Update: Trump tamps down expectations of US-Japan deal

Politics 05/25/19, 19:27

The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Japan (all times local): 8:15 a.m. President Donald Trump is tamping down expectations that he'll make significant headway on trade talks during his trip to Japan. Fox News White House Correspondent John Roberts tweets that Trump called him Sunday morning in Tokyo and told him ...

President Trump downplays North Korean missile tests

Politics 05/25/19, 18:08

President Donald Trump is downplaying recent North Korean missile tests, tweeting from Tokyo that they're not a concern for him. Trump says, "North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me." That message appears to contradict Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, ...

Japan welcomes Trump with a charm campaign, golf and sumo

Asia & Pacific 05/25/19, 03:31

Under the threat of potentially devastating U.S. tariffs on autos, Japan is ready to roll out the newest phase of its charm offensive targeting President Donald Trump as it welcomes him on a state visit. Offering high honors, golf, and the chance to present a "Trump Cup" at a sumo wrestling ...

Update: Earthquake rattles Tokyo before Trump visit

Asia & Pacific 05/25/19, 03:01

The Latest on President Donald Trump's state visit to Japan. (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A relatively strong earthquake rattled Tokyo just before President Donald Trump's arrival Saturday but there was no danger of a tsunami. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake, registering magnitude 5.1, struck in Chiba, just south of Tokyo, at ...

Asia shares retreat on fears China-US trade row might spread

Business 05/23/19, 23:15

Asian shares were mostly lower on Friday as worries that the standoff between the U.S. and China over trade might expand put investors in a selling mood. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 0.5% to 21,053.95. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.7% at 6,445.40. South Korea's Kospi dropped 0.9% to 2,040.81. Hong Kong's ...

Tokyo-Vegas investment chief gets 50 years in huge scheme

U.S. 05/23/19, 18:08

The former head of a Tokyo and Las Vegas investment firm was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in prison for bilking thousands of Japanese victims in what prosecutors called a $1.5 billion international Ponzi scheme that ranks among the largest-ever fraud cases in the U.S.Defendant Edwin Fujinaga, 72, also was ...

Former Nissan chairman Ghosn appears in Tokyo court

Business 05/23/19, 03:51

Nissan's former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, appeared in a Japanese courtroom Thursday for a hearing ahead of his trial on accusations of financial misconduct.It was the first of a series of hearings to iron out logistics for Ghosn's actual trial. The trial date has not been set, and experts say it ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: Serena Williams tries again for 24th major

Tennis 05/22/19, 10:45

Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:___NAOMI OSAKAFILE - In this May 30, 2018, file photo, Japan's Naomi Osaka returns a shot against Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (AP ...

UK, Japan mobile operators suspend Huawei 5G phone launches

Business 05/22/19, 10:32

British and Japanese mobile phone companies said Wednesday they're putting on hold plans to sell new devices from Huawei, in the latest fallout from U.S. tech restrictions aimed at the Chinese company. Britain's EE and Vodafone and Japan's KDDI and Y! Mobile said they are pausing the launch of Huawei smartphones, ...

Anti-groping smartphone app highly popular in Japan

Tech 05/22/19, 06:36

A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains.The "Digi Police" app was originally issued by Tokyo police three years ago, but a function to scare off molesters was only added a few months ago. Since ...

Asian shares edge higher following advance on Wall Street

Business 05/22/19, 00:53

Shares edged in Asia on Wednesday after a rebound in technology stocks helped power an overnight rally on Wall Street. Investors bought technology shares after the U.S. government opted to temporarily ease off on proposed restrictions on technology sales to Chinese companies. Japan's Nikkei 225 index added 0.1% to 21,299.02 and the ...

Uehara retires; Star on 2013 Red Sox World Series winner

Baseball 05/21/19, 23:02

Pitcher Koji Uehara, whose dominant season in relief helped the Boston Red Sox win the 2013 World Series, has retired with Japan's Yomiuri Giants — the team that he first played for in Japan.The 44-year-old Uehara announced his retirement at a news conference in Tokyo, saying it was time to ...

Japan wrestling with Trump going to sumo during state visit

Politics 05/21/19, 03:11

Plans for U.S. President Donald Trump to check out the ancient Japanese sport of sumo wrestling during a state visit are raising security issues for organizers. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eager to have Trump and his wife Melania attend a tournament May 26 and hand over a trophy to ...

IOC inspectors face report on tough Olympic work conditions

Sports 05/21/19, 00:17

An IOC inspection team took a routine tour of venues being built for the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, just days after an international labor union federation derided difficult working conditions at some Olympic sites.Top International Olympic Committee officials meet in Tokyo this week with local organizers, where labor issues will ...

Japan’s economy expanded for 2nd straight quarter

Business 05/19/19, 19:51

The Japanese government says the economy grew at an annual pace of 2.1% in the first quarter, marking the second straight quarter of expansion. The Cabinet Office said Monday seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product, the total value of a nation's goods and services, grew 0.5% in the January-March period from ...

Japan, China agree to boost relations ahead of Xi visit

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 06:03

Japan and China have agreed to boost their relations ahead of a planned visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Japan in June, his first since coming to power in 2013.China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday that the timing is appropriate for the two ...

Nissan proposing more board members, with Renault’s Bollore

Business 05/17/19, 02:30

Nissan says it is proposing adding Renault's chief executive, Thierry Bollore, to its board, as well as several outsiders, to strengthen its governance following the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.The Japanese automaker's proposals announced Friday will be put to a shareholder vote at a meeting set for June.Nissan ...

Japan’s trade negotiator: US won’t impose quotas on autos

Business 05/17/19, 01:24

Japan's trade negotiator said Friday Washington won't be demanding any numerical restrictions on Japanese auto exports to the U.S. Toshimitsu Motegi, the economy minister, told reporters he had confirmed this by speaking with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The comments could not immediately be confirmed after office hours in the U.S. Earlier, ...

Eric Talmadge, ‘s North Korea bureau chief, dead at 57

World 05/16/19, 07:47

Eric Talmadge, who as North Korea bureau chief for The Associated Press tenaciously chronicled life and politics in one of the world's least-understood nations, has died. He was 57.Talmadge died this week in Japan after suffering a heart attack while running.A decades-long resident of Japan with deep expertise on Asian ...

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