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Massive car pileup on Japan highway kills one, injures 17

TOKYO (AP) — One person was killed and at least 17 injured Tuesday in a massive pileup of at least 134 vehicles in blizzard conditions on a highway in northern Japan, officials said. ...

Japan's PM vows Olympics will be proof of victory over virus

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed Monday to get the pandemic under control and hold the already postponed Olympics this summer with ample coronavirus protection. ...

Chock, Bates take lead at nationals with record rhythm dance

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Defending champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates set a world record in the rhythm dance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Friday, scoring 90.10 points to ...

Japan bars business visitors from Taiwan amid COVID surge

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In order to prevent mutant strains of the coronavirus from entering, Japan has now decided to bar visits by business people and students from 11 Asian countries, including...

The Latest: China sees growing outbreak south of Beijing

BEIJING — More than 360 people have tested positive in a growing coronavirus outbreak south of Beijing in neighboring Hebei province. China’s National Health Commission reported Sund...

Asia Today: China reports 360 cases south of Beijing

BEIJING (AP) — More than 360 people have tested positive in a growing COVID-19 outbreak south of Beijing in neighboring Hebei province. China’s National Health Commission reported Su...

Senior IOC member says he's not sure Tokyo Games will happen

TOKYO (AP) — A senior member of the International Olympic Committee has said he “can’t be certain” the postponed Tokyo Olympics will open in just over six months because of the surging pandemic in Jap...

Spreading virus pulls Olympic torches off display in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is halting a public display of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic torches as new virus cases jump in the country and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga orders a state of emergency for Toky...

Japan to declare emergency for Tokyo area amid winter wave of COVID-19

Japan will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures on Thursday (Jan. 7) as record numbers of new cases of COVID-19 strain the country’s healthcare system. The me...

NHK WORLD-JAPAN to explore Mega-Tsunami

10 years after: First-hand footage, insights, eyewitness reports TOKYO, JAPAN - Media OutReach - 5 January 2021 - NHK WORLD-JAPAN, the 24-hour international English-language TV channel from Japan's pu...

Tick-Tock: The Tokyo Olympics hit the 200-days-to-go mark

TOKYO (AP) — Tick-Tock-Tick. The countdown clock for the postponed Tokyo Olympics hit 200 days to go on Monday. Tick-Tock-Tick. Also on Monday, Ja...

Chinese vessels sailed near Diaoyutai Islands on 333 days in 2020

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Government vessels from China reportedly came within 24 nautical miles (44.4 kilometers) of the disputed Diaoyutai Islands on 333 days last year, including one eight-day s...

Official costs of Tokyo Olympics up by 22% to $15.4 billion

TOKYO (AP) — The official cost of the postponed Tokyo Olympics has increased by 22%, the local organizing committee said Tuesday in unveiling its new budget. In an on-line news confe...

Tokyo Olympics Q&A: Costs, IOC, COVID-19, and vaccinations

TOKYO (AP) — Much of the focus on the Tokyo Olympics has been on the unprecedented postponement because of the pandemic, and how the Olympics can be held in seven months. The focus l...

Japan: Heavy snowfall leaves thousands stranded

Around 1,000 cars have been stranded in a snowstorm in Japan, according to local media. The vehicles were stuck on the Kan-Etsu Expressway between Tsukiyono town and Yuzawa town, north of Tokyo, Kyodo...