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FILE - This combination of file photos show Japan's then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, left, in Tokyo on April 1, 2019 and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Sept. 11, 2019. New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he and Chinese President Xi agreed in talks Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 to work closely together by holding high-level meetings including summits, but did not discuss the possibility of a visit by Xi to Japan. (AP Photo/File)

Japan's new PM says stable Japan-China ties key to region

Sep. 25, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in talks Friday to work closely together by holding high-level meetings including summits, but did not discuss the possibility of a visit by Xi to Japan. “I told (Xi) that the stability of...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, Tyson Salomon, left, gets a pedicure outside Pampered Hands nail salon in Los Angeles. A steady drop in coronavirus cases across California cleared the way Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, for the wider reopening of businesses in nine counties, including much of the San Francisco Bay Area, the state's top health official said. Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state health secretary, said nail salons could also reopen with restrictions, though he cautioned that California's reopening must remain

The Latest: Concerns over coronavirus upticks in California

Sep. 25, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California has begun to see concerning upticks in coronavirus data after a period of decline. The state health secretary said Friday that there have been increases in the number of newly confirmed cases, hospital emergency department visits for COVID-19 and new hospitalizations for...

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT DATE - In this photo made from UNTV video, Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

Japan's new prime minister vows to host Olympics next year

Sep. 25, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister said Saturday that he’s determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as “proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.” The 2020 Games were postponed as the coronavirus spread worldwide, and there’s been widespread doubt...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

The Latest: Boris Johnson to urge global unity against virus

Sep. 25, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 6:25 a.m. Japan’s new prime minister says he’s determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as “proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.” The Games this year were postponed because...

A woman looks at screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Asian shares advanced Friday, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and rising hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Stocks post solid gains as technology shares lead rally

Sep. 25, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

Stocks shook off another bout of volatile trading and finished solidly higher Friday, led by gains in technology and health care companies. Despite the rally, the S&P 500 still posted its fourth straight weekly loss, extending Wall Street's September swoon. The S&P 500 rose 1.6% after flip-flopping...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

Japan's newly minted prime minister steps into UN limelight

Sep. 25, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister, stepping from the shadows of his longtime supporting role, said Saturday in his debut at the U.N. General Assembly that he’s willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any conditions. The offer comes as Yoshihide Suga — only...

CEO of Tokyo 2020 Toshiro Muto and President of Tokyo 2020 Yoshiro Mori wear face masks as they leave a joint press conference between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Tokyo. (Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

Tokyo Olympics and IOC find mostly minor areas to 'simplify'

Sep. 25, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers announced several “simplification” changes Friday for next year’s postponed games, though with few large-scale cost savings. Simplifying the Tokyo Games has been a pledge of the International Olympic Committee and local organizers since COVID-19...

Members of Japanese pop music band ARASHI listen to a question during an interview with The Associated Press in Tokyo on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Back row, from left, clockwise, are Satoshi Ohno, Masaki Aiba, Kazunari Ninomiya, Jun Matsumoto and Sho Sakurai. Japanese pop sensation Arashi has a big surprise for fans as they near their planned hiatus at year's end: a collaboration with Bruno Mars on their first all-English single. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

J-pop stars ARASHI release English surprise before hiatus

Sep. 25, 2020 9:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Japanese pop sensation ARASHI has a big surprise for fans as they near their planned hiatus at year's end: a collaboration with Bruno Mars on their first all-English single. The band told The Associated Press the multi-Grammy Award-winning musician delved into their back catalogue...

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Japan local leader Harumi Suzuki holds signs while speaking during an interview with The Associated Press in Tokyo. Suzuki has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Japan Catholic Church sued for damages in alleged sex abuse

Sep. 25, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan. The civil lawsuit, filed this week in Sendai District Court, seeks 56.1 million yen...

A woman looks at screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Asian shares advanced Friday, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and rising hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy.(AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Asian shares gain, cheered by US rally on hopes for stimulus

Sep. 24, 2020 11:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares advanced Friday, cheered by a modest rally on Wall Street and rising hopes for fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy. Despite signs of a global economic rebound in the third quarter, worries remain the upturn may be running out of steam. House Democrats said they are paring back...