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Japan, South Korea hold export talks, seek dispute solution

Dec. 16, 2019 12:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Senior officials from Japan and South Korea were holding talks Monday on high-tech exports for the first time since Tokyo tightened controls on South Korean semiconductor parts earlier this year. The director-general level meeting was taking place in Tokyo between Yoichi Iida of Japan's Trade...

Tokyo's new stadium: A masterpiece by Japan's Kengo Kuma

Dec. 15, 2019 5:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at Sunday's official completion of the new national stadium, the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of next year's Tokyo Olympics. It will also host track and field and some soccer. He could have spoken for anyone who has been inside the...

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in...

Criticism mounts on WADA decision in Russia doping case

Dec. 13, 2019 7:23 PM EST

Criticism of the World Anti-Doping Agency's sanctions against Russia mushroomed Friday with a rebuke from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee coming on the heels of the outraged resignation of a member of the WADA athlete committee. The USOPC and British Paralympian Victoria Aggar each expressed their...

Tokyo being billed as 'Recovery Olympics' -- but not for all

Dec. 13, 2019 6:46 AM EST

FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They’ll also play Olympic baseball and softball next year in one part of...

Paralympic marathon to stay in Tokyo; street party planned

Dec. 12, 2019 3:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Paralympic marathons are staying in Tokyo, unlike the marathons for the Olympics, which have been moved north to the cooler city of Sapporo. International Paralympic Committee President Andrew Parsons confirmed the move on Thursday as Tokyo Olympic organizers wrapped up planning meetings...

Russian boxers to boycott Olympics if sanctions not lifted

Dec. 11, 2019 9:34 AM EST

Russian boxers will only take part in the Tokyo Olympics if doping sanctions forcing them to compete as neutral athletes are overturned, the general secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Umar Kremlev said he has spoken with the Olympic boxing team and they...

Easy-to-make flowers for traditional Japanese hair ornaments

Dec. 11, 2019 9:25 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tsumami kanzashi are Japanese hair ornaments that were worn by geisha and young daughters of the nobility in a tradition dating back hundreds of years. They're complex and gorgeous, and the craft is officially recognized by the government. It was a bit of a surprise, then, to discover that the...

World shares mixed on reports Trump might delay tariff hike

Dec. 11, 2019 7:48 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global markets were mixed Wednesday following reports that President Donald Trump's advisers were preparing for a possible delay in a weekend tariff hike on Chinese goods. Investors also had their eyes on central bank meetings in Europe and the U.S. The German index in Frankfurt rose in...

Adam Jones, Orix agree to $8M, 2-year contract

Dec. 10, 2019 11:36 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Outfielder Adam Jones and the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League have agreed to an $8 million, two-year contract. The longtime Baltimore Orioles star played with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, hitting .260 with 16 homers and 67 RBIs. “They have expressed to my family...