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Japan, South Korea hold export talks, seek dispute solution

Dec. 16, 2019 12:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Senior officials from Japan and South Korea were holding talks Monday on high-tech exports for the first time since Tokyo tightened controls on South Korean semiconductor parts earlier this year. The director-general level meeting was taking place in Tokyo between Yoichi Iida of Japan's Trade...

Tokyo's new stadium: A masterpiece by Japan's Kengo Kuma

Dec. 15, 2019 5:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at Sunday's official completion of the new national stadium, the venue for the opening and closing ceremony of next year's Tokyo Olympics. It will also host track and field and some soccer. He could have spoken for anyone who has been inside the...

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in...

Rays finalizing deal with Japanese OF Tsutsugo

Dec. 13, 2019 8:43 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are working to finalize a two-year contract worth about $12 million with Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not...

Criticism mounts on WADA decision in Russia doping case

Dec. 13, 2019 7:23 PM EST

Criticism of the World Anti-Doping Agency's sanctions against Russia mushroomed Friday with a rebuke from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee coming on the heels of the outraged resignation of a member of the WADA athlete committee. The USOPC and British Paralympian Victoria Aggar each expressed their...

FIFA to consider four bids to host 2023 Women's World Cup

Dec. 13, 2019 2:06 PM EST

FIFA has received bids from Brazil, Japan, Colombia and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand to host the 2023 Women's World Cup. Soccer's international governing body will now assess the bids, which will include visiting each country. Evaluations will be submitted to the FIFA Council and a vote on the host...

Japan PM postpones trip to India's violence-hit northeast

Dec. 13, 2019 12:32 PM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday postponed traveling for a summit with India's leader in the violence-wracked northeast, where two people have been killed in ongoing protests over a new law that grants citizenship based on religion and excludes Muslims. Nearly 10,000...

Tokyo being billed as 'Recovery Olympics' -- but not for all

Dec. 13, 2019 6:46 AM EST

FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They’ll also play Olympic baseball and softball next year in one part of...

Japan's 'tankan' economic survey shows sentiment souring

Dec. 13, 2019 12:16 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A closely watched economic survey by the Bank of Japan showed sentiment among major manufacturers soured for the fourth straight quarter, sapped by trade tensions and damage from a typhoon. The trade war between the U.S. and China crimped trade and growth for the world's third largest...

Stocks mixed as US, EU policymakers leave rates unchanged

Dec. 12, 2019 8:21 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Thursday after central banks in Europe and the U.S. said they will leave interest rates unchanged for the time being. Investors are still waiting for a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks while monitoring Britain's national election Thursday, which will likely...