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Japan may lift state of emergency for Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo this week

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 03:14
Japan is considering lifting a state of emergency in Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo later this week as the number of new coronavirus infections in each ...

Dozens of small quakes hit Nagano and neighboring regions

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 14:29
More than 30 quakes registering 1 to 3 on the Japanese earthquake intensity scale of 7 have been observed in the areas since dawn on ...

Tokyo Olympics protest parody of logo that depicts coronavirus

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:34
A spokesman said that the organizing committee had not yet received a formal reply to its takedown request.

Lawmaker’s secretary admits to bribing election campaigners in trial

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 13:13
Anri Kawai could lose her seat in the Hiroshima constituency if her secretary is found guilty and given a jail term.

LDP panel considering five-year transition plan for September school year start

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 12:24
A sudden switch from April to September would be likely to raise the number of first-grade students by around 400,000.

Japan approves cash handout for struggling students amid pandemic

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 11:03
Students from low-income households exempt from residence tax will receive ¥200,000 each, and others ¥100,000.

Tokyo reports five new coronavirus infections Tuesday: NHK

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 09:25
The number has remained at or below 10 this week.

Japan calls for Taiwan’s participation in WHO assembly

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 08:22
As of Monday, Taiwan had 440 confirmed coronavirus cases with seven deaths.

Foreign residents stranded abroad by Japan’s coronavirus controls

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 08:20
Japan is the only Group of Seven member denying entry to long-term and permanent residents, and has set no clear criteria for their return.

Japan renews claim on Russian-held isles in foreign policy report

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 06:33
The issue has prevented the two countries from signing a World War II peace treaty even 75 years after the end of the conflict.

As Japan’s homebound students’ chances for sex rise, more seeking pregnancy advice

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 05:42
Amid COVID-19 epidemic, one consultation center in Kobe saw inquiries double in March, with 70 percent coming from teenagers.

Japan faces question of when and how to reopen borders

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 05:08
Neighboring countries such as China and South Korea are calling for an easing of entry restrictions.

Chilean suspect in Japanese woman’s murder to be extradited to France

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 04:57
French prosecutors say they're happy the trial can proceed with the suspect present.

Hospitals across Japan suffer financially from coronavirus crisis

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 04:36
Patient visits are way down on fears of infection from COVID-19.

Abe’s LDP moves closer to backing Yuriko Koike in Tokyo governor race

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 02:17
The Liberal Democratic Party is considering supporting Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike for re-election in the July gubernatorial race, a senior LDP member said Monday, a ...

Second wave of COVID-19 cases inevitable in Japan, expert says

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:33
The director of the Institute for Population Health at King's College London says now is not the time for complacency.

SDF launches new unit to step up defense in outer space

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:09
The Defense Ministry established on Monday the Space Operations Squadron, the Self-Defense Forces’ first unit dedicated to outer space.The squadron, part of the Air Self-Defense ...

U.S. base asks Japanese workers to keep children home from school

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:07
The U.S. military base in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, has asked Japanese employees not to send their children to local schools in a bid to prevent ...

Tokyo reports 10 new coronavirus infections

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 09:56
Monday’s figure brings the total number of cases in the capital to 5,065.

Japan’s schools begin to reopen with staggered attendance

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 09:30
After the emergency closures, schools are welcoming back students while taking measures to prevent infections of the new coronavirus, such as avoiding overcrowding and shortening ...