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Japan accepts talks with South Korea on WTO arbitration

Sep. 20, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday it will accept South Korea's request for joint talks leading to arbitration by the World Trade Organization after Seoul filed a complaint with the international body over Tokyo's tightening of export controls. Trade minister Isshu Sugawara, however, said Japan's controls...

Page out as US Olympic sailing boss 10 months before Tokyo

Sep. 19, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two-time gold medalist Malcolm Page is out as chief of Olympic sailing for the U.S. national team less than a year before the Tokyo Games. U.S. Sailing said in a statement Thursday that it and Page, an Australian, "have agreed to part ways." Contacted by phone, US Sailing CEO Jack Gierhart...

Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty in Fukushima disaster

Sep. 19, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court ruled Thursday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant because ensuring absolute safety at nuclear plants was not a government requirement at that time....

World shares mixed following Fed's decision to cut rates

Sep. 19, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets pushed higher Thursday as traders had their first chance to respond to the U.S. Federal Reserve's widely anticipated decision to cut its benchmark interest rate for the second time this year. In Europe, Germany's DAX was up 0.3% to 12,422 while the FTSE 100 index of...

Japanese court finds 3 former Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives not guilty of negligence in 2011 Fukushima meltdown

Sep. 19, 2019 12:31 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese court finds 3 former Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives not guilty of negligence in 2011 Fukushima meltdown.

Asian shares mixed following Fed's decision to cut rates

Sep. 19, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with Tokyo and Sydney logging modest gains after the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for a second time this year, citing slowing global economic growth and uncertainty over U.S. trade conflicts. Japan's central bank opted to keep its own...

A first: 18 Olympic rugby players competing at World Cup

Sep. 18, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Fiji captain Leone Nakarawa has made the transition from 15-a-side to rugby sevens to pick up an Olympic gold medal and now he's back again in the traditional format aiming to take his country further than ever at the World Cup. Olympic rugby players will be contesting the Rugby World Cup for...

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed, oil dips on Saudi output recovery

Sep. 18, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were little changed Wednesday as investors watched for a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on a possible interest rate cut and as oil prices eased on hopes for a quick recovery in Saudi oil supplies. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong...

South Korea downgrades Japan trade status as dispute deepens

Sep. 17, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday dropped Japan from a list of countries receiving fast-track approvals in trade, a reaction to Tokyo's decision to downgrade Seoul's trade status amid a tense diplomatic dispute. South Korea' trade ministry said Japan's removal from a 29-member "white list"...

Roger Federer to decide soon on Tokyo Olympic plans

Sep. 17, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Roger Federer plans to decide "in the next month or so" whether he will play at next year's Tokyo Olympics. Federer said Tuesday his 2020 schedule is set through Wimbledon, which ends July 12. The week-long Olympic tournament starts July 25 and ends a few days before his 39th birthday. "I...