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Tokyo reports Monday record 1,219 new COVID-19 cases

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 08:13
The figure in the capital came after a run of three straight days over 2,000 cases last week, including a record high 2,447 on Thursday.

Test-takers on alert as Japan university exam to go ahead amid virus surge

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 04:58
Applicants are being asked to check their body temperatures every morning for about seven days in the lead-up to the test.

80.1% favor canceling or postponing Tokyo Olympics in summer, poll finds

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 11:34
In the poll, 35.3% called for the cancellation of the Tokyo Games, while 44.8% said the games should be put off again.

Japanese opposition parties demand budget revisions

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 10:55
The budgets were drawn up without the assumption that the government would declare a fresh state of emergency for the Tokyo area, CDP leader Yukio ...

Another new coronavirus variant found in Japan

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 10:46
The new mutant strain was detected in four infected people who arrived from Brazil, the health ministry said.

Tokyo reports Sunday record 1,494 new COVID-19 cases

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 08:47
The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients in the city fell by one to 128 as hospitals continue to face the prospect of being overwhelmed.

Tokyo restaurant suppliers may get government aid as emergency measures bite

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 06:50
Businesses eligible for the aid will include those whose sales have dropped by about half or more from January or February last year as a ...

Suga says a ‘few days’ needed to judge whether to extend emergency to Kansai

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 05:16
"I was told that we need to observe the situation for a few days, so I am thinking along those lines," Suga said, referring to ...

Tokyo supermarkets may limit customer entry under virus emergency

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 04:47
Major supermarket operators will also refrain from carrying out discount sales and limited-time offers.

Motorists stranded and trains delayed as winter weather pummels Japan

Sun, 01/10/2021 - 04:20
Heavy snowfall was mainly seen in areas facing the Sea of Japan, registering record highs in some parts.

Government attempts to promote home ownership leave renters in the cold

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 12:58
People are moving out of Tokyo into the suburbs and countryside in response to COVID-19.

The search for positive takeaways from a year of COVID-19 on social media

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 12:55
Some users discovered they quite like the solitude they faced in 2020.

Can a few simple words ease Japan’s anxiety?

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 12:52
What we say to ourselves carries a lot of weight …

NTT Docomo and MUFG Bank eyeing comprehensive tie-up

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 09:30
NTT Docomo and MUFG Bank are working on jointly offering housing loan and unsecured loan services, aiming to reach an agreement by this spring, according ...

U.K. finds Japanese arthritis drug is effective for COVID-19 treatment

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 09:17
The British government said Thursday that two arthritis drugs, including one developed in Japan, are effective in treating patients with COVID-19.In clinical trials funded by ...

Kansai governors ask government to be included in virus emergency

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 08:46
The governors of Aichi, Gifu and Tochigi prefectures are also considering making similar requests, prefectural officials have said.

New Tokyo COVID-19 cases stay above 2,000 for third day with 2,268

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 08:45
The latest figure came two days after a record high 2,447 infections were reported in the capital.

Japan weighs penalties for COVID-19 patients refusing hospitalization

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 08:34
The government is also considering criminal penalties for people who reject active epidemiological investigations conducted by local public health centers to figure out infection routes.

Basic income proposal by influential Suga adviser hard to sell in Japan

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 08:26
The idea has caught Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's eye at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is stirring worries about job security and social inequality.

Overloaded hospitals: ‘Medical care system is already in a state of collapse’

Sat, 01/09/2021 - 08:20
Medical facilities across Japan are struggling to cope with the recent surge in novel coronavirus infections, leaving the medical care system in many areas on ...