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Sony invests in image sensors, acquires more of EMI Music

May. 22, 2018 1:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. said Tuesday it plans to invest 1 trillion yen ($9 billion) mostly in image sensors over the next three years, under a revamped strategy to strengthen both hardware and creative content. Sony also plans to buy for $2.3 billion a 60 percent stake...

Survey: Japanese female journalists report sexual misconduct

May. 21, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A survey of women working for Japanese newspapers and TV networks has found 150 cases of alleged sexual misconduct reported by 35 women, about one-third of it involving lawmakers, government officials and law enforcers, a researcher said Monday. Osaka International University Professor Mayumi...

In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance

May. 21, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump next month. Expect...

Fired coach Halilhodzic suing Japanese soccer association

May. 21, 2018 5:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Vahid Halilhodzic is suing the Japanese soccer association and its president after he was fired as national coach only two months before the World Cup. Lionel Vincent, the lawyer representing Halilhodzic, told The Associated Press on Monday that the suit asks for an apology from association...

Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

May. 20, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic Church, including his chief aide for helping the poor in Rome and prelates based in Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are a vulnerable minority. "I am happy to announce that on June 29, I will hold a...

Trusted Xi ally a rising influence on China's foreign policy

May. 19, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is increasingly turning to friend and trusted confidant Wang Qishan to help guide the country's foreign relations as he prepares for a potentially bruising trade fight with the U.S. and competition for leadership in Asia. The 69-year-old Wang was appointed vice...

Toyota chief hopes to help Japan automakers keep tech edge

May. 18, 2018 8:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. chief Akio Toyoda, tapped to head the Japanese auto industry association, promised Friday to lead a push among manufacturers to keep a competitive edge in emerging technologies such as zero-emission and autonomous driving. Japanese companies are among the world's top...

Ahead of Trump summit, Kim Jong Un crafts a careful message

May. 17, 2018 9:38 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have one big thing in common as they prepare for what would be the first ever U.S.-North Korea summit next month in Singapore: They both claim to deserve total credit. In a country where there is no Twitter but lots of fake news, North Koreans are getting a very...

US is running out of time on NAFTA while confronting China

May. 17, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's team is running out of time to rewrite a trade pact with Canada and Mexico, and America's top trade official says the countries are still far apart. The impasse over the North American Free Trade Agreement comes as the U.S. is confronting China and sparring with...

Toshiba's chip sale to consortium wins regulatory approval

May. 17, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese electronics company Toshiba Corp. said Thursday the sale of its computer memory chip business to a consortium led by Bain Capital Private Equity has cleared all anti-trust regulatory approval, including one it was awaiting from China. That means the deal, valued at 2 trillion yen ($18...