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Tonga COVID-19 cases surge in wake of eruption

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga The Omicron coronavirus variant entered Tonga for the first time in the wake of last month's volcanic eruption, officials confirmed on Thursday (Feb 10), as the number of COVID-19 cases in the kingdom almost doubled to…

Why anti-Korean racism is festering in Japan

Nationalist sentiments against ethnic Koreans are reportedly on the rise in Japan once again, reportedly in connection with looming elections in Seoul and ramped up missile testing in Pyongyang. Zainichi, the Japanese term for ethnic…

Asian markets close day in positive territory

Following positive figures from Asian countries, such as Chinese industrial production and Japan’s additional budget developments, Asian stock markets closed Thursday positive. The Asia Dow, which includes blue-chip companies in the…

How China flights near Taiwan inflame tensions

A recent spate of Chinese military flights off southwestern Taiwan has prompted alarm from the island, which Beijing claims as its own, and is increasing tensions in a region already on edge. The flights are one piece of a complex puzzle…

Fumio Kishida starts work

TOKYO Fumio Kishida got to work as Japan's prime minister on Tuesday, holding talks with foreign leaders, a day after taking office and forming a Cabinet to meet challenges including reviving an economy battered by COVID-19. "I have a…

Can Asia reinvent global trade?

Bilahari Kausikan Let’s not believe our own propaganda. Asia reinventing global trade is a superficially attractive but problematic proposition. It assumes there once was a free international economy open to reinvention. It assumes there…

Myanmar junta detains Japanese journalist

A Japanese freelance journalist detained by security forces in Myanmar's largest city Yangon has been investigated for allegedly spreading fake news, the Japanese Embassy in Myanmar said Monday. Yuki Kitazumi, a former reporter for the…

Yahoo to remove online hate content in Japan

American web services provider Yahoo will remove “hateful and defamatory” content uploaded online in Japan. The company said it will use artificial intelligence to remove such content, the Japanese news agency Kyodo News reported. “We…

On holiday weekend, travel surges in Japan

TOKYO Train stations and airports in Japan were filled with people over this “Silver Week” holiday weekend running through Tuesday, in a sign of recovering local travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. The surge of domestic travel is a…

Asian shares mixed following Wall St retreat

TOKYO Major Asian share indexes meandered between modest gains and losses Tuesday after a retreat on Wall Street. Australia’s benchmark led the declines, falling nearly 2% as the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to keep interest rates at…

Asian shares slide after Wall Street retreat

TOKYO Asian shares were mostly lower Thursday, with Tokyo dropping more than 1% as the Japanese yen gained after the Federal Reserve said it would keep interest rates low through 2022. Asian markets had been expected to fall after the Fed…

Japanese carmaker Honda hit by cyberattack

LONDON Japanese carmaker Honda said Tuesday that it has been hit by a cyberattack that disrupted its business, though it expects the overall impact to be contained. The company said in a statement that it could “confirm that a cyber…

Japan PM asks citizens to be more diligent

TOKYO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed concerns Tuesday that Japanese people haven’t followed social distancing measures as much as they’re supposed to under a state of emergency he declared two weeks ago to fight the spread of the…

Japan PM issues state of emergency for nation

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a state of emergency for all of Japan. Abe says the measure takes effect Friday and lasts until May 6, the end of Japan’s “golden week” holidays. He says the nationwide state of…

meet as North Korean threat looms

CHENGDU, China Leaders from China, Japan and South Korea were meeting Tuesday against the backdrop of renewed threats from North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. The trilateral meeting in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu…