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Japan's imports hit record highs on surging energy prices

Jan. 20, 2022 02:37 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s exports and imports both reached record highs in December, largely because of surging oil prices and a weaker yen, the government said Thursday. Japan’s imports last month surged 41% from the same month a year earlier. Exports rose 17.5% from the previous...

First aid flights arrive in Tonga after big volcano eruption

Jan. 20, 2022 02:31 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga finally arrived Thursday after the Pacific nation’s main airport runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. New Zealand and Australia each sent military transport planes...

Asian stocks rise after China rate cuts, Japan export gain

Jan. 20, 2022 00:19 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Thursday after China cut interest rates to shore up flagging economic growth and Japan reported a double-digit rise in exports. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. On Wall Street, the benchmark S&P...

Asian stocks rise after China rate cuts, Japan export gain

Jan. 19, 2022 22:20 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Thursday after China cut interest rates to shore up flagging economic growth and Japan reported a double-digit rise in exports. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul advanced. On Wall Street, the benchmark S&P...

Japan widens virus curbs, including in Tokyo, as cases surge

Jan. 19, 2022 06:21 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo and a dozen other areas in Japan will face new COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, with local leaders shortening hours for restaurants, as omicron cases hit a record high in the capital. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that the areas will be placed...

Asian shares mostly lower after retreat on Wall Street

Jan. 18, 2022 23:07 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell in cautious trading on Wednesday after stocks on Wall Street sank to a new low for the year. Tokyo, Shanghai, Seoul and Sydney were lower while Hong Kong edged higher. Technology shares led the decline Tuesday on Wall Street....

Official: Japan hopes to lead Asian zero-emissions push

Jan. 18, 2022 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will gradually phase out coal plants over the next two decades while developing new technologies to reduce, capture and utilize carbon, Environment Minister Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi said Tuesday. Yamaguchi said in an interview with The Associated Press that Japan hopes...

Japan ready to expand virus restrictions as infections surge

Jan. 18, 2022 02:32 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government is preparing social restrictions in Tokyo and other regions as the omicron variant of the coronavirus infects more people. Japan has never had a lockdown during the pandemic but has focused instead on asking restaurants and bars to close early....

Asia shares mostly higher after US holiday; BOJ stands pat

Jan. 17, 2022 23:16 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday in the absence of big market-moving news following a national holiday in the U.S. The Bank of Japan wrapped up a two-day policy meeting with no major changes. The benchmark interest rate remains at a longstanding minus 0.1%. ...

N. Korea fires short-range missiles in 4th launch this month

Jan. 17, 2022 10:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea Monday in its fourth weapons launch this month, South Korea’s military said, with the apparent goal of demonstrating its military might during paused diplomacy with the United States and pandemic border...