UN chief warns of violence at home, Japan nears emergency

TOKYO (AP) — With more than 1.2 million people infected with the new coronavirus, the U.N. chief appealed for “peace at home” — all homes — out of concern that domestic violence was rising as the soci...

Japan warship, China fishing boat collide in East China Sea

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese destroyer collided with a Chinese fishing boat in the East China Sea on Monday but no one was injured, the Defense Ministry said. The collision caused a hole ...

Popular Japanese comedian dies from the coronavirus

TOKYO (AP) — Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the...

Tokyo's infection spike after Olympic delay sparks questions

TOKYO (AP) — Before the Olympics were postponed, Japan looked like it had coronavirus infections contained, even as they spread in neighboring countries. Now that the games have been pushed to next ye...

Tokyo asks people to stay at home on weekend as cases rise

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo asked its residents on Wednesday to stay home this weekend to slow the spread of the coronavirus after new daily cases in the Japanese capital rose to 41. Tokyo Go...

Tokyo Olympics officially postponed until 2021

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021. The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have...

Tokyo marks 25th anniversary of subway nerve gas attack

TOKYO (AP) — Relatives of victims prayed silently on Friday to observe the 25th anniversary of a nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways that killed 13 people, but a larger commemoration was canceled beca...

Japan soccer chief gets coronavirus after Europe, US trip

TOKYO (AP) — The head of Japan soccer, who is also the vice-chairman of the Japan Olympic Committee, has tested positive for the coronavirus and apologized for possibly infecting others. ...

Abe could be big loser if Tokyo Olympics canceled, postponed

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might be the biggest loser if the Tokyo Olympics don't go off as planned in just over four months. Abe has attached himself to the suc...

Japan nuke reactor taken offline due to delayed safety steps

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of a nuclear power plant in southern Japan was forced to shut down one of its reactors Monday because of a failure to meet the deadline for adding anti-terror safety facility...

Japan marks tsunami anniversary, no govt memorial amid virus

TOKYO (AP) — Some residents along the Japanese northern coast stood on roadsides overlooking the sea, offering silent prayers for their loved ones lost in a massive earthquake and tsunami nine years a...

Japan unveils $4 billion package to fight virus

TOKYO (AP) — A task force set up by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday approved a 430 billion yen ($4.1 billion) package that includes support for small to medium-size businesses hit by the ...

Safety of Fukushima waste water focus of sea release debate

OKUMA, Japan (AP) — Inside a giant decontamination facility at the destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant, workers in hazmat suits monitor radioactive water pumped from three damaged reactors, making...

Japan opens part of last town off-limits since nuclear leaks

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government on Wednesday opened part of the last town that had been off-limits due to radiation since the Fukushima nuclear disaster nine years ago, in a symbolic move showing the ...

Japan Olympic Minister: Games could be held any time in 2020

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Olympic minister said Tuesday the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020. Seiko Hashimoto's response to a question ...