Inoki dies at 79

Oct. 01, 2022 01:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. Inoki brought Japanese pro-wrestling to fame and pioneered mixed martial arts matches between top...

Wiseman stars as Warriors, Wizards open preseason in Tokyo

Oct. 01, 2022 00:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — James Wiseman, who missed all of last season while rehabilitating after a knee injury, scored 20 points Friday as the defending champion Golden State Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards 96-87 to open the NBA preseason. Wiseman played 24 minutes, connecting on...

Asian stocks sink on German inflation, British tax cuts

Sep. 29, 2022 23:53 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks sank again Friday after German inflation spiked higher, British Prime Minister Liz Truss defended a tax-cut plan that rattled investors and Chinese manufacturing weakened. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney retreated. Oil prices edged lower. ...

Warriors-Wizards games in Japan to woo NBA fans, sponsors

Sep. 29, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Before Stephen Curry makes a single 3-pointer, before Rui Hachimura gets his first ovation from Japanese fans who came to cheer one of their own, the NBA Japan Games are already a huge win in one regard. The money. Big money is riding on — and getting...

Asian stocks follow Wall St higher after UK calms markets

Sep. 28, 2022 23:56 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday after Britain's central bank moved forcefully to stop a budding financial crisis. Market benchmarks in Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney added more than 1%. Shanghai and Tokyo also rose. Oil prices edged lower after...

Friend or foe? Japan-China ties complicated after 50 years

Sep. 28, 2022 22:00 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Friend or foe? Or both? On the streets of Tokyo and Beijing, the ties between Japan and China remain complicated and often contradictory, 50 years after the two Asian countries normalized relations as part of the process that brought Communist China into the international fold. ...