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Panic buying continues in Tokyo as residents asked to stay home for weekend

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:44
Large queues formed at supermarkets and stores in Tokyo on Friday as residents in the Japanese capital prepared for a weekend at home, after the city's governor called on them to remain indoors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Japan Today)
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ANA eyes $920m loan as coronavirus drains cash

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:43
The parent of Japanese airline All Nippon Airways is looking into a roughly 100 billion yen ($920 million) syndicated loan from seven lenders as the carrier fortifies its balance sheet to cope with the drop-off in air travel demand. (Nikkei)
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92 from Chicago let in at Narita airport without being asked to self-isolate

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:40
The health ministry said Friday 92 passengers and crew members aboard a flight from Chicago to Narita airport near Tokyo were allowed to enter Japan without being asked to self-isolate for 14 days and refrain from using public transport. (Japan Today)
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55 percent fewer passengers using Tokaido Shinkansen as virus halts travel

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:38
The number of passengers using Tokaido Shinkansen line services between March 1 and Wednesday tumbled 55 percent from a year earlier, Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) has said. (Japan Times)
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Japan cancels visas for 11 countries

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:36
The Japanese government decided on Friday to invalidate visas issued in 11 countries in Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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Mask prices in Tokyo surge 11.3 percent in March as virus concerns grow

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:35
Mask prices in Tokyo’s densely populated 23 wards jumped 11.3 percent in March from a year before, reflecting supply shortages stemming from the spread of COVID-19, government data showed Friday. (Japan Times)
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Man arrested for delaying flight by saying he has coronavirus

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:34
A man was arrested Friday on suspicion of obstructing business after he allegedly delayed a domestic flight in Japan on Thursday immediately before takeoff by telling cabin crew he was infected with the novel coronavirus. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo food stores to open over weekend as theme parks and cinemas close

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:30
Supermarkets and convenience stores decided Thursday to stay open as usual in the coming days, after a request by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s for residents in the capital not to leave home over the weekend. (Japan Times)
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Abe says wife's behavior not inappropriate

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:29
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dismissed criticism of his wife attending a gathering to view cherry blossoms at a time when such a meeting is not recommended because of the threat of the coronavirus. (NHK)
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Governor: Tokyo on the brink of explosive outbreak

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:27
The governor of Tokyo has again urged people to refrain from non-essential outings, warning that the capital is at a critical juncture in preventing an explosive spread of the coronavirus. (NHK)
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Abe: Tokyo lockdown would damage Japan economy

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned that Japan's economy would be hard hit if Tokyo is locked down due to the coronavirus. (NHK)
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Tokyo: Man, 29, accused of molesting girl in Sumida

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 23:08
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 29-year-old man over the alleged molestation of a girl in Sumida Ward earlier this month, reports TBS News (Mar. 26). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Tokyo shoppers rush out after governor’s call to stay in to curb virus

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 23:01
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s call for residents to stay indoors this weekend has sent people rushing to supermarkets to stockpile food and other essentials. (Japan Times)
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Virus-hit Diamond Princess exits quarantine in Yokohama

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 22:59
The Diamond Princess, a cruise ship that captured headlines after an outbreak of COVID-19 among those on board, left a pier in Yokohama port Wednesday after nearly two months of quarantine. (Japan Times)
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Japan struggling to get a grip on social distancing

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 22:46
Japan's approach to social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic might seem to other nations around the world like it is very social, and not so distant. (Kyodo)
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All of Tokyo's neighbors are telling people to stay out of the city this weekend

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 22:45
On Wednesday night, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike asked residents of Japan’s capital to remain home as much as possible over the coming weekend in order to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. Now, one day after Tokyoites were told to stay in their homes, people in all four of its neighboring prefectures are being told to stay out of the city. (soranews24.com)
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Japan to impose entry ban on 21 European countries, Iran

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 22:40
Japan will impose an entry ban on foreign travelers coming from 21 European countries and Iran as part of stronger measures to contain the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Germany calls Japan's coronavirus bluff. Embassy says, 'Nippon is lying. Expect a surge of coronavirus cases.'

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 22:31
Germany has decided that saving lives is more important than saving face. In a rather undiplomatic letter to German citizens in Japan posted on the Embassy Of Germany’s web site on March 24, the embassy did not mince words in discussing Japan’s poor handling of coronavirus testing. It warns that we should assume there are a high number of unreported carriers. (japansubculture.com)
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Japanese airlines mull cutting more intl. flights

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 21:01
Major airlines in Japan say they will consider suspending or cutting more international flights as the foreign ministry raised its travel alert for the entire world on Wednesday, urging Japanese people to refrain from non-essential overseas trips. (NHK)
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Tokyo: Man, 23, accused of molesting woman in Kodaira

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 20:59
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 23-year-old man over the alleged molestation of a woman in Kodaira City earlier this month, reports TV Asahi (Mar. 25). (tokyoreporter.com)
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