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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 1988, file photo, the Olympic cauldron towers above the Olympic stadium in Seoul, South Korea, during the opening ceremonies for the summer Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Evictions, drugs, boxing rows: reliving '88 Games in Seoul

Aug. 11, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. The 1988 Seoul Olympics were the last Summer Games of the Cold War era. ___ The final Olympics of the Cold War...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, people walk by a SoftBank shop in Tokyo. Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. saw its April-June profit rise 12% as its investments added to its coffers, including sales of U.S. carrier T-Mobile shares. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Japan tech giant SoftBank's profits rise on investments

Aug. 11, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology giant SoftBank Group Corp.'s said Tuesday that its profit rose 12% in April-June from a year earlier as its investments added to its coffers, including sales of its shares in U.S. carrier T-Mobile. Tokyo-based SoftBank reported Tuesday a fiscal first quarter profit of 1.2...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, a protester with a banner walks to attend a rally denouncing the Japanese government's decision on their exports to South Korea in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The modern legacy of a dark chapter in Japan’s history, when hundreds of thousands of people were brought from the Korean Peninsula and other Asian nations to work in logging, in mines, on farms and in factories as forced labor, lives on in the companies that came to dominate the Japanese economy after World War II. Many of those companies are still facing demands for compensation that they say were settled by treaty decades ago. The sign reads

Japan's legacy of forced labor haunts ties with neighbors

Aug. 9, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For years, Yeom Chan-soon was haunted by the cracking sound of a leather belt eating into the flesh of a fellow Korean mine worker being punished for trying to escape from forced labor in Japan. That dark chapter in Japan’s history, when hundreds of thousands of people were brought...

A currency trader smiles at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Asian shares were mostly lower Friday in lackluster trading, as the region weighed continuing trade tensions over China and optimism about more fiscal stimulus for the ailing U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian shares skid amid virus woes, China-US trade tensions

Aug. 7, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Friday in lackluster trading, as trade tensions between the U.S. and China offset optimism about more fiscal stimulus for the ailing U.S. economy. Investors were also awaiting a U.S. report on jobs later Friday for another gauge of the economic fallout from the...

A health worker wearing a protective suit checks chairs before they open a free COVID19 swab testing at a gymnasium in Navotas city, Philippines on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The capital and outlying provinces returned to another lockdown after medical groups warned that the country was waging a losing battle against the coronavirus amid an alarming surge in infections. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Central Japan region put under virus emergency

Aug. 6, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A governor in central Japan announced a state of emergency Thursday because of rising virus cases and asked businesses and people to curb activities, especially during an upcoming holiday. Aichi prefecture has been seeing more than 100 new infections a day since mid-July after an extended...

A tugboat moves a symbol installed for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on a barge moved away from its usual spot off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The five Olympic rings floating on a barge in Tokyo Bay were removed for what is being called “maintenance,” and officials says they will return to greet next year's Games. The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and are to open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Olympic rings in Tokyo Bay removed for 'maintenance'

Aug. 6, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The five Olympic rings on a barge in Tokyo Bay were towed away for “maintenance" on Thursday and officials said they will return to greet next year's games. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled to open on July 23, 2021. The...

A currency trader wearing a face mask walks near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares mixed as US talks on stimulus still stalled

Aug. 5, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. Investors are watching to see if lawmakers will come ahead with fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index shed 0.4% to 22,438.61 while the Shanghai Composite index gave...

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 1964 file photo, Japanese runner Yoshinori Sakai lights the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the nuclear weapon destroyed that city. He symbolized the rebirth of Japan after the Second World War as he opened the 1964 Tokyo Games. Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city.  Just over 19 years later, he ran with the Olympic flame into the national stadium, left the cinder track, and jogged up a long flight of flower-lined stairs to reach the top.  (AP Photo/File)

Man born in Hiroshima lights 1964 Tokyo Olympic cauldron

Aug. 5, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Yoshinori Sakai was born in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, the day the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city. Just over 19 years later, he ran with the Olympic flame into the national stadium, left the cinder track, and jogged up a long flight of flower-lined stairs to reach the top. ...

FILE - In this Oct. 18, 1964, file photo, Don Schollander of Lake Oswego, Ore., poses with the four gold medals he won during Olympic swimming competitions in Tokyo. Schollander won the gold medals for the 100 and 400 meters freestyle, and swam legs of the winning 400-meter medley and 800-meter freestyle relays. (AP Photo/File)

AP Was There: Don Schollander wins 4 gold medals in swimming

Aug. 5, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was transmitted from Tokyo during the 1964 Olympics. The story appeared on Oct. 19, 1964 in the Victoria Daily Times in...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 1964, file photo, U.S. Marine Lt. Billy Mills pulls off a stunning upset by winning the 10,000 meters Olympic race in Tokyo. Mills set an Olympic record 0f 28:24:4, and was the only American ever to win the event. (AP Photo/File)

Mills wants activism to be remembered more than gold medal

Aug. 5, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A few years before Billy Mills won his gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the Native American was several floors up in front of an open hotel window,standing on a chair and ready to jump. He was despondent over yet another racial slight, this time being excluded from a photograph because...