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Japan PM visits flood-hit region, pledges financial support
Tokyo, July 14 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the flood-hit Kumamoto prefecture to assess the devastation and pledged the central government's support to local municipalities.
2020-07-14
Category: International, Japan,Politics
No confirmation on securing all venues yet: Tokyo Olympics spokesperson
Tokyo, July 9 (IANS) A Tokyo Olympics spokesperson said on Thursday that reports of organisers securing all venues for the postponed Games are "optimistic" but nothing has been officially announced yet. While organisers had previously announced that 80 percent of venues had been secured, Japanese media reports on Wednesday said that they have secured all venues.
2020-07-09
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Athletics
Tokyo COVID-19 cases surge to highest since outbreak
Tokyo, July 9 (IANS) The number of new COVID-19 cases in Tokyo surged to a record high of 224 on Thursday, the highest since the virus outbreak hit the Japanese capital, officials said.
2020-07-09
Category: International, Japan,International
52 killed in Japan due to torrential rain
Tokyo, July 7 (IANS) The death toll due to the torrential rain in Japan's Kyushu region increased to 52 on Tuesday, with the government issuing its highest alert as the Chikugo river in Oita prefecture overflowed.
2020-07-07
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife
Japan braces for more rain as death toll reaches 37 (Ld)
Tokyo, July 6 (IANS) Japan is bracing for more heavy rain after a weekend of flooding left at least 37 people dead, with 13 others reported missing in the island of Kyushu, officials said on Monday.
2020-07-06
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife,Politics
Tokyo Governor secures 2nd term after poll victory
Tokyo, July 6 (IANS) Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has secured a second term in office following a resounding victory in the Japanese capital's gubernatorial election, the media reported on Monday.
2020-07-06
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Heavy rains, flooding kills 18 in Japan
Tokyo, July 6 (IANS) Massive flooding and landslides triggered by torrential rain in the Japanese prefecture of Kumamoto have claimed the lives of 18 people, while 14 others were reported missing, it was reported.
2020-07-06
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife,Politics
Japanese top football league resumes after Covid-19 break
Tokyo, July 5 (IANS) The J-League first division, the top tier of the Japanese football league system, resumed behind closed doors after a near four-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-07-05
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Football
15 dead in Japan floods, landslides
Tokyo, July 5 (IANS) Fifteen people have died, while nine others were reported missing in Japan's southern island of Kyushu as devastating rains have caused flooding and landslides, its was reported on Sunday.
2020-07-05
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife,Politics
Scientists find new way to better diagnose malaria infection in India
Tokyo, July 3 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new approach to study liver cell infection by a malaria parasite which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of the disease in India.
2020-07-03
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
Japan lodges protest with China over ships near disputed islets
Tokyo, July 3 (IANS) Japan on Friday said that it has lodged a protest with China over the intrusion by two China Coast Guard ships into Japanese territorial waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea.
2020-07-03
Category: International, Japan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
COVID-19 cases in Tokyo hit highest since state of emergency lifted
Tokyo, July 2 (IANS) The Tokyo metropolitan government confirmed 67 new COVID-19 infections, marking the sixth straight day new daily cases in the Japanese capital have topped 50 and the highest number since the state of emergency was lifted in late May.
2020-07-02
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Tokyo COVID-19 cases hit highest since emergency lifted
Tokyo, July 1 (IANS) The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday confirmed 67 new COVID-19 infections, marking the highest number of daily cases since the state of emergency was lifted in the Japanese capital on May 25.
2020-07-01
Category: International, Japan,International
Tokyo Disneyland, DisneySea reopen after 4 months
Tokyo, July 1 (IANS) The Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea reopened on Wednesday after being closed for four months due to the COVID-19 crisis.
2020-07-01
Category: International, Japan,Cinema/Showbiz
No state of emergency in Japan despite rising COVID-19 cases
Tokyo, June 29 (IANS) The Japanese government has no immediate plan to declare a state of emergency again despite an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in capital Tokyo, a Minister said.
2020-06-29
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Tokyo reports highest daily COVID-19 cases since emergency lifted
Tokyo, June 28 (IANS) The Tokyo metropolitan government said that 57 new cases of COVID-19 infections had been confirmed in the Japanese capital, the highest single-day count since the state of emergency was lifted on May 25.
2020-06-28
Category: International, Japan,International
Hitachi, Microsoft ink multi-year deal to boost digital transformation
Tokyo, June 27 (IANS) Hitachi and Microsoft have announced a multi-year strategic alliance to accelerate the digital transformation of the manufacturing and logistics industries across Southeast Asia, North America and Japan.
