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Tokyo reports 1,502 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 08:56
Tokyo reported 1,502 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with seriously ill patients remaining at a high level, straining the capital's medical system.The number of ...

Japan considers prison terms, fines for refusing COVID-19 hospitalization

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 05:39
A term of up to one year or a fine of up to ¥1 million is being considered for infected people declining inpatient care, an ...

Shadow hangs over Olympics once more with Japan virus surge

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 04:29
Japan is one of several countries where the virus has made a comeback in winter months with Tokyo finding a record 2,447 cases on Jan. ...

Japan to halt all business travel in new step to curb COVID-19

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 13:14
The government will temporarily suspend the arrangement with 11 Asian countries and regions from Thursday, effectively banning the entry of all nonresident foreign travelers.

Japan’s first unlicensed tuk-tuk taxi case referred to prosecutors

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 13:06
A man and his company were referred to prosecutors Wednesday for allegedly operating an unlicensed taxi service in Yokohama using a three-wheeled motorized rickshaw, or ...

State of emergency expanded to seven more prefectures

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 10:49
Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu, Tochigi and Fukuoka have all been added, making the order effective in 11 of Japan’s 47 prefectures.

More than 6,000 coronavirus patients in Tokyo had no place to stay

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 09:32
The figure had almost doubled from a week before as coronavirus infections surge, a health ministry panel of experts found.

Tokyo reports 1,433 new coronavirus cases

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 08:38
Among the daily total in Tokyo, 187 cases involved people age 65 or older while the number of severely ill patients, based on the city’s ...

‘Defend,’ ‘dominate,’ ‘deny’: Declassified U.S. strategy shows vision for Indo-Pacific

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 08:32
The document appears to highlight the large role Japan played in its formation and after, touting the “strategic resonance” of Tokyo’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” ...

Domestic violence cases in Japan hit record high in fiscal 2020

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 08:09
The total number of cases stood at 132,355 in the period from April to November, surpassing the fiscal 2019 level by 13,000.

Japan cautious about taking Seoul to ICJ over ‘comfort women’

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 07:54
Even if the "comfort women" case is brought to the ICJ, the Hague-based court needs the consent of both parties to settle an international dispute.

Nonfiction writer Kazutoshi Hando dies at 90

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 07:38
Born in Tokyo, Hando experienced massive U.S. air raids on the Japanese capital in March 1945 during World War II.

Osaka police program encourages older drivers to try carless life

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 05:14
Participants are encouraged to take public transportation or ride bicycles instead of driving a car and are asked to note down records of their trips ...

Tokyo Games organizers play down poll showing plunging support

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 13:49
Toshiro Muto dismissed as "fake news" a media report claiming the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organizers would debate the fate of the games in February.

Suga’s deference to LDP heavyweight blamed for COVID-19 policy delays

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 13:21
Stance of Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai believed to have delayed suspension of Go To Travel tourism campaign and played key role in move toward declaration of ...

Social media ‘cash giveaway’ scams increasing in Japan

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 11:56
Twitter verification badges and accounts with several hundred thousand followers are sold online for tens of thousands of yen, helping scammers deceive users.

Japan says it’s working to isolate and analyze new virus variant

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 11:23
The health ministry is working to isolate the new strain to determine its virulence in a process could take weeks or even months.

Ex-farm minister Takamori Yoshikawa to be charged over money scandal

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 10:35
The planned charge against the 70-year-old, who served under Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's predecessor Shinzo Abe, is expected to deal a blow to Suga's Cabinet.

Aichi city aims to give ‘dropout’ service dogs a second life

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 09:23
The city of Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, is utilizing Japan's furusato nōzei hometown donation system to support a second life for dogs that fail to become ...

Daniel Inouye, first Japanese-American member of Congress, to be remembered in ancestral home

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 09:22
The decorated World War II veteran, a towering figure in the U.S. legislative branch, was known for his efforts toward deepening Japan-U.S. relations.