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Stories with place: Japan
  • Kobe beats Kashima 3-2 to take lead in J-League 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 8:44 am
  • KASHIMA, Japan - Marquinhos and Keijiro Ogawa scored second-half goals as Vissel Kobe beat Kashima Antlers 3-2 to move into first place in the J-League on Saturday.

  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:43 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Military scales down, modifies Guam buildup plan 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:26 pm
  • HAGATNA, Guam - The military's revised proposal for a buildup on Guam calls for less population growth and locating a Marine Corps live-fire training range on an Air Force base instead of the site of an ancient village.

  • Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 8:43 am
  • TOKYO - Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday.

  • Rep. Noem joining delegation to Asia-Pacific 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:06 am
  • WASHINGTON - South Dakota Republican Rep. Kristi Noem is headed to Asia with several other members of Congress.

  • Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:08 pm
  • PARIS - Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.

  • Chinese auto brands limp into Beijing show 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:26 am
  • BEIJING - China's automakers are the underdogs heading into next week's Beijing auto show, where foreign and domestic brands will jostle for attention in a market that is increasingly difficult for homegrown models.

  • Pohang into 2nd round in Asian Champions League 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:36 pm
  • OSAKA, Japan - South Korean club Pohang Steelers beat Japan's Cerezo Osaka 2-0 to secure a second-round spot in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.

  • Court rejects bankruptcy protection for Mt. Gox 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:47 am
  • TOKYO - The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo is headed for liquidation after a court rejected its bankruptcy protection application.

  • Ultra-high definition TV featured at World Cup 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 7:06 pm
  • TOKYO - The World Cup will showcase the latest in TV technology that industry leaders hope will usher in a new era in sports broadcasting.

  • Lady Luck in World War II veteran's corner 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 11:05 am
  • WATERBURY, Connecticut - Gerard Sirois Sr. figures he's a lucky man.

  • Japanese Cabinet minister visits Tokyo war shrine 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 8:04 am
  • TOKYO - A Japanese Cabinet minister on Saturday visited a Tokyo war shrine that honors executed war criminals among others in a move that could reignite tensions with Japan's neighbors ahead of President Barack Obama's Asian tour.

  • AP Analysis: Japan anti-whaling ruling saves face 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 5:41 am
  • TOKYO - The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out.

  • Fliers' thoughts, from 'no fear' to 'it's scarier' 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 2:10 am
  • JAKARTA, Indonesia - The Indonesian mother of three had flown without her kids before, but this was the first time she gave her eldest a to-do list in case something happened on the flight she and her husband were taking.

  • Japan commissioner apologizes over livelier ball 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 6:26 am
  • TOKYO - The commissioner of Japanese baseball has apologized after random tests showed the official ball is livelier than it should be.

  • Hagel seeks to increase ties with Mongolia 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 7:47 am
  • ULAN BATOR, Mongolia - After days of high-profile, pressure-filled meetings, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got to horse around a bit during a short stop in Mongolia on Thursday.

  • Toyota gas cars get efficient engine from hybrids 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:47 am
  • TOKYO - Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.

  • Toyota, GM recalls push US to near-record pace 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:36 pm
  • DETROIT - Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.

  • Japan stem cell researcher says results valid 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:55 am
  • TOKYO - The Japanese scientist accused of falsifying data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper said Wednesday the results are valid despite mistakes in their presentation.

  • Uruguay: The small country nobody wants to face 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:21 am
  • MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - Diego Forlan recorded a television commercial recently wearing a T-shirt that read: "We're not the favorites, nor will we be a surprise. We are the team that no one wants to draw."

  • 5 Japan players to watch at the World Cup 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:17 am
  • TOKYO - Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa will be called on to play key roles as Japan attempts to reach the next level at the World Cup.

  • Will Zaccheroni be the right man for Japan? 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:14 am
  • TOKYO - When hiring Alberto Zaccheroni, the Japan Football Association was convinced the Italian coach's calm demeanor and European know-how was the perfect combination to take the national team to the next level at the World Cup.

  • Honda, Kagawa will need to step up for Japan 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:13 am
  • TOKYO - Keisuke Honda senses a growing confidence within the Japan team, and expects it will translate into results at the World Cup.

  • Last chance for Didier Drogba on biggest stage 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:11 am
  • Didier Drogba may be looking at his best chance of reaching the knockout stage in what will be the aging striker's final World Cup.

  • Arnold resigns as coach of Japan's Vegalta Sendai 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 4:59 am
  • TOKYO - Former Australia coach Graham Arnold has resigned as coach of J-League side Vegalta Sendai after a winless start to the season.