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A plane carrying the Olympic flame arrives before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Olympic flame lands in Japan as doubts grow over Tokyo Games

Mar. 20, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame on Friday completed its difficult journey from Greece to Japan. That signified a small, symbolic victory for the IOC and local organizers, who maintain the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 24 amid a chorus of doubters who believe they should be postponed...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, observes a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's northeastern coast nine years ago, at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (Yoshitaka Sugawara/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan marks tsunami anniversary, no govt memorial amid virus

Mar. 11, 2020 4:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Some residents along the Japanese northern coast stood on roadsides overlooking the sea, offering silent prayers for their loved ones lost in a massive earthquake and tsunami nine years ago Wednesday. But in Tokyo and many other places around Japan, the day was being remembered without a main...

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar listens as President Donald Trump talks to reporters during a signing of a spending bill to combat the coronavirus, at the White House, Friday, March 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Latest: Virus threat prompts cancellation of SXSW

Mar. 6, 2020 5:36 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local to Seoul): 7:10 a.m. Austin city officials have canceled the South by Southwest arts and technology festival. Mayor Steve Adler announced a local disaster as a precaution because of the threat of the novel coronavirus,...

A guard opens the gate to the town in Futaba, Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan at midnight Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Japan’s government partially lifted an entry ban for Futaba, the last town that remained off-limits since it was entirely forced to evacuate following the Fukushima nuclear disaster nine years ago.  (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan opens part of last town off-limits since nuclear leaks

Mar. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government on Wednesday opened part of the last town that had been off-limits due to radiation since the Fukushima nuclear disaster nine years ago, in a symbolic move showing the region's recovery ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. All 7,000 people in the town of Futaba were forced to...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2017, file photo, ever-growing amount of contaminated, treated but still slightly radioactive, water at the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is stored in about 900 huge tanks, including those seen in this photo taken during a plant tour at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeast of Tokyo. A government panel on Friday roughly accepted the economy and industry ministry's draft proposal that cites the gradual release of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant to sea as a best option. (Pablo M. Diez/Pool Photo via A, File)

Japan panel: Fukushima water release to sea is best option

Jan. 31, 2020 10:28 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese government panel on Friday roughly accepted a draft proposal for releasing into the sea massive amounts of radioactive water now being stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant. The economy and industry ministry's draft proposal said releasing the water gradually into...