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Japanese government adopts bill on crossbow regulations

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 07:26
The bill to revise the swords and firearms control act calls for limiting the possession of crossbows for purposes such as shooting sports and veterinary ...

Japan urges China to take “positive” actions over Hong Kong and Uyghurs

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 07:05
Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi delivered the remarks in a video message to a high-level meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Quake-hit bullet trains resume Tokyo-Tohoku services

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 06:37
Since the trains have to slow down on sections of the track that were recently repaired, some journeys will take about an hour longer than ...

10 Years On: 3/11-linked suicides still occurring

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 06:36
Health problems were considered a reason for suicides in 112 cases, family problems in 52 cases, and economic and life-related problems in 50 cases.

As pandemic took hold, suicide rose among Japanese women

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 03:35
In Japan, 6,976 women took their lives last year, nearly 15% more than in 2019. It was the first year-over-year increase in more than a ...

Concerns mount over contact tracing app for foreign Olympic fans

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 13:48
Questions have been raised over the app being developed to track visitors' whereabouts during the games due to its hefty cost and the amount of ...

Tepco admits not repairing Fukushima No. 1 seismometers that broke last year

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 11:48
The devices, which measure earthquakes, were installed at the nuclear plant last March at the NRA's request, but broke in July and October the same ...

Influence-peddling scandal: How Suga ended up in the hot seat again

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 10:06
Revelations that Seigo Suga wined and dined officials have again raised questions about influence peddling at the highest levels of government.

Farm and fishery production in parts of Tohoku back to predisaster levels

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 10:00
However, challenges remain to be cleared for the full recovery of industry, including import restrictions imposed by South Korea and other countries.

Tokyo logs 275 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 09:01
The number of patients seriously ill with novel coronavirus infections stands at 510, down one from the previous day, the health ministry said.

Vaccines for older people delayed as Japan finds 1 million more health workers

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 07:02
The rollout will be delayed by about two weeks as ramping up inoculations is unlikely to be possible before May at the earliest, an official ...

Corporate selloffs reflect tough times in Japan amid pandemic

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 06:45
Leading Japanese companies are considering selling off prestigious headquarters in central Tokyo as COVID-19 continues to reshape business operations.

Japan recorded fewer deaths in 2020 for first time in 11 years

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 06:31
The smaller total may be linked to a sharp fall in seasonal influenza infections as people took strict infection prevention measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lost in translation: Japan fumbles pandemic communication with foreign communities

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 06:24
Growing concern over access to up-to-date, accurate official information highlights the government’s larger struggle to convey pandemic-related policies and support.

Japan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines for older people based on population

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 06:20
Taro Kono, minister overseeing the inoculation program, said he was not considering prioritizing vaccine distribution based on numbers of infections in different regions.

Japanese WHO expert casts doubt on China’s cold-chain virus claim

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 05:47
When the Japanese expert, Ken Maeda, visited Wuhan market — the center of the initial outbreak — in February, local officials said no live mammals ...

Emperor Naruhito ‘thankful’ for strength of Japanese people amid pandemic

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 05:44
In a birthday message, the emperor also spoke of his wish to visit the Tohoku region to mark 10 years since the Great East Japan ...

Japan extends ¥30 billion in loans to Mauritius after oil spill

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 05:38
The Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Wakashio ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius on July 25, spilling more than 1,000 tons of oil into the ...

Prefectures set to ask government to lift virus emergency early

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 01:49
Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo prefectures are set to ask the central government to lift the emergency at the end of the month, ahead of its ...

Japan and U.S. coast guards hold rare joint drills near Ogasawara islets

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 14:41
The exercises came as the China Coast Guard continues to send ships near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.