Former Japanese empress leaves hospital after cancer surgery

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Empress Michiko was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday after undergoing breast cancer surgery, and bowed politely to the staff as she left. The 84-y...

Japanese police probe knife on desk of emperor's grandson

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police are investigating a knife that was placed on the school desk of Emperor Akihito's grandson, according to media reports Saturday. The incident Friday invo...

Arata Isozaki wins Pritzker for designs blending East, West

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, credited with bringing together the East and West in his innovative designs, has been awarded this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize, known internationa...

Okinawa rechaza en referendo reubicar base militar de EEUU

TOKIO (AP) — Los residentes de la región isleña de Okinawa, en el suroeste de Japón, rechazaron el domingo en referendo un plan para reubicar una base militar de Estados Unidos. El r...

Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. A m...

Nissan's Ghosn to appear in court to question his detention

TOKYO (AP) — The former chairman of Japan's Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, is getting his day in court to demand the reason for his prolonged detention — his first public appearance since his Nov. 19...

Mayweather stops Nasukawa in 1st round, flooring him 3 times

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It took less than three minutes for Floyd Mayweather to knock down his Japanese kickboxer opponent Tenshin Nasukawa three times Monday in a New Year's Eve entertainment exhibitio...

Mayweather promises entertainment, not a knockout, in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Floyd Mayweather is promising entertainment when he fights Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in three rounds of exhibition boxing on New Year's Eve, but not necessarily a knockout. ...

Mayweather opponent looks for real fight not entertainment

MATSUDO, Japan (AP) — To Floyd Mayweather, his three-round match on New Year's Eve in Japan is for entertainment only. To opponent Tenshin Nasukawa, the "exhibition" is as serious as...

New Tsukamoto film inspired by masters, horror of violence

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto turned to his country's masters for inspiration for his latest work, "Killing," his first samurai movie. But he also emulated the way Martin Scorsese g...

AP Interview: US VP's wife champions art therapy in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Karen Pence, the vice president's wife, announced Tuesday a $54,000 U.S. grant to Tsukuba University in Japan for studying art therapy, a little-known mental health profession she has cha...

Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal

TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka used a powerful forehand and a matching serve to win the US. Open against Serena Williams two months ago, soaring as high as No. 4 this season in the WTA tennis rankings. ...

Okinawa's new leader speaks about US military bases in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Denny Tamaki, the newly elected governor of Okinawa, is the first person with an American parent to lead the southern Japanese island, campaigning on a longtime popular demand to reduce t...

AP Interview: Okinawa leader wants Americans to stop US base

TOKYO (AP) — The bicultural, newly elected governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa plans to visit the United States with a message to the American people: Stop building a disputed military...

Godzilla back as animation has human drama, fewer monsters

TOKYO (AP) — Godzilla is stomping back into theaters as a fire-breathing animated character, though the movie chosen to close this year's Tokyo International Film Festival is more focused on human dra...