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The Latest: More New York health care workers get vaccinated

Sep. 28, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. — Thousands of health care workers in New York faced with getting the COVID-19 vaccine or losing their jobs on Monday have received at least one dose. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul released figures showing vaccination rates rising among the state’s 450,000...

The Latest: Pfizer gives vaccine data from kids 5-11 to FDA

Sep. 28, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK — Pfizer has submitted research to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in children as it moves closer to seeking approval for expanded use of the shots. The drugmaker and its partner, Germany’s BioNTech, say they...

Toyota banks on mobility technology for future growth

Sep. 28, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Toyota is revving up acquisitions in mobility technology, adding Renovo Motors Inc., a Silicon Valley software developer, to its Woven Planet team, which is working on automated driving. The addition, announced Tuesday, follows the...

Tokyo Games CEO: Official costs known early next year

Sep. 28, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toshiro Muto, the chief executive officer of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, said on Tuesday he was not ready to say if the cost of the Games would go higher than the official budget figure of $15.4 billion. The Olympics ended on Aug. 8, followed by...

Japan to lift all coronavirus emergency steps nationwide

Sep. 28, 2021 08:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday that the coronavirus state of emergency will end this week to help rejuvenate the economy as infections slow. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the emergency will end Thursday and virus restrictions will be eased...

Japan's next PM must work quickly on virus, economy, China

Sep. 28, 2021 03:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The stakes are high as Japanese governing party members vote Wednesday for four candidates seeking to replace Yoshihide Suga as prime minister. The next leader must address a pandemic-battered economy, a newly empowered military operating in a dangerous neighborhood, crucial...

Asia shares mostly fall on China energy, Evergrande worries

Sep. 27, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly fell Tuesday as concerns about China chipped away at investor optimism following a mixed finish on Wall Street. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.3% to 30,139.65. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 1% to 7,314.10. South Korea's Kospi...

Japanese princess's fiancé returns for delayed marriage

Sep. 27, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Princess Mako’s fiancé returned to Japan on Monday for their marriage, which was suspended for more than three years because of a financial dispute involving his mother. Kei Komuro, 29, arrived from New York, where he studied law and plans to...

Japan's leader says Olympics were 'symbol of global unity'

Sep. 24, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At a U.N. General Assembly meeting packed with global gloom, Japan's outgoing leader highlighted what he cast as a moment of inspiration: the Tokyo Olympics, controversially held in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. “While humanity has been...

Library devoted to Japan novelist Murakami to open in Tokyo

Sep. 22, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A library devoted to Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami's writings, scrapbooks and record collection opens next week in Tokyo as a spot for literary research, cultural exchange and a gathering spot for his fans. The Haruki Murakami library, which opens Oct....