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Governors seek state compensation for business closures due to virus

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Japanese governors on Wednesday urged the state to compensate businesses so they can comply with requests to halt operations and cancel events, a day after ...

Behind the scenes, an LDP power struggle over record-size economic package

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As the Cabinet approved a record-breaking emergency stimulus package Tuesday, the deep-seated rivalries it has amplified within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party were hidden from ...

Tokyo confirms record 144 COVID-19 cases, one day after emergency declaration

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The latest infections bring the total number of confirmed cases in Tokyo to 1,339, according to metropolitan government data.

Local governments in Tokyo divided over shutting nurseries after emergency declaration

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Municipalities in Tokyo are divided over whether to close the nurseries they operate after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency Tuesday over ...

Major Japanese cities go quiet following state of emergency declaration

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Tokyo and other major cities in Japan were unusually quiet on Wednesday with many stores closed and fewer people out and about a day after ...

Japan can contain outbreak in one month, health ministry team says

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A COVID-19 response team at the health ministry estimates that it will take about a month to bring the outbreak under control in the country ...

How to be alone but not lonely in a distant coronavirus world

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Coronavirus anxiety is real.With restrictions tied to the coronavirus outbreak leaving millions confined to their homes, even those who call themselves introverts are feeling the ...

Schoolyards to stay open in Japan emergency so kids can ease stress

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The government has decided to allow school playgrounds to be open during the emergency school shutdown amid the coronavirus epidemic, so children can ease stress ...

What changes under Japan’s state of emergency declaration?

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 21:26
After weeks of intense pressure Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in seven urban areas, but what does that change?

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

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 12:47
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

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 10:45
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

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 10:39
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

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 07:48
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

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 07:27
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

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 06:40
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

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 06:37
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

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 04:48
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

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 04:32
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

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 04:00
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?

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 01:34
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. ...