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12 new coronavirus cases reported in Japan

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The total number of domestic infections, excluding people who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, rises to 159.

Hiroshima museum showing rare color footage taken soon after atomic bombing

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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is showing newly obtained color footage filmed shortly after the U.S. atomic bombing in August 1945.The footage shows Hiroshima from ...

Coronavirus outbreak highlights need for independent CDC-style body in Japan

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The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 throughout Japan together with what some see as government mishandling of quarantine measures on the virus-hit Diamond ...

Rise in COVID-19 cases in Japan prompts travel advisory revisions

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A significant uptick in COVID-19 cases across Japan has triggered a flurry of advisories worldwide about travel to the country, with at least nine governments ...

First Climate Crisis Youth Summit kicks off in Tokyo

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Leaders of Japan’s youth climate movement gathered in Tokyo over the weekend to attend the inaugural Climate Crisis Youth Summit.The three-day event brought together more ...

Japan and Australia working toward agreeing status of forces pact in June

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The Japanese and Australian governments are making arrangements to reach a status of forces agreement for the Self-Defense Forces and Australia’s military, with a pact ...

Japan’s transplant services work to maintain donor-patient anonymity in age of social media

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One of the most important rules in donating organs or bone marrow is to maintain the anonymity of the donor and recipient, including from each ...

With biryani and rice balls, Malaysia aims for halal Olympic gold

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A small factory in Malaysia’s capital is preparing thousands of ready-to-eat halal meals, from fried rice to chicken biryani, to be shipped off to Japan ...

Japan’s next restroom revolution? Phasing out squat toilets for Tokyo 2020

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On southwestern Miyajima island, a short walk from one of the country’s most famous ancient temple sites, there’s a brand new attraction for tourists — ...

Free Japanese-language medical app offers advice about coronavirus

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 15:03
A Japanese medical advice app provider is making a limited time offer of a free app that allows users to seek advice from doctors about ...

Emperor Naruhito attends events at Imperial Palace to mark 60th birthday

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 14:49
Emperor Naruhito, who turned 60 on Sunday, attended a series of celebratory events at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo the same day, together with his ...

Cities and firms begin disclosing patients’ workplaces as Japan confronts coronavirus outbreak

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:32
With the number of coronavirus infections rising nationwide, some municipalities and companies have begun disclosing information about where infected people work.Nagoya Expressway Public Corp. said ...

Christchurch mayor apologizes for 2011 quake building collapse that killed 28 Japanese

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 09:43
The mayor of Christchurch offered a formal apology on Sunday to families, including from Japan, who lost loved ones in the collapse of a six-story ...

Survey finds most Japanese do not want to attend live Olympic or Paralympic events

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:50
Fewer than 40 percent of Japanese want to watch live Tokyo Olympic or Paralympic events at venues, a recent Jiji Press opinion poll found.According to ...

Japan’s Social Democratic Party looks to the past in picking Mizuho Fukushima for top post

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:36
The Social Democratic Party elected Mizuho Fukushima as its new leader at a party convention on Saturday, placing her back in the top position after ...

Israel bans foreign visitors who traveled to Japan or South Korea as coronavirus fears surge

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 06:11
Israel on Sunday said it would ban foreign nationals who had visited Japan or South Korea 14 days prior to their arrival amid fears of ...

COVID-19 confirmed in Japanese woman who left Diamond Princess after testing negative

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 03:47
A Japanese woman who left the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship last week was confirmed to be infected after returning to her home in Tochigi ...

U.S. raises travel alert to Japan as new coronavirus spreads via unknown infection routes

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 02:09
The U.S. State Department on Saturday called for “increased caution” when traveling to Japan, escalating the alert to level 2 on the four-level advisory scale ...

In first birthday address, Emperor Naruhito vows to work with public on Japan’s social challenges

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:00
In his first birthday address since ascending the chrysanthemum throne, Emperor Naruhito pledged to stand by the people of Japan in responding to intensifying environmental ...

Rethinking the need for personal stamps, seals in modern society

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:24
Last month, MUFG Bank Ltd. started offering ¥1,000 to each of its first 100,000 customers willing to give up their paper passbooks. MUFG wants people ...