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Biden, new Japanese prime minister to meet virtually Friday

Jan. 16, 2022 20:56 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden will meet virtually with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan on Friday, as the omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to surge around the world. The White House said Sunday the meeting will take place to highlight the strength of...

Japan retracts new flight bookings ban after criticisms

Dec. 01, 2021 23:57 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it has retracted a ban on new incoming international flight bookings to defend against the new variant of the coronavirus only a day after the policy was announced, following criticisms that it was an overreaction. The transport ministry on...

After slow starts, some Asian vaccination rates now soaring

Nov. 22, 2021 00:59 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — When Cambodia rolled out COVID-19 vaccines, lines stretched down entire streets and people left their shoes out to save their places as they sheltered from the sun. But three months into its campaign, just 11% of the population had received at least one dose. In...

Relatives of virus dead question Japan's stay-at-home policy

Nov. 21, 2021 00:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Yoshihiko Takeuchi, who ran a small restaurant on the island of Okinawa, told only a few friends he had the coronavirus. When he didn't answer phone calls from public health workers for three days, police went to his home and found him dead in his bed. He...

Japan Cabinet OKs record stimulus package to fix economy

Nov. 19, 2021 08:15 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet approved on Friday a record 56 trillion yen ($490 billion) stimulus package, including cash handouts and aid to ailing businesses, to help the economy out of the doldrums worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. “The package has more than...

Kishida reelected Japan's PM in parliamentary vote

Nov. 10, 2021 11:07 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Fumio Kishida, reelected as Japan’s prime minister on Wednesday after his governing party scored a major victory in key parliamentary elections, said the coronavirus remains the country's most urgent issue and pledged to take steps to mend the pandemic-battered economy. ...

Kishida set to be reelected Japan's PM in parliamentary vote

Nov. 09, 2021 21:40 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Fumio Kishida is set to be reelected as Japan’s prime minister Wednesday after clearing the first major test of his leadership in recent elections. Elected just over a month ago by parliament, Kishida called a quick election where he secured enough seats...

The Latest: GOP, Democratic lawmakers visit climate talks

Nov. 06, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

The latest on the U.N. climate summit COP26 in Glasgow: GLASGOW — Glasgow became the site of a rare event Saturday -- a bipartisan U.S. congressional delegation attending a climate summit. Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, led the Republican...

EXPLAINER: What election outcome means for new Japan PM

Nov. 01, 2021 20:15 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's weeks-old government cleared its first major test in weekend national elections as his governing party secured just enough seats to maintain a free hand in pushing legislation through parliament. The victory will be a key factor as his...

Wall Street rally, Japan election drive Asian shares higher

Oct. 31, 2021 23:57 PM EDT

Stocks advanced in Asia on Monday, with Tokyo’s benchmark up 2.2% after the ruling Liberal Democrats won a stronger than expected majority in an election Sunday. Shares rose in all regional markets except Hong Kong. The regional gains followed...