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Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi says he regrets skipping COVID-19 meeting to attend party

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 05:40
Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi on Wednesday expressed regret for skipping a government meeting on the coronavirus outbreak in favor of a new-year party held by ...

Japan and China postpone another prep meeting for Xi’s state visit

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 05:38
Japan and China have decided to put off another preparatory meeting of high-ranking officials amid the spread of the new strain of coronavirus, diplomatic sources ...

Two Diamond Princess passengers infected with coronavirus have died, government sources say

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 05:17
Two elderly passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship infected with the COVID-19 have died, government sources said Thursday, marking the first deaths from the ...

Brazil’s ‘last samurai’ seeks to keep tradition alive in South America

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 00:21
From the outside, the modest home of 61-year-old Edson Suemitsu looks little different from others in this middle-class neighborhood of Curitiba, a sleepy city in ...

Foreign visitors to Japan down for fourth straight month in January

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 14:54
The number of foreign visitors to Japan fell for the fourth straight month in January, down 1.1 percent from a year earlier, government data showed ...

CDP accuses Abe of lying about paper trail from cherry party dinner

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:29
Opposition lawmakers claim there have been contradictions in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s answers to parliamentary questions about a controversial dinner event, related to a publicly ...

Man on trial for killing 19 at Sagamihara care home says he won’t appeal

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:49
A man on trial for murdering 19 residents and injuring 26 other people in 2016, at a knife rampage at a care home for the ...

Expert stirs controversy with video on ‘inadequate’ virus controls on Diamond Princess

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:29
Controversy was stirred among the public and at the Diet Wednesday, after an infectious disease expert posted a video online in which he claimed to ...

Growing up in poverty and broken homes, Kawasaki youths find savior in rap

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 08:44
Weathered signs from five years ago stand forlornly on a bank of the Tama River in Kawasaki, politely asking visitors to refrain from laying any ...

Moritomo Gakuen couple in Abe cronyism scandal found guilty of fraud

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:45
The former head of a nationalist school operator and his wife who were at the center of a cronyism scandal linked to Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Fukushima safe to host Olympic torch relay, governor says

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:39
Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori said Tuesday the prefecture, devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, is safe to host its leg of the ...

Trump considering travel to Tokyo for Summer Olympics

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:30
U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is considering a visit to Japan this summer for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, a trip that would ...

Out of the virus ship but back into quarantine for many Diamond Princess passengers

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 03:27
Japan is set to let passengers leave a cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama Wednesday, trying to assure the public it has done all it can ...

Quarantine on cruise ship in Yokohama comes under question, hit as virus incubator

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 21:34
An extraordinary two-week quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship ends Wednesday, with thousands of passengers and crew set to disembark over the next several ...

Indonesia eases import limits on processed foods from Japan imposed after Fukushima nuclear disaster

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 13:40
Indonesia has eased its import restrictions on processed foods made in Japan imposed after the nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture in March 2011, the Japanese ...

Health ministry struggles to provide COVID-19 updates in foreign languages

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 11:39
The health ministry, which is at the heart of the nation’s ongoing battle with the coronavirus outbreak, is struggling to keep non-Japanese updated on the ...

Losing face: 6,000 surgical masks stolen from Kobe hospital

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 10:00
A total of 6,000 surgical masks have been lost at a hospital in Kobe, it was learned Tuesday.Hyogo Prefectural Police are investigating the incident as ...

10 Kyodo News staff rode vehicle driven by man confirmed to have COVID-19

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 09:08
A man in his 60s confirmed to have been infected with the COVID-19 virus drove a total of 10 Kyodo News staff members in a ...

Myanmar man arrested for murder of co-worker in central Japan

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 08:47
Police arrested on Tuesday a 28-year-old Myanmarese man on suspicion of stabbing to death a compatriot co-worker in a company cafeteria in central Japan.Kaung Kyaw ...

Nine arrested for illegally collecting money for food-seller Kefir

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 08:26
Nine people were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally collecting money for a food product sales business run by a Tokyo-based mail-order service company which ...

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