• Japan's Shingo Tomita (10) leaps on home plate and celebrates with teammates after hitting a home run off Lewisberry, Pa.'s Jaden Henline in the third inning of the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Tokyo wins Little League title, beating Lewisberry 18-11

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Tokyo won the Little League World Series on Sunday, pounding out 22 hits and overcoming an eight-run first-inning deficit to beat Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, 18-11.

  • Japan's Yugo Aoki (4) scores the game-winning run on a walk-off, bases loaded, fielder'2s choice by Koki Jo during the seventh inning of the International championship baseball game against Mexico at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Japan won 1-0. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Japan beats Mexico 1-0 at Little League World Series

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Yugo Aoki singled for Tokyo’s first hit in the seventh inning, and then scored on a fielder’s choice to help Japan beat Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, 1-0 on Saturday for a spot in the championship game of the Little League World Series.

  • In this Aug. 5, 2015, file photo, Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano gives a detailed explanation of how he came up with his logo, left, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at a press conference in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers defended Sano in a logo scandal Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, denying allegation his design for the 2020 Games was taken from a Belgian theater. The organizers disclosed Sano’s initially submitted logo, saying its emphasis on “T” shape had no resemblance to that of Theater de Liege and that a circle on the background was added later when his design was touched up. (AP Photo/Ken Aragaki, File)

    Japan organizers defend designer over logo, deny it’s copied

    TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers defended a Japanese designer in a logo scandal Friday, denying allegations his design for the 2020 Summer Games was copied from a Belgian theater.

  • Tokyo Gob. Yoichi Masuzoe, center, speaks to reporters following a meeting of Cabinet ministers on a new national stadium construction plan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics at prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

    Japan scales back Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium plans

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government has approved a plan to reduce the seating and slash the construction cost of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after public opposition to the initial design.

  • Lewisberry, Pa.'s Adam Cramer reacts after striking out Pearland, Texas' Jarrett Tadlock during the third inning of a U.S. double-elimination baseball game at the Little League World Series, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in South Williamsport, Pa. Lewisberry won 3-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    Japan in LLWS International title game with 2 big comebacks

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The closest thing to a home team at the Little League World Series is headed for the final of the U.S. bracket. And Lewisberry can expect a full house when it goes for the title.

  • Japan's Kabu Kikuchi delivers during the first inning of an International pool play baseball game against Venezuela at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Japan beats Venezuela, reaches LLWS bracket title game

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Tokyo got down to its final strike before tying it in the bottom of the sixth inning with a single, then rallied again to overcame a two-run deficit in the eighth for a 5-4 victory over Venezuela on Wednesday and a berth in the International bracket title game at the Little League World Series.

  • International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates, second left,  answers reporter's questions during a press conference after meeting with Japan's Olympics Minister Toshiaki Endo in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. The top International Olympic Committee official has urged Japan to speed up the troubled construction of Tokyo's new national stadium for delivery by January 2020. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    IOC wants Japan’s main stadium ready by January 2020

    TOKYO (AP) — A top International Olympic Committee official urged Japan on Tuesday to speed up the troubled construction of Tokyo’s new national stadium for delivery by January 2020, but the Japanese minister in charge of the Games cautioned this may not be possible.