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Japanese, southern cultures blend in northeast Mississippi

Oct. 24, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Mieko Kikuchi remembers what it was like coming to the United States from Japan. Kikuchi, Renasant’s Japanese liaison and member of Japan-America Society of Mississippi’s board of directors, said she was an active member of her community when...

Matsuyama has 1-stroke, 3rd-round lead at Zozo Championship

Oct. 23, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

CHIBA, Japan (AP) — Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama held on to a one-stroke lead at the PGA Tour's Zozo Championship on Saturday after a 2-under 68 which included a bogey on his last hole to make things interesting heading into the final round. Matsuyama trailed by a...

Nathan Chen falters, Vincent Zhou leads at Skate America

Oct. 23, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nathan Chen is out of podium position for the first time in almost four years. The three-time reigning world figure skating champion — and this season’s Olympic gold medal favorite — was fourth Friday night after the men’s short program at Skate...

Hall of Famer, Olympic coach Wright returns to loaded Nova

Oct. 22, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Jay Wright left for Japan on July 2 as a two-time national champion at Villanova and winner of enough coach of the year awards and Big East titles to fill several trophy cases. He returned to the Main Line campus from a road trip that took him from...

First female head of Japan labor lobby vows to empower women

Oct. 22, 2021 07:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The first female president of Japan’s powerful labor union federation said Friday she will work to correct the gender gap in wages and working conditions to help empower women. “Progress is extremely slow,” said Tomoko Yoshino, who was elected this...

US Rowing accepts resignation of longtime men's coach Teti

Oct. 22, 2021 02:39 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Longtime U.S. rowing coach Mike Teti, who has been criticized by some of his former athletes as being emotionally abusive and using physical intimidation, has resigned but immediately accepted a position funded by a large donor leading a new high-performance training...

Japan OKs plan to push clean energy, nuclear to cut carbon

Oct. 22, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan adopted a new energy policy on Friday that promotes nuclear and renewables as sources of clean energy to achieve the country’s pledge of reaching carbon neutrality in 2050. The new basic energy plan, adopted by the Cabinet just in time for the...

Masters champion Matsuyama takes 2nd-round lead at Zozo

Oct. 22, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

CHIBA, Japan (AP) — Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama overcame cold temperatures and often steady rain showers to shoot a 2-under 68 Friday and take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the PGA Tour's Zozo Championship. Matsuyama, who trailed by a stroke after the...

Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 squeaks to new record high

Oct. 21, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

Asian shares were mixed Friday after a late-in-the-day wave of buying pushed the S&P 500 to a fresh record high. Benchmarks rose in Hong Kong and Tokyo but fell in Sydney and Shanghai. An official newspaper, the Securities Times, said China...

Nissan ex-chair Ghosn set on restoring reputation

Oct. 21, 2021 22:51 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Carlos Ghosn, the former auto industry superstar whose career screeched to a halt with his arrest three years ago, isn't about to settle into quiet retirement. The former head of the Nissan-Renault alliance fled to Lebanon in late 2019, while out on bail...