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People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk through a shopping street in Osaka, western Japan, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

The Latest: Emperor's New Year greeting cancelled in Japan

Nov. 26, 2020 10:02 PM EST

TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and his family will not offer their New Year greetings from the palace balcony due to concerns over the country’s struggles with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. The Imperial Household Agency said in a statement Friday that the annual greetings on Jan. 2 will...

A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, sweeps with a broom near Christmas decoration in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asia Today: SKorea cases jump over 500 amid reimposed rules

Nov. 26, 2020 7:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has recorded more than 500 new coronavirus cases for the first time in about eight months. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Thursday the 583 additional cases in the past 24 hours took the national tally to 32,318 including 515 deaths. South Korea...

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, poses with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for a photo before a meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap via AP)

China's top diplomat stresses S.Korea ties amid row with US

Nov. 26, 2020 4:36 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — China’s top diplomat on Thursday stressed the importance of bilateral relations while meeting senior officials in South Korea, where there is growing concern the country is becoming squeezed between China, its biggest trading partner, and military ally the United States. ...

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, bumps elbows with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the start of their meeting in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan, China agree on economic ties, split over islands

Nov. 25, 2020 10:32 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — China's top diplomat told Japan's leader on Wednesday that Beijing wants the two Asian powers to have good relations and cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, but the two sides remained at odds over an island dispute. Foreign Minister Wang Yi...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus arrive at the train station in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo asks drinking places to close early to curb virus rise

Nov. 25, 2020 4:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo's governor on Wednesday asked bars and other places where alcohol is served to close earlier for three weeks to help prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections from turning explosive. Gov. Yuriko Koike, after meeting with officials to discuss ways to combat the upsurge, said bars,...

China' Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, and his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi participate in a press briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Wang met Motegi on Tuesday to discuss ways to revive their pandemic-hit economies as well as regional concerns over China’s growing influence. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)

China, Japan to cooperate in reviving virus-hit economies

Nov. 24, 2020 10:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign ministers of Japan and China agreed Tuesday to cooperate in fighting the coronavirus and reviving their pandemic-hit economies, while trying to avoid actions that provoke tensions over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who arrived in Tokyo...

Japan ex-PM Abe's office investigated over funding scandal

Nov. 24, 2020 4:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Tuesday his office is being investigated for questionable expenses linked to a dinner party his office hosted for his supporters ahead of an annual cherry blossom viewing party — a scandal that has been on the backburner for months....

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike takes off her mask as she speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Koike remains firm about being able to safely hold the Olympics next year despite growing concerns about Japan's recent resurgence of COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Tokyo governor: Japan can host Olympics despite virus spike

Nov. 24, 2020 4:11 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike remains firm about being able to safely hold the Olympics next year despite growing concerns about Japan's recent resurgence of COVID-19 infections. Japan has experienced an uptick of the infections this month with a nationwide daily total exceeding 2,000 as the...

Vehicles line up as healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

Nov. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EST

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high. KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday. At the Swedish First Hill campus of...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus wait for buses at a bus station in Goyang, South Korea, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. South Korea says it will impose stricter social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to fight a coronavirus resurgence, as the country registered more than 300 new cases for the fifth straight day. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: Seoul tightens virus rules, shuts nightclubs

Nov. 22, 2020 6:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is imposing stricter social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area to fight a coronavirus resurgence, as the country registered more than 300 new cases for the fifth straight day. Health Minister Park Neung-hoo said Sunday that authorities have found 62 virus...