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Tokyo governor asks residents to isolate themselves until May 6 as coronavirus roils capital

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Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has requested that residents of the capital — with a population of more than 13 million — isolate themselves until May ...

Emergency officially declared covering Tokyo, Osaka and other virus hot spots

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially declared a state of emergency Tuesday covering Tokyo, Osaka and five prefectures over the rapidly growing novel coronavirus outbreak Tuesday, ...

Tokyo confirms 80 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday: report

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Tokyo confirmed 80 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, metropolitan government sources told public broadcaster NHK.The figure would mark the lowest number of cases in Tokyo ...

Japan to offer anti-flu Avigan drug to 20 virus-hit nations for free

3 hours 26 min ago
Japan plans to provide the anti-flu drug Avigan for free to 20 countries hoping to use it to treat coronavirus patients, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi ...

Over half of students in Japan positive about taking lectures online

3 hours 47 min ago
As many institutions delay the start of classes amid the coronavirus epidemic, a majority of university and postgraduate students in Japan are willing to participate ...

Mild virus patients moved to hotel as Tokyo prepares for emergency

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Tokyo began transferring a handful of coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms to a hotel Tuesday as the capital prepares additional measures to be ...

Local officials and residents fear influx from Japan’s virus hot spots

4 hours 37 min ago
With the number of novel coronavirus infections rising in Tokyo and other major urban centers, some concerned residents are fleeing to nearby prefectures where the ...

18 trainee doctors at Tokyo hospital infected with the coronavirus following large dinner party

6 hours 26 min ago
Eighteen residents at a Tokyo hospital have tested positive for the new coronavirus after around 40 trainees ignored repeated calls not to join large gatherings ...

Running out of beds and gear, Tokyo medical staff say Japan’s ‘state of emergency’ already here

6 hours 42 min ago
As Japan faces a fresh wave of coronavirus infections and the government readies itself to declare a state of emergency, medical staff say a shortage ...

Tokyo Games postponement to require Olympic-scale rethink

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When Tokyo Games organizers, the International Olympic Committee and the world’s premier athletes saw their July and August 2020 plans go up in a coronavirus-ignited ...

What will life in Japan under a state of emergency look like?

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A state of emergency is set to be called as early as Tuesday in areas of Japan most heavily hit by the spread of COVID-19. ...

Tokyo to move some COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms to hotel

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 13:47
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will have some hospitalized coronavirus-infected patients demonstrating mild or no symptoms stay temporarily at a business hotel in Chuo Ward.The metropolitan ...

‘PPAP’ star Piko Taro and pop group Arashi release hang-washing songs

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 13:17
Comedian Pikotaro, best known for his viral hit song “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen,” and boy band Arashi have released songs encouraging people to wash their hands amid the ...

Tokyo reports some 100 new COVID-19 cases for third-straight day

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 09:46
Around 100 new cases of COVID-19 infections were reported Monday in Tokyo, public broadcaster NHK and other media reported, citing metropolitan government sources.The daily increase ...

Japanese chefs in France serve up feasts for hard-pressed hospital staff

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 09:02
Asparagus soup, cheesy profiteroles and fluffy chocolate mousse were on the menu Sunday as five Japanese chefs showed culinary gratitude to hospital workers treating COVID-19 ...

Parents in Japan worry as kids head back to school in virus pandemic

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 06:40
As the clock counts down towards the start of a new school semester, parents and guardians across the country face a uniquely unenviable choice: whether ...

Abe poised to declare state of emergency in Japan over coronavirus

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 06:37
After weekslong pressure from public health officials and lawmakers, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he was poised to declare a state of emergency as ...

Curbs to choke COVID-19 in Japan may fuel domestic violence and abuse

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 06:21
Actor Makoto Sakamoto, 42, known for the TV series “Liar Game,” made headlines when he was arrested last week on suspicion of domestic violence. Media ...

Youngest female mayor in Japan elected in Tokushima

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 06:13
Sawako Naito, a 36-year-old independent rookie, was elected head of the city of Tokushima on Sunday, becoming the youngest female mayor in Japan.Naito, who leads ...

Only 30 percent in Japan practice social distancing while talking

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 06:02
Only 32.8 percent of people in Japan avoid having conversations at close distance as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, a ...

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