- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sunwolves claim 1st win in Super Rugby, Chiefs still top Updated: Apr-24-16 4:34 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Super Rugby snapped out of its mid-season torpor Saturday with a thrilling match between the first-placed Chiefs and third-placed Hurricanes that showcased the quality of the New Zealand conference.
- UCI president aims to boost track cycling at 2024 Olympics Updated: Apr-20-16 1:55 pm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The 2024 Olympics can boost track racing's reputation, International Cycling Union President Brian Cookson hopes, with more medal events and better-suited venues.
- Japan Catholic school sex-abuse victims demand to be heard Updated: Apr-20-16 8:44 am
TOKYO - The Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the least Catholic countries: Japan, where former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago.
- UN rights expert sees threats to press independence in Japan Updated: Apr-19-16 2:46 am
TOKYO - A U.N. rights expert warned Tuesday of "serious threats" to the independence of the press in Japan, including laws meant to protect coverage fairness and national security that he said could work as censorship.
- Okubo making case for return to Japan team with record goals Updated: Apr-17-16 6:11 am
TOKYO - Veteran striker Yoshito Okubo is overcoming age and the occasional injury scare to make a case for inclusion in Japan's national team while re-writing the J-League record books.
- Veteran was there when Truman told MacArthur: You're fired Updated: Apr-16-16 3:05 am
EUGENE, Oregon - There are moments in history that we are all privy to - moments so ingrained that most of us of a certain age still remember exactly where we were when they happened.
- Russia, Japan agree to leaders' meetings this year Updated: Apr-15-16 8:16 am
TOKYO - Top diplomats from Japan and Russia agreed Friday on scheduling their leaders' meetings this year, starting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Russia, to deepen relations overshadowed by a World War II territorial dispute and the conflict in Ukraine.
- Oscar-winning 'Spotlight' star says reporters deserve praise Updated: Apr-14-16 3:11 am
TOKYO - Rachel McAdams, the actress who portrayed a Boston Globe reporter in the Oscar-winning "Spotlight," believes journalists should be praised as "unsung heroes," although nothing is easy about their jobs except for the frumpy clothes they get to wear.
- Kerry's visit to Hiroshima grabbing spotlight at G-7 meeting Updated: Apr-08-16 9:21 am
TOKYO - Next week, Secretary of State John Kerry will become the highest-ranking American government official to visit Hiroshima, where 140,000 Japanese died from the first of two atomic bombs dropped by the U.S. in the closing days of World War II more than 70 years ago.
- AP Interview: Japan lawyer wants no-nukes after Fukushima Updated: Apr-07-16 12:43 am
TOKYO - Lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai stands out in Japan, a nation dominated by somber dark suits: When not in a courtroom, he often wears colorful shirts and crystal-covered animal pins. He is a Noh dancer, a tenor and, of late, a filmmaker. His ride is a Harley.
- Ukraine leader defends himself in offshore account leaks Updated: Apr-06-16 5:41 am
TOKYO - One day after the prime minister of Iceland resigned, the president of Ukraine defended himself Wednesday in the massive leak of records on offshore accounts that has named political officials, business and celebrities from around the world.
- Russian police raid locations of Japanese doomsday cult Updated: Apr-05-16 10:35 am
MOSCOW - Russian police say they have raided the residences of local leaders and adherents of Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese doomsday cult that carried out a deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995.
- 'Manspreading' illustrated: Exhibit studies subway etiquette Updated: Apr-01-16 7:33 am
NEW YORK - "Manspreading" is an indelicate new term to describe how some male subway riders deprive other passengers of a seat. But seat-hogging is just one of many inconsiderate behaviors that have been the bane of commuters at least as far back as the 1940s in transit systems across the globe.