WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The All Blacks and Springboks coaches agree the winner of Saturday's Rugby Championship test in Wellington will take a slight edge into the World Cup where the teams...
Nissan directors say reforms, job cuts are coming
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The newly tapped directors to strengthen corporate governance at Nissan promised to turn the Japanese automaker's ailing business around but said Wednesday that extensive...
Christian Pulisic made his first appearance for Chelsea, entering in the 65th minute of a 1-0 exhibition loss to Kawasaki Frontale in Yokohama, Japan, on Friday.
Evers headed to Japan as part of first trade mission
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is headed to Japan in September for his first trade mission.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says Wednesday that the trip it is...
TOKYO (AP) — Yu Kobayashi, Manabu Saito and Hiroyuki Abe scored as defending champions Kawasaki Frontale beat J-League leaders FC Tokyo 3-0 on Sunday.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Japan's culture of cute makes no exceptions for poop. It gets a pop twist at the Unko Museum in Yokohama near Tokyo.
KOBE, Japan (AP) — David Villa and Andres Iniesta scored two goals each as struggling J-League side Vissel Kobe beat Nagoya Grampus 5-3 on Sunday.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — French veteran Erick Mombaerts has been appointed coach of the A-League's Melbourne City on a three-year contract.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Scandal-battered Nissan won its shareholders' approval Tuesday for a new system of committees to oversee governance and for keeping Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa on its...
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Katie Zaferes led an American sweep of the women's podium in the world series triathlon in Yokohama on Saturday.
Summer Rappaport and Taylor Spivey finished second and...
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Nissan, reeling from the arrest of its former chairman Carlos Ghosn, reported Tuesday that annual profit nose-dived to less than half of what it earned the previous...
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The United States won three finals on Sunday to finish first overall at the world relays.
Aleia Hobbs crossed the finish line in 43.27 seconds as the U.S. edged...
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Sharika Nelvis and Devon Allen dominated the mixed shuttle hurdles relay as the United States won both finals at the world relays on the opening day Saturday.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Officials of track and field's world governing body — the IAAF — said before a news conference on Friday in Japan that president Sebastian Coe would not comment further on...
TOKYO (AP) — Thai playmaker Chanathip Songkrasin, Akito Fukumori and Brazilian striker Anderson Lopes scored first-half goals to lead Consadole Sapporo to a 3-0 win over Yokohama F Marinos in the...
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — A Nissan committee set up to strengthen corporate governance after the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn said Wednesday an investigation found he had wielded too much...
Falcao gives Colombia win in Japan, SKorea beats Bolivia
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Colombia beat Japan 1-0 in Yokohama and South Korea beat Bolivia 1-0 in Ulsan in friendlies on Friday.
Radamel Falcao converted a second-half penalty after a...
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — The chief executives of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have announced a new board to oversee the French-Japanese auto alliance, seeking a "new start" for the partnership...
KOBE, Japan (AP) — David Villa scored his first goal in Japan as Vissel Kobe beat Sagan Tosu 1-0 in the J-League on Saturday.
Villa gave the hosts a 1-0 lead nine minutes after the break...
Jo leads Nagoya to 4-0 win in opening round of J-League
TOKYO (AP) — Brazilian striker Jo scored two goals as Nagoya Grampus beat Sagan Tosu 4-0 in the opening round of the J-League on Saturday.
Jo, who was the league's top scorer last season,...
Man City ownership buys Chinese club to expand portfolio
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City's Abu Dhabi ownership has expanded its portfolio of soccer clubs by purchasing Sichuan Jiuniu FC, which plays in China's third tier.
Toshiba unveils robot to probe melted Fukushima nuclear fuel
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toshiba Corp. unveiled a remote-controlled robot with tongs on Monday that it hopes will be able to probe the inside of one of the three damaged reactors at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant and grip chunks of highly radioactive melted fuel.
The device is designed to slide down an extendable 11-meter (36-foot) long pipe and touch melted fuel inside the Unit 2 reactor's primary containment vessel. The reactor was built by Toshiba and GE.
Before MLB career, Tsutsugo aims to improve baseball at home
TOKYO (AP) — Before he pursues a career in Major League Baseball, Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is on a mission to fix the sport in his native country, including the abolishment of what he says is corporal punishment and grueling practices.
Tsutsugo said after the 2018 season that he wants to play for an MLB team in the future. He will be eligible for international free agency in 2021 after 11 seasons with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.
The Latest: Nissan CEO welcomes Renault leadership change
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on former Renault-Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn as he remains detained in Japan (all times local):
Nissan's Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa welcomed Renault's new leadership.
