Lomu's legacy looms over NZ-England World Cup semifinal

TOKYO (AP) — One trampling run launched Jonah Lomu to global stardom, ensuring his name will be indelibly linked to a Rugby World Cup semifinal between New Zealand and England. The A...

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 Oita'...

Japan's PM thanks Taiwan for condolences to typhoon victims

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) condolences to Typhoon Hagibis victims on Friday (Oct. 18), emphasizing that T...

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. In other images from the Asia-Pac...

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 coache...

Uncertainty cloaks latest match in England-Australia rivalry

OITA, Japan (AP) — Undercooked or fresh for the challenge ahead? That's the question hovering around England. As for Australia, the main issue is this: Can a team known for pulling o...

Japan PM visits storm-hit areas, royal parade may be delayed

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting towns devasted by the deadly typhoon to meet residents to assess damage and their needs. Rescue and relief efforts for stra...

Japan typhoon death toll climbs, while floodwaters recede

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government says the death toll from a weekend typhoon that caused widespread flooding has climbed to 63, with another 11 presumed dead. Chief Cabinet Secretary Y...

Scots charged over cancellation comments at Rugby World Cup

TOKYO (AP) — Rugby World Cup organizers have issued misconduct charges against the Scottish Rugby Union over comments made about the potential cancellation of its last group-stage match against Japan ...

Yet another typhoon taking shape to east of Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hot on the heels of Typhoon Hagibis, a tropical disturbance near Guam, which has been upgraded by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) to a tropical depression, could bec...

Countdown to Taiwan's presidential election: 88 days

Han Kuo-yu “In a great downpour and flood, even a dog knows to head to higher ground.” On Oct. 13, areas surrounding Tokyo, Japan, were slammed with large amounts of rainfall b...

France flounders but frightens rivals in World Cup knockouts

While their campaigns often take on elements of a French farce, it's seldom a laughing matter to strike France in the knockout stages of a Rugby World Cup. No matter how they under-p...

1st Rugby World Cup in Asia hailed a success in group stage

TOKYO (AP) — Everyone loves a winner. And in Japan right now, that has moved rugby from the sidelines into the mainstream. "In many ways, Japan's victory over Scotland was for a nati...

More victims, more damage found in Japan typhoon aftermath

NAGANO, Japan (AP) — More victims and more damage have been found in typhoon-hit areas of central and northern Japan, where rescue crews are searching for people still missing. Prime...

Residents in storm-hit towns clean homes as rescue continues

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — Residents in this storm hit town north of Japan's capital are cleaning up after a powerful typhoon dumped massive rain and turned neighborhoods into swamps. At ...