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Asia Development Bank president to step down

Sep. 17, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The president of the Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, plans to step down early next year, the regional lender said Tuesday. Japan has usually headed the ADB as a top donor. Finance Minister Taro Aso said in a statement that Tokyo would soon nominate a "high-caliber candidate" as Nakao's...

Japanese officials cautious on prospects for US trade deal

Sep. 17, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Officials in Japan appeared wary over the prospects for a trade deal with the U.S. after President Donald Trump said he was prepared to sign a pact soon. Japan's chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said Tuesday that the two sides are still finalizing details after reaching a basic...

Oil prices jump as attack on Saudi plant jolts supply

Sep. 16, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

Global energy prices spiked more than 14% Monday after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record. It was an increase on par with the 1991 Gulf War and analysts said heightened tensions in the Middle East could keep prices elevated for the...

Pavlyuchenkova eases into 2nd round at Pan Pacific Open

Sep. 16, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Former finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova needed less than an hour to beat Dayana Yastremska 6-3, 6-1 on Monday in the first round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Pavlyuchenkova, who lost the 2017 final to Caroline Wozniacki, went on a roll early in the second set to win 11 of the first...

FIBA will look to ease travel burdens at 2023 World Cup

Sep. 15, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — FIBA will look at adjusting travel demands on teams at the next World Cup, after this tournament in China led to many complaints about the distances that nations participating in the knockout stages had to cover without much time to prepare for games. Some teams faced major travel challenges...

Popovich defends team, US beats Poland for 7th at World Cup

Sep. 14, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Their final game at the World Cup had been over for several minutes, and every member of the U.S. team and coaching staff were still lingering together on the court. They were ready to go home. They just weren't ready to go their separate ways. For USA Basketball, summer ended Saturday with...

Doi, Hibino set up rare all-Japanese WTA final

Sep. 14, 2019 4:57 AM EDT

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Misaki Doi upset second-seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 6-3 Saturday to set up a rare all-Japanese final at the Japan Women's Open. Nao Hibino moved into her fifth career WTA singles final after rallying to beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the other semifinal. It's the...

US fines Japan Airlines $300,000 over long flight delays

Sep. 13, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is fining Japan Airlines $300,000 for delays that trapped passengers on two grounded planes for hours. Under an agreement with the Transportation Department, the airline gets credit for $60,000 spent compensating passengers, and $120,000 will be waived if the airline...

Walz says Japan can't pick up US-China trade war slack

Sep. 13, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday that his just-concluded six-day trade trip to Japan and South Korea was productive but also showed that Japan won't be able to pick up much slack from the U.S. trade war with China. Minnesota's agricultural economy has been rattled by President Donald...

The Latest: Nagasaki archbishop welcomes Francis' visit

Sep. 13, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Thailand and Japan in November (all times local): 3 p.m. Nagasaki Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, who heads the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan, has welcomed Pope Francis' upcoming visit, saying he and others in the Japanese church have been...