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Wanted Chinese man arrested after re-entering Japan to buy face masks

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 07:39
A Chinese man wanted for fraud has been arrested after re-entering Japan to buy face masks amid the coronavirus outbreak, police said Wednesday.Zhang Zhiqiang was ...

Can Japan kick-start paternity leave among workaholic dads?

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 07:35
In January, Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi received worldwide attention after surprising the public with his plan to take parental leave shortly before the birth of ...

Police crackdown nets over 15,000 tailgating violations across Japan in 2019

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 07:23
Police saw a total of 15,065 ticket violations for tailgating last year across the country, up 15.7 percent from the previous year, as they increased ...

Prayers grow for snow in Sapporo after dire shortage threatens annual sculpture festival

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 06:32
Every year, tens of thousands of tourists flock to the snow festival in Sapporo, attracted by some 200 large but intricate ice sculptures.But this year, ...

Japan customs seized record amount of illegal drugs in 2019

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 06:14
The amount of illegal drugs seized by customs authorities hit a record in 2019, topping 3 tons for the first time, government data showed Wednesday.The ...

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 ...

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