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Japan's central bank stands firm as yen plummets in value

For more than two years, Fumio Takenaka has been looking forward to a foreign beach holiday with her family. With the coronavirus pandemic waning and resort destinations reopening across the Pacific, ...

Japanese man arrested in Indonesia over COVID relief fraud

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities on the southern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island arrested a Japanese fugitive accused of fraud in Japan in connection with the receipt of a massive amount of COV...

Loss of Taiwan tech will hinder Russia's war in Ukraine: Analyst

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A ex-Soviet officer and military analyst on Saturday (March 19) predicted that Russia will begin to feel a major impact in the coming weeks from the loss of Taiwan-made te...

China attempting to take over Taiwan without war: Japanese report

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As China does not yet have the means to successfully seize Taiwan, the communist country has employed propaganda and fake news to win support for unification, Asahi Shimbu...

Japan: Sumo wrestler deaths raise obesity concerns

The early deaths of three sumo wrestlers over the span of just a year and a half have raised the alarm over health and safety for sumo wrestlers. In May of last year, 28-year-old wrestler Kyotaka Omo...

Japan dissolves parliament, setting stage for general election

TOKYO, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Japan dissolved its parliament on Thursday, setting the stage for an election at the end of the month that will pit new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida against unpopular opposit...

Olympics, pandemic and politics: There's no separating them

TOKYO (AP) — Over and over, year after year, the stewards of the Olympics say it: The Games aren't supposed to be political. But how do you avoid politics when you're trying to pull off an event of th...

Taiwan will send digital minister Audrey Tang to Tokyo Olympics

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will send minister without portfolio and digital expert Audrey Tang (唐鳳) to the July 23 opening of the Tokyo Olympics, the government announced Saturday (July 10). ...

Top medical adviser says 'no fans' safest for Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — The safest way to hold the Tokyo Olympics is without any fans, the top medical adviser to the Japanese government said in a report on Friday. Dr. Shigeru Omi’s recommend...

Why are Olympics going on despite public, medical warnings?

TOKYO (AP) — Public sentiment in Japan has been generally opposed to holding the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, partly based on fears the coronavirus will spike as almost 100,000 people — athletes an...

1.2 million AZ doses from Japan set to arrive in Taipei this afternoon

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Over 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are set to arrive in Taiwan on Friday afternoon (June 4). As Taiwan grapples with its worst outbreak since the ...

Over 80 percent of Japanese oppose hosting Olympics this summer, poll finds

More than 80 percent of Japanese oppose hosting the virus-postponed Olympics this year, a new poll published Monday showed, with just under 10 weeks until the Tokyo Games. The latest survey comes a...

'The light of hope': Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by marriage ruling

Jenny and Narumi wept for happiness last week when a Japanese court ruled that barring same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, a decision that allowed them to move a step closer to legal marriage and...

Photo of the Day: Taiwan's 'Salmoners' spawn at Sushiro

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese netizens were aghast at the amount of food put to waste by members of the "Salmoners" who descended on a sushi restaurant in Taiwan last week. The p...

Head of Tokyo Olympics faces storm over comments about women

TOKYO (AP) — Derogatory comments about women made earlier in the week by Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and a former prime minister, could force him to resign. ...