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Minister: Public transport won't stop in emergency

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 22:07
Japanese transport minister Akaba Kazuyoshi says public transport will continue to operate even if a state of emergency is declared to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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Second man arrested over alleged rape of woman in Shinjuku

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:57
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a second man over the alleged rape of an intoxicated woman inside a vehicle in Shinjuku Ward two years ago, reports TV Asahi (Mar. 30). (
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Panic buying in Japan lifts February retail sales

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:53
Japan's retail sales in February rose 1.7% from the previous year to 11.2 trillion yen, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday. Drugstore sales surged 18.9%, as consumers scrambled to buy face masks, toilet paper and other health and hygiene products in response to the new coronavirus outbreak. (Nikkei)
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For Japan's nonregular workers, a weaker safety net as COVID-19 spreads

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:34
Over a career in Japan spanning 21 years, Osaka-based English language teacher Steven Thompson has taken 10 days of paid sick leave across two occasions when he caught the flu. (Japan Times)
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Ken Shimura remembered for his huge contribution to the game Rock, Paper, Scissors in Japan

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:25
With the recent passing of Japanese comedy legend Ken Shimura due to complications of a COVID-19 infection, everyone has been looking back on his many accomplishments in music, comedy, and entertainment in general. (
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Calls grow for state of emergency as Tokyo logs record coronavirus cases

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:24
Calls are growing for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus before it is too late. (Japan Times)
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Japan sees tourism numbers plummet

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:05
The Japan Tourism Agency says the number of overnight stays by foreign guests in February was 40.4 percent lower than in the same month last year. (NHK)
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Panel: Mt.Fuji ash would paralyze Tokyo

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 21:01
A Japanese government panel says Tokyo would become unable to function as the country's capital in about three hours if a large-scale eruption of Mount Fuji were to occur. (NHK)
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Japan to include US, China, UK in entry ban list

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 20:59
Japan is planning to place an entry ban on foreign nationals from an additional 49 countries and territories as the coronavirus pandemic expands. (NHK)
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Pair who met with ALTs at Hub in Sendai also tests positive for coronavirus

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:41
Two persons from Sendai City have been confirmed with the novel coronavirus after meeting with two Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) who also tested positive, reports Kahoku Shimpo (Mar. 30). (
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Mother arrested for trying to kill 16-year-old son by setting fire to house

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:38
Police in Soka, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 46-year-old woman on suspicion of arson and attempted murder after she set fire to her house in order to kill her 16-year-old son. (Japan Today)
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Japan struggles to get a grip on social distancing

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:32
Japan’s approach to halting the coronavirus pandemic might seem to other nations around the world like it is very social, and not so distant. (Japan Times)
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No need to hoard food, there are enough supplies: Japan experts

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:29
There is no need for the public to panic buy and hoard food even if the government declares a state of emergency as a result of novel coronavirus, retail industry and other experts said. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo emerges as epicenter of Japan's coronavirus outbreak

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:28
Tokyo is bracing for the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Over the past week, the capital has seen a surge in infections and now has the most cases among the country's 47 prefectures. (NHK)
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Japan to include US in entry ban on foreigners

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:15
Japan plans to include in its list of entry denials foreigners arriving from the United States, China and South Korea as well as most parts of Europe and some parts of Southeast Asia as the coronavirus pandemic expands. (NHK)
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Death penalty finalized for 2016 care home mass murderer

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:14
The death sentence for a Japanese man over the mass murder in 2016 of 19 mentally impaired people at a care home near Tokyo was finalized Tuesday as he withdrew his appeal the previous day. (Kyodo)
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New dates for Tokyo 2020 Games announced

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:11
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced the new dates for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Games were postponed until next year due to the global coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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Coronavirus claims iconic comedian

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 18:08
Veteran Japanese comedian Shimura Ken passed away on Sunday night at a hospital in Tokyo. The 70-year-old comedy icon was confirmed to have been infected with coronavirus. (NHK)
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Japan sees 2nd largest daily tally of infections

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 19:03
Japan confirmed 169 additional coronavirus infections on Sunday, the second largest single-day count following the 200 recorded on the previous day. (NHK)
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With foreign visitor numbers to Nara Park plummeting, are the city’s deer in danger of starving?

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:58
Pretty much everyone who visits Nara stops by the park to feed crackers to the deer, so are the smaller crowds leaving them hungry? (
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