The Latest: Trump congratulates Japanese Emperor Naruhito
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local):
12:15 a.m. Wednesday
President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Emperor Naruhito...
Japanese Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne
TOKYO (AP) — Three booming cheers of "Banzai!" rang out Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as Naruhito formally declared his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the nation's 126th...
South Africans finding their way at Rugby World Cup
TOKYO (AP) — After finishing off the home team's remarkable run at the Rugby World Cup in the quarterfinals, the Springboks are feeling more comfortable about taking on Wales in...
Duterte cuts short Japan trip due to ‘unbearable’ spine pain
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is cutting short his trip to Japan due to "unbearable pain" in his spinal column caused by his fall during a motorcycle ride last...
Hotel challenges pale in comparison to Boks threat for Welsh
TOKYO (AP) — As if it's not a busy enough week for Wales' rugby team, the Tokyo hotel where the players are staying is also being used by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the festivities...
Sharp-talker Jones says spy filmed England, lobs barbs at NZ
TOKYO (AP) — It's Rugby World Cup semifinals week and Eddie Jones, one of the sport's sharpest talkers, is in full wind-up mode.
The team bearing the brunt of the England coach's barbs?...
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito proclaims ascension to Chrysanthemum Throne at a palace enthronement ceremony
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito proclaims ascension to Chrysanthemum Throne at a palace enthronement ceremony .
Japan warns of more rain, mudslide risk in typhoon-hit areas
TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese weather agency warned people in Tokyo and northern Nagano that heavy rainfall Tuesday may set off flooding and mudslides, including in areas recovering from a deadly...
Japan braces for 2 more storms after deadly typhoon
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is bracing for two more storms heading its way a week after a typhoon devastated the country's central and northern regions.
China detains Japanese man, possibly on spying allegations
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have detained a Japanese man, Japan's government said Monday, and news reports suggested he might be accused of spying.
Jason Day beats Tiger in Japan Skins _ and also with quips
INZAI CITY, Japan (AP) — Not only did Jason Day win the inaugural "The Challenge: Japan Skins" game on Monday, beating Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama, he also won the needling...
Japan exports fall for 10th straight month in September
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports fell for a 10th straight month in September as trade tensions between the U.S. and China hit demand for machinery and other manufacturing mainstays, the government...
Japan set to celebrate Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is abuzz ahead of a ceremony Tuesday marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne.
It is one of several formal ceremonies for Naruhito, 59, who has...
World Cup ref under scrutiny as Welsh play on in Japan
OITA, Japan (AP) — A group of Wales fans laughed and smiled broadly while posing for a photo with South African referee Jaco Peyper after their team scraped into the Rugby World Cup...
Asian shares mixed amid uncertainties on Brexit, China trade
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Monday amid uncertainties about Britain's exit from the European Union and the ongoing trade conflict between the U.S. and China.
Woods returning after fifth surgical procedure on left knee
INZAI CITY, Japan (AP) — Tiger Woods is returning from another surgical procedure on his left knee — his fifth on the same problem spot.
"Unfortunately, I've been down this road with my knee...
No shocker this time: Springboks smother Japan at World Cup
TOKYO (AP) — Handre Pollard knew what to expect when he lined up against Japan, four years after being on the losing end of the most shocking upset in Rugby World Cup history.
No shock for Boks: SA beats Japan, reaches World Cup semis
TOKYO (AP) — There was no epic shock for the Springboks this time, regardless of how much Japan threw at them.
South Africa settled for a trademark, grinding 26-3 win over Japan on Sunday to...
Japan’s come a long way since early days of lopsided losses
TOKYO (AP) — Rather than focus on Japan's 26-3 loss to South Africa in Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal, it's better to remember how far Japan has come since it played in the first World Cup...
Moment of madness: Senseless red card ruins French RWC hopes
OITA, Japan (AP) — It was savage, it was reckless and — gallingly for the French — it was so unnecessary.
France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina's sending-off against Wales in the Rugby World Cup...
The Latest: No shock as Boks reach semis with win over Japan
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
South Africa has advanced to the semifinals with a grinding 26-3 win over Japan, bringing...
Wales rallies to beat 14-man France, reach World Cup semis
OITA, Japan (AP) — Once again, a red card proved pivotal in a Rugby World Cup knockout match between Wales and France decided by just one point.
South Africa grinds down Japan 26-3 to reach the Rugby World Cup semifinals against Wales
TOKYO (AP) — South Africa grinds down Japan 26-3 to reach the Rugby World Cup semifinals against Wales.
Marquez wins MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan
MOTEGI, Japan (AP) — Marc Marquez of Spain held off an early challenge from second place finisher Fabio Quartararo to win the MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan on Sunday.
