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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...

Will Japanese Olympians be vaccinated ahead of the public?

Apr. 19, 2021 05:22 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The vaccine rollout in Japan has been very slow with less than 1% vaccinated, causing concern about the postponed Tokyo Olympics that are scheduled to open in just over three months. Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the vaccine rollout, said last week...

Japanese leader asks Pfizer for additional vaccine supply

Apr. 18, 2021 04:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked the U.S. drug maker Pfizer Inc. for additional supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine to speed up his country's inoculation drive, which lags behind many other nations. Suga, after holding talks with President Joe...

China says US-Japan actions are stoking division

Apr. 17, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China hit back at the U.S.-Japan show of alliance during talks between President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, calling it an "ironic attempt of stoking division.” China said Suga and Biden's news conference Friday, in which they...

After China, US envoy Kerry in S. Korea for climate talks

Apr. 17, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. climate envoy John Kerry met with South Korea’s foreign minister in Seoul on Saturday for talks ahead of a virtual climate summit of world leaders called by President Joe Biden for next week. Kerry arrived in South Korea after a four-day...

Japan, US showcase alliance, resolve in dealing with China

Apr. 16, 2021 22:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga showcased the alliance between their two countries as well as their shared resolve in dealing with China as they met at the White House on Friday in Biden's first face-to-face talks with a foreign leader as...

Japan expands virus alert in Tokyo area as surge spreads

Apr. 16, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan decided to raise the coronavirus alert level in the capital's three neighboring prefectures and a fourth area in central Japan on Friday to allow tougher measures as a more contagious coronavirus variant spreads and adds to doubts about whether the Tokyo Olympics can go...

Beijing warns US, Japan against collusion vs China

Apr. 16, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Friday it has expressed “serious concerns” to the United States and Japan over what it calls negative moves and collusion between the two countries against China. The statement from Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian came just...

Japan's Suga comes to US for China-focused talks with Biden

Apr. 15, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrived in Washington on Thursday for talks with U.S. President Joe Biden meant to show the strength of the two nations' security alliance at a time when both are concerned with China’s growing economic and military clout. ...

100 Days: Tokyo Olympics marked by footnotes and asterisks

Apr. 13, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo pitched itself as "a safe pair of hands” when it was awarded the Olympics 7 1/2 years ago. “The certainty was a crucial factor," Craig Reedie, an IOC vice president at the time, said after the 2013 vote in Buenos Aires. Now,...