- Elderly elephant named in petition drive dies in Japan zoo Updated: May-26-16 5:18 am
TOKYO - An elderly elephant that set off a petition drive to move her out of her concrete pen in a small zoo in Japan has died.
- JOC sets up 3-man team to investigate Tokyo 2020 payments Updated: May-25-16 2:51 am
TOKYO - The Japanese Olympic Committee has set up an investigative team to see if there were any illegal payments made to a Singapore firm which have entangled Tokyo's winning 2020 Olympic bid in a bribery investigation.
- Column: McGregor vs Mayweather, a freak show with precedent Updated: May-24-16 5:13 pm
The freak show that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are talking about will almost surely never happen, and for that anyone who would even consider opening their wallet to pay for it should be grateful.
- Obama's Hiroshima trip parachutes him into history disputes Updated: May-24-16 7:21 am
HANOI, Vietnam - By visiting Hiroshima, Barack Obama parachutes himself into a seemingly endless dispute among key U.S. allies and trading partners over World War II. In Tokyo's decades-long tug-of-war over history with its neighbors China and South Korea, it's the American president who could end up losing.
- Obama's Hiroshima visit stirs differing views across Pacific Updated: May-23-16 11:48 pm
TOKYO - Two very different visions of the hell that is war are seared into the minds of World War II survivors on opposite sides of the Pacific.
- 2nd-oldest known female orangutan dies at Chicago zoo Updated: May-21-16 3:06 pm
CHICAGO - A 54-year-old orangutan named Maggie who was the second-oldest known female of her species has died at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo following weeks of declining health.
- A-bomb survivors want Obama to meet, apologize in Hiroshima Updated: May-19-16 9:37 am
TOKYO - A group representing Japanese survivors of U.S. atomic bombings urged President Barack Obama to hear their stories and apologize when he visits Hiroshima next week.
- Suzuki apologizes for improper road tests, denies cheating Updated: May-18-16 6:08 am
TOKYO - Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corp. apologized Wednesday for improper road tests, but denied reports that it illegally falsified mileage numbers.
- Strong quake shakes eastern Japan; no tsunami danger Updated: May-16-16 9:41 am
TOKYO - A strong earthquake shook Tokyo and other cities in eastern Japan on Monday, but officials said there is no danger of a tsunami.
- Hawaiian Airlines to fly from Tokyo to Kailua-Kona Updated: May-13-16 8:20 pm
HONOLULU - Hawaiian Airlines on Friday secured the right to begin flying nonstop between Tokyo and Kailua-Kona, bringing a regularly scheduled direct flight from Japan to the Big Island for the first time since 2010.
- The Latest: Hawaiian to fly Tokyo-Kona 3 times a week Updated: May-13-16 3:57 pm
HONOLULU - The Latest on Hawaiian Airlines winning Tokyo to Kailua-Kona route (all times local):
- A wave of bad news batters Olympics past, present and future Updated: May-13-16 2:35 pm
LONDON - Doping scandals. Bribery allegations. Fears about Zika. Political, economic and corruption crises.
- Tokyo 2020 bid: Payments were 'legitimate' consulting fees Updated: May-13-16 8:23 am
TOKYO - Leaders of Tokyo's winning bid for the 2020 Olympics acknowledged Friday making payments to a firm in Singapore, but said the funds were for legitimate consulting fees and maintained that all bid activities were "fair and correct."
- Honda reports quarterly loss on strong yen, air-bag recall Updated: May-13-16 7:45 am
TOKYO - Honda Motor Co. is reporting a 93.4 billion yen ($860 million) loss for January-March, as the Japanese automaker is hit by costs for a massive air-bag recall and an unfavorable shift in exchange rates.
- Tokyo governor under fire for $1800 hotel room, lavish trips Updated: May-13-16 4:26 am
TOKYO - The governor of Tokyo has triggered public outrage for flying first-class and staying at up to $1,800-a-night suites in Europe and America during official trips.
- Japan's Olympics minister says Tokyo's 2020 bid was clean Updated: May-13-16 3:52 am
TOKYO - Japan's Olympics Minister believes Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympics was fair, despite fresh allegations of bribery.
- IOC in contact with prosecutors amid Tokyo payment report Updated: May-11-16 1:52 pm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The IOC said Wednesday it remains in contact with French prosecutors following allegations of a secret $1.5 million payment made during Tokyo's winning bid for the 2020 Olympics.
- Takata logs second year of red ink, expects return to profit Updated: May-11-16 11:59 am
TOKYO - Takata Corp., the Japanese auto-parts maker behind massive air-bag recalls, is expecting a return to profit for the fiscal year through March 2017, although it just agreed to recall millions of additional parts.
- Japanese welcome Obama visit to Hiroshima, apology or not Updated: May-11-16 10:50 am
TOKYO - After being taught that atomic bombs are inhumane and terrible, high school student Kaho Matsuki's first reaction when she heard U.S. President Barack Obama would visit the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima was that he should apologize for America's use of the weapons.
- Softbank's quarterly profit drops 49 percent on Sprint woes Updated: May-10-16 9:34 am
TOKYO - Japanese Internet company SoftBank Group Corp., which is struggling to turn around Sprint in the U.S., reported Tuesday a 49 percent plunge in profit for the January-March quarter to 45.2 billion yen ($415 million), compared to the same period the previous year.
- The Latest: Russia distances itself from Panama Papers Updated: May-10-16 6:56 am
LONDON - The Latest on the release of a database listing offshore companies named in the so-called Panama Papers (all times local):
- Panama Papers offshore companies data spurs anti-graft moves Updated: May-10-16 5:17 am
TOKYO - The latest release of the names of thousands of offshore companies and other financial data of the rich and powerful is spurring renewed calls to counter corruption and tax evasion.
- Takata expects to sink into loss, instead of posting profit Updated: May-09-16 8:22 am
TOKYO - Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp. is expecting a loss instead of a profit for the fiscal year that ended in March because of ballooning costs from a massive global air-bag recall.
- Japan court: Vagina art objects OK, digital data obscene Updated: May-09-16 7:32 am
TOKYO - A Tokyo court ruled Monday that vagina-shaped objects created by a Japanese artist qualify as art, but found her guilty of obscenity for distributing digital data that could be used to make a realistic three-dimensional recreation of her genitalia.
- Russian, Japanese leaders plan peace treaty consultations Updated: May-06-16 2:18 pm
MOSCOW - A meeting between the leaders of Russia and Japan has ended with no indication of whether significant progress was made toward resolving a territorial dispute that has overshadowed Moscow-Tokyo relations since World War II.