Jones’ ‘Kamikaze Kids’: Curry, Underhill shining for England
OITA, Japan (AP) — They are called "The Kamikaze Kids" by their coach, such is the disregard Tom Curry and Sam Underhill have for their own well-being.
Rugby World Cup knockouts: Wales v France, Japan v S. Africa
TOKYO (AP) — The semifinal lineup at the Rugby World Cup will be completed on Sunday, with Wales playing France in Oita before host nation Japan takes on two-time champion South Africa in...
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The Latest: Kiwi captain Read pays tribute to Best’s career
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Rory Best's 14-year international career ended in tears, the Irish captain leaving the...
England into RWC semis after record-tying win over Australia
OITA, Japan (AP) — The strains of English rugby anthem "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" were already triumphantly swirling around Oita Stadium when Anthony Watson intercepted a long pass out wide and...
Cheika unlikely to survive as Australia stumbles to RWC exit
OITA, Japan (AP) — Michael Cheika didn't take too kindly to the question, although he must have known it was coming.
What, the Australia coach was asked, were his future plans now his team...
Japan’s team takes on South Africa in World Cup knockout
TOKYO (AP) — Before each match, Michael Leitch and his Japan squad have left the field in a battle-like formation after their warmup, each man in widening ranks behind the captain and with his...
OITA, Japan (AP) — England beats Australia 40-16 to reach Rugby World Cup semifinals.
Japan to send own force, won’t join US coalition for Mideast
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Friday it has decided not to join a U.S. coalition to protect commercial vessels in the Middle East but is preparing to send its own force to ensure the safe...
Deep-sea explorers find Japanese ship that sank during WWII
MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (AP) — Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are focusing in on debris fields deep in the Pacific, in an area...
A look back at England-Australia in Rugby World Cup history
OITA, Japan (AP) — A look back at England vs. Australia matches in Rugby World Cup history:
1987 Sydney: Australia 19, England 6
Trailing only 6-0 in a hard-fought pool match, England...
France surprised at Biggar’s RWC return after 2 concussions
OITA, Japan (AP) — France coach Jacques Brunel has expressed his surprise at the presence of Dan Biggar in Wales' lineup for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match on Sunday after the flyhalf...
Brunel’s reign on last legs with Wales favored vs France
OITA, Japan (AP) — It's the land of hot springs in this most southwestern of Japan's main islands, so Jacques Brunel used some downtime before the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals to sample some of...
No looking back for Boks or Japan ahead of World Cup QFs
TOKYO (AP) — It wasn't lost in translation, more a difference in perspective.
Japan coach Jamie Joseph referred to the team's heavy loss to South Africa last month as a rehearsal for the...
The Latest: Fishing expedition: Goodhue explains the mullet
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Friday at the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
All Blacks center Jack Goodhue sports a mullet haircut — short at the front, long at the...
Japan makes 1 enforced change for World Cup QF vs Springboks
TOKYO (AP) — Michael Leitch still isn't satisfied, even after his Japan squad qualified for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.
Wales at full strength for France in Rugby World Cup QF
OITA, Japan (AP) — Wales coach Warren Gatland was able to select his strongest team for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match against France, with three of his most important backs recovering...
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
An Indian worker mixes gunpowder to make firecrackers for Diwali, the upcoming Hindu festival of lights, at a factory on the outskirts of Ahmadabad.
Nasa Hataoka. Amy Yang share LPGA Tour lead in Shanghai
SHANGHAI (AP) — Nasa Hataoka birdied three of the final six holes for a 5-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead with Amy Yang on Thursday in the Buick LPGA Shanghai, the first of four...
Cheika vs Jones: Former teammates, now bickering coaches
OITA, Japan (AP) — They were teammates in the 1980s, firebrands for one of Australia's most storied rugby clubs.
Three decades on, Eddie Jones and Michael Cheika are bickering coaches with...
Tale of 2 Cities: Sapporo likes race move; Tokyo not much
TOKYO (AP) — Sapporo officials are thrilled with a proposal to move next year's Tokyo Olympic marathons to the northern Japanese city to avoid the summer heat in the city.
Springboks go for experience in bid to avoid Brighton repeat
TOKYO (AP) — Tendai Mtawarira and Bongi Mbonambi have forced their way into the starting pack as coach Rassie Erasmus takes a big-is-best policy into South Africa's Rugby World Cup quarterfinal...
Cheika gambles on teenager Petaia for World Cup quarterfinal
OITA, Japan (AP) — If this is to be Michael Cheika's last selection as Australia coach, he's going out with a bang.
Cheika sprung a surprise in his lineup for Saturday's Rugby World Cup...
Japan PM visits storm-hit areas; royal parade may be delayed
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday visited northern towns devasted by the deadly typhoon and promised residents his government's support for their speedy...