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Is Japan ready for a long battle against COVID-19?

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 20:26
Many major cities around the globe have implemented lockdowns, but Japan’s big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka have not yet followed suit. Because of that, a sense of crisis about the coronavirus pandemic among the public seems relatively low. (Japan Times)
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JAL executives to take 10 percent pay cut as coronavirus weighs on business

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 20:24
Japan Airlines Co. executives will voluntarily take a 10 percent cut in monthly remuneration from April to June as a cost-cutting measure after the global coronavirus pandemic forced it to sharply reduce flights, a source close to the matter said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo Games dates set, but organizers still face tests

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 20:21
Now that the schedule of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is decided, local organizers have finally started rearranging their preparations at full speed following the games' postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
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Japan sees record 4,300 cannabis offenders in 2019

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 20:15
A record 4,321 individuals were involved in cannabis cases in Japan last year, up 743 from the previous year for the sixth consecutive year of increase, with abuse of the drug by young people showing a marked rise, police said Thursday. (Kyodo)
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Telework? Japan still wants stamps on the dotted line

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 20:08
The Japanese business practice of signing off on documents with a personal seal poses an obstacle in efforts to adopt telecommuting amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Nikkei)
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Germany to buy Avigan from Japan to fight coronavirus

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 20:05
The German government will purchase large amounts of the anti-influenza drug Avigan, developed by a unit of Fujifilm Holdings, to treat the new coronavirus, local media reported Thursday. (Nikkei)
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Japan further tightens border entry restrictions

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 20:02
Japan further tightened its border entry restrictions on Friday in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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Japan's theme park lays off temp workers

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 19:58
NHK has learned that a major theme park in southwestern Japan has laid off dozens of temporary staff amid the coronavirus outbreak. Officials at Huis Ten Bosch reportedly made the decision about two weeks ago. (NHK)
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Japan's total confirmed cases reaches 2,659

newsonjapan.com - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 19:57
The number of new daily coronavirus cases reported in Japan on Thursday stood at 180 as of 6:30 p.m. This number includes a record 97 new cases in Tokyo. (NHK)
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T-Mobile completes merger with Sprint

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 21:26
T-Mobile US said on Wednesday it officially completed the merger with Sprint Corp, solidifying its position as the No.3 wireless providers in the U.S. (Nikkei)
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Japan to request self-isolation for all visitors

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 18:28
Japan's government has decided to ask all travelers entering the country to self-quarantine for two weeks, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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Foreigners in Japan lack virus information

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 18:28
As the new coronavirus spreads in Japan, some foreigners in the country lack information due to language barriers. (NHK)
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Infection spreads in Shinjuku entertainment areas

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 18:25
Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward officials say the coronavirus infection is spreading in Kabukicho and other entertainment and amusement districts in the ward. (NHK)
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BOJ Tankan: Business sentiment turns negative

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 18:25
The coronavirus scare has sent shudders through the world of big business in Japan, as it undermines a broad range of economic activities. (NHK)
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Economic gloom deepens as coronavirus pandemic takes devastating toll on business

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 18:22
The global economy is confronting one of its greatest crises, with forecasts showing it's likely to shrink for the first time in 11 years as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on businesses across the world. (NHK)
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Abenomask? Prime minister's 'two masks per household' policy spawns memes on social media

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 18:21
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has quickly become an online meme following his announcement Wednesday evening that the government will distribute two cloth masks to every household in the nation, a policy many slammed as out of touch with reality. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo high schools to be closed through early May

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 18:19
Education authorities in Tokyo have decided to keep metropolitan senior high schools closed through early May due to the spread of the new coronavirus. (NHK)
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Abe: State of emergency not imminent

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 18:18
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says Japan has yet to reach a point where a declaration of a state of emergency is necessary to contain the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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Tokyo's anti-smoking ordinance takes full force

newsonjapan.com - Wed, 04/01/2020 - 18:13
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has put into full force an ordinance that virtually bans indoor smoking at restaurants with employees. (NHK)
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Minister: Public transport won't stop in emergency

newsonjapan.com - 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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