Antonio Inoki: Famed Japanese wrestler turned politician dies aged 79

CNN — Former Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki has died aged 79, according to his organization. Inoki – who was one of Japan’s most well-known wrestlers – famously faced boxing great Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976. The New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) – an organization promoting Japanese wrestling that Inoki founded … Read more

Antonio Inoki, wrestling icon and Japanese politician, dead at 79

A popular Japanese professional wrestler and lawmaker Antonio Inoki, who faced a world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match in 1976, has died at 79. Inoki brought Japanese pro-wrestling to fame and pioneered mixed martial arts matches between top wrestlers and champions from other combat sports like judo, karate and boxing. … Read more

USMNT has no answer for Japan in friendly loss

DUSSELDORF, Germany — With the World Cup less than two months away, the United States men’s national team was hoping to sharpen up its game against Japan, but if anything, it was the Samurai Blue who looked more ready for the showpiece tournament, riding goals either side of halftime from Daichi Kamada and Kaoru Mitoma … Read more

Semiconductor alliances between U.S. and Asia could hold back China

Leading chipmaking nations including the US are forming alliances, in part to secure their semiconductor supply chain and to stop China from reaching the cutting-edge of the industry, analysts told CNBC. Places including the United States, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, which have strong semiconductor industries, have looked to forge partnerships around the critical technology. … Read more

Japanese icon Yuzuru Hanyu retires from competition

Japanese figure skating icon Yuzuru Hanyu announced he is retiring from competition Tuesday but will continue his bid to land the elusive quadruple axel as a professional exhibition skater. Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu holds a press conference in Tokyo on July 19, 2022. (Kyodo) After missing out on a third straight Olympic gold at … Read more

The Quad expands beyond naval military exercises — and China watches

Over the years, the Quad has been incorrectly called an “Asian NATO,” especially when it comes to security concerns about another big power in the region — China. The Quad, or the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, including four big, democratic economies: the United States, Japan, India and Australia. Over the years, the Quad has been incorrectly … Read more

US, Japan and South Korea focus on semiconductors as Biden visits Asia

TOKYO — As US President Joe Biden visits Japan and South Korea, the three countries are looking for common ground on the world stage. One place they’re finding it is semiconductors. A first stop for Biden on his first swing through Asia as president was a Samsung factory in South Korea. “These little chips, only … Read more

Biden says monkeypox cases something to ‘be concerned about’

President Joe Biden said Sunday that recent cases of monkeypox that have been identified in Europe and the United States were something “to be concerned about.” In his first public comments on the disease, Biden added: “It is a concern in that if it were to spread it would be consequential.” The president was asked … Read more

North Korea is committed to an ‘alarming change’ in nuclear policy: Professor

North Korea ultimately wants to have more nuclear weapons to use against the US troops in South Korea and Japan in the event of an invasion, according to a professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. North Korea currently has the ability to use a small number of nuclear weapons against the United States, … Read more