2020-06-27
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy,Technology
SoftBank's Masayoshi Son steps down from board of Alibaba
Tokyo, June 25 (IANS) SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son on Thursday announced that he would step down from the board of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
2020-06-25
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy,Technology
Japan scraps plan to deploy US-made missile systems (Ld)
Tokyo, June 25 (IANS) Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono said on Thursday that the government has decided to scrap a plan to deploy land-based missile defence systems, made by the US, at two sites in the country.
2020-06-25
Category: International, Japan,Defence/Security,Politics
Japan scraps plan to deploy US-made missile systems
Tokyo, June 25 (IANS) Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono said on Thursday that the government has decided to scrap a plan to deploy land-based missile defence systems, made by the US, at two sites in the country.
2020-06-25
Category: International, Japan,Defence/Security,Politics
6.2-magnitude quake strikes off Japan's Chiba Prefecture
Tokyo, June 25 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck off the east coast of Chiba Prefecture in Japan on Thursday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
2020-06-25
Category: International, Japan,Environment/Wildlife
Tokyo 2020 not planning to restart Olympic flame display
Tokyo, June 24 (IANS) The organisers of the Tokyo Olympic Games have no plans to restart the Olympic flame display or other mass participation events.
2020-06-24
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
75th anniversary of Battle of Okinawa commemorated
Tokyo, June 23 (IANS) Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Japan on Tuesday commemorated the 75th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, which killed 200,000 people, half of them civilians.
2020-06-23
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan ends domestic travel restrictions
Tokyo, June 19 (IANS) Japan on Friday lifted its remaining domestic travel restrictions and reiterated plans to open its borders in order to reactivate the tourism industry hit by the coronavirus crisis.
2020-06-19
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan posts 2nd consecutive CPI decline in May
Tokyo, June 19 (IANS) Japan's consumer price index (CPI) declined by 0.2 per cent in May compared to a year earlier, the second consecutive decline due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released by the government on Friday.
2020-06-19
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy
Ex-Japanese Minister, wife arrested over alleged vote buying
Tokyo, June 18 (IANS) Japan's former Justice Minister and his wife were arrested on Thursday for allegedly handing out money to politicians and supporters to secure votes during campaigning for the 2019 Upper House elections.
2020-06-18
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Campaigning begins for Tokyo gubernatorial polls
Tokyo, June 18 (IANS) The election campaign for the governor of Tokyo began on Thursday with the incumbent Yuriko Koike as the favourite.
2020-06-18
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan scraps bill to extend retirement age of prosecutors
Tokyo, June 18 (IANS) The Japanese government and the ruling coalition have decided to scrap a controversial bill intended to extend the retirement age of public prosecutors amid a backlash from opposition parties and the public.
2020-06-18
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Visitors to Japan hit record low for second consecutive month
Tokyo, June 17 (IANS) In a record low for the second consecutive month, Japan again recorded a 99.9 per cent slump in the number of visitors from abroad in May due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, official sources said on Wednesday.
2020-06-17
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Would support another postponement of Oly if needed, says Takahashi
Tokyo, June 16 (IANS) The Tokyo Olympics should be postponed once more if it is not possible to be held from July 23, 2021, an executive board member of the Games committee has said. This is the first time any official has spoken about a second postponement.
2020-06-16
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Athletics
6.3-magnitude quake hits Japan, no tsunami warning issued
Tokyo, June 14 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of the Amamioshima Island in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture on Sunday, authorities said, adding that no tsunami warning was issued.
2020-06-14
Category: International, Japan,Environment/Wildlife
Tokyo 2020 CEO says 80% of venues secured for Olympics
Tokyo, June 12 (IANS) Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said on Friday that 80 per cent of the competition venues have been secured for the rescheduled Olympic Games in 2021.
2020-06-12
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Japan enacts record budget to cushion COVID-19 impact
Tokyo, June 12 (IANS) Japan's parliament on Friday enacted a record 31.91 trillion yen ($297 billion) second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year aimed at further cushioning the economic blow delivered by the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-06-12
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan plans to ease entry bans for some foreign visitors
Tokyo, June 12 (IANS) Japan is planning to ease its coronavirus-linked travel restrictionsby allowing, at first, the entry of up to 250 business people per day from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam, government sources said.
