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A staff member participates in a screening test for spectators and officials to ensure a safe and secure Toyo Olympic Games Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic officials say they don't know exactly what measures will be taken against the COVID-19 pandemic at next year's Games, but they want the world to know they're working on it. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo Olympics try to get word out about COVID-19 measures

Oct. 21, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic officials want the world to know they are working on measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic at next year's games, even if they don't know exactly what they will be. Tokyo organizers showcased a few possible remedies on Wednesday, displaying various screening measures at the...

A fan wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus waits for the start of the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The Latest: UEFA cancels men's soccer under-19 Euros

Oct. 20, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ UEFA has called off the under-19 European Championship in men’s soccer that was twice postponed and pushed into 2021. Europe's governing soccer body says the cancellation in Northern Ireland is “due to the current...

In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Palace, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, left, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo listen to the national anthems during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Bogor West Java, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020. (Laily Rachev/Indonesian Presidential Palace via AP)

Japan's PM, in Indonesia, says SE Asia key for his nation

Oct. 20, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in Indonesia on his first overseas trip since taking office, expressed his backing Tuesday for Southeast Asian efforts toward achieving peace in the South China Sea, while promoting Japan's “free and open Indo-Pacific” concept...

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, second left, and his wife Mariko prepare to leave Haneda airport in Tokyo Sunday, Oct. 19, 2020. Suga left Sunday on his first overseas foray since taking over from his former boss Shinzo Abe last month, heading to Vietnam and Indonesia. (Shigeyuki Inakuma/Kyodo News via AP)

Japan's pragmatic new PM pushes Abe's vision on SE Asia trip

Oct. 18, 2020 5:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, left Sunday on his first overseas foray since taking over from his former boss Shinzo Abe last month, heading to Vietnam and Indonesia. The choice to visit Southeast Asia underscores Japan’s efforts to counter Chinese influence and...

A man stands near an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors weighed concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on top of fears of flaring outbreaks of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares mixed amid 2nd wave coronavirus, election fears

Oct. 15, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors weighed concerns about the U.S. presidential election and an economic stimulus package, on top of fears of flaring outbreaks of coronavirus. Investors are also looking ahead to the release of data on the Chinese economy next week. Shares rose in...

A man walks in front of an advertisement for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, in Tokyo. Typhoon Chan-hom is approaching Japan's main island with authorities warning of strong winds and torrential rains. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

IOC gives assurance to sports bodies that Tokyo is on track

Oct. 15, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee tried to assure dozens of international sports federations on Thursday that the postponed Tokyo Games will open on July 23. The IOC and Tokyo organizers have been holding on-line sessions this week with about 200 national Olympic committees, and with the...

From left, Yumiko Murakami, head of OECD Tokyo, Gon Matsunaka, head of Pride House Tokyo Legacy, Kanae Doi, Japan director of Human Rights Watch, Yuri Igarashi, co-representative director of the Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation, Yuichi Kamiya, secretary-general of the Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation,

LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law

Oct. 15, 2020 7:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Thursday calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country is to host the Olympics and will be the focus of international attention. “In this country, equal...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 file photo, pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange,  in New York.  Stocks are pulling slightly higher in the early going on Wall Street, Wednesday, Oct. 14,  as investors pore over another batch of earnings reports from big U.S. companies. The S&P 500 added 0.3% in early trading Wednesday. A loss in the index a day earlier broke a four-day winning streak.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Asian stocks follow Wall St lower as stimulus hopes fade

Oct. 15, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower on Thursday as hopes U.S. leaders will agree on a new economic stimulus before the Nov. 3 presidential election faded. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong declined. Sydney advanced. In Seoul, the company that manages boy band BTS made its market debut amid criticism...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, file photo, the Wall Street sign is framed by a giant American flag hanging on the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are edging lower on Wall Street in early trading, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, as the market cools off following a four-day rally. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Asian shares track Wall Street decline on pandemic jitters

Oct. 14, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after pandemic concerns snapped a four-day winning streak on Wall Street. Rising coronavirus counts in many countries are raising the urgency to develop vaccines and treatments and setbacks in that process tend to discourage investors. On Tuesday, independent...

Japan protests to China for entering Japanese waters

Oct. 13, 2020 7:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo has lodged protests to Beijing over the entry of Chinese coast guard ships into Japan's territorial waters off disputed East China Sea islands and their refusal to move out for a third day Tuesday, Japanese officials said. The two Chinese ships entered the Japanese-claimed waters Sunday...