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Tokyo set to report record 1,500-plus coronavirus cases

Wed, 01/06/2021 - 07:01
The news comes a day after Japan recorded new nationwide records for COVID-19 infections, deaths related to the disease and the number of severe cases.

Japan’s Health Ministry faces calls for split, 20 years after merger

Wed, 01/06/2021 - 06:54
The merged ministry has often taken the brunt of criticism from advocates of additional central government reorganization, partly due to many problems and scandals.

COVID-19 bed occupancy tops 50% in eight Japanese prefectures

Wed, 01/06/2021 - 04:34
The government also said that 11 prefectures saw occupancy rates of over 20% for hospital beds for COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms.

COVID-19 causing uncertainty, unease for Olympic host towns

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 10:00
Municipalities set to welcome athletes are now scrambling to come up with effective measures to protect their health, despite not knowing what to expect next ...

Number of New Year’s shrine visitors plummets in Japan

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 08:32
Shrines and temples had asked for cooperation to stagger New Year's visits so as to reduce coronavirus infection risk.

Japan and U.S. to boost defense ties with Europe in Indo-Pacific

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 08:13
In 2021, the U.K. will deploy an aircraft carrier and its strike group to East Asia, France will dispatch a naval vessel to Japan and ...

Tokyo reports over 1,200 new COVID-19 cases, hitting second-highest daily figure

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 07:28
Tokyo confirmed over 1,200 new new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, the second highest daily tally on record after reporting 1,337 cases on Dec. 31.

Suga to reach Tokyo area emergency decision Thursday after meeting experts

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 06:30
The government is also planning to suspend the entry of businesspeople currently allowed to travel from certain countries, including China and South Korea, an official ...

1 dead, 5 injured as taxi hits pedestrians in Tokyo

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 04:01
A woman was killed and five other people were injured Monday when a taxi driven by a 73-year-old man hit a group of pedestrians on ...

Mixed reactions as Suga hints at emergency for Tokyo area

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 03:41
Opposition parties have criticized the decision as too little, too late, while some businesses are worried about further economic loss.

Japan’s traffic accident deaths drop to record low in 2020

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 12:54
The number of fatalities among people age 65 or over fell by 186 to 1,596, accounting for 56.2% of the total fatalities.

Tokyo reports 884 new COVID-19 infections and record 108 severe cases

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 08:36
The 884 cases were the most for a Monday and were the latest in a string of daily records that have piled pressure on the ...

Expressways nationwide to host more disaster shelter areas

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 08:07
Due to the increased severity and frequency of natural disasters, the land ministry hopes to make good use of existing roads to address the shortage ...

Stuck in Japan amid pandemic, trio of foreign artists find fame and sisterhood

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 07:37
Teresa Currea, Clara Campos and Oriana Marin have fostered lifelong friendships and even become local celebrities.

More than 4,200 still in temporary homes months after deadly Kumamoto rains

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 07:06
Also, at least 2,614 families are living in damaged homes, with some residing on their second floor that escaped inundation, for example.

Japan’s carbon neutrality dilemma: More nuclear power or more renewables?

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 06:55
Suga's declaration the nation would achieve net zero by 2050 has touched off a debate over the best way to provide a safe, stable, secure ...

People changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 05:44
A record high total of 948 people changed their officially registered gender in 2019, up from 868 in 2018.

Opposition party pushing divided LDP over separate surnames in Japan

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 05:32
A recent survey of people under 60 has shown more than 70% of respondents were supportive of having the option of separate surnames.

Suga considering virus emergency declaration as early as this week

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 03:15
The prime minister is considering a fresh declaration amid the rapid spread of coronavirus infections and a drop in his approval rating.

Man arrested after entering Emperor Naruhito’s Tokyo residence

Sun, 01/03/2021 - 10:49
The man, who has not been named, entered the usually heavily guarded Akasaka residential complex for imperial family members through an adjacent guesthouse on Saturday ...