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Japanese officials punished in scandal linked to PM's son

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s communications ministry punished 11 senior officials on Wednesday for accepting lavish dinners paid for by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s eldest son and his fellow executives at ...

Japan emperor shows concern to those suffering in pandemic

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito expressed concern about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on people's health and livelihoods, noting that he has used online meetings to connect with pe...

Fukushima nuclear plant operator: Seismometers were broken

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said Monday that two seismometers at one of its three melted reactors have been out of order since last year and did not collect ...

Japan renews claim on South Korea-held island

TOKYO (AP) — Japan renewed its claim on a contested island in the Sea of Japan held by South Korea at an annual event Monday, escalating tensions between the neighbors whose relations were already str...

Water leaks indicate new damage at Fukushima nuclear plant

TOKYO (AP) — Cooling water levels have fallen in two reactors at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant since a powerful earthquake hit the area last weekend, indicating possible additional damage, its o...

Japan begins COVID-19 vaccination drive amid Olympic worries

TOKYO (AP) — Months after other major economies, Japan began giving the first coronavirus vaccines to front-line health workers Wednesday. Many are wondering if the campaign will reach enough people, ...

EXPLAINER: Japan begins vaccination drive, but why so late?

TOKYO (AP) — Japan rolls out its COVID-19 vaccination campaign Wednesday after the government gave belated first approval to a shot co-developed by Pfizer Inc. that the U.S. and many other countries s...

Japan minister says supply will determine vaccine progress

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will inoculate a group of health workers on Wednesday as it belatedly begins a massive coronavirus vaccination drive, with progress depending on the availability of vaccine supplies...

Author Murakami hosts live jam for relaxation amid pandemic

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese author Haruki Murakami has a remedy for those who need relaxation from stress and worries in time of a pandemic — Brazilian Bossa nova music. “As we are going ...

Japan formally approves its first COVID-19 vaccine

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Sunday formally approved its first COVID-19 vaccine and said it would start nationwide inoculations within days, but months behind the U.S. and many other countries. ...

EXPLAINER: Japan's latest Olympic controversy

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's latest Olympic controversy — the reluctant resignation of Japanese organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori over sexist comments — comes as its citizens are increasingly expressing ...

Reports: Mori to resign Tokyo Olympics over sexist remarks

TOKYO (AP) — The long saga of Yoshiro Mori appears to be near the end. Japan's Kyodo news agency and others reported on Thursday — citing unnamed sources — that Yoshiro Mori will ste...

Japan navy submarine, Hong Kong ship collide off Japan coast

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese navy submarine and a commercial ship collided off Japan's southern coast on Monday, causing minor injuries to three crewmembers of the submarine and damage to its mast, defense...

Japan scientists to study source of high heat on asteroid

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese space experts said Thursday they will examine soil samples brought back from a distant asteroid in an attempt to find the source of heat that altered the celestial body, in their...

Japan expresses concern to UK over new Chinese maritime law

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister and defense minister expressed strong concern to their British counterparts on Wednesday over a new Chinese maritime law that took effect two days earlier. ...