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  • Asian stocks mostly higher after mixed US earnings

    BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly higher Friday despite mixed U.S. earnings reports with many of the region's exchanges closed for Good Friday. Oil trading also was suspended for the holiday. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 0.6 percent to 14,504.47. China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index...

  • House members to travel to Asia for talks on trade, security

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will lead a congressional delegation to the Asia-Pacific region this week for talks on trade, regional security and strengthening U.S. alliances in the region. The 10-day trip, which begins Friday, will include talks with high-level officials in Japan, South...

  • Japan pro-whaling lobby vows to continue hunts

    TOKYO (AP) — Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members vowed Tuesday to continue whale hunts despite a world court ruling that ordered the country to halt its Antarctic whaling program. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi told the...

  • AP Analysis: Japan anti-whaling ruling saves face

    TOKYO (AP) — The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong pro-whaling...

  • Japan, US struggle to bridge gaps over trade pact

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and a top Japanese official said Wednesday they still hope to bridge significant differences over opening markets under an ambitious pan-Pacific trade pact. Froman and Japanese economy minister Akira Amari were meeting in Tokyo after talks...

  • Australia, Japan agree on free trade deal

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Australia have agreed on a free trade deal that both sides say will yield windfalls for their economies. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, announced the pact, Japan's first with a major agricultural economy, at a news...

  • Fukushima children start school, flee radiation

    MATSUMOTO, Japan (AP) — The 12-year-old girl didn't want to leave her younger brother, and her grandparents didn't want her to go away. But a family living near the "no-go zone" surrounding Japan's destroyed nuclear plant has other things to consider. Yukie Hashimoto and her husband sent...

  • US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter North Korea

    In unusually forceful remarks about China, Hagel drew a direct line between Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region and the ongoing territorial disputes between China, Japan and others over remote islands in the East China Sea.

  • US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter NKorea

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors. In...

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Every country thinks it has the best military

    When a colonel at Yakota Air Base in Japan asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to identify his biggest challenge, Hagel replied with a politically-correct word salad that didn't exactly answer the question. "I think, as everyone in this room who has responsibilities for leadership, and you all...

  • Chuck Hagel: U.S. strongly committed to protecting Japan

    Against the backdrop of Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean region, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday he will convey to Japanese leaders that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting their country's security.

  • Japan-Korea tussle over history spreads to US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — All politics is local, the saying goes. But in some American cities, local politics has gone international, with city governments finding themselves caught in historical disputes between two close U.S. allies: Japan and South Korea. Korean-Americans have won approval for...

  • Global stocks rise after US manufacturing survey

    LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets rose Tuesday as the Federal Reserve vowed to keep interest rates low and a survey showed an improvement in U.S. manufacturing activity. In Europe, Germany's DAX rose 0.5 percent to close at 9,603.71 while France's CAC-40 added 0.8 percent to 4,426.72 despite...

  • Japan OKs easing of military-related exports

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan relaxed a decades-old ban on military-related exports on Tuesday in a bid to expand joint arms development with allies and equipment sales to Southeast Asia and elsewhere. The new guidelines endorsed by the Cabinet are part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to bolster...

  • Japan raises sales tax, balancing debt, growth

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised its sales tax Tuesday, moving to stabilize government finances but at the risk of undermining a shaky economic recovery. It's a gamble the world's No. 3 economy must take, given its soaring public debt. Economists expect the sales tax hike, to 8 percent from 5...



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