Latest Tokyo News

The Latest: Japan resumes export control talks with S. Korea

Nov. 22, 2019 4:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the dispute between South Korea and Japan (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Japan says it will resume export control talks with South Korea after Seoul notified Tokyo that it will drop action against it at WTO. Japan’s Trade Ministry made the announcement Friday....

IOC’s Bach asked to intervene in Tokyo Olympic labor dispute

Nov. 22, 2019 1:31 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An international trade union wants IOC President Thomas Bach to intervene and investigate alleged labor and safety violations at venues being built for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Building and Wood Workers’ International has been critical for several years of workers’...

Japan court allows Nissan ex-chair Ghosn to talk with wife

Nov. 21, 2019 8:14 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn is being allowed to talk to his wife after an eight-month ban on such contact while he awaits trial on financial misconduct charges. Prosecutors had argued contact between him and Carole Ghosn ran the risk of tampering of evidence and fabricated...

Tokyo Olympics: Japanese, English _ but where’s the French?

Nov. 21, 2019 5:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The French language has been almost invisible during the drawn-out preparations for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. News conferences in Tokyo are conducted in Japanese or in English — or with English interpretation. Signs around the organizing committee offices are in Japanese and...

Japan Display worker suspected of taking $5.4M in fake deals

Nov. 20, 2019 11:32 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan Display Inc. is pursuing criminal charges against an employee it has accused of taking 578 million yen ($5.4 million) in fake deals. The Tokyo-based maker of displays said Thursday the money was lost at its Japan operations as the employee, who since has been fired, made the illicit...

Murray, Djokovic looking forward to playing in 2020 Olympics

Nov. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have their sights set on playing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Murray said Wednesday “he would love to compete in Tokyo,” and Djokovic acknowledged the Olympics are “very high on the list of wishes for next year.” Murray, the two-time...

Molly Solomon promoted to lead NBC Olympics coverage

Nov. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Molly Solomon began her career at NBC Sports as a researcher for its Olympics coverage. Nearly 30 years later, she will lead its coverage. NBC announced Tuesday that it has promoted Solomon to executive producer and president of the network’s Olympics unit, becoming the first...

Seoul faces major decision over military pact with Tokyo

Nov. 20, 2019 1:25 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Squeezed between a growing North Korean threat and a shaky alliance with the United States, South Korea must decide this week whether its national pride and deep frustrations with Japan are worth killing a major symbol of their security cooperation with Washington. After...

Toyota worker’s suicide ruled work-related after harassment

Nov. 19, 2019 6:24 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An engineer at Toyota killed himself after being constantly ridiculed by his boss, authorities have ruled. Toyota Motor Corp. acknowledged the case after reports of the ruling emerged Tuesday. The company said it hopes to prevent further such cases and expressed condolences over the death. The...

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...