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Shiga ex-nurse acquitted of 2003 murder after serving 12 years

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 08:36
A Japanese court on Tuesday acquitted a former assistant nurse who was convicted of murder and spent 12 years in prison after the 2003 death ...

Papers reveal plan for Emperor Akihito to visit South Korea on first trip

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 08:07
South Korean diplomatic records declassified Tuesday show the Japanese government told South Korea in 1989 it hoped to make the country the first overseas destination ...

Shinzo Abe and deputy Taro Aso avoid joint meetings to cut coronavirus risk as lockdown pressure builds

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 07:56
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his deputy won’t attend meetings together to cut coronavirus risks as pressure for a lockdown builds, with domestic cases topping ...

Coronavirus question mark still hangs over Tokyo Olympics in 2021

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 05:48
Although this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were postponed by about a year due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the lingering question is whether the ...

Speculation rife in Japan of post-pandemic, pre-Olympics poll

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 05:36
Now that the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to next year, speculation is growing that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call a snap election before ...

Japan advises against travel to 49 more nations, including U.S.

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 04:22
Japan on Tuesday warned citizens to avoid all travel to 49 more countries and regions including the United States, China, South Korea and Taiwan amid ...

Death penalty finalized for 2016 Sagamihara care home mass murderer

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 02:51
The death sentence for a man who admitted to the 2016 mass murder of 19 mentally impaired people at a care home near Tokyo was ...

WHO to work toward success of Tokyo Olympics, Tedros tells Abe

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 02:12
The head of the World Health Organization told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday that he wants to make preparations with Japan for the “success” ...

Calls grow for Japan to declare state of emergency over coronavirus

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 02:04
Calls are growing for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus before it is ...

No need to hoard food, there are enough supplies: Japan experts

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 16:05
There is no need for the public to panic buy and hoard food even if the government declares a state of emergency as a result ...

Tokyo announces 13 additional cases of coronavirus

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 15:46
Tokyo reported 13 new cases of the coronavirus Monday, a surprisingly low number following a string of days with ever-increasing numbers. The total for Tokyo ...

Firm urges caution against surge in coronavirus-related disinformation on April Fools’ Day

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 15:30
A Tokyo-based risk management firm is cautioning against a potential surge in coronavirus-related disinformation on April Fools’ Day, alarmed by the recent spread of what ...

Japan to require drone licenses for out-of-sight flights

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 09:31
The government plans to establish a licensing system for operating drones when the flights are beyond the operator's line of sight, government sources said Monday.The ...

Pyroclastic flows from Mount Fuji eruption could sever roads used for evacuation, report says

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 09:11
A Mount Fuji disaster management council said Monday that pyroclastic flows could sever major roads in the instance of an eruption of Japan’s tallest mountain, ...

Global warming wreaks havoc on Japanese edible kelp

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 08:39
In the not too distant future, global warming could deprive Japanese cuisine of an essential element: konbu, or edible kelp.A Hokkaido University research group has ...

30% of kids in Japan stressed about being stuck at home, survey finds

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 08:28
About 30 percent of children in Japan are stressed about not being able to go outside amid nationwide school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ...

Top Abe Cabinet official vows to support Okinawa’s virus-rocked tourism industry

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 07:43
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Sunday promised to provide assistance to Okinawa Prefecture’s tourism industry, which has been hit by a slump in visitors ...

Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 07:13
Japan’s approach to halting the coronavirus pandemic might seem to other nations around the world like it is very social, and not so distant.As communities ...

Coronavirus spread and info shortage breeds anxiety among Aichi foreign nationals

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 06:58
Some foreign residents in central Japan say they are feeling anxious about the coronavirus because of the difficulty in getting necessary information and from the ...

Japan to expand entry ban to include U.S., China, most of Europe

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 03:55
Japan will expand its entry ban to include citizens traveling from the United States, China, South Korea and most of Europe amid a rapid spread ...

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