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The Latest: Trump meets troops in Alaska en route to Japan

May. 24, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Japan (all times local): 8:15 p.m. President Donald Trump has greeted U.S. troops in Alaska while on his way to a state visit in Japan. Trump shook hands and signed caps for the service members on the tarmac at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson...

The Latest: Japan PM mulls Iran visit to mediate crisis

May. 24, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 5 p.m. Japanese media say Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering a visit to Iran next month amid rising tension between Tehran and...

Tokyo-Vegas investment chief gets 50 years in huge scheme

May. 23, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former head of a Tokyo and Las Vegas investment firm was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in prison for bilking thousands of Japanese victims in what prosecutors called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme that ranks among the largest-ever fraud cases in the U.S. Defendant Edwin...

Olympic officials reassure sports federations about cuts

May. 23, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Olympic official made a guarantee Thursday that will please the heads of world sports federations who are concerned that Tokyo Games organizers might be cutting things they see as "decoration" but federations view as "essential." Many federations fear what happened at the 2016 Rio de...

Former Nissan chairman Ghosn appears in Tokyo court

May. 23, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, appeared in a Japanese courtroom Thursday for a hearing ahead of his trial on accusations of financial misconduct. It was the first of a series of hearings to iron out logistics for Ghosn's actual trial. The trial date has not been set, and experts say...

Mobile app to warn gropers, get help proves popular in Japan

May. 22, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains. The "Digi Police" app was originally issued by Tokyo police three years ago, but a function to scare off molesters was only added a few months...

IOC wants to remove boxing body AIBA from Tokyo Olympics

May. 22, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Dealing a blow to Olympic boxing officials after months of investigations, the IOC has set up a vote next month on removing the sport's governing body AIBA from organizing bouts at the 2020 Tokyo Games. The International Olympic Committee's executive board on Wednesday proposed...

Global markets gain on Huawei grace period

May. 21, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Most global stock markets rose Tuesday after the U.S. government issued a 90-day grace period on its order to bar U.S. firms from selling to Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei. The reprieve eases the immediate hit on U.S. suppliers and has at least temporarily quelled investors' anxiety over...

IOC confident Tokyo can resolve complaints over budget cuts

May. 21, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The heads of some international sports federations complained this month that Tokyo Olympic organizers were cutting too deeply to save money. One said the cost reductions could make venues look cheap, reminding of deep, last-minute budget slashing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. John...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street fall on Huawei anxiety

May. 21, 2019 2:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday after anxiety over U.S. restrictions on sales to Chinese tech giant Huawei pulled Wall Street lower. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Seoul and Sydney advanced, while Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. Anxiety over U.S.-Chinese trade tension was reignited by Washington's...