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Stock market today: Asian shares mixed after AI hopes nudge Wall St to records. BOJ stands pat

Jun. 14, 2024 00:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed in muted trading Friday after Wall Street’s continued frenzy around artificial-intelligence technology nudged indexes on Wall Street to more records. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 0.7% to 38,998.04 after the Bank of Japan kept its...

Japanese architect Maki, credited with fusing East with West, has died at age 95

Jun. 12, 2024 06:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, who won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for designs praised as smartly and artfully fusing the East with the West, has died. He was 95. Maki, who taught architecture and urban design at Harvard, died June 6, his office, Maki &...

Will Japanese women be able to keep their maiden names after marriage? Major lobby demands change

Jun. 12, 2024 02:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful Japanese business lobby is calling on the government to allow married couples to keep dual surnames, saying the lack of freedom to do so hinders women’s advancement and has even become a business risk. In Japan, each wedded pair has to legally adopt one...

Stock market today: Asian shares are mostly lower ahead of Fed decision on interest rates

Jun. 12, 2024 01:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower Wednesday in Asia ahead of a decision by the Federal Reserve on interest rates. In Japan, higher inflation and falling wages raised questions about how the central bank can navigate away from near-zero interest rates. The Bank of Japan will...

Japan beats United States 2-0 in men's Olympic soccer warmup match

Jun. 12, 2024 00:33 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The United States heads to its first men's Olympic soccer tournament since 2008 off a performance it would rather forget. Shota Fujio converted a penalty kick in the sixth minute, Mao Hosoya added a goal in the 69th and Japan won 2-0 in an under-23 game on...

As Congress investigates the Osprey, families balance grief with pilots' love for the warplane

Jun. 11, 2024 10:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The V-22 Osprey that crashed off the coast of Japan last year brought the aircraft's safety record back under scrutiny — but this time without one of its most vocal defenders. Air Force Maj. Jeff Hoernemann piloted the Osprey for more than a decade. Each time a...

US envoy calls for Japan's help to quickly replenish US missile inventory, repair warships

Jun. 11, 2024 01:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The United States needs Japan's help to quickly replenish missile inventory and repair warships as conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine continue and Washington seeks to keep its deterrence credible in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. ambassador to Japan said. "It is...

Paris Olympics: What to know and who to watch during the wrestling competition

Jun. 10, 2024 11:18 AM EDT

A roadmap to follow for the wrestling competition at the Paris Olympics: Athletes to Watch —Hassan Yazdani, Iran: Nicknamed “The Greatest,” Yazdani was a gold medalist at 74 kilograms in 2016. He lost to David Taylor in the gold medal match in the 86-kilogram...

Japan's economy is shrinking, although slightly less than previously thought

Jun. 09, 2024 23:57 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese economy shrank at an annual rate of 1.8% in the first quarter of this year, slightly better than the initial estimate at a 2.0% contraction, according to revised government data Monday. The revision was due to private sector investments, at minus 0.4%, up...

Stock market today: Asian stocks are mixed ahead of key U.S. jobs data

Jun. 07, 2024 00:08 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Friday after a steady Thursday on Wall Street as markets anticipated the key U.S. jobs data that will be revealed later in the day. U.S. futures and oil prices rose. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 edged 0.1% lower to 38,661.04...