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Tokyo Paralympics: Wheelchair-friendly rooms tough to find

Oct. 19, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics promise to be the best. They're being promoted just like the Olympics, planning is ahead of recent games in Rio de Janeiro and London, and the athletes village will offer easy access for anyone with disabilities. But International Paralympic Committee officials said...

Japan orders maker to fix questionable quake shock absorbers

Oct. 19, 2018 7:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government on Friday ordered a company that falsified quality data for earthquake "shock absorbers" used in hundreds of buildings to speed up an investigation and fix any problems quickly. KYB Corp. said this week that it and a subsidiary had been faking data on the equipment...

Official: Move of Japan fish market could have been better

Oct. 16, 2018 6:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A top market official acknowledged Tuesday that the recent move of Japan's main fish market from Tsukiji to a site found contaminated by arsenic could have been better handled. "I can't say that discussions were sufficient," Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Toyosu Market Association, told...

Column: What if they had an Olympics, but no one would host?

Oct. 12, 2018 3:03 PM EDT

What if they threw an Olympic party, but no one was willing to host it? That day could be coming, and sooner than you might think. With news Friday that Stockholm is likely to pull out of the race for the 2026 Winter Games — just days after it was approved as a candidate city by the International Olympic...

New Okinawa chief wants US to rethink Marine base relocation

Oct. 12, 2018 9:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The new governor of Okinawa said Friday he wants Americans to know that the U.S. and Japanese governments are forcing a relocation of a U.S. Marine base that residents want removed from the southern Japanese island. Denny Tamaki was elected last month after campaigning for moving the disputed...

New Tokyo fish market starts traditionally with tuna auction

Oct. 10, 2018 10:52 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's famous fish market reopened Thursday at a new location but retained its most famous tradition: the tuna auction. The customary clanging of bells opened the auction for raw and frozen tuna, which crammed the huge warehouse wall-to-wall, at the waterfront Toyosu facility. The rhythmical...

Tokyo Olympics: Costs hit almost $25 billion _ may go higher

Oct. 9, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The price tag keeps soaring for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics despite local organizers and the International Olympic Committee saying that spending is being cut. A report just released by the national government's Board of Audit shows Japan is likely to spend $25 billion to prepare the games, and...

Walsh Jennings pairs with Brooke Sweat for 2020 Tokyo try

Oct. 9, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, already the most decorated beach volleyball player in history, will pair with defensive star Brooke Sweat in an attempt to make it to the Summer Games for a sixth time. The decision kicks off a two-year qualification process that would send Walsh Jennings to...

Medvedev defeats Nishikori to win Japan Open title

Oct. 7, 2018 6:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Daniil Medvedev beat local favorite Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-4 in the Japan Open final on Sunday for his third career ATP title. The third-seeded Nishikori reached the tournament decider without dropping a set but was broken three times by Medvedev. Medvedev won for the second time this year as a...

The Latest: Pompeo seeks allied unity in dealing with NKorea

Oct. 6, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his visit to Asia (all times local): 7:15 a.m. America's top diplomat left Tokyo for Pyongyang on Sunday after pledging that the U.S. will coordinate with allies Japan and South Korea on efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its...