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Tokyo Olympic official, 3 others held in bid-rigging probe

Feb. 08, 2023 02:20 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A senior official with the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and three company executives were arrested Wednesday in an ongoing bid-rigging scandal related to the Games. Yasuo Mori, the Olympic official, was arrested along with Koji Henmi, who headed the sports...

369 horses nominated to compete in Triple Crown series

Feb. 07, 2023 19:12 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A total of 369 3-year-olds were made eligible to compete in this year’s Triple Crown series during the early nomination period. Each of the horses was nominated through a $600 payment to compete in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont stakes. The...

LGBTQ groups demand Japan adopt equal rights law by G-7

Feb. 07, 2023 10:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese LGBTQ people and rights groups condemned a recent discriminatory remark by a senior aide of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, demanding his government enact laws to ban discrimination against sexual minorities, legalize same-sex marriage and guarantee equal rights before Japan...

Court denies aid for Hiroshima A-bomb survivors' children

Feb. 07, 2023 10:34 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese court on Tuesday rejected a damage suit filed by a group of children of Hiroshima atomic bombing survivors seeking government support for medical costs, saying the hereditary impact of radiation exposure is still unknown. A group of 28 plaintiffs whose...

Japan shows tough new security moves during Philippines trip

Feb. 07, 2023 05:42 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Growing worry over Chinese threats has led to a major Japanese boost in military spending, defense partnerships and aid packages, a concerted new effort to draw like-minded Asian nations into a stronger, unified front as Beijing seeks to establish regional dominance. ...

Japan games maker Nintendo's profit slips amid chips crunch

Feb. 07, 2023 04:10 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese video game maker Nintendo recorded a slight drop in in profit in April to December as it maintained strong sales of its Switch console games. Nintendo Co.’s net profit in the first nine months of the fiscal year through March was 346 billion yen ($2.6...

Japan's SoftBank logs $5.9B loss as tech investments tumble

Feb. 07, 2023 02:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese investor SoftBank Group reported Tuesday that it sank into a deep loss for the October-December quarter, slammed by the global plunge in technology shares. SoftBank Group Corp. racked up a 783 billion yen ($5.9 billion) loss for the fiscal third quarter, a...

China balloon: Many questions about suspected spy in the sky

Feb. 04, 2023 20:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What in the world was that thing? The massive white orb that drifted across U.S. airspace this week and was shot down by the Air Force over the Atlantic on live television Saturday triggered a diplomatic maelstrom and blew up on social media. China...

Japanese prime minister's aide leaving over LGBTQ remarks

Feb. 03, 2023 23:48 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A senior aide to Japan’s prime minister is being dismissed after making discriminatory remarks about LGBTQ people. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters Saturday that Masayoshi Arai, a secretary at his office, was being dismissed after Arai recently told...

The Emperor's Last: MMA pioneer Fedor Emelianenko retiring

Feb. 03, 2023 15:57 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fedor Emelianenko became a near-mythical martial arts figure two decades ago at the grey dawn of the social media age, so his earliest exploits had a tantalizing touch of mystery. His vicious knockouts and submissions weren't broadcast worldwide or posted on...