• Japan reports 33,440 new coronavirus cases

    Japan on Thursday reported 33,440 new coronavirus cases, down 7,753 from Wednesday. Tokyo reported 3,042 new cases, down 1,268 from Wednesday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 10, unchanged from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide number is 149, down 11 from Wednesday. The

  • Myanmar jails Japanese journalist for 10 years on 2 charges

    A court in military-ruled Myanmar has sentenced a Japanese journalist to prison after he filmed an anti-government protest in July, a Japanese diplomat and the Southeast Asian nation's government said Thursday. Toru Kubota was sentenced Wednesday to seven years for violating the electronic transactions law and three years for incitement,

  • 35 killed in attack beginning at Thailand childcare center

    At least 24 children and 11 adults were killed Thursday in an attack that began at a childcare center in northeastern Thailand, authorities said. The gunman then fled the scene, shooting from his car as he drove home, where he killed his wife and child before taking his own life,

  • Sydney records wettest year since 1858 as eastern Australia braces for more floods

    Sydney recorded its wettest year in 164 years as authorities braced for major floods in Australia's east on Thursday, with more heavy downpours expected to fall over the next three days. With almost three months of 2022 still to go, Australia's largest city has recorded 2,200 mm of rain in

  • LDP member draws fire for tweet on Abe funeral social media posts

    A Liberal Democratic Party local assembly member has drawn a backlash after tweeting that 80 percent of social media posts against former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's state funeral came from China, prompting him to retract his claims on Thursday. Takatora Kobayashi, an LDP member of the Mie prefectural assembly in

  • Japan most Googled travel destination for Aussies

    Japan is the most searched travel destination by Australians on Google, according to data released by the internet search giant on Wednesday to mark two decades in Australia. An analysis of Australian search trends over the 20-year period saw Japan top the list as the most Googled destination, followed by

  • Home-visit caregiver arrested for stealing man’s cash card and withdrawing ¥500,000

    Police in Tokyo have arrested a home-visit care worker on suspicion of theft after he allegedly stole a cash card belonging to a man under his care last year. According to police, Hiroyasu Fukushima, 58, an employee of Home-Visit Nursing Station Nadeshiko Adachi in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward, has admitted to

  • Putin finalises 'annexation' in Ukraine even as troops flee front

    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law to incorporate four partially occupied Ukrainian regions into Russia on Wednesday, in what Kyiv called the act of a "collective madhouse" at a time when Russia's forces have been fleeing from the front lines. The new law would incorporate around 18% of Ukraine's

  • China's vast Xinjiang hit with COVID-19 travel restrictions

    Sprawling Xinjiang is the latest Chinese region to be hit with sweeping COVID-19 travel restrictions, as China further ratchets up control measures ahead of a key Communist Party congress later this month. Trains and buses in and out of the region of 22 million people have been suspended, and passenger

  • Asian stocks mixed on strong US hiring, OPEC oil output cuts

    Asian stocks were mixed Thursday after strong U.S. hiring dampened hopes the Federal Reserve might ease off plans for interest rate hikes and the OPEC group of oil exporters agreed to output cuts to shore up prices. Tokyo and Seoul advanced while Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Chinese markets were

  • Kidnapped baby, parents, uncle found dead in California

    A baby girl, her parents and uncle were found dead in a central California orchard two days after they were kidnapped at gunpoint from their business, police said. “Our worst fears have been confirmed,” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said at a Wednesday night news conference. Warnke did not release

  • N Korea fires 2 more ballistic missiles toward sea

    North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters Thursday after the United States redeployed an aircraft carrier near the Korean Peninsula in response to Pyongyang's previous launch of a nuclear-capable missile over Japan. The latest missile launches suggest North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is determined to