Japan prosecutor seen close to Abe hit by gambling scandal

TOKYO (AP) — Justice Ministry officials are investigating a gambling scandal involving a top Japanese prosecutor seen as close to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after a magazine reported he evaded a stay-...

Japan's cruise ship experiment shows dangers of social gatherings during pandemic

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As governments around the world continue to educate their citizens about the importance of washing hands and avoiding crowded areas, an experiment conducted by Japan's...

In Japan, pandemic brings outbreaks of bullying, ostracism

TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus in Japan has brought not just an epidemic of infections, but also an onslaught of bullying and discrimination against the sick, their families and health workers. ...

Tokyo Olympics could cut 'extras' in face of soaring costs

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the IOC said Thursday they will cut some of the extras out of next year’s postponed games, an attempt to limit what is expected to be billions of dollars in a...

Big boost of followers on President Tsai's Twitter account

President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) Twitter followers have increased by more than 100,000 over the past four weeks, passing the 900,000 mark and making her personal Twitter account one of the most popu...

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 n...

Japanese comedian Shimura Ken dies after contracting coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japanese veteran comedian Ken Shimura, who was one of the first celebrities in his country to publicly announce his coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, died on Sunday evenin...

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...

Japanese baseball players test positive for coronavirus

TOKYO (AP) — Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two teammates have become the first professional baseball players in Japan to test positive for the new coronavirus. Fujinam...

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

A desperate race to find medical equipment continues as the World Health Organization warns that the outbreak is accelerating and calls on countries to take strong, coordinated action. ...

NHK TV: Abe to propose 1-year postponement for Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach, Japan’s NHK public television reported Tuesday. ...

Japan’s NHK television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose 1-year Olympic postponement during talks with IOC

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s NHK television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose 1-year Olympic postponement during talks with IOC.

Olympic torch relay: No torch, no torchbearers, no public

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture — but with no torch, no torchbearers, no public, and little ceremony. T...

Tentacles of Olympic cancellation would reach around globe

TOKYO (AP) — The tentacles of canceling the Tokyo Olympics — or postponing or staging it in empty venues — would reach into every corner of the globe, much like the spreading virus that now imperils t...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters ...