• In this Thursday, Feb. 3, 2016 photo, visitors stand next to a religious ornament with the "manji" symbol, which comes from the ancient Sanskrit and is widely used for centuries to denote Buddhist temples on maps and elsewhere, at a temple in Tokyo. As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional "manji" symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika? (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Japan may change temple map icon to avoid Nazi confusion

    TOKYO (AP) — As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and caters to a surging influx of foreign visitors, the country faces a cultural dilemma: Should it stop identifying Buddhist temples on maps with the traditional “manji” symbol that is often confused with a Nazi swastika?

  • Japan’s Takanashi wins again in women’s ski jump World Cup

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Sara Takanashi of Japan soared to her eighth straight ski jumping World Cup victory on Thursday, extending her lead in the overall standings.

  • Slovenia's Andrej Sporn tries to keep the balance during the first training session for a World Cup downhill as a test event of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Jeongseon, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. A men's World Cup downhill and super-G are scheduled for the South Korean resort of Jeongseon on Feb. 6-7. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    ‘No slow motion needed’ on tame Pyeongchang downhill course

    JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — No super-steep gradients, no rock-hard ice, no death-defying speeds.

  • Former MLB outfielder Gomes signs with Rakuten Eagles

    TOKYO (AP) — Free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League.

  • A North Korean flag flies in the propaganda village of Gijungdong as a U.S. Army soldier stands guard at Taesungdong freedom village near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Seoul, Tokyo threaten to intercept N. Korean rocket debris

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang.

  • A woman waits to cross a street in front of an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Most Asian stocks jumped Thursday as oil prices bounced back and weak U.S. economic data fueled investor hopes that the Fed would slow the pace of rate hikes this year. Japanese shares fell as the yen rose against the dollar. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Most Asian stocks jump as oil rallies on weaker dollar

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks opened slightly lower as retail companies slipped.

  • Kim Jong Un calls meeting on abuses in N. Korea ruling party

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over a meeting of senior ruling party officials aimed at rooting out corruption and abuses of power ahead of a major congress to be held in May, its state media reported Thursday, calling the gathering the first of its kind.

  • In this Jan. 27, 2016 photo, children look at Hanako the elephant at Inokashira Park Zoo on the outskirts of Tokyo. An online petition drive wants the 69-year-old Hanako, or "flower child," to be moved to a Thai sanctuary, to live in a natural, grassy habitat where elephants romp in herds, not alone in her concrete pen, with a wading pool she hardly uses and a nearby side building to spend the night. It’s attracted tens of thousands of signatures already, with the aim of submitting them to the suburban Tokyo zoo and the Japanese government. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Move sought for Japan’s oldest elephant may be too late

    TOKYO (AP) — In the humble zoo, among the small cages of owls, guinea pigs and raccoons, Japan’s oldest elephant stands in a concrete pen about the size of half of a basketball court. She drinks sugar water from a bucket and munches on bananas with her last remaining tooth while a debate is being waged about where she should live out her final years.

  • North Korea’s rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China

    BEIJING (AP) — North Korea’s announcement of plans to launch a long-range rocket made during a visit to Pyongyang by a top Chinese envoy will likely be seen as yet another sign of gross disrespect toward its chief ally.

  • Lydia Ko opens season, 4 shots behind Ha Na Jang in Ocala

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Top-ranked Lydia Ko shot a 3-under 69 on Wednesday in the Coates Golf Championship in her first round of the season, leaving her four strokes behind leader Ha Na Jang.