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The Latest: Virus harms during pregnancy detailed in study

Apr. 22, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

A multi-country study suggests pregnant women who get COVID-19 have higher risks for death, intensive-care stays, preterm birth and other complications. Pregnancy causes various changes in the body that may make women vulnerable to harm from the coronavirus. Pregnant...

Tokyo Olympics torch relay has first positive COVID-19 case

Apr. 22, 2021 03:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers said Thursday that a policeman tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his assignment last week at the Olympic torch relay. It is the first positive test connected to the relay since it began March 25 from northeastern Fukushima...

Japan prepares for 3rd virus emergency in Tokyo, Osaka areas

Apr. 21, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government is preparing to announce a third state of emergency in Tokyo and the western metropolitan area around Osaka following requests from local leaders who say current measures are failing to curb a rapid rise in coronavirus infections. Prime...

Tokyo Games delay decision until June on fans -- or no fans

Apr. 21, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese residents with tickets to the Tokyo Olympics may not know until weeks before the games open if they'll be allowed to attend. Fans from abroad have already been barred, and on Wednesday organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a decision...

Seoul court rejects sexual slavery claim against Tokyo

Apr. 21, 2021 06:47 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Wednesday rejected a claim by victims of Japanese wartime sexual slavery and their relatives who sought compensation from Japan's government. The Seoul Central District Court based its decision on diplomatic...

Japan's Suga makes offering at war shrine but doesn't visit

Apr. 21, 2021 06:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday donated a religious offering to a Tokyo shrine viewed by China and both Koreas as a symbol of wartime aggression, though he avoided a visit. Suga’s offering of “masakaki” leaves at Yasukuni Shrine...

Asian shares slide after tech, bank sell-off on Wall Street

Apr. 20, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares skidded in Asia on Wednesday after Wall Street closed lower for a second straight day, led by drops in technology companies and banks. Worsening coronavirus outbreaks in Asia have cast a shadow over prospects for a rebound from the pandemic....

Toshiba brushes off renewed push from CVC on acquisition bid

Apr. 20, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toshiba Corp. on Tuesday brushed off a fresh missive from CVC Capital Partners about the global fund’s proposal to acquire the Japanese manufacturer, though it stopped short of outright rejecting it. Toshiba said that a letter from CVC that it received...

Japan says Chinese military likely behind cyberattacks

Apr. 20, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo police are investigating cyberattacks on about 200 Japanese companies and research organizations, including the country’s space agency, by a hacking group believed to be linked to the Chinese military, the government said Tuesday. Police have...

Osaka seeks virus emergency after ongoing alert steps fail

Apr. 20, 2021 07:20 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s western metropolis of Osaka has decided to ask the government to declare a state of emergency in the region after ongoing alert measures failed to control the spread of a more contagious coronavirus variant. Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura’s...