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North Carolina welcomes a historic visitor in Japan's Prime Minister Kishida

Apr. 12, 2024 19:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cemented economic links and cultural amity with North Carolina on Friday, following up time in Washington during his official U.S. visit by checking up on benchmark Japanese companies building in the ninth-most populous state and meeting...

US Steel shareholders approve takeover by Japan's Nippon Steel opposed by Biden administration

Apr. 12, 2024 18:17 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Steel shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the company's sale to Nippon Steel of Japan for $14.1 billion in cash, voicing unequivocal support for a combination that has drawn opposition from the Biden administration on economic and national security grounds. ...

Naomi Osaka, Iga Swiatek and Emma Raducanu pick up victories in the Billie Jean King Cup

Apr. 12, 2024 15:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Grand Slam title winners Naomi Osaka, Iga Swiatek and Emma Raducanu all earned victories for their countries in Billie Jean King Cup qualifying Friday. Osaka hit 15 aces and put Japan a step away from reaching the BJK Cup Finals with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over...

US, Japan and South Korea hold drills in disputed sea as Biden hosts leaders of Japan, Philippines

Apr. 12, 2024 05:47 AM EDT

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (AP) — A U.S. carrier strike group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has held a two-day joint exercise with its allies Japan and South Korea as U.S. President Joe Biden met for talks with leaders from Japan and the Philippines at the White House. The military and...

The United States and Canada both advance to the semifinals of women’s world hockey championships

Apr. 11, 2024 23:27 PM EDT

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Carpenter and Abbey Murphy each had two goals, and the United States scored six times in the second period en route to a 10-0 victory over Japan on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the women’s world hockey championships. Lacey Eden scored 3:59 into...

Biden says US support for Philippines, Japan defense 'ironclad' amid growing China provocations

Apr. 11, 2024 19:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. defense commitment to Pacific allies was “ironclad” as he gathered Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House in the midst of growing concern about provocative Chinese...

Treasury wants to boost foreign investment review powers, as Congress dissects Nippon, TikTok deals

Apr. 11, 2024 18:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury wants to enhance the power of a little-known, secretive government committee to review deals made between U.S. firms and foreign investors. This comes as high-profile deals involving foreign investment in the U.S. — like Chinese firm ByteDance’s...

Biden says US support for Philippines mutual defense treaty is 'ironclad,' as he hosts inaugural trilateral with Japan

Apr. 11, 2024 16:46 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Biden says US support for Philippines mutual defense treaty is 'ironclad,' as he hosts inaugural trilateral with Japan.

Hawaii-born sumo champion Akebono Taro dies of heart failure at the age of 54 in Japan

Apr. 11, 2024 04:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Hawaii-born Akebono Taro, one of the greats of sumo wrestling and a former grand champion, has died. He was 54. He was the first foreign-born wrestler to reach the level of “yokozuna” — or grand champion — in Japan. “It is with sadness that we announce...

Kishida cracks jokes and invokes 'Star Trek' as he and Biden toast US-Japan alliance at state dinner

Apr. 10, 2024 22:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cracked jokes and invoked a touchstone of American culture as he quoted from “Star Trek” at Wednesday's state dinner, telling guests at the White House that he hoped the “unshakable relationship” between his country and the U.S....