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Popular wrestler and politician Antonio Inoki dies at 79

Oct. 01, 2022 00:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. Inoki brought Japanese pro-wrestling to fame and pioneered mixed martial arts matches between top...

North Korea fires 4th round of missile tests in 1 week

Sep. 30, 2022 21:51 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters, South Korean and Japanese officials said, making it the North's fourth round of weapons launches this week that are seen as a response to military drills among its rivals. ...

Japan PM condemns Russian annexation of parts of Ukraine

Sep. 30, 2022 21:15 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, in telephone call Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, condemned Russia’s new annexation of parts of Ukraine as illegal and a violation of the country's sovereignty. “I told him that the process that Russia...

Japanese defense ministry says North Korea fired suspected ballistic missiles

Sep. 30, 2022 19:19 PM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese defense ministry says North Korea fired suspected ballistic missiles.

Analysis: Russia's war in Ukraine reaches a critical moment

Sep. 30, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — There are moments in history that appear as critical to the world as they are terrifying. Just this century: the 9/11 attacks in 2001; the U.S. “shock-and-awe″ war on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq two years later; the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 killed millions and...

With pomp, bluster and ceremony, Putin defies West in speech

Sep. 30, 2022 14:34 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday cast his move to absorb four Ukrainian regions as part of an existential battle for Russia's very survival against an aggressive West, a blustery show of his readiness to further up the ante in the conflict in Ukraine that has now entered...

Wiseman stars as Warriors, Wizards open preseason in Tokyo

Sep. 30, 2022 09:28 AM EDT

James Wiseman, who missed last season rehabilitating a right meniscal tear, scored 20 points on Friday as the defending champion Golden State Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards 96-87 to open the NBA preseason in Tokyo. Wiseman played 24 minutes, connecting on eight of 11 shots,...

Japan to pay up to $320M for US company's chip production

Sep. 30, 2022 05:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is providing a major U.S. chipmaker a subsidy of up to 46.6 billion yen ($322 million) to support its plan to produce advanced memory chips at a Hiroshima factory, the Japanese trade minister said Friday. The announcement to subsidize Micron Technology comes on...

S. Korea, US and Japan hold anti-N. Korean submarine drills

Sep. 30, 2022 05:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, U.S. and Japanese warships launched their first trilateral anti-submarine drills in five years on Friday, after North Korea renewed missile tests this week in an apparent response to bilateral training by South Korean and U.S. forces. The...

Digital minister aims to wrest Japan out of analog doldrums

Sep. 30, 2022 02:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The politician tapped to help Japan keep pace with the digital age has his work cut out for him. After all, the nation known for Nintendo games, Lexus sportscars and other gadgetry galore also loves the fax machine and the traditional “hanko” seals that work as...