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Twitter star to vaccine czar: Taro Kono’s moment in the spotlight

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 06:30
Kono has seen his popularity surge even as the government of his boss, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, has been battered by criticism over the pandemic.

LDP wants more women at key meetings, but only as silent observers

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 06:18
Requiring female observers at meetings to remain quiet has drawn criticism on social media that the party is out of touch.

Shimane may cancel Olympic torch relay events over virus fears

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 04:45
The possible cancellation is the latest sign of skepticism in Japan over whether the games can be staged safely this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan gives first COVID-19 vaccinations to Tokyo health workers

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 02:57
The first shots were given at a state-run hospital in Tokyo, with vaccinations due to take place at 100 medical facilities across Japan by next ...

Vaccination of health care workers to begin in Japan, with older people slated for April

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 12:29
Municipal governments are being encouraged to spend no longer than two months and three weeks to complete the phase of giving shots to older people.

The next boss of the Tokyo Games — a savvy operator or a fresh face?

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 11:33
The organizing committee says it is looking for a successor that has a certain background in the Olympics as well as a strong awareness of ...

Three held over drugs smuggled into Japan in ceramic Snow White dwarves

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 11:23
Authorities arrested a Malaysian national and his daughters after confiscating stimulants weighing about 6kg with an estimated street value of around ¥384 million.

Anti-sexism petitioners make their case to Tokyo Games organizers — with 150,000 signatures

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 10:33
The petition urges the JOC to prevent sexist remarks in the future, boost the proportion of female members on its Executive Board and ensure transparency ...

Hay fever season arrives in Japan amid coronavirus pandemic

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 09:01
The season presents an added challenge amid the pandemic as rubbing itchy eyes and wiping runny noses threaten to boost the risk of viral infection.

Tokyo confirms 350 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 08:57
On Monday, metropolitan government officials said a total of 838 novel coronavirus cases in Tokyo had gone unreported, mainly during the year-end and New Year's ...

Japan still struggling to source special syringes for COVID-19 vaccinations

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 06:45
One vial of Pfizer's vaccine is meant to provide six shots, but drawing that volume from the vial requires special “low dead-space” syringes that minimize ...

Dream of running Olympic torch relay now prompts feelings of guilt for Japan doctor

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 06:24
The Olympic torch relay is set to begin on March 25, even though Tokyo and nine other prefectures are set to remain under a state ...

School-age suicides in Japan hit record in 2020

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 06:09
The number of elementary, junior high and high school students who killed themselves in Japan hit a record high of 479 in 2020, up sharply ...

China sends ship with cannon-like weapon near Senkakus for first time under new law

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 03:32
The move comes after Beijing passed a law that allows its coast guard to fire on foreign ships in waters it claims.

Japan may delay COVID-19 timetable for inoculating elderly

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 01:07
The move aims to ensure a stable supply of Pfizer Inc.'s vaccine following the tightening of export controls.

Tokyo failed to count 838 COVID-19 cases

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 00:44
A total of 838 novel coronavirus infection cases in Tokyo, mainly during the year-end and New Year period, had gone unreported, metropolitan government officials said ...

Putin indicates Russia’s territory dispute is non-negotiable

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 12:47
The dispute over the islands has stood in the way of the nations signing a post-World War II peace treaty.

Tohoku region shakes off latest aftershock of 2011 earthquake

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 09:31
Many homes in the prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima were still without water Monday and railway connections remained disrupted as residents worked to restore order ...

Severe COVID-19 cases in Tokyo fell to double digits for first time since Jan. 2

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 08:51
The number of serious cases based on the metropolitan government’s standards fell by six from the previous day to 97.

Vaccine gives Suga a ‘lifeline’ as electoral future in doubt

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 04:57
The prime minister has put the issue front and center in his messaging to the public over the past month as the "decisive factor" for ...