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Japanese and Taiwanese coast guards hold joint search and rescue drill off Japan's eastern coast

Jul. 19, 2024 06:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese and Taiwanese coast guards conducted what is believed to be their first joint drill off Japan's eastern coast, officials said Friday, a move seen as an effort to expand maritime cooperation amid concern about China's increasingly assertive activity in regional seas. ...

Pacific island leaders agree to enhance Japan's role in the region amid growing China influence

Jul. 19, 2024 00:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Leaders of 18 Pacific island nations and areas agreed to an enhanced role of Japan in the region's development while opposing any attempted coercive activity, in a joint declaration adopted at their summit Thursday, as Tokyo seeks greater engagement to counter China's influence. ...

Japan's trade deficit for first half declines as exports recover

Jul. 18, 2024 01:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan posted a trade surplus in June, the first in three months, highlighting a recovery in exports, government data showed Thursday. For the first six months of this year, Japan’s trade deficit declined by more than half from the same period last year, to 3.23...

Simone Biles has moved past Tokyo. If critics can't, she says that's their problem, not hers

Jul. 15, 2024 11:40 AM EDT

Simone Biles has spent the last three years moving past the Tokyo Olympics. The gymnastics superstar understands not everyone has. No matter how many national titles she wins or how times she stands atop the podium at the world championships, Biles knows she remains...

Japan punishes hundreds of defense officials for mishandling classified data and other misconduct

Jul. 12, 2024 06:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s defense ministry announced disciplinary action on Friday against more than 200 senior officials and service members over mishandling of classified materials and other misconduct, an embarrassment that could undermine Tokyo’s efforts to work more closely with United States...

On stage, one of Japan's biggest Kabuki stars changes roles in an instant. Offstage, it took decades

Jul. 12, 2024 05:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Onstage, Danjuro Ichikawa, one of the biggest stars of Japan's Kabuki theater, is a virtuoso in switching roles. In his latest production, he plays 13 parts, including a princess, a sushi chef and a fox. He hobbles offstage as a feeble old man, then dashes back on...

Court in Japan allows transgender woman to officially change gender without compulsory surgery

Jul. 11, 2024 12:48 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese high court has approved a legal gender change for a transgender woman without requiring compulsory gender-affirming surgery, a step that LGBGQ+ groups on Thursday called a mixed victory. Under the law, transgender people who want to have their gender...

US women's basketball team looks to continue Olympic dominance, seeking 8th straight gold in Paris

Jul. 11, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

The U.S. women's basketball team is on a historic run, winning seven straight Olympic gold medals. While no one has come close to ending that streak, the rest of the world is getting better. The Americans, who haven't lost an Olympic contest since 1992, won by an average of 16...

Woman swept to sea while swimming at a Japanese beach rescued 37 hours later and 50 miles away

Jul. 11, 2024 09:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Chinese woman who was swept out to sea while swimming at a Japanese beach was rescued 37 hours later after drifting in an inflatable swim ring more than 80 kilometers (50 miles) in the Pacific Ocean, officials said Thursday. Japan's coast guard launched a search for...

Stock market today: Asian shares zoom higher, with Nikkei over 42,000 after Wall St sets new records

Jul. 10, 2024 23:55 PM EDT

Asian shares advanced Thursday, tracking a blistering rally on Wall Street, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 index surging over 42,000 for the first time. On Wednesday, the U.S. stock market vaulted to more all-time highs, led by big technology companies whose shares have been soaring...