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44 more on Diamond Princess cruise ship test positive for COVID-19

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 05:43
The health ministry said Thursday that 44 more people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked off Yokohama have tested positive for COVID-19.Among them are ...

U.S. working with Japan as questions grow over handling of virus-hit cruise ship

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 05:30
U.S. health authorities said Wednesday that they are working with Japan to prevent the further spread of disease on the coronavirus-hit cruise ship quarantined in ...

Japanese government weighs ¥500 billion emergency spending package to cope with COVID-19 outbreak

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 05:10
The government is considering measures worth about ¥500 billion to support small and midsize businesses struggling with cash flow amid the COVID-19 outbreak, a government ...

112-year-old Japanese recognized as world’s oldest living man

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 14:34
A 112-year-old Japanese who has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man cited “laughter” Wednesday as the secret to his longevity.Chitetsu Watanabe, who was ...

Japanese lawmaker indicted for casino bribery released on bail

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 14:34
A Japanese lawmaker who was indicted on charges of taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in entering Japan’s nascent casino market was released Wednesday ...

Two earthquakes hit Japan nearly simultaneously

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 13:01
Two earthquakes struck Japan nearly simultaneously on Wednesday at around 7:30 p.m., the larger a 5.5 magnitude that hit off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture.That ...

Japan faces COVID-19 test kit shortage as infections on ship rise

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 12:10
Daily reports of new COVID-19 cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined near Yokohama with thousands trapped aboard, have raised a question: Why can’t ...

Majority of visitors to Japan not given coronavirus info at hotels

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 11:09
A recent survey on foreign visitors to Japan found that more than a half of those surveyed were not provided with information on the new ...

Taiwan donates trees to Japan to celebrate new emperor

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 10:25
A donation ceremony was held Tuesday for tree seedlings that a Taiwan nongovernmental organization is sending to Japan as gifts to celebrate the enthronement last ...

Kansai mother-son pair accused of booking scam that cost hotels ¥115 million

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:59
A mother-and-son pair in the Kansai region arrested on suspicion of obstructing business at hotels allegedly cost accommodation facilities ¥115 million in damages after they ...

Experts in Japan call for easing burdens on coronavirus-hit ship’s crew

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 09:06
Experts are calling for a reduced burden on crew members who have remained aboard the coronavirus-hit cruise ship quarantined off Japan to assist passengers.As the ...

Elderly facilities bracing for mass COVID-19 infection

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 06:18
Care homes for elderly people are taking full-fledged measures to prevent mass COVID-19 infections.They are concerned that once elderly people get the virus, their symptoms ...

Lawmakers with disabilities fight ‘invisibility’ in Japan

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 06:18
Lawmaker Yasuhiko Funago has a neurological disease that means he cannot speak and communicates by blinking to his carer or operating a computer system with ...

Sapporo Snow Festival sees plunge in attendance amid virus scare

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 05:22
The annual Snow Festival in Sapporo drew 2.02 million visitors this year, down 716,000 from last year amid growing fears over COVID-19, the organizer said ...

Japan confirms 40 new coronavirus cases linked to cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 02:18
Thirty-nine more passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and one quarantine officer have tested positive for the new coronavirus, health minister Katsunobu Kato said ...

Some coronavirus patients in Japan in serious condition: sources

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 13:59
Several patients who have tested positive in Japan for the new coronavirus from China are in a serious condition with very severe symptoms, including some ...

Japan may expand China travel ban as outbreak grows in Zhejiang province

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 13:48
The government is considering expanding the coverage of its entry ban to also include foreign nationals who have been to the eastern Chinese province of ...

South Korea’s Moon stresses need to satisfy victims in wartime labor row with Japan

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 13:37
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday reiterated the country’s position of seeking to resolve issues with Japan over wartime labor lawsuits based on the ...

Itami airport to be first in Japan to offer toilets for dogs

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 10:15
Itami airport is set to become the first in Japan to offer toilets for exclusive use by dogs.The regional airport, which is also known as ...

Japan takes second complaint to WTO over South Korean shipbuilding

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 09:20
Japan launched a second complaint at the World Trade Organization on Monday over support South Korea gives its shipbuilding industry, intensifying a wider dispute between ...

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