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Tominaga, McGowens lead Nebraska past South Dakota 83-70

Nov. 27, 2021 16:48 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Keisei Tominaga and Bryce McGowens combined to score 45 points and Nebraska earned its fourth-straight win by knocking off South Dakota 83-70 on Saturday. Tominaga, a junior college transfer from Nagoya, Japan scored a season-high 23 points, hitting...

Japan PM vows to step up defense amid China, NK threats

Nov. 27, 2021 01:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review Saturday, renewed his pledge to consider “all options,” including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed to create a stronger Self-Defense Force to protect the country amid growing threats from...

Japan seeks extra defense budget amid China, N Korea concern

Nov. 26, 2021 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget through March to expedite the purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia...

Asian stock markets sink as traders watch Europe virus cases

Nov. 25, 2021 22:38 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Friday as traders watched a surge in coronavirus cases in Europe and anti-disease controls that threaten to disrupt trade and travel. Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. U.S. markets were closed Thursday for a holiday....

SKorea governing party candidate takes softer line on North

Nov. 25, 2021 06:27 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean governing party's presidential candidate said Thursday he will continue a conciliatory approach toward North Korea if elected and questioned the effectiveness of U.S.-led economic sanctions in pressuring the North to abandon its nuclear ambitions....

Asian stocks down after Fed says ready to act on inflation

Nov. 24, 2021 22:50 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets fell Thursday after Federal Reserve officials indicated they were ready to raise interest rates sooner than expected if needed to cool inflation. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney declined. Tokyo advanced. ...

Japan, Vietnam express serious concern about South China Sea

Nov. 24, 2021 09:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and Vietnam expressed serious concern on Wednesday about the situation in the South China Sea and any unilateral actions aimed at altering the status quo, and agreed to work together to sustain free and open sea lanes as tensions escalate in the region amid...

Asia stock markets decline amid inflation, oil price worries

Nov. 23, 2021 23:53 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell Wednesday as worries about inflation set off expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 1.1% to 29,436.73 in early trading, following a national holiday Tuesday. South Korea's Kospi slipped...

After slow starts, some Asian vaccination rates now soaring

Nov. 22, 2021 00:59 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — When Cambodia rolled out COVID-19 vaccines, lines stretched down entire streets and people left their shoes out to save their places as they sheltered from the sun. But three months into its campaign, just 11% of the population had received at least one dose. In...

Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki available for MLB teams

Nov. 21, 2021 14:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki will be posted on Monday by his Japanese club and will be available for bidding by the 30 Major League Baseball teams. MLB told its teams on Sunday that the posting will start Monday morning and run through 5 p.m. EST on...