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G-7 to voice support for Tokyo Games in communique amid skepticism

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 13:31
A joint statement is expected to be released after a summit on Friday, Japanese government source said.

Hashimoto brings experience and connections in sports and politics to her new role

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 09:49
The former Olympics minister appears to have only reluctantly accepted the post, and she may face questions about her relationship with her predecessor, Yoshiro Mori.

Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto appointed Tokyo Games chief

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 09:45
Never has the position changed hands so close to the start of the Olympic Torch Relay, and nor have the games ever been held during ...

Tokyo reports 445 new COVID-19 cases Thursday

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 08:50
Tokyo confirmed 445 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, with severe cases remaining below 100 for the fourth straight day.The number of cases determined to be ...

Suga visits Tokyo hospital to observe COVID-19 vaccination program

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 08:44
The program is expected to expand to 100 hospitals across the nation next week, with 20,000 medical staff in the first phase to take part ...

Illegal drugs seized by Japan customs down 43% in 2020

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 06:48
The sharp decline is attributed to entry restrictions implemented in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japan logged fewest expressway deaths on record in 2020 as virus halted travel

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 06:42
A total of 2,839 people were killed in traffic accidents last year, while 27,774 were injured. People age 65 or over accounted for more than ...

Cultural assets in Japan’s Tohoku region damaged by earthquake off Fukushima

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 06:21
Buildings in the town of Zao in Miyagi Prefecture suffered similar damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake, and underwent repair work for over two ...

Olympic COVID-19 working committee responds to outside criticism

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 05:00
Hidemasa Nakamura, the Tokyo organizers' games delivery officer, said such criticism was not only inevitable but also welcome.

Nobel-winning ICAN urges Japan to attend first meeting on U.N. nuclear ban

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 04:32
Japan has decided not to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in consideration of its security ties with the United States.

Visitors to Japan fall 98.3% in January, down for 16th month in row

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 13:41
The number of visitors had been on the rise since last June with the gradual easing of entry restrictions particularly for business people.

Ex-director sues Amnesty Japan for firing him over Japanese ability

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 13:29
Taro O’Sullivan said the organization hired him with the knowledge that he could speak Japanese at a conversational level but could barely read or write ...

Japan and U.S. reach agreement on cost of hosting American troops

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 11:11
The one-year deal, in which Japan will shoulder about ¥200 billion — roughly in line with the previous year — is widely seen as a ...

Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto eyed as next Tokyo Games chief: reports

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 10:00
Hashimoto may replace Yoshiro Mori, the former president of the organizing committee who resigned over a sexist remark.

Lawmaker resigns from LDP over visit to luxurious nightlife venue

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 09:15
The visit came after three fellow party members left the LDP earlier this month following public anger over their visits to Ginza hostess bars.

This is what you need to know to get a coronavirus vaccine in Japan

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 08:52
Kazuhiro Araki, director of the state-run Tokyo Medical Center, on Wednesday morning was the first person in Japan to receive Pfizer Inc.’s vaccine.

Tokyo confirms 378 new coronavirus cases Wednesday

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 08:44
The number of cases determined to be serious based on the metropolitan government’s standards fell by five from the previous day to 87.

In vaccine drive, Japan will have to get used to a different type of injection

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 08:29
Vaccinations that kicked off Wednesday in Japan are administered through intramuscular injection, which is widespread in Western countries but not so in Japan.

Court backs Osaka high school over rule to dye hair black

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 07:33
Presiding Judge Noriko Yokota also rejected a woman's claim that her natural hair color is brown.

Quake-hit Miyagi Hospital unable to receive emergency patients

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 07:11
At Miyagi Hospital, the only general hospital in the town of Yamamoto, a wall collapsed in the emergency outpatient division follow Saturday's large earthquake.