2020-06-12
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Tokyo lifts coronavirus alert, all businesses to reopen
Tokyo, June 12 (IANS) The Tokyo metropolitan government lifted its "Tokyo alert" that was issued on June 2 due to a sharp rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases detected in the capital.
2020-06-12
Category: International, Japan,National,Health/Medicine
Japan's iconic Imperial Palace gardens reopen
Tokyo, June 2 (IANS) Japan's iconic Imperial Palace gardens in the capital Tokyo partially reopened to tourists on Tuesday after a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020-06-02
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Clinical trial shows promise in treatment of rare blood cancer
Tokyo, June 1 (IANS) Chemotherapy combined with the drug "rituximab" coupled with the treatment for secondary Central Nervous System (CNS) problem has shown promising results for patients suffering from a rare subtype of Lymphoma, also known as blood cancer, said a study.
2020-06-01
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine,Science/Tech
This tool can detect antivirus antibody in 20 minutes
Tokyo, May 27 (IANS) Researchers have developed a technique to detect anti-virus antibody using a portable analyser to conduct rapid on-site bio tests, a technology that can be used to detect antibodies against the COVID-19 virus.
2020-05-27
Category: International, Japan,Technology,Health/Medicine
COVID-19: Japan baseball league nears return
Tokyo, May 25 (IANS) The Japanese baseball season is set for resumption after two teams reportedly held practice games on Monday. The league has been suspended since March 20 as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.
2020-05-25
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Apple to begin reopening stores in Japan this week
Tokyo, May 25 (IANS) With the nation-wide state of emergency lifting in Japan, Apple is all set to begin reopening its retail stores in the country.
2020-05-25
Category: International, Japan,Technology
Japan govt to lift state of emergency across country
Tokyo, May 25 (IANS) The Japan government on Monday decided to lift the state of emergency for COVID-19 in Tokyo and four other prefectures of the country, the only places where the measure implemented to curb the pandemic had remained in force.
2020-05-25
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japanese pro wrestler Hana Kimura dies aged 22
Tokyo, May 24 (IANS) Japanese professional wrestler Hana Kimura died at the age of 22. While the cause of death is yet to be ascertained, Kimura had posted a number of troubling social media posts in recent days.
2020-05-24
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Bank of Japan allocates $279 billion for loans to SMEs
Tokyo, May 22 (IANS) The Bank of Japan (BoJ) on Friday announced a new loan scheme worth 30 trillion yen ($278 billion) to provide liquidity to companies in the face of the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-05-22
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Sony joins Microsoft to create AI-driven smart camera solutions
Tokyo, May 19 (IANS) Sony and Microsoft on Tuesday announced to create solutions that will make AI-powered smart cameras and video analytics easier to access and deploy for their mutual customers.
2020-05-19
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy,Technology
Japan's GDP shrinks 2% year-on-year
Tokyo, May 18 (IANS) Japans GDP fell in the first quarter by 2 per cent year-on-year, according to preliminary data published on Monday by the government, representing the second consecutive quarter of economic contraction.
2020-05-18
Category: International, Japan,Politics
110 million Sony PlayStation 4 units sold to date
Tokyo, May 15 (IANS) Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony has sold over 110 million units of PlayStation 4 since the launch of the fourth-generation gaming console. This includes all available models, including the PS4 Pro.
2020-05-15
Category: International, Japan,Technology
Sony sees 57% drop in profit in March quarter due to COVID-19 disruption
Tokyo, May 13 (IANS) Hit by COVID-19 induced slump in demand for its electronics products and solutions, Japans Sony Corp on Wednesday reported a 57 per cent drop in operating income in the quarter ending March 31 compared to a year ago.
2020-05-13
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy,Technology
Japan gives nod to rapid antigen kit to detect COVID-19
Tokyo, May 13 (IANS) The Japanese government has given the green light to a rapid antigen test to diagnose COVID-19 that delivers results faster than others, an official spokesperson said on Wednesday.
2020-05-13
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine,Politics
Bank of Japan eases monetary policy to cushion COVID-19 impact
Tokyo, April 27 (IANS) The Bank of Japan (BoJ) on Monday decided to ease its monetary policy by expanding its government and corporate bond purchase programs to soften the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-04-27
Category: International, Japan,Politics
IOC can't be accused of hesitation in postponing Olympics: Bach
Tokyo, April 13 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has turned a blind eye to claims that the organisation was reluctant in postponing Tokyo 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and dismissed "conspiracy theories" surrounding the decision to move the event to 2021.
2020-04-13
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Athletics