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Taiwan-based TV commentator ‘Snakeman’ still ping-ponging

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan-based American table tennis commentator Adam Bobrow has been universally praised for bringing out the best in athletes. Bobrow, aka "Snakeman," is ...

Only Tokyo could pull off these Games? Not everyone agrees

TOKYO (AP) — Staging an Olympics during the worst pandemic in a century? There’s a widespread perception that it couldn’t happen in a better place than Japan. A vibrant, open democra...

With muted ceremony and empty stadium, Tokyo Olympics begin

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a...

With muted ceremony and empty stadium, Tokyo Olympics begin

TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stad...

Japan girds for a surreal Olympics, and questions are plenty

TOKYO (AP) — After a yearlong delay and months of hand-wringing that rippled across a pandemic-inflected world, a Summer Games unlike any other is at hand. It's an Olympics, sure, but also, in a very ...

Japan's Olympic security balancing act leaves few satisfied

TOKYO (AP) — Struggling businesses forced to temporarily shut down around Olympics venues. Olympic visitors ordered to install invasive apps and allow GPS tracking. Minders staking out hotels to keep ...

China looks to extend table tennis domination at Tokyo Games

TOKYO (AP) — HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: China won all four gold medals in Rio. It was China versus China in the women’s singles gold medal match, with Ding Ning beating teammate Li Xiaoxia, reversing the re...

Japan's Momota looks for badminton gold at Tokyo Games

TOKYO (AP) — HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: Rio saw a clear end to Chinese dominance in badminton, though there were still reminders of its traditional power. In women’s singles Carolina Mari...

AP PHOTOS: Tsunami scars linger a decade later in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — The images still hold the power to shock. Dazed survivors walk beneath huge sea tankers deposited amid an expanse of rubble and twisted iron that was once a busy downtow...

Myanmar cracked down brutally on protests. It may get worse.

TOKYO (AP) — Myanmar's security forces have killed scores of demonstrators protesting a coup. The new junta has jailed journalists — and anyone else capable of exposing the violence. It has done away ...

Virus casts shadow over AP's pictures of the year in Asia

TOKYO (AP) — The year of the virus. From sports to festivals, natural disasters to protests, hardly a moment of 2020 captured by the photojournalists of The Associated Press in Asia ...

A worried Asia wonders: What will Joe Biden do?

TOKYO (AP) — As Asia comes to terms with the reality of a Joe Biden administration, relief and hopes of economic and environmental revival jostle with needling anxiety and fears of inattention. ...

US, Australia, India, Japan to discuss China's growing power

TOKYO (AP) — Foreign ministers from four Indo-Pacific nations known as the Quad group are gathering in Tokyo on Tuesday for talks that Japan hopes will increase their involvement in a regional initiat...

Shock, sympathy, mockery: World reacts to Trump infection

TOKYO (AP) — News of the infection of the most powerful man in the world with the most notorious disease in the world drew instant reactions of shock, sympathy, undisguised glee and, of course, the ev...

Japan's newly minted prime minister steps into UN limelight

TOKYO (AP) — Considered something of a lightweight on foreign policy issues, Japan’s new prime minister has spent much of his career in the shadows, supporting previous leader Shinzo Abe with backroom...