He told reporters at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo: "This is a first step as we turn a page in the alliance."
Nissan unveils new Leaf car after Ghosn’s arrest delays it
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan is showing the beefed up version of its hit Leaf electric car as the Japanese automaker seeks to distance itself from the arrest of its star executive Carlos Ghosn.
The unveiling Wednesday at Nissan Motor Co.'s Yokohama headquarters, southwest of Tokyo, had been postponed when Ghosn was arrested Nov. 19.
Ghosn has been charged with underreporting his income. Tokyo prosecutors have extended his detention through Friday, adding breach of trust allegations.
Nissan board meets but no chairman picked to replace Ghosn
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan's board met Monday but failed to pick a new chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations, saying more discussion was needed.
Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa told reporters that the board approved a special committee of outsiders to strengthen governance at the company. A date for the selection of a chairman was not decided.
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Nissan chairman arrested in probe of financial misconduct
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who became one of the auto industry's most powerful executives by engineering a turnaround at the Japanese manufacturer, was arrested Monday and will be fired for allegedly underreporting his income and misusing company funds, the automaker said.
NZ beats Australia 37-20 to sweep Bledisloe Cup series
New Zealand beat Australia 37-20 in the third Bledisloe Cup test in Yokohama on Saturday to sweep the three-match series, but the Wallabies gave some hope to teams which will face defending champion All Blacks in the World Cup in Japan next year.
While the All Blacks led throughout the match and won by five tries to two, the Wallabies still found some vulnerability which will educate potential World Cup opponents.
Wallabies, All Blacks meet in Japan with World Cup in mind
Less than a year from the Rugby World Cup and at one of its prime venues, the New Zealand All Blacks and the Wallabies will meet in a Bledisloe Cup test which holds more importance than its so-called "dead rubber" status implies.
McKenzie at fullback in New Zealand lineup to face Australia
TOKYO (AP) — Damian McKenzie will start at fullback and T.J. Perenara at scrumhalf in a surprising All Blacks backline formation for Saturday's third Bledisloe Cup test against Australia at Yokohama.
Head coach Steve Hansen was expected to pick his strongest XV for the match, even though New Zealand has already clinched the three-test series to secure the trophy for the 16th straight year.
Utility back Hodge out of Wallaby tour with broken ankle
SYDNEY (AP) — Utility back Reece Hodge has been ruled out of Australia's four season-ending rugby tests after breaking his ankle in training.
Coach Michael Cheika made the announcement when the Wallabies arrived in Japan on Sunday ahead of next Saturday's third Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand in Yokohama near Tokyo.
The All Blacks have already clinched the series with wins in the first two matches.
Late strike by Muto lifts Urawa past Yokohama in J-League
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Yuki Muto scored in the 79th minute on Sunday to lift Urawa Reds to a 2-1 win over Yokohama F Marinos in the J-League.
Tomoya Ugajin put the visitors ahead in the 43rd minute and Hugo Vieira equalized midway through the second half.
Muto sealed the win when he took a pass from Takuya Aoki and beat the Yokohama goalkeeper with a left-foot shot from 20 meters.
On Saturday, second-place Kawasaki Frontale thrashed Consadole Sapporo 7-0.
Osaka’s US Open win re-opens identity discussion in Japan
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Naomi Osaka's victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese.
The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan but raised in the United States. But she is being lauded in Japan as the first from the country to win a Grand Slam singles tennis title, which has upstaged most questions about her mixed background.
Late strike by Lins lifts FC Tokyo past Kobe in J-League
TOKYO (AP) — Brazilian Lins scored in the 90th minute on Sunday as FC Tokyo beat Vissel Kobe 1-0 to move within five points of leaders Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J-League.
Lins' right-foot shot from eight meters gave the hosts their second straight win after the World Cup break.
Sanfrecce, which has 45 points, conceded a 92nd-minute own-goal in a 2-2 draw at home to Shonan Bellmare.
In other matches, Kashiwa Reysol snapped a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Consadole Sapporo.
Storms force swimmer to suspend attempt to cross Pacific
TOKYO (AP) — Severe storms have forced a French-American long-distance swimmer to suspend his attempt to become the first person to swim across the Pacific Ocean.
Ben Lecomte and the yacht accompanying him have returned to a port in Yokohama, Japan, to wait out the weather, his team said Wednesday in an email response to questions.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities on Thursday raided the apartment of a nurse who's in custody on suspicion of fatally poisoning at least two elderly patients at a terminal care hospital.
