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European stock markets pick up after losses in Asia

Aug. 16, 2018 7:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Stock markets are higher in European trading as Turkey's currency crisis abated somewhat and after a downbeat day in Asia. Benchmarks in Germany and France rose Thursday while shares in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX added 0.5 percent to 12,221 and in...

Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father's war

Aug. 15, 2018 8:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For his last time, Japan's Emperor Akihito addressed a memorial service Wednesday marking the end of World War II. Once again, he expressed "deep remorse" for the war. It was in keeping with what by all appearances has become a mission for Akihito over his 30-year reign: to make amends for a...

Nervous? Not Japan's big bats chasing Little League repeat

Aug. 15, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — People in the Japanese city of Kawaguchi have long memories. They still recall the last time a team from this town north of Tokyo made it to the Little League World Series, ultimately losing to Georgia in the 2006 final. "A lot of people (in Kawaguchi) say '2006. Don't forget...

US beats Japan 7-6 in final of softball world championship

Aug. 12, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

MAKUHARI, Japan (AP) — Kelsey Stewart drove in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning as the United States beat Japan 7-6 in the final of the women's world softball championship on Sunday. Stewart's single down the third base line scored the runner from third as the defending champions rallied...

Pan Pacs: Ledecky, Dressel get wins; Ikee pleases home fans

Aug. 11, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For Americans Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel, Saturday was a better day at the Pan Pacific Championships after unexpected losses earlier at the four-day meet. The Pan Pacs are the biggest meet of the year for countries bordering the Pacific, and a dry run for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics....

Japan queries all medical schools on gender discrimination

Aug. 10, 2018 7:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government launched an investigation Friday into whether the nation's medical schools have discriminated against female applicants, following revelations that one had done so for more than a decade. The Education Ministry sent a questionnaire to all medical schools asking them for...

With Tokyo 2020 looming, Japan aims high at Asian Games

Aug. 9, 2018 10:11 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — With the Tokyo Olympics less than two years away, Japanese athletes will be using the Asian Games to build confidence as they prepare to host the world on sport's biggest stage. The Japanese Olympic Committee has set an ambitious target of 30 gold medals for the 2020 Olympics, almost double...

Ruck wins 200 at Pan Pacific, Ledecky gets 3rd

Aug. 9, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Taylor Ruck almost psyched herself out before the race even started. Knowing she was swimming against five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky in the 200-meter freestyle on Thursday at the Pan Pacific Championships, the Canadian had to calm herself down as she readied to dive into the pool....

Nagasaki marks 73 years since A-bombing as UN chief attends

Aug. 9, 2018 6:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the first United Nations chief to visit Nagasaki, said...

Flights canceled but no major damage as typhoon soaks Japan

Aug. 9, 2018 1:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An offshore typhoon brought rain and strong winds to Japan's northeast coast Thursday, but no major damage was reported as the storm did not make landfall. Typhoon Shanshan weakened somewhat by midday, with maximum sustained winds of 108 kilometers (67 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 162...