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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. ...

The Latest: 3rd Czech athlete tests positive in Tokyo

Jul. 22, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: A third athlete from the Czech Republic has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tokyo Games. The Czech team...

Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

Jul. 22, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a day ahead of the opening ceremony that...

Japan to boost renewable energy to meet emissions target

Jul. 21, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan aims to drastically increase its renewable energy use and reduce fossil fuel consumption over the next decade as its pushes to meet its ambitious emissions reduction target, according to a draft of a new energy plan presented Wednesday. The draft,...

Japan, US, South Korea reaffirm cooperation on North Korea

Jul. 21, 2021 07:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The United States, Japan and South Korea on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to work together on North Korea's denuclearization and other regional threats but made no progress in bringing closer together the two U.S. allies. U.S. Deputy Secretary of...

Tokyo virus cases hit 6-month high 2 days before Games open

Jul. 21, 2021 06:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's COVID-19 infections surged to a six-month high Wednesday with the Olympic host city logging 1,832 new cases just two days before the Games open. Tokyo is currently under its fourth state of emergency, which will last until Aug. 22, covering the...