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Japan scrambles to deny reports that Olympic cancellation is possible

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 14:07
Chief Cabinet Secretary's assurances came after Reuters quoted Japan's administrative and regulatory reform minister, Taro Kono, as saying the fate of the games "could go ...

New South Korea envoy vows to improve ties with Japan

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 13:53
Kang Chang-il, 68, will start his duties on Friday as the third ambassador to Japan under the government of South Korean President Moo Jae-in.

COVID-19 — and a dwindling support rate — top issues for Suga as Diet convenes

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 09:35
The prime minister will seek to pass key COVID-19 measures as he faces flak from opposition parties over his response to the deadly virus.

Tokyo confirms Sunday record 1,592 new COVID-19 cases

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 08:46
The number of severely ill patients counted under Tokyo’s criteria rose by two to 138, the metropolitan government said.

Under Tokyo’s state of emergency, some drink on even after authorities call time

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 08:45
While compliance has been high, more people appear to be ignoring the state of emergency this time than one last year.

Lessons from the Hanshin quake: Web station in Kobe delivers multilingual virus info

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 07:12
When the quake rocked the region on Jan. 17, 1995, many foreign nationals who did not have a good command of Japanese were unable to ...

Japan coronavirus panel says new measures must minimize limits to citizens’ rights

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 06:31
"Restrictions on citizens' freedoms and rights must be as small as possible," the proposal said. "(The government) must respond appropriately without causing discrimination and bias."

Phone booths get new lease on life in Japan as smartphone charging stations

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 06:13
Rentable mobile phone chargers have been installed in a handful of public phone booths in Fukuoka, the first endeavor of its kind in the country, ...

Japan’s suicides jump 16% in COVID-19 second wave after falling in first: study

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 05:56
Suicide rates in Japan have jumped in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly among women and children, even though they fell in the ...

Japan marks 26th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 05:02
Memorial ceremonies to mark the quake that left more than 6,400 people dead were scaled down amid the ongoing coronavirus state of emergency in Hyogo ...

The political folly of dodging responsibility in Japan

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 14:59
Politicians caught violating COVID-19 restrictions leave news organizations in a bind

Stories that cater to the soul, the intellect and the stomach

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 14:55
Examining the challenges facing Soka Gakkai, a new teen comic book hero and coffee franchises nationwide amid the pandemic.

Matsuo Taseko: A poet caught up in nationalist fervor

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 14:53
When nine swordsmen stormed a temple in 1863 they cut the heads of three statues, making a political statement that reverberates to this day.

Amid pandemic, children’s activities may be just the distraction we all need

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 14:53
There wasn't much to raise spirits in the Tokyo area during the new year holiday. With record-breaking daily numbers of new COVID-19 cases and reports ...

Japanese painter Mitsumasa Anno dies at 94

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 11:06
The prominent Japanese painter, known for his unique picture books and landscape paintings, died of liver cirrhosis on Dec. 24, it was learned Saturday.

Japanese violinist Midori Goto wins Kennedy Center Honor

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 09:39
Goto is the first Japanese to win the award, given to individuals and organizations for their contributions to U.S. culture through the performing arts, since ...

Japanese scientists discover medical agent that could slow aging-related diseases

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 09:34
The discovery is expected to help improve the treatment and prevention of diseases such as arteriosclerosis and diabetes.

Homebound virus patients top 30,000 amid bed shortage at Japan hospitals

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 09:16
The situation poses a challenge for health authorities in terms of keeping tabs on patients in the event of a sudden deterioration in their condition.

Tokyo reports 1,809 new COVID-19 cases

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 08:22
Tokyo’s daily figure comes after 14,106 tests, a record high, were conducted on Wednesday.

Japan’s new university entrance exams underway amid virus pandemic

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 06:29
The exams drew a total of 535,245 applicants and are taking place at 681 venues, according to the National Center for University Entrance Examinations.