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Tokyo confirms 434 COVID-19 cases Thursday to stay below 500 for fifth-straight day

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 08:34
Thursday's figure means that the capital has gone 14 straight days with fewer than 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases.

Actor Ken Watanabe vows to continue supporting areas hit by 3/11

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 08:01
The global star continues to operate a cafe that serves as a meeting place for people in Kesennuma, in Miyagi Prefecture, which was badly affected ...

China’s ‘zero corona’ policy frustrates Japanese nationals in Beijing

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 06:38
Strict quarantine measures for anyone traveling outside China make home visits incompatible work work demands, while the well-being of family in Japan remains a concern.

Japan, fearing impact on businesses and benefits for China, faces Myanmar balancing act

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 05:49
With the U.S. announcing plans to reimpose sanctions on Myanmar, Japan remains cautious about invoking punitive measures against the Southeast Asian country.

Tokyo Games head Mori may announce resignation Friday over sexist remarks: report

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 04:41
The Hokkoku Shimbun has said that he may announce his intention to resign to Tokyo 2020 organizers at a meeting of its Executive Board members ...

Japan and U.S. broadly agree to extend deal covering military base costs for one year

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 04:15
Under the preliminary agreement, Japan will shoulder roughly ¥200 billion in fiscal 2021 for host nation support, around the same level as last year.

Japan leaning against partial lifting of virus emergency this week

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 10:49
The government was looking to downgrade the emergency in three prefectures this week, but it is politically safer for Suga to keep the measures in ...

Tokyo Olympic organizers to meet on sexist comments row

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 10:41
Tokyo 2020 organizers said Wednesday they will meet this week to discuss sexist comments made by their embattled president, as a heavyweight sponsor said the ...

Toyota president ‘disappointed’ by Tokyo 2020 chief Mori’s sexist comments

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 10:37
The carmaker, a worldwide Olympic sponsor, said it issued Toyoda's message on Wednesday because it concluded it should not keep silent.

Suga says Japan’s first COVID-19 vaccinations to start next week

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 08:49
The first shots, which are expected to be for medical workers, could begin around Feb. 17.

Tepco ordered to pay ¥600 million over 2011 nuclear disaster

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 08:42
The plaintiff side expressed its intention to appeal to a higher court.

Tokyo governor to skip Olympics meeting with IOC following Mori’s sexist remarks

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 08:41
"I'm not going to attend it as it wouldn't send a positive message given the current situation," Gov. Yuriko Koike told reporters.

New COVID-19 cases in Tokyo rise slightly to nearly 500

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 08:31
Japan and the capital have mostly seen cases of the virus fall under the a state of emergency, though fatalities still remain high for many ...

As China authorizes use of force by coast guard, Japan considers response

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 08:27
With Beijing beefing up its powers in contested areas such as the Senkaku Islands, questions have arisen over how Tokyo should handle coastal security incidents.

Drugmaker hit with longest-ever suspension in Japan over violations

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 08:02
The order for Kobayashi Kako Co. will be effective starting Wednesday through June 5, said the Fukui Prefectural Government.

Tokyo puts foot traffic on display at train stations

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 07:58
The measure began Monday and shows the percentage of change in foot traffic around each of four busy stations compared to January 2020.

Ex-Tokyo fire chief recalls tense days of Fukushima disaster response

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 07:46
The central government requested the Tokyo Fire Department in the early hours of March 18 to help out with the situation in Fukushima.

Pandemic leaves Tokyo Olympics’ foreign volunteers in limbo

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 07:19
Around 9,600 foreign nationals in Japan and abroad are signed up for the virus-postponed Tokyo Games, which organizers insist will go ahead this year despite ...

Pandemic may force imperial couple to meet online with 3/11 survivors

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 07:12
Online conferences with residents of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima are expected to start in mid-February, according to the source.

Mori’s sexist remarks highlight slow progress in narrowing Japan gender gap

Wed, 02/10/2021 - 05:17
Japan consistently ranks poorly in the World Economic Forum's gender gap rankings, coming 121st out of 153 countries in 2020.

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