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Japan widens virus curbs, including in Tokyo, as cases surge

Jan. 19, 2022 06:21 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo and a dozen other areas in Japan will face new COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, with local leaders shortening hours for restaurants, as omicron cases hit a record high in the capital. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that the areas will be placed...

Japan's Kishida says virus measures, defense top priorities

Jan. 17, 2022 05:41 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told parliament on Monday that fighting the pandemic and strengthening defense are his government's top priorities. Kishida delivered a speech opening this year's parliamentary session hours after North Korea test-fired two...

Japan asks US forces to stay on base as COVID-19 cases jump

Jan. 06, 2022 06:49 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi on Thursday asked that the U.S. military in Japan stay inside its bases to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Hayashi said he spoke on the phone with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and was promised utmost...

Japan confirms first case of new coronavirus variant

Nov. 30, 2021 06:28 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the new omicron coronavirus variant, a Namibian diplomat who recently arrived from his country, officials said. Chief Cabinet Secretary said the patient, a man in his 30s, tested positive upon arrival at Narita...

Tokyo governor hospitalized for fatigue _ 2nd time this year

Oct. 27, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s governor has been hospitalized with severe fatigue for the second time in four months and will take about a week off, the metropolitan government said Wednesday. Gov. Yuriko Koike’s hospitalization comes days after she announced an end to 11...