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Opposition leaders call for Tokyo Games to be canceled or delayed

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The JCP is demanding cancellation of the games, citing the WHO chief scientist's comment that herd immunity cannot be acquired through vaccinations within the year.

IOC’s Bach says ‘no plan B’: Tokyo Olympics will be held

4 hours 24 min ago
'We have, at this moment, no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on the 23rd of July,' the ...

A-bomb survivors urge Biden administration to join U.N. nuclear treaty

5 hours 45 min ago
The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki also asked Biden in a joint letter if he would visit the two cities.

High court denies government responsibility for Fukushima nuclear crisis

6 hours 10 min ago
Presiding Judge Akira Adachi said it is difficult to ascertain that the state's measures against tsunami was problematic.

Lawmaker Anri Kawai found guilty of vote-buying in 2019 election

8 hours 19 min ago
The 47-year-old Upper House lawmaker was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for five years, in a ruling also expected to affect the case ...

Tokyo District Court backs ban on Japanese citizens holding dual nationality

8 hours 32 min ago
The government argued the plaintiffs' claim took no note of national interest, and that permitting multiple citizenship would offer people voting rights or diplomatic protection ...

Tokyo reports 1,471 new COVID-19 cases, with high number in severe condition

9 hours 16 min ago
The cumulative total number of cases in the capital is now 90,659.

Two women win Japan’s Akutagawa and Naoki literary awards

13 hours 23 min ago
The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Tokyo in mid-February, with each author receiving ¥1 million ($9,635) in prize money.

Suga congratulates Biden on becoming U.S. president

13 hours 58 min ago
Speaking to reporters at his office, Suga said he also hopes to cooperate closely with Biden on global issues including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate ...

Suga unlikely to be able to visit Biden in U.S. before spring

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 21:48
Japan is most interested in the new administration's policies on China, which recovered from the pandemic quickly and has begun expanding its influence through "vaccine ...

Trump supporters rally in Tokyo against Biden’s inauguration

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 21:24
Some Trump fans in Japan are drawn to his hard-line stance against China. Others are part of conservative Christian sects or adherents to QAnon.

Japan reaches agreement with Pfizer on virus vaccine for 72 million people

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 14:41
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said his government is preparing vaccinations to start by late February.

Japan to use AI for customs procedures, stop drug smuggling

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 14:17
To stop the import of illegal drugs, Japan has already started testing a prototype nuclear quadrupole resonance device that uses AI to check X-rayed items ...

Japan’s vaccine program chief denies reports of May roll-out

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 12:31
"Oh no, NHK, please don't go around making vaccination roll-out schedules like that. It's bogus," administrative reform minister Taro Kono said on Twitter.

Foreign visitors to Japan in 2020 plunge 87% in biggest drop since 1964

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 11:10
Foreign visitors to Japan in 2020 plunged 87.1% from a year earlier, the biggest drop since 1964 when comparable data became available, the Japan Tourism ...

Couple arrested over death of 3-month-old baby for alleged negligence

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 11:05
As an autopsy showed the baby's ribs and other bones were broken, the police are investigating the parents for physically abusing the child.

Opposition slams government virus response as Diet debate starts

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:17
The country's main opposition party criticized the government in the Diet Wednesday for its delay in declaring a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic ...

Tokyo posts 1,274 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as serious cases reach record

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 09:07
Tokyo confirmed 1,274 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, holding above 1,000 for an eighth day amid a fresh coronavirus state of emergency.The number of severely ...

France could start trial over Japanese woman’s murder in fall

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 08:08
French authorities launched an official murder investigation after the suspect was extradited to France from Chile in July last year.

Government eyes vaccinating general public starting in May

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 06:49
The country has agreed with pharmaceutical firms to receive enough doses for all 126 million residents.