Asian markets rally, extending gains on Wall Street

Business 03/31/19, 23:40

Shares surged Monday in Asia after the release over the weekend of encouraging manufacturing data in China that suggest government stimulus efforts may be yielding results.Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 1.6 percent to 21,539.75, easing off earlier highs after newly released economic data showed conditions deteriorating. The Shanghai Composite index ...

Update: Name for new era of Naruhito to be ‘Reiwa’

Asia & Pacific 03/31/19, 21:59

The Latest on the new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito. (all times local):11:50 a.m.Japan's government spokesman says the name of the era for the soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito will be "Reiwa."Cameramen stand by for a planned press conference by Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga at prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Monday, ...

Nostalgia, excitement as Japan awaits new imperial era name

Asia & Pacific 03/31/19, 19:51

What's in a name? Quite a lot if you're a Japanese citizen awaiting the official announcement Monday of what the soon-to-be-installed new emperor's next era will be called. It's a proclamation that has happened only twice in nearly a century, and the new name will follow Emperor Naruhito, after his May 1 ...

Japan to name new era for soon-to-be emperor Naruhito

Asia & Pacific 03/31/19, 19:46

Japan's government is holding top-secret meetings to decide a new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito, the crown prince who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne from his father May 1.Emperor Akihito is abdicating on April 30, with his era of "Heisei" coming to an end.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government later Monday ...

Mariners’ Kikuchi to remain with team after death of father

Baseball 03/31/19, 00:48

Seattle Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi says he will stay with the club following the death of his father, Yuji Kikuchi.The younger Kikuchi issued a statement late Saturday night following Seattle's 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox saying his father had passed away following a "long and valiant battle with ...

Mt. Gox bitcoin exchanges’ Karpeles appeals conviction

Business 03/29/19, 03:16

Mark Karpeles, who headed Mt. Gox, a Japan-based bitcoin exchange that went bankrupt after a massive hacking, is appealing his conviction on charges of manipulating electronic data.Karpeles' lawyer Nobuyasu Ogata said Friday his client had merely tried to reduce the risks for Mt. Gox users.The Tokyo District Court cleared Karpeles ...

Davis hits second home run of season, A’s beat Angels 4-0

Baseball 03/29/19, 03:13

Back home from an 0-2 trip to Japan, the slugging Oakland Athletics got "comfy."Reigning homer run champion Khris Davis went deep for the second time this season , Marcus Semien added a solo shot and the A's beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 on Thursday for their first win after ...

Mariners tag Sale and rout defending champion Red Sox 12-4

Sports 03/28/19, 21:59

Tim Beckham hit two of Seattle's three home runs off Boston ace Chris Sale, and the Mariners improved to 3-0 with a 12-4 win over the World Series champion Red Sox on Thursday.The Mariners followed up their two wins over Oakland last week in Japan by rattling Sale (0-1) and ...

Japan’s Honda, Hino join SoftBank-Toyota mobility venture

Tech 03/28/19, 00:16

Japanese automakers Honda and Hino are joining a partnership between SoftBank and Toyota for mobility service innovation such as self-driving cars.Japanese technology company SoftBank Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp., the nation's top automaker, announced late last year a joint venture for mobility services, in what they called a "united Japan" ...

Asian shares fall after US stumble, eying China trade talk

Business 03/27/19, 23:29

Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday, following a slip on Wall Street, as investors watched the continuing trade talks between the U.S. and China. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 1.5 percent in early trading to 21,049.94, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 recouped earlier losses to be up 0.3 percent at 6,154.50. South ...

Defending champ Red Sox open against already 2-0 Mariners

Baseball 03/27/19, 18:04

Before J.D. Martinez and the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox take the field to begin the regular season, they're already playing catch up in the American League race.No, really. The Red Sox are facing a two-game deficit in the AL standings heading into Thursday's regular season opener against ...

Nissan’s governance committee says Ghosn had too much power

Business 03/27/19, 06:50

A Nissan committee set up to strengthen corporate governance after the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn says it found he had too much power and recommended that the scandal-hit Japanese automaker add more independent outside directors to its board and better oversee compensation and auditing.The proposed changes were announced ...

Papadakis and Cizeron win ice dance gold medal at worlds

Sports 03/23/19, 03:11

Defending champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the free dance on Saturday to win gold in the ice dance competition at the figure skating world championships.Papadakis and Cizeron, first after the rhythm dance, received 134.23 points for their free dance for a total of 222.65 and their ...

Amateur boxing president steps aside during IOC inquiry

Sports 03/22/19, 11:16

With Olympic boxing under investigation by the IOC, the president of the sport's governing body said on Friday he was stepping aside to let an interim leader take charge.Gafur Rakhimov sai d he was not resigning as AIBA president, however, and did not call for new elections.Rakhimov's status on a ...

Zagitova wins at worlds, Tursynbaeva lands 1st quad jump

Sports 03/22/19, 09:58

Olympic champion Alina Zagitova won the free skate to capture her first title at the figure skating world championships on Friday.Skating to "Carmen," the 16-year-old Russian built on her lead from the short program with a strong free skate that included a triple-lutz, triple-toeloop combination in the first half of ...

Falcao gives Colombia win in Japan, SKorea beats Bolivia

Soccer 03/22/19, 09:07

Colombia beat Japan 1-0 in Yokohama and South Korea beat Bolivia 1-0 in Ulsan in friendlies on Friday.Radamel Falcao converted a second-half penalty after a handball by Takehiro Tomiyasu, to give Carlos Queiroz a win in his first match as Colombia coach.Colombia earned a measure of revenge for losing to ...

Chen leads after short program at figure skating worlds

Sports 03/21/19, 07:34

Defending champion Nathan Chen upstaged two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu on Thursday to lead the short program at the figure skating world championships.Skating to "Caravan" by Duke Ellington, Chen performed a lively program that featured a triple axel, a quad lutz and a quad toeloop-triple toeloop combination for a season-best ...

China claims gold in pairs at world figure skating

Sports 03/21/19, 04:35

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China won the free skate to claim the gold medal in pairs at the figure skating world championships on Thursday.Skating to "Rain in Your Black Eyes" by Ezio Bosso, Wenjing and Cong produced a near-flawless free skate and received 155.60 points for a total ...

Ichiro gets the start in what could be his last MLB game

Sports 03/21/19, 02:42

Ichiro Suzuki is in the starting lineup for the Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in what might be his last game in the majors.Seattle manager Scott Servais had earlier hinted that, after Ichiro started in a season-opening victory against the A's on Wednesday, he might not start on Thursday in ...

Rui Hachimura’s popularity continuing to rise at Gonzaga

Sports 03/20/19, 18:22

Rui Hachimura leaned against a wall inside Las Vegas' Orleans Arena, towering above the boom microphones and cameras being held by the reporters below.The Gonzaga big man patiently answered questions in Japanese for more than 15 minutes from the nearly two dozen reporters, including one who raised his hand and ...

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