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Toyota worker’s suicide ruled work-related after harassment

Nov. 19, 2019 4:42 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota says it hopes to prevent further cases after authorities ruled that one of its engineers killed himself after being repeatedly ridiculed by his boss. A regional labor bureau ruled in September that the 2017 suicide entitled the victim’s family to compensation under a law...

The Latest: HK court blocks activist Joshua Wong’s travel

Nov. 19, 2019 4:31 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Pro-democracy group Demosisto says a Hong Kong court has rejected activist Joshua Wong’s appeal to change his bail conditions and travel abroad. Demosisto said Tuesday on its Facebook page that Hong Kong’s High...

Global shares mixed amid caution on US-China trade talks

Nov. 19, 2019 4:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Shares advanced in early European trading Tuesday after a mixed session in Asia as investors awaited fresh developments in trade talks between the United States and China. France’s CAC 40 added 0.3% to 5,945.15, while Germany’s DAX rose 0.4% to 13,259.55. Britain’s FTSE...

Rich in dramatic Catholic history, Nagasaki awaits the pope

Nov. 19, 2019 3:31 AM EST

NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...

Asian shares mixed amid caution on US-China trade talks

Nov. 18, 2019 10:30 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mixed as investors remain cautious over prospects for an agreement in trade talks between the United States and China. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 edged 0.1% lower to 23,384.14. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4% to 6,745.60. South Korea’s Kospi...

‘Wall of water’: Lawsuits detail deadly Navy collision

Nov. 18, 2019 8:40 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday details a desperate scramble for safety as water rushed in when a container ship collided with a U.S. Navy destroyer off Japan’s coast two years ago, killing seven sailors. The lawsuit filed against Tokyo-based NYK Line by survivors of the collision and...

Bach says opponents of Olympic marathon move wanted an edge

Nov. 18, 2019 11:29 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Athletes who opposed moving the Olympic marathons and race walks from Tokyo to the northern city of Sapporo wanted a competitive edge, IOC President Thomas Bach said Monday. The International Olympic Committee decided last month to move the races to Sapporo because Tokyo would be too hot in...

Stocks subdued after US record highs, eyes on trade talks

Nov. 18, 2019 7:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global markets were subdued Monday as investors look for developments in the U.S.-China trade war and the outlook for stocks after Wall Street indexes hit record highs last week. France’s CAC 40 slipped 0.1% to 5,931 and Germany’s DAX also fell 0.1% to 13,229. Britain’s...

Yahoo Japan, Line to merge business to form online giant

Nov. 18, 2019 4:17 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Online services Yahoo Japan and Line Corp. have announced they are merging. Z Holdings Corp., which owns SoftBank Corp. that operates Yahoo Japan, and Naver Corp. of South Korea, which owns a majority stake in Line, said Monday they are aiming for a final agreement by next month. The...

Asian shares mixed amid cautious mood, eyes on trade talks

Nov. 17, 2019 10:21 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mixed Monday in a cautious mode after Wall Street closed out the week with milestones as the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 28,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 inched up nearly 0.2% to 23,344.06...