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Japanese utility eyes scrapping 2nd Fukushima nuclear plant

Jun. 14, 2018 6:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of a nuclear power plant in northeast Japan that suffered meltdowns seven years ago said Thursday for the first time publicly that it will start making concrete plans to decommission another plant in Fukushima that narrowly escaped the crisis. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings...

Japan banks on 3D mapping deemed crucial for driverless cars

Jun. 14, 2018 12:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Technology companies are racing to develop ultra-precise digital maps that can guide self-driving cars within inches of where they should be — a hurdle the industry needs to clear if it hopes to deliver on its promise of widespread use of driverless vehicles. Japan's government is...

World Series shows softball growth for non-US programs

Jun. 13, 2018 4:40 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — USA Softball executive director Craig Cress hopes the Women's College World Series offered a glimpse of the sport's future. In Game 1 of the championship series last week, Florida State pitcher Meghan King faced Washington's Gabbie Plain. In Game 2, King's opponent was Washington's...

'Dead' husband returns after Japan police send wrong body

Jun. 13, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese wife has told police the body she thought was of her missing husband belonged to a stranger after her spouse turned up alive a year later. Tokyo police acknowledged Wednesday that the body found in a river in eastern Tokyo in June 2017 was of another man reported missing at around...

Trump-Kim talks inspire glee, cautious optimism, skepticism

Jun. 12, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — While South Koreans cheered with hope and China saw an opening to discuss lifting sanctions on North Korea, some countries in Europe and the Mideast cautioned Tuesday that it was premature to judge U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's summit a success. Many have...

Igarashi set to catch a wave in surfing's Olympic debut

Jun. 11, 2018 9:29 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — In keeping with the laid-back lifestyle of his sport, Kanoa Igarashi won't let the pressure of representing Japan overwhelm him when surfing makes its much-anticipated debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 20-year-old Igarashi was born in Huntington Beach, California, in 1997 but recently...

Malaysia criticizes US trade policy, hopeful of NKorea move

Jun. 11, 2018 3:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday he supports free trade but small countries like his should unite in a broad group to deal with challenges, especially as America is turning protectionist. Speaking at a Tokyo conference, Mahathir called for a free trade group that is not...

Knife attack on Japan bullet train leaves 1 dead, 2 hurt

Jun. 9, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A knife attack on a Japanese bullet express train near Tokyo left one passenger dead and two others injured, police said Sunday, as they arrested a suspect who was on top of a man lying unconscious. Police said they apprehended Ichiro Kojima, 22, after the train made an unscheduled stop late...

As trade fears grow, US states reach out to companies

Jun. 8, 2018 5:03 AM EDT

HACHIOJI, Japan (AP) — President Donald Trump's trade relations with Tokyo are testy, but Idaho gave Takashi Suzuki a warm welcome. Suzuki, president of Sakae Casting Co. , which manufactures aluminum parts used for cooling batteries and semiconductors, first went to Silicon Valley looking for...

Dad takes Japan Inc. to court alleging paternity harassment

Jun. 6, 2018 9:33 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Brokerage manager Glen Wood was still negotiating with his bosses to take three or four weeks of paternity leave when his son was born six weeks premature. Wood, 48, a Canadian who has lived in Japan for 30 years, thought he wasn't asking too much of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley, just a small...