- Nebraska offices usher small businesses into global markets Updated: May-01-16 11:23 am
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska's small business owners say state employees nestled in offices more than 6,000 miles away have saved them from making irrevocable mistakes in the global market.
- North Korea party congress to show unity around Kim Jong Un Updated: May-01-16 9:10 am
TOKYO - North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim's plans for the country's economy and military.
- Sweden celebrates king's 70th with ABBA's 'Dancing Queen' Updated: Apr-30-16 1:45 pm
STOCKHOLM - Royals from around the world flew in, loyal Swedes lined the streets of Stockholm and the sounds of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" rang out from an army band on Saturday as Sweden celebrated King Carl XVI Gustaf's 70th birthday.
- Kremlin: Japan's PM Abe to visit Putin in Russia next week Updated: Apr-30-16 9:21 am
MOSCOW - The Kremlin has announced that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Russia next week to meet with President Vladimir Putin, a step toward deepening relations overshadowed by a World War II territorial dispute.
- China lays out firm conditions for improved ties with Japan Updated: Apr-30-16 9:14 am
BEIJING - China laid out firm conditions Saturday for improved ties with Japan, telling Tokyo's visiting foreign minister that there could be "no ambiguity or vacillation" in meeting Beijing's demands over historical interpretation, relations with Taiwan and other key matters.
- US places 5 countries on trade monitoring list Updated: Apr-29-16 6:06 pm
WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department has placed five countries - China, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Taiwan - on a new monitoring list designed to pressure foreign governments to tackle large trade imbalances with the United States.
- Urawa maintain lead in J-League with 4-1 win over Nagoya Updated: Apr-29-16 4:32 am
SAITAMA, Japan - Urawa Reds held on to first place in the J-League by thrashing Nagoya Grampus 4-1 on Friday.
- Japan abandons costly X-ray satellite lost in space Updated: Apr-29-16 12:27 am
TOKYO - Japan's space agency has abandoned its efforts to restore the operations of a multimillion-dollar satellite that was to probe the mysteries of black holes using X-ray telescopes.
- Waltz with Leo, Brad or Beyonce - or their holograms anyway Updated: Apr-28-16 10:06 am
TOKYO - You can waltz with Leo, pirouette to "Swan Lake" or join Beyonce on the disco floor. Well, your holograms can, at Tokyo's Madame Tussauds wax museum.
- Sony sees less red ink, postpones outlook because of quake Updated: Apr-28-16 6:54 am
TOKYO - Sony Corp. reported an 88.4 billion yen ($818 million) loss in January-March, a smaller flow of red ink than a year earlier, but it postponed Thursday giving its annual outlook until May, citing damage from major earthquakes in southwestern Japan earlier this month.
- AP Interview: Fukushima plant's new ice wall not watertight Updated: Apr-28-16 6:07 am
TOKYO - Coping with the vast amounts of ground water flowing into the broken Fukushima nuclear plant - which then becomes radiated and seeps back out - has become such a problem that Japan is building a 35 billion yen ($312 million) "ice wall" into the earth around it.
- Japan central bank holds fire on fresh monetary stimulus Updated: Apr-28-16 3:59 am
TOKYO - Japan's central bank stunned financial markets Thursday with a decision not to splash out still more monetary stimulus for the ailing economy - apart from zero-interest loans for an earthquake zone.
- While leaving US rates unchanged, Fed keeps an eye overseas Updated: Apr-28-16 1:03 am
WASHINGTON - When the Federal Reserve chose not to raise its key interest rate, it nevertheless made clear that its next move will be another increase. That stance puts it at odds with other major central banks, which are doing the reverse - seeking to ease credit to spur lending.
- Japan's central bank leaves monetary policy mostly unchanged Updated: Apr-27-16 11:35 pm
TOKYO - Japan's central bank left its unprecedented monetary stimulus mostly unchanged in a policy meeting Thursday, defying speculation it would open the taps further to boost growth.
- Cats at Japan's 'cat cafes' now allowed to stay up till 10 Updated: Apr-27-16 11:57 am
TOKYO - Felines at Japan's popular "cat cafes" are now allowed to stay up until 10 p.m. to interact with customers.
- 2 Japanese snowboarders suspended for marijuana use Updated: Apr-27-16 8:01 am
TOKYO - The Ski Association of Japan has indefinitely suspended two teenage snowboarders after they were found to have used marijuana on a tour to the United States in December.
- Nintendo sinks into bigger quarterly loss on weak sales Updated: Apr-27-16 6:23 am
TOKYO - Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. reported a 24 billion yen ($216 million) loss for January-March Wednesday, bigger than the loss it reported the previous year.
- Taiwan fishermen protest Japan's seizure of boat Updated: Apr-27-16 3:36 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Scores of Taiwanese fishermen protested Wednesday outside Japan's representative office in Taiwan to demand an apology over the seizure of one of their fishing boats by the Japanese coast guard.
- US Pacific Fleet expands use of 3rd Fleet commanders Updated: Apr-26-16 10:47 pm
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said he plans to expand the role of the U.S. 3rd Fleet commander and her staff in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Mitsubishi Motors says false mileage tests done since 1991 Updated: Apr-26-16 4:42 pm
TOKYO - Mitsubishi Motors Corp., the Japanese automaker that acknowledged last week that it had intentionally lied about fuel economy data for some models, said an internal investigation found such tampering dated to 1991.
- French company scores huge Australian submarine contract Updated: Apr-26-16 9:51 am
PARIS - Australia's largest-ever defense contract has gone to a French shipbuilder to produce a new generation of submarines, thrilling officials in Paris and inaugurating half a century of close defense cooperation between the nations.
- Japan to raise nuke safety check competency per IAEA review Updated: Apr-25-16 9:47 pm
TOKYO - Japanese nuclear regulators said they will revise laws, nearly double inspection staff and send some inspectors to the U.S. for training to address deficiencies cited by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- Schwartzel becomes 4th major champion to skip Olympics Updated: Apr-25-16 5:50 pm
Charl Schwartzel of South Africa is the latest player to drop out of the Olympics, making him the fourth major champion in the last two weeks to decide against being part of golf's return after a 112-year absence.
- Hawaiian Airlines seeks to add new flights to Tokyo Updated: Apr-25-16 9:39 am
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Hawaiian Airlines is looking to add a second nonstop route between Hawaii and Tokyo, a move expected to bring more than $100 million to the state each year.
- Organizers go for harmony in new Tokyo 2020 logo Updated: Apr-25-16 3:33 am
TOKYO - A ring of interconnected indigo blue rectangular shapes is the new symbol of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.