Empty streets, economic turmoil as virus alters daily life

TOKYO (AP) — The coronavirus claimed its first victim in the U.S. Saturday as the number of cases shot up in Iran, Italy...
22:02 28 February 2022

Global stocks fall again on fear of virus impact on economy

Global stock markets plunged further Friday on spreading fears over the impact of the new coronavirus, with some indexes...
12:50 28 February 2022

Bach tries to boost Olympic morale in Japan, speaks to media

TOKYO (AP) — Hoping to boost morale in Japan by assuring people that the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled, IOC P...
10:15 28 February 2022

Panasonic scraps solar panels partnership with Tesla

TOKYO (AP) — Panasonic is pulling out of its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York sta...
12:56 26 February 2022

Tokyo organizers, government take offensive on virus threat

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the Japanese government went on the offensive Wednesday after a senior IOC mem...
12:46 26 February 2022

Asian shares slide on fears virus will stunt global economy

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares slid Wednesday following another sharp fall on Wall Street as fears spread that the growing vi...
3:54 26 February 2022

Q&A: Things to know about Tokyo Olympics and spreading virus

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in exactly five months on July 24. The Paralympics open on Aug. 25. But the fast-sp...
5:12 22 February 2022

Israel says cruise passenger flown home from Japan has virus

JERUSALEM (AP) — One of the 11 Israelis who were flown home after being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan has tested...
12:23 21 February 2022

16 cruise ship evacuees being moved to US hospitals

SEATTLE (AP) — Eleven Americans who were brought to the U.S. from a quarantined cruise ship have been moved to hospitals...
2:41 21 February 2022

Virus limits next Tokyo Olympic test event to Japanese-only

TOKYO (AP) — A test event for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for later this month that would have involved some non-Japane...
7:06 20 February 2022

2 former cruise ship passengers with virus die in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Two elderly passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship because they were infected with a new vir...
6:37 20 February 2022

AP PHOTOS: Olympic bidder Sapporo has erratic snowfall

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — After two months of almost no snow, Japan’s northern city of Sapporo was overwhelmed with the whit...
5:19 20 February 2022

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises to record

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mixed Thursday in Asia after Wall Street recovered to record highs, but worries persist about d...
4:42 20 February 2022

Passengers leave ship docked off Japan after quarantine ends

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-crit...
21:47 19 February 2022

France steps up investigation around Ghosn, Omani dealership

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors are turning up the heat on disgraced car industry executive Carlos Ghosn, opening a judi...
19:12 19 February 2022

Asian shares mostly rise despite continuing virus fears

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly rose Wednesday, despite overnight losses on Wall Street and continuing fears about an o...
4:46 19 February 2022

Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — As an extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship ends Wednesday in Japan, many scientists say it wa...
19:43 18 February 2022

China virus outbreak chilling recovery for Asian economies

BANGKOK — The virus outbreak in China has put South Korea's economy into an "emergency situation," its president says. Japan is on the brink of recess...
11:46 18 February 2022

Japan says 88 more virus cases confirmed on quarantined ship

TOKYO — Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo.
10:17 18 February 2022

Nissan shareholders furious at Ghosn scandal, dismal results

TOKYO — Nissan shareholders vented their outrage at the Japanese automaker's top management Tuesday for crashing stock prices, zero dividends and quar...
4:41 18 February 2022

American cruise passengers quarantined at US military bases

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — More than 300 American cruise ship passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, were being quarantine...
18:18 17 February 2022

Asian markets mixed: Japan skids; China helped by rate cut

BANGKOK — Markets were mixed in Asia on Monday, with Japan's benchmark slipping 0.8% after the government reported the economy contracted 6.3% in annu...
4:30 17 February 2022

Japanese economy sinks amid fears about virus impact

TOKYO — The Japanese economy shrank at an annual pace of 6.3% last quarter as growth was battered by typhoons and crimped consumer spending.
2:47 17 February 2022

France announces 1st death of virus patient outside Asia

PARIS — France on Saturday reported the first death outside Asia of a person infected with the new virus from China, an 80-year-old Chinese tourist wh...
18:00 15 February 2022

New virus cases fall; WHO says China bought the world time

BEIJING — China reported 143 virus deaths and a dip in new cases Saturday while the head of the World Health Organization praised the country's effort...
16:26 15 February 2022

No ‘Plan B’ for Olympics; questions over Chinese presence

TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over ...
12:04 14 February 2022

Trump wants $1.5B over 10 years to revive US uranium mining

SALT LAKE CITY — The Trump administration is asking Congress for $1.5 billion over 10 years to create a new national stockpile of U.S.-mined uranium, ...
5:38 14 February 2022

Asian stocks rebound from early losses as virus toll grows

Shares rebounded in Asia on Friday after an early sell-off, though Japan's benchmark declined as investors reacted to news of a growing number of case...
5:31 14 February 2022

Cruise stranded by virus fears ends with roses in Cambodia

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia — Hundreds of cruise ship passengers long stranded at sea by virus fears cheered as they finally disembarked Friday and were w...
2:02 14 February 2022

Fear, boredom, adventure fill each day on quarantined ship

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Fear. Surprising moments of levity. Soul-crushing boredom.
17:40 13 February 2022