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TOKYO | Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO — Naomi Osaka raised her game when she needed to, and it landed her a spot in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open. The U.S. Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York this month, won her ninth straight match Friday, beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. “This was my … Continue reading TOKYO | Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO  | Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

TOKYO  — A Japanese spacecraft has released two small exploration robots on an asteroid in a research effort that may provide clues to the origin of the solar system. The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft arrived near the … Continue reading TOKYO  | Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

TOKYO | Japan’s Abe re-elected as party head, to stay on as PM

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader. The decisive victory may embolden Abe to pursue his long-sought revision to Japan’s U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution, although the hurdles remain high … Continue reading TOKYO | Japan’s Abe re-elected as party head, to stay on as PM

TOKYO | Osaka victory tour stops at sumo match, and she liked it

TOKYO— Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan’s national sport of sumo and said she liked it. Osaka is in Tokyo this week to play in the Pan Pacific Open, just a week after she won the U.S. Open to become the first Japanese woman to win a … Continue reading TOKYO | Osaka victory tour stops at sumo match, and she liked it

TOKYO | Japan rejoices in having first grand slam champion

TOKYO— Japanese tennis and non-tennis fans alike are celebrating one of their own winning a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. The results came in early Sunday morning Japan time, and television stations interrupted TV dramas and cooking programs with news flashes after Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the women’s final … Continue reading TOKYO | Japan rejoices in having first grand slam champion

TOKYO | Ruck wins 200 at Pan Pacific, Ledecky gets 3rd

TOKYO  — Taylor Ruck almost psyched herself out before the race even started. Knowing she was swimming against five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky in the 200-meter freestyle on Thursday at the Pan Pacific Championships, the Canadian had to calm herself down as she readied to dive into the pool. “It’s the name, I guess, because … Continue reading TOKYO | Ruck wins 200 at Pan Pacific, Ledecky gets 3rd

TOKYO | Softbank earnings rise on investment fund gains

TOKYO  — Japanese technology company Softbank says its profits grew to 313.7 billion yen ($2.8 billion) in the latest quarter as it saw gains in its main investment fund. The results reported Monday represent a more than 50-fold increase in profits for the April to June quarter compared to the same period last year. Sales … Continue reading TOKYO | Softbank earnings rise on investment fund gains