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Japan announces easing of virus emergency ahead of Olympics

Jun. 17, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Thursday announced the easing of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas from next week, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins final preparations for the Olympics starting in just over a month. Japan has been...

Why are Olympics going on despite public, medical warnings?

Jun. 17, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Public sentiment in Japan has been generally opposed to holding the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, partly based on fears the coronavirus will spike as almost 100,000 people — athletes and others — enter for both events. The Japanese medical community...

The Latest: COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri tourist areas

Jun. 16, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

O’FALLON, Mo. — A swath of southern Missouri is seeing a big rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at just the wrong time — as tourists eager to get out after being cooped up for a year make their way to popular destinations like Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. ...

US documents solve mystery of war criminal Tojo's remains

Jun. 14, 2021 20:28 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Until recently, the location of executed wartime Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo's remains was one of World War II's biggest mysteries in the nation he once led. Now, a Japanese university professor has revealed declassified U.S. military documents...

Korean 'comfort women' memorial a no-go in Aurora

Jun. 12, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — David Oh has a clear vision for a “Statue of Peace” memorial on Aurora city grounds, but it won’t likely ever materialize. He envisions a girl dressed in a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress, sitting on a chair with a bird perched on her...

The Latest: California to lift most of state’s virus rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order that will lift most of the state’s coronavirus rules. The order Newsom signed Friday takes effect Tuesday. It will end the state’s stay-at-home order and its various amendments. ...

Tokyo Olympics still undecided on fans -- or no fans at all

Jun. 11, 2021 06:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The question of allowing any fans into Tokyo Olympic venues is still being debated with a decision unlikely to be announced before the end of the month. This would be just a few weeks before the Olympics are to open on July 23. Fans from abroad have...

Japan says ties with Taiwan are only unofficial

Jun. 11, 2021 01:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's relations with Taiwan are nongovernmental and practical and are based on Tokyo's recognition of China as the sole legitimate government, a top Japanese official said Friday, following Beijing's protest over a recent reference to the island as a country. ...

China says US revoking of China apps ban a 'positive step'

Jun. 11, 2021 00:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that a U.S. move to revoke the Trump administration’s executive orders intended to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a “positive step,” amid strained relations between the two countries. “We hope that...

Japan, Australia share China concerns, augment defense ties

Jun. 09, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Australia on Wednesday shared concern about China’s increasingly assertive actions in regional seas and expressed strong objections to “coercive or destabilizing” behavior. Foreign and defense ministers from the two countries agreed in the...