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Tokyo reports record virus cases days after Olympics begin

Jul. 27, 2021 08:29 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's capital, Tokyo, reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, days after the Olympics began. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged people to avoid non-essential outings, but said there was no need to consider a suspension of the Games. ...

Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? And how to judge?

Jul. 27, 2021 01:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Will it be a success? A failure? Or none of the above? It will take something much more nuanced than those basic notions to assess the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics when they wrap up in two weeks. The response will be twisted by dozens of parties with...

Japan grants health benefits to A-bomb 'black rain' victims

Jul. 26, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday he has decided to grant official medical benefits to 84 Hiroshima residents who were exposed to highly radioactive “black rain” after the city's atomic bombing. Suga's decision ends a long legal battle...

Russian PM visits Pacific islands claimed by Japan

Jul. 26, 2021 06:31 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prime minister on Monday visited Pacific islands claimed by Japan, a move that brought a protest from Tokyo, and said the government is considering setting up a special economic zone there. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin is touring Russia's Far...

Only Tokyo could pull off these Games? Not everyone agrees

Jul. 25, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Staging an Olympics during the worst pandemic in a century? There’s a widespread perception that it couldn’t happen in a better place than Japan. A vibrant, open democracy with deep pockets, the host nation is known for its diligent execution of...

Olympics Latest: US men get off to fast start in volleyball

Jul. 24, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ After a long wait to get on the court, the U.S. men’s volleyball team made quick work of...

In venue fit for head of state, Japan PM seeks Pfizer doses

Jul. 23, 2021 02:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister met with Pfizer's CEO in an unusually high-profile setting Friday to make sure the drugmaker would deliver the COVID-19 vaccine as promised by this fall as the nation faces supply concerns and a growing outbreak. Pfizer Inc. CEO...

EXPLAINER: Why Japan 'rising sun' flag provokes Olympic ire

Jul. 22, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Japan considers the “rising sun” flag part of its history. But some in the Koreas, China and other Asian countries say the flag is a reminder of Japan’s wartime atrocities, and is comparable to the Nazi swastika. That's why the flag has...

Jill Biden in Tokyo for Olympic Games, meets prime minister

Jul. 22, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

TOYKO (AP) — Jill Biden embarked on her first solo international trip as first lady, leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the coronavirus is surging and COVID-19 infections have climbed to a six-month high. She arrived in Tokyo on Thursday, and...

Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open

Jul. 22, 2021 07:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games. Thursday’s 1,979 new cases are the highest since 2,044 were recorded on Jan. 15. ...