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Tokyo festival features Yoshida's films of hope amid despair

Oct. 24, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Boxers, janitors, fishermen, the heroes of Keisuke Yoshida’s movies are Japanese society’s angst-filled losers, struggling against odds in a violent, imperfect, often-crazed world. The Japanese director and his three latest works are being featured at...

Hu wins horizontal bar, Uchimura shines at gymnastics worlds

Oct. 24, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

KITAKYUSHU, Japan (AP) — China’s Hu Xuwei upstaged Tokyo Olympic champion Daiki Hashimoto of Japan to win the horizontal bar gold medal on the final day of the 50th artistic gymnastics world championships on Sunday. Hu received 15.166 points to edge Hashimoto by just...

US Rowing accepts resignation of longtime men's coach Teti

Oct. 22, 2021 02:39 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Longtime U.S. rowing coach Mike Teti, who has been criticized by some of his former athletes as being emotionally abusive and using physical intimidation, has resigned but immediately accepted a position funded by a large donor leading a new high-performance training...

Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 squeaks to new record high

Oct. 21, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

Asian shares were mixed Friday after a late-in-the-day wave of buying pushed the S&P 500 to a fresh record high. Benchmarks rose in Hong Kong and Tokyo but fell in Sydney and Shanghai. An official newspaper, the Securities Times, said China...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises for 5th day

Oct. 20, 2021 00:55 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street rose for a fifth day on strong corporate earnings. Shanghai and Seoul, South Korea, fell while Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index rose...

Police shooting looms over Emanuel in confirmation battle

Oct. 19, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Black teen in Chicago seven years ago is looming large over the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel, as he looks to win confirmation as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan. Several liberal House lawmakers and...

Japan's PM interrupts campaign as N Korea test-fires missile

Oct. 19, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister interrupted his first day of election campaigning and returned to Tokyo on Tuesday to deal with rising regional tensions following North Korea's test-firing of a missile earlier in the day. Fumio Kishida's campaign was already off...

Asian stocks higher as investors watch corporate earnings

Oct. 19, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher as investors waited Tuesday for U.S. corporate results to see how companies are coping with supply disruptions and the past quarter's surge in coronavirus infections. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney...

Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success

Oct. 18, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below...

Japan's premier sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine

Oct. 17, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister donated ritual offerings Sunday to a Tokyo shrine viewed by Chinese and Koreans as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression, though he did not make a visit in person. Fumio Kishida donated “masakaki” religious ornaments to...