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Japan economy marks 4th straight quarter of expansion

Dec. 8, 2019 11:55 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy expanded at a faster than earlier estimated annual rate of 1.8% in July-September, powered by stronger consumer purchases and corporate investment ahead of an Oct. 1 tax hike. However that tax increase is expected to hurt growth in coming months. The data issued Monday were a...

Asian shares rise after buying mood on Wall Street ends week

Dec. 8, 2019 9:51 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday cheered by a buying mood on Wall Street that came at the end of last week. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.3% in early trading to 23,414.51, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2% to 6,722.90. South Korea's Kospi edged up 0.3% to 2,088.76....

Japan empress turns 56, still recovering her mental health

Dec. 8, 2019 8:13 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Empress Masako, still recovering from stress-induced mental health issues, said Monday she was happy to have completed her duties as part of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement rituals and pledged to keep up the work and help her husband more for the happiness of the people. In a palace...

Bernard and Jason Langer win PNC Father Son Challenge

Dec. 8, 2019 7:10 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jason Langer made a 16-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff Sunday to give father Bernard his fourth victory in the PNC Father Son Challenge. The Langers closed with a second straight 12-under 60 to match Retief and Leo Goosen and Tom and Thomas Lehman atop the leaderboard in...

Body of slain doctor returns home to Japan from Afghanistan

Dec. 8, 2019 4:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The body of a Japanese doctor killed in a roadside shooting in Afghanistan arrived back home Sunday, with government officials on hand to lead a brief ceremony of mourning at Tokyo's Narita International Airport. Tetsu Nakamura was killed last week, along with five Afghans who had been...

Historical documents show Japan's role in WWII sex slaves

Dec. 7, 2019 10:44 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's army during World War II asked the government to provide one sex slave for every 70 soldiers, according to historical documents reviewed by Kyodo News service that highlight the state role in the so-called “comfort women” system. The 23 documents were gathered by Japan's...

Russia faces next wave of punishment in endless doping saga

Dec. 7, 2019 5:18 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The never-ending Russia doping saga hits another dramatic peak Monday when its Tokyo Olympics status and prospects for hosting international sports events are on the line. World Anti-Doping Agency leaders have been urged by expert advisers to take a hard line on Russian state tampering with a...

Japanese doctor's family to bring body home from Afghanistan

Dec. 6, 2019 8:50 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The wife of a 73-year-old Japanese physician killed earlier this week in a roadside shooting in eastern Afghanistan wept softly as she stood by her husband's coffin in a Kabul hospital Friday. The wife, identified in Japanese media as Naoko Nakamura, arrived in the capital earlier...

Troubled waters: Open water swimming faces do-over of 2016

Dec. 6, 2019 2:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Haley Anderson has been through this before. In the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, all the talk about open water swimming focused on the conditions rather than the competition. Now, it's happening again with the Tokyo Games less than a year away. This time, there is concern about the...

Global shares rise on optimism about US-China trade deal

Dec. 5, 2019 8:27 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares mostly rose Thursday amid renewed hopes that a U.S. trade deal with China may be near despite recent tough talk from President Donald Trump. After Asian markets largely closed higher, France’s CAC 40 added nearly 0.7% to 5,839, while Germany’s DAX inched up less...