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Most Iwate 3/11 memorials canceled, with next year’s under threat

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 06:01
Charity events and victim support projects put on hold due to coronavirus pandemic.

Japan’s farming and fisheries schools struggle to move lessons online

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 05:30
Students who are required to go through practical training, sometimes so they can attain national qualifications, are not able to carry that out at present.

Japanese in Beijing hope to reunite with families as Abe lifts coronavirus emergency

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 05:16
At least 20 percent of Japanese people who were working in the Chinese capital have yet to come back, a survey conducted in late March ...

Osaka will let clubs, bars and gyms reopen on Monday

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 05:08
To reopen, the facilities will be required to make a list of customers and introduce a system for the tracking of infected people using QR ...

Tokyo hospital faces group infections as Japan fears second coronavirus wave

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 04:22
Infections in Tokyo rose to nearly 5,200 on Thursday, the highest among the country's 47 prefectures.

Japan’s Aegis Ashore site survey extended again

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:21
The Defense Ministry said Thursday it has pushed back the deadline for an additional survey of potential locations for deploying the planned Aegis Ashore land-based ...

Eastern Japan city to set ordinance against ‘smartphone zombies’

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:16
The city of Yamato in Kanagawa Prefecture plans to set an ordinance intended to prevent smartphone use while walking.Through the ordinance, the city aims to ...

Cluster response team sent to virus-hit Kitakyushu

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:52
The city of Kitakyushu, which saw dozens of coronavirus cases from early March to late April, did not report any infections between April 30 and ...

Government to finish mask distribution mid-June

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:36
The government is expected to complete the distribution of face masks to all households in the country in the fight against the new coronavirus in ...

Diet panel on Constitution holds first meeting in current session

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:30
A House of Representatives panel on the Constitution held its first meeting in the ongoing session of the Diet on Thursday, resuming talks on a ...

Japan ‘seriously concerned’ about China’s security law for Hong Kong

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:08
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said a free and open Hong Kong should be maintained under the "one country, two systems" framework.

Former Emperor Akihito visits palace for first time since March

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 08:33
The emperor emeritus, who abdicated on April 30 last year, had been refraining from going out due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tokyo logs 15 COVID-19 cases, bringing weekly total near threshold

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 08:16
Tokyo recorded 10 or more cases for three straight days after it saw eight infections on Monday.

As Japan reopens, virus testing slowed by red tape and staff shortages

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 08:00
Health ministry technocrats wanted to maintain a tight grip on information rather than cooperate with private institutions, critics say.

A year after stabbing spree, Kawasaki school remembers victims

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 07:16
A student and the father of another student were killed in the attack that also injured 18 others.

Vaccination rates down for children in Japan, survey finds

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 07:15
Some parents may be shying away from taking their children to medical institutions for vaccinations due to concerns over the COVID-19 epidemic.

Japan to prioritize businesspeople as it eases COVID-19 entry curbs

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 05:57
The government is considering accepting visitors first from the United States, China and South Korea, due to strong economic ties, and from Australia.

Tokyo Tower reopens after coronavirus shutdown — but you may have to climb to the top

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 05:20
The tower will open the 600-step staircase leading to the main deck so that visitors who stayed home during the virus emergency can exercise.

For families of KyoAni arson victims, grief continues after suspect’s arrest

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 05:19
Shinji Aoba, 42, was arrested Wednesday by Kyoto Prefectural Police on suspicion of carrying out the attack that killed 36 people.

Experts who helped keep Japan’s COVID-19 death toll low say masks helped

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 04:55
The nation still needs to prevent a second wave, and that will involve testing and urging people to avoid risky situations.