Surprised by award, Woo says he’s just hard-working director
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Surprised by award, Woo says he’s just hard-working director

TOKYO (AP) — John Woo was surprised to receive an award honoring trailblazers who have made outstanding contributions to the art of filmmaking. “I have made a lot of films, but it hardly qualifies as making a special contribution. I’m just a hard-working filmmaker,” the Hong Kong director said in Tokyo before the award presentation. … Continue reading

Japanese stocks rise
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Japanese stocks rise

HONG KONG (AP) — Japanese stocks rose Wednesday as investors bet on another shot of stimulus from the country’s central bank while other Asian benchmarks slipped ahead of U.S. growth figures and the Fed’s latest policy decision. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.6 percent to 18,884.33 while South Korea’s Kospi slipped 0.4 percent … Continue reading

United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal
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United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries reached a contentious trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects the intellectual property of multinational corporations. Now each country must sell the deal to skeptical lawmakers. The pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, aims to encourage trade … Continue reading

3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs
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3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Chinese scientist who turned to ancient texts to discover a powerful malaria drug shared the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday with American and Japanese researchers whose discoveries have raised hopes of eliminating other tropical diseases. Tu Youyou — the first-ever Chinese medicine laureate — will share the 8 million Swedish … Continue reading

Q&A: A look at Japan’s contentious security legislation
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Q&A: A look at Japan’s contentious security legislation

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament approved legislation that loosens post-World War II constraints placed on its military, an issue that has sparked sizeable protests and debate about whether the nation should shift away from its pacifist ways to face growing security challenges. A look at what’s at stake: ___ HOW WOULD THE LEGISLATION CHANGE JAPAN’S … Continue reading

Russia’s Putin commemorates victory over Japan in WWII
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Russia’s Putin commemorates victory over Japan in WWII

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin joined Russian veterans on Wednesday for an unusual ceremony commemorating the 1945 victory over Japan to end World War II. The surrender of Japan is not usually celebrated in Russia, but this year is the 70th anniversary and Putin is attending commemorations in China, including a military parade in … Continue reading

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US 1st lady visits Japan to showcase girls’ education aid

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is visiting Japan and Cambodia, who are among Asia’s richest and poorest nations, to highlight cooperation on helping girls finish their educations. The five-day trip that began in Tokyo on Wednesday is Mrs. Obama’s first visit to Japan. In Tokyo she plans to announce, along with Japanese … Continue reading