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Olympic robots offer 'virtual' attendance, help out on field

Jul. 21, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for "virtual" attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic sponsor,...

The Latest: Abe falls short of seats to change constitution

Jul. 21, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese upper house elections (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Monday Japanese media say Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc will not reach the two-thirds majority in the upper house needed to propose a constitutional revision even if joined by supporters from another party and...

Asian shares mostly fall, taking cue from Wall Street, Fed

Jul. 21, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday after Wall Street ended last week lower as investors continue to watch for what may be in store for U.S. interest rates. Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2% in early trading to 21,415.51. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was little changed but a tad lower at...

Abe's coalition still short of votes to change constitution

Jul. 21, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition secured a majority in Japan's upper house of parliament in elections Sunday, but it lost ground and will not reach the super-majority needed to propose constitutional revisions, according to vote counts by public television and other media. NHK...

Japanese public broadcaster NHK says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is certain to secure upper house majority.

Jul. 21, 2019 7:13 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese public broadcaster NHK says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is certain to secure upper house majority.

Police get arrest warrant as survivor recalls Kyoto arson

Jul. 21, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect as soon as he regains consciousness from injuries in a deadly arson at a Kyoto anime studio, officials said Sunday. Kyoto police said they are ready to arrest Shinji Aoba, 41, on arson and murder allegations. Aoba is accused of...

Sun's doping case looms over start of world swimming meet

Jul. 20, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Nothing like a long-simmering feud to get the world swimming championships off to a bang-up start. The mere presence of Chinese star Sun Yang has drawn the ire of some swimmers, including his rival Mack Horton of Australia. Sun is the heavy favorite to win his fourth consecutive...

Suspect in Japan anime studio arson reportedly had grudge

Jul. 20, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The man suspected of setting ablaze a beloved Japanese animation studio, killing 34 people, was raging about theft and witnesses and media reported he had a grudge against the company, as questions arose why such mass killings keep happening in the country. Police only have said the suspect...

Japan vows action if S. Korea hurts companies in trade row

Jul. 19, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister said Tokyo will take "necessary measures" against South Korea if interests of Japanese companies are harmed in an escalating dispute over World War II forced labor. The neighboring countries and U.S. allies are quarreling over South Korean court decisions ordering...

Pulisic makes 1st appearance for Chelsea, in exhibition

Jul. 19, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

Christian Pulisic made his first appearance for Chelsea, entering in the 65th minute of a 1-0 exhibition loss to Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama, Japan, on Friday. The 20-year-old American midfielder was acquired by Chelsea in January from Borussia Dortmund for a 64 million euro (then $73 million) transfer fee,...