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1 Year: Tokyo Olympics unveil gold, silver, bronze medals

Jul. 24, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals were to get their first public viewing on Wednesday as Tokyo organizers marked exactly a year until the games open. Fans, sponsors and politicians were celebrating the day around the Japanese capital, displaying placards and clocks showing 365 days to go...

The Latest: New Zealand set to talk free trade with Johnson

Jul. 23, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Boris Johnson's victory in the race to become Britain's next prime minister (all times local): 2:25 a.m. New Zealand says it's ready to begin negotiating a free-trade agreement with Britain when Britain is ready. Boris Johnson is due to take office as British prime minister on...

Japan's Abe pushes charter change despite election results

Jul. 22, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called for public debate on revising Japan's pacifist constitution, saying voters who handed his ruling bloc a majority in weekend parliamentary elections have given him a mandate. The ruling coalition secured a majority Sunday in the upper house, the less...

Bolton meets Japanese officials to discuss Iran, South Korea

Jul. 22, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton held talks with Japanese officials on Monday, presumably to discuss a U.S.-led military coalition to safeguard shipping in the Strait of Hormuz amid escalating tensions in the region. Japan, whose use of force is limited to self-defense of itself and...

Abe's coalition still short of votes to change constitution

Jul. 21, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition secured a majority in Japan's upper house of parliament in elections Sunday, but it lost ground and fell short of the super-majority needed to propose constitutional revisions, according to vote counts by public television and other media. NHK...

The Latest: Abe falls short of seats to change constitution

Jul. 21, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese upper house elections (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Monday Japanese media say Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc will not reach the two-thirds majority in the upper house needed to propose a constitutional revision even if joined by supporters from another party and...

Japanese public broadcaster NHK says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is certain to secure upper house majority.

Jul. 21, 2019 7:13 AM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese public broadcaster NHK says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is certain to secure upper house majority.

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Jul. 18, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

A South Korean man throws kimchi, the traditional pungent vegetable, at a fellow protester wearing the mask of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during an anti-Japanese rally in Seoul. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, children are hit by strong waves along Manila Bay in the Philippine...

Anime studio hit by deadly fire is known for skill, fan base

Jul. 18, 2019 11:12 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — It may not be as famous as Japanese anime legend Studio Ghibli, but Kyoto Animation has many core fans and is known as a team of skilled animators that provides top-quality work for others and can produce its own hits, such as "Lucky Star," ''K-On!" and the "Haruhi Suzumiya" series. The...

The Latest: 33 die in fire set at Kyoto animation studio

Jul. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on a fire in a Japanese animation studio (all times local): 9:45 p.m. A Japanese fire official says the death toll from the Kyoto Animation studio fire is now 33 and nobody else is believed to be still missing. Kyoto fire department official Kazuhiro Hayashi says 36 others have been...