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The Latest: Pakistan expects to get 15M doses through COVAX

Apr. 12, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s foreign minister says the country will receive 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses through the UN-backed COVAX program. Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the announcement Monday after meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas. ...

Asia Today: India records another surge in COVID-19 cases

Apr. 12, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported another record daily surge in coronavirus infections Monday to pass Brazil as the country with the second-most reported infections since the pandemic began. The 168,912 cases added in the last 24 hours pushed India's total since the...

Masters is a win for Hideki Matsuyama, and for Japan

Apr. 12, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The question became inevitable at some of the bigger golf tournaments, whether it was for Jordan Spieth or Tiger Woods. And it had nothing to do with them. Japanese reporters, having quietly rehearsed the words in English, wanted to know what the...

Tokyo adopts tougher virus rules, starts vaccinating elders

Apr. 12, 2021 06:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo adopted tougher measures against the coronavirus Monday as Japanese authorities struggle to curb the spread of a more contagious variant ahead of the Olympics in a country where less than 1% of people have been vaccinated. Japan started its...

Japan's champion: Matsuyama wins the Masters for his nation

Apr. 12, 2021 02:32 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama almost turned down his first chance to play the Masters. It was a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, disasters that killed thousands and destroyed much of the region he called home in March 2011. He decided to...

Prime minister leads celebrations of Matsuyama's Masters win

Apr. 12, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Led by Japan's prime minister, the country celebrated golfer Hideki Matsuyama's victory in the Masters — the first Japanese player to win at Augusta National and pull on the famous green jacket. “It was really wonderful,” Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga...

Asian shares decline on vaccine, virus worries

Apr. 12, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were lower on Monday, as investors grew wary over the recent surge in coronavirus cases in many places while vaccination efforts are making scant headway. Shares fell in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney. The...

"Super Fan" prepares for Tokyo Olympics without foreign fans

Apr. 11, 2021 23:56 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Kyoko Ishikawa was a back-packing Japanese student in Barcelona in 1992 when she says a “miracle happened.” She managed to buy a ticket to the opening ceremony of Spain's historic Olympics. She said she had only “pocket money” with her — maybe $50...

Matsuyama becomes first Japanese in Masters green jacket

Apr. 11, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The pressure was even more than Hideki Matsuyama could have imagined when he stood on the first tee Sunday at Augusta National. So was the emotion when he walked off the 18th green as the first Masters champion from golf-mad Japan. His arms securely...

Column: A reluctant star heads home with the green jacket

Apr. 11, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — His were the only pair of hands on the club. Millions of his countrymen will want a piece of Hideki Matsuyama now. Considering how much he values his privacy, it could be quite the interesting tug of war. Precious few people even knew Matsuyama was...