TOKYO (AP) - Seventy-year-old Japanese equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu has qualified for the London Olympics. Hoketsu qualified by winning an international dressage meet in France on Thursday. Japanese equestrian officials said Sunday an announcement will be made soon on whether he will actually compete in London. Hoketsu will turn 71 on... more »
TOKYO (AP) - Japan has marked its first trade deficit since 1980, reporting a 2.49 trillion yen ($32 billion) deficit for 2011 and attributing it in part to last year's tsunami. Government data released Wednesday said the value of Japan's exports fell 2.7 percent to 65.55 trillion yen ($843 billion)... more »
American Airlines says one of its jets made an emergency landing on an island in Alaska's Aleutians after a fire warning light went off.
Company spokesman Tim Smith says Flight 175, en route from Dallas-Fort Worth to Tokyo, landed safely on Shemya Island shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday. It... more »
The annual Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off this weekend in the nation's capitol.
This year's festival marks the 98th celebration of the original gift of the 3,000 cherry trees by the city of Tokyo. Saturday will mark the official start with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and... more »
A strong earthquake has hit central Japan, rattling buildings in the crowded Tokyo capital. The Japan Meteorological Agency estimates the quake had a magnitude of 6.6. It hit at this morning off the eastern coast of Fukushima Prefecture in central Japan, at a depth of about 25 miles. The agency... more »
A body was found inside a wheel well of a Delta Air Lines plane after it landed in Tokyo from New York, and Japanese authorities Monday were trying to identify the man.
The body of the apparent stowaway was clad only in a long-sleeved, plaid shirt and jeans, police... more »
President Barack Obama has been meeting with Japan's new prime minister. Obama arrived in Tokyo earlier today on a trip aimed at shoring up ties with Japan. The country's new leader came to power calling for a more equal partnership with Washington. Obama and Yukio Hatoyama will be holding a... more »
The International Olympic Committee has selected Rio de Janiero to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Chicago was eliminated in the first ballot of voting for the 2016 Olympics on Friday, a stunning defeat for the city that was expected to be one of the two finalists. Not even the... more »
The International Olympic Committee will decide on Friday where to hold the 2016 Olympics. The United States is touting Chicago, one of four finalists. President and Mrs. Obama are making the case for the USA in Copenhagen, along with Oprah Winfrey. The other finalists are Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de... more »