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The US ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to a stronger security alliance

Apr. 16, 2024 10:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Japan urged Tokyo on Tuesday to take a greater role in developing, producing and supplying weapons “to enhance our collective security" amid conflict in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere. The United States alone can no longer supply all democracies,...

Stock market today: Asian shares track Wall Street slump triggered by strong US spending data

Apr. 16, 2024 00:22 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares skidded Tuesday following a slump on Wall Street after higher yields in the U.S. bond market cranked up pressure on stocks. The Shanghai Composite index lost 1.4% to 3,013.84 even though the Chinese government reported that the economy grew at a...

Testimony begins in lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling

Apr. 15, 2024 04:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A civil lawsuit accusing Japanese police of racial profiling opened Monday with emotional testimony from plaintiffs who said they were constantly stopped and questioned without good reason. The case, filed in January by three residents of Japan with overseas ancestry,...

Naomi Osaka, Iga Swiatek and Emma Raducanu pick up victories in the Billie Jean King Cup

Apr. 12, 2024 15:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Grand Slam title winners Naomi Osaka, Iga Swiatek and Emma Raducanu all earned victories for their countries in Billie Jean King Cup qualifying Friday. Osaka hit 15 aces and put Japan a step away from reaching the BJK Cup Finals with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win over...

Stock market today: Asia stocks are mostly lower after Wall St rebound led by Big Tech

Apr. 12, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Asia stocks were mostly lower on Friday after gains for Big Tech shares helped U.S. stock indexes claw back much of their slide from the day before. U.S. futures and oil prices were higher. In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 index was up 0.4% at 39,609.60,...

Biden meets Japan's PM Kishida over shared concerns about China and differences on US Steel deal

Apr. 10, 2024 00:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida began a much-anticipated visit to Washington on Tuesday that spotlights shared concerns about provocative Chinese military action in the Pacific and at a rare moment of public difference between the two nations over a Japanese company's plan...

What's expected at Japanese PM Kishida's US visit? A major upgrade in defense ties

Apr. 08, 2024 21:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is making an official visit to the United States this week. He will hold a summit with President Joe Biden that's meant to achieve a major upgrading of their defense alliance. He will also join a first-ever summit of the U.S.,...

Japan's Kishida, ahead of US trip, seeks stronger military ties with Washington and other partners

Apr. 05, 2024 14:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday he wants to strengthen military and weapons development cooperation with the United States as well as with other countries such as the Philippines, as he prepares for a visit to the U.S. next week to meet with President Joe Biden. ...

Crowds picnic to see Tokyo's cherry blossoms at full bloom

Apr. 05, 2024 07:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Crowds gathered Friday to enjoy Japan's famed cherry blossoms in Tokyo, where cold weather has delayed their bloom. Cherry blossoms, known as “sakura” in Japanese, are the nation's favorite flower. People often have sakura viewing parties beneath the falling...

Stock market today: Asian shares mostly decline after Wall Street drop on rate cut concerns

Apr. 05, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly declined Friday after a U.S. Federal Reserve official said the central bank might not deliver any of the interest rate cuts that Wall Street has been banking on this year, citing concerns about inflation. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dove 2.4% to...