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Japan's crowded trains spark fear of new coronavirus cases

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:52
As Japan returns to work from coronavirus restrictions, its notoriously crowded trains - almost a symbol of its celebrated work ethic - are raising fears about a resurgence of infections. (Japan Today)
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Materials Shocking attire: Japanese fabric zaps germs with electricity

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:50
A pair of Japanese companies have developed a novel way to be stylish and antiseptic at the same time: a clothing fabric that kills microbes with tiny electric shocks generated by the wearer's movements. (Nikkei)
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Domestic violence claims preceded GSDF staff member allegedly strangling wife

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:48
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a Ground Self-Defense Force staff member over the alleged fatal strangulation of his wife at their residence in Izumi City, reports the Asahi Shimbun (June 4). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Homeless initially excluded from blanket cash handout program in Kochi

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:45
A western Japan city initially excluded people with no bank account from the blanket cash handout program as part of the central government's coronavirus response on the assumption that most such citizens belong to organized crime groups. (Kyodo)
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Court rejects notion same-sex couples are de facto marriages

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:43
A Japanese district court on Thursday rejected a request by a man to overturn a prefectural commission's decision deeming him ineligible for victims' compensation as a surviving family member after his same-sex partner was murdered. (Kyodo)
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Universal Studios Japan to prohibit high fives, hugs

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:39
The Universal Studios Japan movie theme park will prohibit visitors from giving high-fives or hugs to staff members in character costumes when it reopens Monday, the operator said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Olympics: Tokyo looks to pass on 1-year-to-go celebrations

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:38
Organizers of the 2020 Olympics and the Tokyo metropolitan government are moving away from holding celebrations this summer to mark one year before the delayed Olympics open, a source with knowledge of the matter said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Return to post office ends in arrest for fraud for university student

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:36
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 21-year-old male university student over the alleged swindle of an elderly woman in Yokohama City, reports TV Asahi (June 4). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Man nabbed over crossbow killings of 3 family members in Japan

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:32
A 23-year-old university student was arrested Thursday in connection with the killing of three members of his family with arrows fired from a crossbow at his home in Hyogo, western Japan, police said. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo reports 28 new coronavirus cases Thursday

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:27
Tokyo confirmed 28 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, two days after Gov. Yuriko Koike issued a Tokyo Alert in a sign of a possible resurgence of infections in the capital. (Japan Times)
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Japan's low virus mortality rate reflects social manners: deputy PM

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:16
Finance Minister Taro Aso said Thursday that Japan's relatively low mortality rate from the new coronavirus reflects the country's higher "level of social manners." (Kyodo)
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China issuing more visas to Japanese hoping for post-virus rebound

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 22:26
The Chinese government has stepped up the number of visas being issued to Japanese citizens after limiting it for months following the coronavirus pandemic, a diplomatic source familiar with bilateral ties said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Son arrested over murder of mother in Aomori home

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 22:24
Police in Aomori City have arrested a 35-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his 61-year-old mother at their home last week. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo on alert again - What happened?

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 22:20
Tokyo has a spike yesterday of 34 infections and Gov. Koike put Tokyo on Alert. Basically Rainbow Bridge and the Metropolitan Government Building turned bright red. (ONLY in JAPAN)
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Uniqlo returns to Tokyo's fashion capital Harajuku

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 22:19
Japanese casual clothing chain Uniqlo will open a new outlet Friday in Tokyo's Harajuku neighborhood, marking a homecoming eight years in the making to the city's vibrant hub for youth fashion. (Nikkei)
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Abe: Raising minimum wage, while protecting jobs

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 22:13
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says he maintains the goal of raising the country's minimum wage, while taking into account the situations of small- and medium-sized companies reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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2 Yomiuri Giants players test positive for coronavirus

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 22:11
Two Yomiuri Giants players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Central League team announced Wednesday, casting a shadow over Nippon Professional Baseball's plan to start the 2020 season on June 19. (Japan Today)
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COVID-19 cases in Japan rise by 31 to reach 17,031

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 22:10
Japan has reported 31 new confirmed COVID-19 cases with the total reaching 17,031, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities on Wednesday. (china.org.cn)
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Suspected illicit photographer found with 2,700 pairs of women’s underwear

newsonjapan.com - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 22:35
A 54-year-old man in custody for alleged illicit filming has been arrested again on suspicion of theft of a school girl’s uniform, police said on Tuesday, reports Kyodo News (June 2). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Shonan beaches to be without huts, life guards for summer

newsonjapan.com - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 22:28
Popular beaches in the Shonan area near Tokyo are likely to have no beach huts or life guards this summer as a number of beach operators have given up on opening amid strict coronavirus control measures. (Japan Today)
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