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Maryland renews MOU with Japanese region on life sciences

Jul. 15, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has renewed an agreement with a jurisdiction in Japan that is designed to advance life sciences. Hogan signed a new memorandum of understanding on Monday in Annapolis, Maryland, with Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Hogan says renewing the...

SKorea leader says Tokyo's trade curbs will hurt Japan more

Jul. 15, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korea's president urged Japan on Monday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries' economic cooperation and could damage Japan more than...

S. Korea, Japan fail to resolve growing trade dispute

Jul. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan on Friday failed to immediately resolve their dispute over Japanese export restrictions that could hurt South Korean technology companies, as Seoul called for an investigation by the United Nations or another international body. Tokyo last week tightened the...

China imports from US plunge 31% in June amid tariff war

Jul. 12, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's trade with the United States plunged last month as a tariff war battered exporters on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. And there's no letup in sight: Tensions between the world's two biggest economies continue to simmer even though President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart,...

The Latest: Japan blames S.Korea export control 'weaknesses'

Jul. 12, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on a trade spat between South Korea and Japan (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A Japanese trade ministry official says restrictions imposed by Japan on high-tech exports to South Korea were prompted by a review of trade policy, and are not related to a growing diplomatic...

Japan crypto exchange loses $32 million of virtual money

Jul. 12, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese cryptocurrency exchange has reported a hack causing the loss of 3.5 billion yen, or $32 million, worth of virtual money. Tokyo-based Remixpoint, which runs the BITPoint exchange as well as travel, used car and energy businesses, apologized Friday, saying the losses were confirmed...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Jul. 11, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

North Koreans pay tribute to their late leaders, Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, on the 25th death anniversary of the founder of the nation. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, thousands of candles are arranged in the shape of the Milky Way to celebrate Tanabata, a Japanese star festival, at...

Man gets 2.5 years in prison for attack on US airman

Jul. 11, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A jujitsu instructor has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for punching and stomping on the head of a U.S. airman at a bar on an Air Force base in Japan. Rodrigo Gomez, 44, was convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter, assault and other charges in April. U.S. District...

9 deer at famed park in Japan die after eating plastic bags

Jul. 11, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nine deer at a famed park in western Japan have died recently after swallowing plastic bags. Nara Park has more than 1,000 deer, and tourists can feed them special sugar-free crackers sold in shops nearby. The crackers don't come in plastic bags, but people still carry them. A veterinarian...

South Korea seeks US help in bitter trade spat with Japan

Jul. 11, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is seeking U.S. help in a bitter diplomatic row with fellow American ally Japan over its moves to tighten controls on high-tech exports. The government said Thursday that Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha discussed the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by...