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Japan governing party begins race to pick Suga successor

Sep. 17, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The race is on for the next Japanese prime minister. Official election campaigning began Friday for the new head of Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party, who typically becomes the national leader because of the party's control over parliament. ...

Tokyo opens oxygen station for COVID patients as cases surge

Aug. 23, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Monday opened a temporary facility in Tokyo to provide oxygen for up to 130 coronavirus patients with mild symptoms, as the capital's health care system grows severely strained. The so-called “oxygen station” in Tokyo’s Shibuya district is...

Suga ally loses in key local race ahead of national election

Aug. 23, 2021 01:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A close ally of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was defeated in a high-profile mayoral election in Yokohama, Suga's home turf, in a sharp setback for the already unpopular leader ahead of general elections later this year. Opposition-backed scientist...

Paralympics follow lead of Olympics: No fans during pandemic

Aug. 16, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — All fans will be barred from the Paralympics in Japan because of the coronavirus pandemic, just as they were from the recently-completed Tokyo Olympics, organizers said Monday. There were a few exceptions made during the Olympics with some fans allowed in...

Japan leader's medical adviser urges tougher virus measures

Aug. 12, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A key medical adviser to Japan's prime minister said Thursday that surging infections in the Tokyo area are severely affecting medical systems, and urged the government to take stricter measures to drastically reduce people's activity. “If the infections...

Olympics Latest: US mixed relay team reinstated after appeal

Jul. 30, 2021 12:03 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ The U.S. Olympic mixed relay team has been reinstated after originally being disqualified...

Japan expands virus emergency after record spikes amid Games

Jul. 30, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to four more areas in addition to Tokyo on Friday following record spikes in infections as the capital hosts the Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared an emergency in Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba,...

EXPLAINER: Detailing Japan's new COVID state of emergency

Jul. 30, 2021 03:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Coronavirus infection cases have reached daily records in Tokyo, which is now playing host to the Olympics. The Japanese government has declared the capital and several other regions under a “state of emergency” during the entire Games. With such a global sporting event...

Officials in Tokyo alarmed as virus cases hit record highs

Jul. 29, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials sounded the alarm Thursday as Tokyo reported record-breaking coronavirus cases for the third-straight day with the Olympics well underway. Tokyo reported 3,865 new cases Thursday, up from 3,177 on Wednesday and double the numbers a week...

Tokyo sets another virus record days after Olympics begin

Jul. 28, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo reported 3,177 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, setting an all-time high and exceeding 3,000 for the first time days after the start of the Olympics. The new cases exceeded the earlier record of 2,848 set the previous day and brought the total for...