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Japan’s next restroom revolution? Phasing out squat toilets for Tokyo 2020

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 03:58
On southwestern Miyajima island, a short walk from one of the country’s most famous ancient temple sites, there’s a brand new attraction for tourists — ...

Free Japanese-language medical app offers advice about coronavirus

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 15:03
A Japanese medical advice app provider is making a limited time offer of a free app that allows users to seek advice from doctors about ...

Emperor Naruhito attends events at Imperial Palace to mark 60th birthday

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 14:49
Emperor Naruhito, who turned 60 on Sunday, attended a series of celebratory events at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo the same day, together with his ...

Cities and firms begin disclosing patients’ workplaces as Japan confronts coronavirus outbreak

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:32
With the number of coronavirus infections rising nationwide, some municipalities and companies have begun disclosing information about where infected people work.Nagoya Expressway Public Corp. said ...

Christchurch mayor apologizes for 2011 quake building collapse that killed 28 Japanese

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 09:43
The mayor of Christchurch offered a formal apology on Sunday to families, including from Japan, who lost loved ones in the collapse of a six-story ...

Survey finds most Japanese do not want to attend live Olympic or Paralympic events

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:50
Fewer than 40 percent of Japanese want to watch live Tokyo Olympic or Paralympic events at venues, a recent Jiji Press opinion poll found.According to ...

Japan’s Social Democratic Party looks to the past in picking Mizuho Fukushima for top post

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 07:36
The Social Democratic Party elected Mizuho Fukushima as its new leader at a party convention on Saturday, placing her back in the top position after ...

Israel bans foreign visitors who traveled to Japan or South Korea as coronavirus fears surge

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 06:11
Israel on Sunday said it would ban foreign nationals who had visited Japan or South Korea 14 days prior to their arrival amid fears of ...

COVID-19 confirmed in Japanese woman who left Diamond Princess after testing negative

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 03:47
A Japanese woman who left the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship last week was confirmed to be infected after returning to her home in Tochigi ...

U.S. raises travel alert to Japan as new coronavirus spreads via unknown infection routes

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 02:09
The U.S. State Department on Saturday called for “increased caution” when traveling to Japan, escalating the alert to level 2 on the four-level advisory scale ...

In first birthday address, Emperor Naruhito vows to work with public on Japan’s social challenges

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:00
In his first birthday address since ascending the chrysanthemum throne, Emperor Naruhito pledged to stand by the people of Japan in responding to intensifying environmental ...

Rethinking the need for personal stamps, seals in modern society

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:24
Last month, MUFG Bank Ltd. started offering ¥1,000 to each of its first 100,000 customers willing to give up their paper passbooks. MUFG wants people ...

Fake news rears its ugly head amid COVID-19 outbreak

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:14
Fake news times fake news is fake news squared — which is to say, it goes viral. It multiplies like a virus, which multiplies like ...

The rebirth of cool: It’s not easy being a lovable middle-aged man in Japan

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 13:12
For the first time since … never, the ojisan (middle-aged man) is on a roll. Until recently, many have treated middle-aged men in Japan with a ...

100 people who shared cabins with coronavirus infected Diamond Princess passengers disembark for new quarantine in Saitama

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 10:54
Passengers on the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Yokohama who shared cabins with COVID-19-infected people disembarked Saturday for another two weeks of medical observation at ...

Japan presses claim to disputed South Korean-held islets at annual event

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 10:00
Japan on Saturday pressed its claim to a tiny pair of South Korea-held islets during an annual ceremony in Shimane Prefecture as bilateral tensions linger ...

Japanese chemical company working to shorten time needed to detect coronavirus

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 09:10
Tokyo-based chemical company Tosoh Corp. said Friday it has started to develop a reagent that could detect the new coronavirus in less than 50 minutes, ...

Japan might approve anti-flu drug Avigan to treat coronavirus patients

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 08:58
Japan is considering using Avigan, an anti-influenza medication developed by a unit of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., to treat patients of the novel coronavirus, health minister ...

Four new coronavirus cases found in Chiba and Kumamoto, including a teacher

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 08:29
Four new domestic coronavirus infections were confirmed on Saturday as the number of cases outside of China continued to climb.One of the new cases is ...

Justice Ministry moves to hike retirement age for Japan’s prosecutors to 65

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 07:05
The Justice Ministry has drafted a bill to raise the retirement age for public prosecutors, excluding the prosecutor-general, who heads the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office, ...

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