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North Korea fires short-range missile to sea in latest test

Sep. 27, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea early Tuesday, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, in the latest weapon tests by Pyongyang that raised questions about the sincerity of its recent offer for talks with South Korea. In an...

Japanese princess's fiancé returns for delayed marriage

Sep. 27, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Princess Mako’s fiancé returned to Japan on Monday for their marriage, which was suspended for more than three years because of a financial dispute involving his mother. Kei Komuro, 29, arrived from New York, where he studied law and plans to...

Japan's leader says Olympics were 'symbol of global unity'

Sep. 24, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At a U.N. General Assembly meeting packed with global gloom, Japan's outgoing leader highlighted what he cast as a moment of inspiration: the Tokyo Olympics, controversially held in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. “While humanity has been...

Library devoted to Japan novelist Murakami to open in Tokyo

Sep. 22, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A library devoted to Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's writings, scrapbooks and record collection opens next week in Tokyo as a spot for literary research, cultural exchange and a gathering spot for his fans. The Haruki Murakami library, which opens Oct....

Asian shares mostly lower after mixed trading on Wall Street

Sep. 21, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

Asian shares were mostly lower on Wednesday after major indexes ended mixed on Wall Street. Benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Shanghai and Taiwan but rose in Sydney. Markets in South Korea and Hong Kong were closed for holidays. The Bank of Japan kept its...

Asian shares extend losses as China worries darken sentiment

Sep. 20, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares declined Tuesday, with Tokyo down 2% as worries about heavily indebted Chinese real estate developers weighed on sentiment. On Monday, U.S. stocks logged their biggest drop since May, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite sinking 2.2%. ...

Hong Kong shares lead Asia lower; Tokyo and Shanghai closed

Sep. 19, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

Shares fell more than 3% in Hong Kong on Monday in holiday-thinned trading in Asia, with other big markets in Tokyo and Shanghai closed. Other regional benchmarks also fell after Wall Street wrapped up last week with another decline. Investors are...

IOC urges Olympic teams to ask for more vaccines

Sep. 17, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic teams were urged Friday to contact the IOC about getting more vaccines ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, which will be held in the country where the coronavirus outbreak started. The International Olympic...

EXPLAINER: Japanese ruling party race to determine next PM

Sep. 17, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Official election campaigning started Friday for the next head of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party. The winner will almost certainly become leader of the world’s No. 3 economy, shaping key political, military and security roles in the region. ...

Asian shares mostly higher after Wall Street retreat

Sep. 16, 2021 23:53 PM EDT

Asian shares were mixed on Friday after a hodge-podge of economic data led Wall Street to close mostly lower. Benchmarks rose in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul but fell in Shanghai and Sydney. Across the region, concerns over prolonged outbreak of...