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WADA confirms it cleared Chinese swimmers to compete at Tokyo Games citing contaminated samples

Apr. 20, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The world's top anti-doping regulator says 23 Chinese swimmers were cleared to compete at the Tokyo Olympics despite testing positive for a banned heart medication because it agreed with Chinese authorities and ruled that their samples had been contaminated. The World...

Japanese doctors demand damages from Google over "groundless" reviews

Apr. 19, 2024 04:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A group of Japanese doctors has filed a civil lawsuit against U.S. search giant Google, demanding damages for what they claim are unpoliced derogatory and often false comments. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Tokyo District Court, demands 1.4 million yen ($9,400) in...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Apr. 19, 2024 01:35 AM EDT

April 12-18, 2024 Shoppers are terrified after a lone assailant started stabbing people at a shopping mall in Sydney; people appreciate spring flowers like cherry and azalea blossoms in Tokyo; a King Sejong statue receives a spring cleaning in Seoul, South Korea. People prepare for...

US envoy to the UN vows support for families of Japanese who were abducted and taken to North Korea

Apr. 18, 2024 04:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The United States ambassador to the United Nations said Thursday that America will stand with Japan until all the Japanese abducted by North Korea decades ago return home to end their painful separation. Linda Thomas-Greenfield made the comments on Thursday as she...

The United States and China are expected to win the most medals at the Paris Olympics

Apr. 17, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

The United States and China are expected to finish 1-2 in the gold and the overall medal counts at the Paris Olympics, which open in 100 days. The United States is projected to win 123 medals overall, including 39 golds. China is projected to win 35 gold and 89 medals overall. The...

Paris 2024: Roster of more than 10,000 Olympians is still forming, but trials await for thousands

Apr. 17, 2024 04:31 AM EDT

The names have been trickling in, one or two at a time. Over the next two months, that trickle will turn into a flood. By the time the festivities begin in Paris on July 26, some 10,500 athletes from more than 200 countries will be able to call themselves 2024 Olympians. ...

Stock market today: Asian benchmarks trade mixed amid expectations for US rates to stay high

Apr. 16, 2024 22:21 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were trading mixed Wednesday, as expectations resurfaced that U.S. interest rates may stay high for a while. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dipped 0.6% in morning trading to 38,226.39. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.2% to 7,624.70. South Korea's...

The US ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to a stronger security alliance

Apr. 16, 2024 10:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Japan urged Tokyo on Tuesday to take a greater role in developing, producing and supplying weapons “to enhance our collective security" amid conflict in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere. The United States alone can no longer supply all democracies,...

Stock market today: Asian shares track Wall Street slump triggered by strong US spending data

Apr. 16, 2024 00:22 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares skidded Tuesday following a slump on Wall Street after higher yields in the U.S. bond market cranked up pressure on stocks. The Shanghai Composite index lost 1.4% to 3,013.84 even though the Chinese government reported that the economy grew at a...

Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling

Apr. 15, 2024 04:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A civil lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling opened Monday with emotional testimony from plaintiffs who said they were constantly stopped and questioned without good reason. The case, filed in January by three residents of Japan with overseas ancestry,...