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New COVID-19 infections in Tokyo jump to 500 as seriously ill cases again fall

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The number of severe COVID-19 infections fell for the second straight day, down three from the previous day to 59. The number of new deaths ...

‘Comfort women’ statue to remain on display in Berlin

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A resolution calling for the statue to be kept on display was adopted by a vote of 24 to 5 at a meeting of a ...

Osaka’s 2025 World Expo plans formally approved

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The main theme of the expo is "Designing Future Society for Our Lives," with the three subthemes of "Saving Lives," "Empowering Lives" and "Connecting Lives."

Japan Nike ad on bullying and racism sparks hot online response

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The commercial shows several teen girls bullied in school over their race or other differences, but who ultimately find confidence through soccer prowess.

Japan to allow ‘large-scale’ overseas visitor numbers for Tokyo Olympics, Nikkei reports

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Organizers of the games, which were pushed back by a year in March because of the pandemic, had sold nearly 1 million tickets overseas, the ...

Japan approves free COVID-19 vaccines for nation

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The law includes a provision obliging citizens in principle to make efforts to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Ex-farm minister suspected of taking bribes from egg production firm representative

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The former representative lobbied lawmakers and farm ministry officials on international standards for animal welfare, sources say.

The new virus wave in Japan is older and more serious, data shows

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More than half of the country’s over 2,000 coronavirus deaths have come from those 80 or older.

Japan to keep funding domestic tourism under new stimulus package, draft shows

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 13:44
A plan to set up a fund to encourage investment in green technology is also included, a nod to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's pledge that ...

Tokyoites over 65 or with pre-existing conditions urged to refrain from using Go To Travel

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 12:25
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike made the request shortly after a meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Putting economy first, Suga hesitant to rein in Go To Travel program

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 11:22
The prime minister seems to hold the view that any cure involving a loss of economic momentum would be worse than the disease.

Prepare for the worst, Japan health minister says, as virus cases surge

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 10:22
Health minister Norihisa Tamura says the central and local governments must draw up a plan to prevent the collapse of regional medical systems.

Despite merger, Japan opposition leader Yukio Edano has his work cut out for him

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 10:00
The opposition leader must contend with claims that his newly formed party is simply a reformation of his old cohorts.

Taiwanese helping spread Fukushima reconstruction information

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 10:00
A group of supporters visited the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and attended talks on the prefecture's recovery.

Olympic rings reinstalled in Tokyo Bay ahead of postponed games

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 09:28
The 15-meter-tall, 69-ton structure was first installed in January to mark six months until the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games.

Tokyo reports 372 new COVID-19 cases as serious infections fall

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 08:17
Tokyo confirmed 372 new cases of the coronavirus Tuesday as the number of severe COVID-19 infections fell to 62, down eight from the previous day.The ...

Asian elephant calf makes public debut at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 07:58
An Asian elephant calf excited visitors at a Tokyo zoo on Tuesday as he made his public debut as the first elephant born at the ...

Viral hit: ‘Sanmitsu,’ or the ‘Three C’s,’ wins Japan buzzword of the year

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 07:28
The "Three C’s” approach to the pandemic, popularized by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, refers to avoiding closed spaces, crowds and close-contact situations.

Japan leaves door open to further Go To Travel revisions

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 04:54
The government will consider changes to the program for areas where COVID-19 cases are rising based on opinions from local leaders and an expert panel.

Princess Aiko turns 19 while attending online university classes amid pandemic

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 04:44
The princess, enrolled in Gakushuin University in Tokyo, has been taking part in virtual lectures since the start of the academic year in April.