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Tokyo court: Lack of law for same-sex union unconstitutional

Nov. 30, 2022 05:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's lack of law to protect the rights of same-sex couples to marry and become families violates the constitution, the Tokyo District Court ruled Wednesday in a closely watched case in a country still largely bound by traditional gender roles and family values. The...

Asian shares mostly decline ahead of Fed chair's key speech

Nov. 29, 2022 23:28 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday ahead of a closely watched speech by the Federal Reserve chief that may give clues about future interest rate hikes. Investors were also eyeing developments in China, where protests have erupted over the “zero-COVID”...

'Normal thing to do': Japanese fans tidy up at World Cup

Nov. 26, 2022 12:33 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The sight of Japanese fans at a World Cup bagging trash after a match — win or lose — always surprises non-Japanese. Japanese players are famous for doing the same in their team dressing room: hanging up towels, cleaning the floor, and even leaving a thank-you note. ...

Japan investigators raid Dentsu in widening Olympic probe

Nov. 25, 2022 01:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors raided the headquarters of major advertising company Dentsu on Friday, as the investigation into corruption related to the Tokyo Olympics widened. Major local TV broadcasters showed Tokyo District Prosecutors and Japan Fair Trade Commission...

Asian shares mixed as investors eye Tokyo inflation data

Nov. 24, 2022 23:42 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Friday as worries deepened about the regional economy and Japan reported higher-than-expected inflation. Benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, but rose in Sydney and Shanghai. Oil prices advanced. Investors have their...

Murakami, Malone unite in 'flower-butterfly' collaboration

Nov. 22, 2022 07:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s visions have spanned colorful smiling flowers, a zany take on Mickey Mouse and huge erotic sculptures of animation-inspired figures that have fetched enormous auction prices. His latest goes down a musical path, in collaboration...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall St slide, China virus fears

Nov. 21, 2022 23:12 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street sank and Chinese anti-virus controls fueled concern about an economic slowdown. Shanghai and Hong Kong declined while Tokyo advanced. Oil prices gained. Wall Street's benchmark S&P 500 index...

Asian stocks down after Wall St weekly loss on rate fears

Nov. 20, 2022 22:46 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Monday after Wall Street ended with a loss for the week amid anxiety about Federal Reserve plans for more interest rate hikes to cool inflation. Hong Kong's benchmark fell more than than 3%. Shanghai, Tokyo and Sydney also retreated. Oil...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall St falls on rate hike worries

Nov. 17, 2022 23:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Friday after Wall Street declined following indications the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates higher than expected to cool inflation. Shanghai declined while Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. Oil prices gained. Wall...

Toyota shows new Prius hybrid with more power, range, style

Nov. 16, 2022 22:52 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The new Toyota gas-electric Prius hybrid not only comes with more power, acceleration and driving range. It’s also more stylish, scrapping the rather stodgy angular body for a sleekly futuristic look. Simon Humphries, senior general manager of Global Toyota design...