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Japan courts Trump using emperor, first lady's birthday

Apr. 19, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Without close friends in Asia, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be using every opportunity, even the emperor's accession, to court President Donald Trump. Abe is scheduling a rushed visit to Washington to meet with Trump and celebrate first lady's birthday, and then is inviting him...

Pompeo dismisses NKorea's rejection of him as US negotiator

Apr. 19, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday rejected a North Korean demand that he be replaced as President Donald Trump's top negotiator, as the United States and Japan vowed to continue to enforce tough sanctions on North Korea until it dismantles its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile...

Tiny Japanese baby is ready to go home after 5 months

Apr. 19, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A tiny Japanese baby who weighed just 258 grams (9 ounces) when he was born five months ago is going home from the hospital. Ryusuke Sekino was shown on Japanese TV on Friday sitting in his mother's arms, looking somberly around at media cameras. His mother, Toshiko Sekino, told reporters she...

Car smashes into pedestrians in Tokyo, killing 2 on bicycle

Apr. 19, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A car driven by an 87-year-old man smashed into pedestrians at a Tokyo intersection on Friday, killing a woman and a girl on a bicycle and overturning a garbage truck, Japanese police said. Eight people were reportedly injured. The Metropolitan Police Department said the woman and child were...

Global stocks modestly higher in quiet holiday trading

Apr. 19, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global stock indexes were mostly moderately higher in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Trading was closed in France, Germany and the U.K. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% to finish at 22,200.56. South Korea's Kospi inched up 0.1% to2,216.15. The...

Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in Uber

Apr. 19, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit. The Japanese companies said Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. and Denso Corp. will together invest $667 million and SoftBank Corp.'s...

Asian stocks rise in quiet holiday trading

Apr. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% in early trading to 22,191.98. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,221.1. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.6% to 3,269.59. Some markets remain...

President Trump to visit Japan in late May, meet new emperor

Apr. 18, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will make a state visit to Japan at the end of May to meet the newly enthroned emperor. Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed his abdicating father, current Emperor Akihito, on May 1. Trump will also hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...

Celebration of Japan's new era big opportunity for business

Apr. 18, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is getting ready for its biggest celebration in years with the advent of the Reiwa era of soon-to-be emperor Naruhito. That means big opportunities for businesses hoping consumers will splash out on long holidays and memorabilia. Many Japanese will get their longest ever "Golden Week"...

Analysis: NKorea's Kim back to military optics to raise heat

Apr. 18, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is cautiously turning up the heat after his unsuccessful summit with President Trump in Hanoi two months ago. Returning to military optics for the first time in five months, Kim on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to an Air Force base to inspect fighter combat...