Local media have reported the woman confessed to police she poisoned about 20 patients to have them die when she was off-duty and could avoid the trouble of explaining the deaths to their families.
WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi tire factory says it has fired 29 employees for not meeting job requirements.
WCBI-TV reports employees at the West Point plant of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd were fired for using fake worker certifications. The Japanese company neither confirms nor denies that, but says it's investigating and has created safeguards to prevent problems from happening again.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Akira Nishino made his debut as Japan coach on Wednesday in a 2-0 loss to Ghana.
In steady rain at Nissan Stadium, Thomas Partey gave Ghana a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute with free kick from the top of the area. Emmanuel Boateng doubled the advantage from the penalty spot in the 51st.
TOKYO (AP) — New Japan coach Akira Nishino named Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa on Friday to Japan's squad for an international friendly on May 30 against Ghana in Yokohama.
Japan is expected to name its final 23-man squad for the World Cup on May 31, several days ahead of the June 4 deadline.
The two had struggled to make the team under former coach Vahid Halilhodzic. But Nishino made it clear they are critical.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — World champion Mario Mola of Spain dominated the 10-kilometer race to win the World Series Triathlon event in Yokohama on Saturday, claiming his third consecutive title in Japan.
Mola took over the lead in the first kilometer and then pulled away from the pack to cross the finish line in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 59 seconds, 40 seconds ahead of Australian Jake Birtwhistle. Fernando Alarza, also of Spain, was third, 51 seconds off the pace.
TOKYO (AP) — All venues for Tokyo's Olympics and Paralympics in 2020 have been set with the approval of the sites for soccer matches.
Tokyo organizers say soccer will be played at seven venues: Tokyo Stadium, Sapporo Dome, Miyagi Stadium, Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Saitama Stadium, Yokohama Stadium, and the new Olympic stadium in Tokyo.
Organizers announced late Wednesday the final venue locations after getting approval from the International Olympic Committee.
TOKYO (AP) — Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Kashiwa Reysol 1-0 to remain undefeated and in top spot in the J-League on Sunday.
Defender Sho Sasaki beat Kashiwa 'keeper Kazushige Kirihata with a left-foot shot in the 17th minute as Hiroshima improved to 16 points, five ahead of Kawasaki Frontale, which was held to a 1-1 tie at Yokohama F Marinos.
In other games, a hat-trick from Diego Oliveira and goals by Keigo Higashi and Kensuke Nagai gave FC Tokyo a 5-2 win over V-Varen Nagasaki.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan's chief planning officer said Friday the Japanese automaker does not plan to change its road tests for self-driving vehicles after the recent fatal accident of an Uber autonomous vehicle.
Some fear a setback for the technology after a pedestrian was killed Sunday night in a crash involving a self-driving Uber SUV in the U.S., the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle.
Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — In the future Nissan envisions, driverless cars will pick up children from school and recommend restaurants to tourists in various languages.
Nissan Motor Co. says feedback from people who try it will be used to fine-tune its "robo-vehicle mobility service."
Glitches or not, Nissan starts testing semi-autonomous rides
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Starting next month, Nissan Motor Co. is testing on regular roads what it calls "a robo-vehicle mobility service." Called Easy Ride, it uses a cell-phone app to book semi-autonomous driven rides.
But Easy Ride won't necessarily be easy if poor internet connections mean it won't work at all.
Ex-Japanese baseball player Kimura aims for cricket career
TOKYO (AP) — Aiming to become the first player from Japanese professional baseball to make the transition to the top ranks of international cricket, Shogo Kimura figures he has the necessary skills.
The 37-year-old Kimura played in Nippon Professional Baseball from 2003 to 2017 with the Yokohama BayStars, Hiroshima Carp and Seibu Lions and is now trying to make the rare jump from baseball to cricket.
Postecoglou introduced as new head coach of Yokohama
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Former Australia coach Ange Postecoglou was introduced as head coach of the J-League's Yokohama F. Marinos on Sunday.
The 52-year-old announced his shock resignation from the Socceroos in November, weeks after guiding Australia through a lengthy qualifying campaign for this year's World Cup in Russia.
50-year-old striker Miura extends contract for 33rd season
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — One of the longest careers in soccer has been extended after 50-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura renewed his contract with second-division J-League club Yokohama FC on Thursday.
Miura, who will turn 51 on Feb. 26, will enter his 33rd season this year.
Miura played in 12 league games last year and scored one goal, breaking his own record as the J-League's oldest scorer.