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Stories with place: Japan
  • Global stocks keep eye on Mideast, Thanksgiving holiday 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 3:51 am

    TOKYO - European shares rose modestly Wednesday while Asian markets mostly fell as investors kept a wary eye on developments in the Middle East after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. Trading was light ahead of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

  • UN refugee head: Japan should accept more, fix asylum system 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:48 am

    TOKYO - Japan should be doing more to help with the global catastrophe of asylum seekers, the head of the U.N. refugee body said Wednesday.

  • Toyota recalls vehicles in Japan, Europe for air bag defect 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:24 am

    TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.6 million vehicles for defective air bags supplied by embattled Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp.

  • Japan defense minister supports US in South China Sea story has photos
    Updated: Nov-24-15 9:46 pm

    CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani on Tuesday expressed his support for the U.S. Navy's sailing of a warship close to one of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.

  • Japanese pitcher Maeda expresses intent to move to MLB 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 6:13 am

    TOKYO - Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda says he wants to play for a team in Major League Baseball next season.

  • First Japanese rocket with commercial payload launched 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 3:58 am

    TOKYO - The first Japanese rocket with a commercial payload headed into space Tuesday in a bid by Japan to enter the market for international satellite launches.

  • Blast at Japan's controversial war shrine injures no one 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 11:21 am

    TOKYO - An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured.

  • Blast at Japan's controversial war shrine injures no one story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 3:46 am

    TOKYO - An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured.

  • Hiroshima beats Bellmare 5-0 to secure J-League's 2nd stage 
    Updated: Nov-22-15 7:23 am

    HIROSHIMA, Japan - Hisato Sato scored a record-tying goal and Douglas netted a hat trick as Sanfrecce Hiroshima thrashed Shonan Bellmare 5-0 on Sunday to clinch the J-League's second stage title in the final game of the regular season.

  • James Lagier, former AP bureau chief, has died 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 5:03 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - James C. Lagier, a former Associated Press bureau chief in the U.S. and Japan whose four-decade career included covering nuclear tests in the Pacific, filing the bulletin on Robert F. Kennedy's death and overseeing AP's reporting of the 1995 Kobe earthquake that killed more than 6,000 people, has died.

  • Rostelecom Cup Results 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 1:41 pm

    MOSCOW - Results Saturday from the Rostelecom Cup stage of the ISU Grand Prix series:

  • Park leads South Korea to 8-0 win over US in Premier12 final story has photos
    Updated: Nov-21-15 9:48 am

    TOKYO - Byung Ho Park bolstered his MLB credentials with a three-run homer in the fifth inning as South Korea routed the United States 8-0 Saturday to win the inaugural Premier12 baseball tournament.

  • Merkel: 10 years in office and no signs of stopping 
    Updated: Nov-21-15 7:21 am

    BERLIN - Angela Merkel marks her 10th anniversary at the helm of Germany on Sunday, becoming only the third post-World War II chancellor to hit that milestone. Over Merkel's decade in charge, she has presided over Germany's strong re-emergence on the world scene - showing leadership in the European financial crisis, pioneering the use of renewable energies and embracing a role as a key negotiator in the Ukraine conflict and a moral authority in Europe's migrant crisis.

  • England hires Eddie Jones as its 1st overseas rugby coach story has photos
    Updated: Nov-20-15 9:25 am

    England turned to the man who masterminded arguably the biggest upset in rugby history to revive its national team on Friday, hiring Eddie Jones on a four-year deal as the country's first foreign-born coach.

  • US eyes food exports to growing Asia under TPP trade pact story has photos
    Updated: Nov-20-15 6:21 am

    TOKYO - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack defended Friday a recently agreed-to 12-nation Pacific trade pact, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership would provide a counterbalance to China's growing influence in the region while also opening up promising Asian markets with their burgeoning middle class.

  • Sia video features child karate master with Olympic dreams story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-19-15 8:56 pm

    NAGAOKA, Japan - She has a soft spot for Duffy the Disney Bear and her favorite food is chocolate. She does her homework before dinner but really loves skateboarding, playing video games and bouncing on her trampoline.

  • Obama pitches trade deal, deeper cooperation with Japan 
    Updated: Nov-19-15 6:44 am

    MANILA, Philippines - President Barack Obama is using a meeting with Japan's prime minister to pitch a free-trade deal among Pacific Rim countries and emphasize a close partnership between the U.S. and Japan.

  • The Latest: Manila slum near APEC shows poverty challenge story has photos
    Updated: Nov-19-15 4:49 am

    MANILA, Philippines - Leaders from 21 countries and self-governing territories are in Manila for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The meeting's official agenda is focused on trade, business and economic issues but terrorism, South China Sea disputes and climate change are also in focus. (All times are local.)

  • Obama promotes trade deal in Asia story has photos
    Updated: Nov-18-15 10:27 pm

    MANILA, Philippines - When President Barack Obama gathered his partners in a new trade deal to celebrate finalizing the massive accord, the group posed for a fast photo, shook some hands and got back to work.

  • OECD countries to limit overseas financing for coal plants story has photos
    Updated: Nov-18-15 10:06 pm

    TOKYO - A compromise struck by the United States, Japan and other major nations will restrict export financing to build coal power plants overseas, but not eliminate it completely.

  • Falling oil prices trigger Japan trade surplus for October 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 8:48 pm

    TOKYO - Japan racked up a trade surplus last month as exports of cars, computers and other goods grew, while imports dipped on falling oil prices.

  • Australian court fines Japanese whaling company for contempt 
    Updated: Nov-18-15 3:42 am

    SYDNEY - An Australian court fined a Japanese whaling company 1 million Australian dollars ($700,000) on Wednesday for violating a court order that it stop hunting whales in an area off Antarctica.

  • Harold Prince celebrates his career with show far from B'way 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 12:00 pm

    NEW YORK - A musical celebrating the most decorated Tony Award-winner in history is currently not playing on Broadway. Or off-Broadway. Or, for that matter, off-off-Broadway. It's not even in New York.

  • Russian disqualified after winning a marathon in Japan 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 10:22 am

    MOSCOW - A Russian marathon runner has been disqualified and faces further sanctions after winning a race in Japan at a time when his country is under suspension from global track and field, the IAAF said Tuesday

  • Tokyo sues Okinawa in US base relocation dispute 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 10:09 am

    TOKYO - The Japanese government took the local government in Okinawa to court Tuesday, launching a legal battle in their longstanding dispute over the planned relocation of a U.S. military air base on the southern island.