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  • A Chinese clerk counts U.S. dollars in exchange for Chinese renminbi at a Hefei, China, bank. (Associated Press)

    U.S. Treasury warns China on currency

    In unusually pointed language, the U.S. Treasury on Tuesday warned China and Japan that it is closely watching them out of concern they may be intentionally depreciating their currencies to gain an advantage in trade with U.S. competitors.


  • FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Japan head coach Alberto Zaccheroni from Italy gestures during the opening match between Brazil and Japan in group A of the soccer Confederations Cup at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil. Coach Alberto Zaccheroni promised to "surprise the world" after star player Keisuke Honda fired the Samurai Blue through with an injury time penalty against Australia. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    Will Zaccheroni be the right man for Japan?

    When hiring Alberto Zaccheroni, the Japan Football Association was convinced the Italian coach's calm demeanor and European know-how was the perfect combination to take the national team to the next level at the World Cup.


  • FILE - In this June 4, 2013, file photo, Japan's Yuto Nagatomo plays during their Asian zone Group B qualifying soccer match against Australia for the 2014 World Cup at Saitama Stadium in Saitama, near Tokyo. Japan, which reached the knockout stage in 2010 at the World Cup in South Africa outperformed Australia in qualifying to claim 17 points from eight games. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

    5 Japan players to watch at the World Cup

    Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa will be called on to play key roles as Japan attempts to reach the next level at the World Cup.


  • FILE - In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Japan head coach Alberto Zaccheroni from Italy gestures during the opening match between Brazil and Japan in group A of the soccer Confederations Cup at the National Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil. Coach Alberto Zaccheroni promised to "surprise the world" after star player Keisuke Honda fired the Samurai Blue through with an injury time penalty against Australia.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    Honda, Kagawa will need to step up for Japan

    Keisuke Honda senses a growing confidence within the Japan team, and expects it will translate into results at the World Cup.


  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan prior to their meeting at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel, Chang air differences over disputed islands

    The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel telling his Chinese counterparts they do not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation.


  • Fukushima children start school, flee radiation

    The 12-year-old girl didn't want to leave her younger brother, and her grandparents didn't want her to go away. But a family living near the "no-go zone" surrounding Japan's destroyed nuclear plant has other things to consider.


  • Accompanied by Commander of U.S. Force Japan Lt. Gen. Salvatore "Sam" Angelella, second from left, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, walks on the tarmac of the Yokota Air Base, Japan, prior to his departure for Qingdao, China, Monday, April 7, 2014. Hagel is currently on his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, Pool)

    Hagel tours China's new aircraft carrier

    The United States' campaign to encourage China to be more open about its military growth and intentions got a symbolic boost Monday with a tour for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel of the country's first aircraft carrier, but efforts to get the Asian giant to be more transparent about cyberattacks and other defense operations has been less successful.


  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, speaks during a meeting with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel is visiting Japan, China and Mongolia, his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office. (AP Photo/Alex Wong, POOL)

    Hagel to tour China's new aircraft carrier

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to get a rare tour Monday of China's first aircraft carrier, becoming the first foreign visitor to go aboard the ship.


  • Czech Republic overpowers Japan in Davis Cup

    Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely won their reverse singles on Sunday as the Czech Republic completed a 5-0 sweep of Japan in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.


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