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Seoul: US understands seriousness of Seoul-Tokyo trade fight

Jul. 17, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States fully understands the seriousness of South Korea's festering trade dispute with Japan, a high-ranking Seoul official said Wednesday after a meeting with the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian affairs. David Stilwell, the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau...

Former Mitsubishi workers seek assets sale for forced labor

Jul. 16, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Colonial-era Korean workers want a court to allow the sale of assets of their former Japanese employer so they can be compensated for forced labor decades ago. The development comes as South Korea and Japan spar over historical issues and a decision by Tokyo to tighten controls on...

SKorea leader says Tokyo's trade curbs will hurt Japan more

Jul. 15, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korea's president urged Japan on Monday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries' economic cooperation and could damage Japan more than...

S. Korea, Japan fail to resolve growing trade dispute

Jul. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan on Friday failed to immediately resolve their dispute over Japanese export restrictions that could hurt South Korean technology companies, as Seoul called for an investigation by the United Nations or another international body. Tokyo last week tightened the...

The Latest: Japan blames S.Korea export control 'weaknesses'

Jul. 12, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on a trade spat between South Korea and Japan (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A Japanese trade ministry official says restrictions imposed by Japan on high-tech exports to South Korea were prompted by a review of trade policy, and are not related to a growing diplomatic...

Japan crypto exchange loses $32 million of virtual money

Jul. 12, 2019 3:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese cryptocurrency exchange has reported a hack causing the loss of 3.5 billion yen, or $32 million, worth of virtual money. Tokyo-based Remixpoint, which runs the BITPoint exchange as well as travel, used car and energy businesses, apologized Friday, saying the losses were confirmed...

South Korea seeks US help in bitter trade spat with Japan

Jul. 11, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is seeking U.S. help in a bitter diplomatic row with fellow American ally Japan over its moves to tighten controls on high-tech exports. The government said Thursday that Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha discussed the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by...

Ultra-competitive Hooper key attacker for US water polo

Jul. 11, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

Long before Johnny Hooper starred at California and starting playing water polo against the world, his biggest competition was his father, Gary. They played a couple different sports, and Johnny lost all the time at first. Gary Hooper was an elite athlete himself, a Hall of Famer in beach volleyball. While Johnny...

SKorean leader denounces Japanese comments over sanctions

Jul. 10, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday criticized comments by Japanese officials who questioned the credibility of Seoul's sanctions against North Korea while defending Tokyo's stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea. The issue has become a full-blown...

Japanese entertainment tycoon Johnny Kitagawa dies at 87

Jul. 10, 2019 4:07 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Johnny Kitagawa, a kingpin of Japan's entertainment industry for more than half a century who produced famous boybands including Arashi, Tokio and SMAP, has died. He was 87. Kitagawa, better known as Johnny-san, died from a subarachnoid hemorrhage Tuesday at a Tokyo hospital, where he had been...