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Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends

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Hundreds of passengers began leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday after the end of a much-criticized, two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of a new virus among passengers and crew. Results were still pending for some passengers who've been tested for the coronavirus that has infected tens… Read

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65-year-old pedestrian fatally hit by bus in Yokohama

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A 65-year-old man died after being hit by a municipal bus in Yokohama City on Tuesday night. According to police, the accident occurred just past 6:30 p.m. at an intersection in the city’s Tsuruya-cho district, Fuji TV reported Keisuke Saito, a self-employed resident of Kanagawa Ward, was struck by the… Read

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U.S. tells remaining cruise passengers in Japan: Stay out for 2 weeks

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The U.S. government made good on its warning to Americans who chose to remain on board a quarantined cruise ship in Japan, telling them they cannot return home for at least two weeks after they come ashore. U.S. officials notified the passengers Tuesday of the travel restriction, citing their possible… Read

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Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed to prevent spread of virus

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As an extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship ends Wednesday in Japan, many scientists say it was a failed experiment: The ship seemed to become an incubator for a new virus instead of an isolation facility meant to prevent the worsening of an outbreak. The viral illness that emerged… Read

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Anxious passengers wait to leave cruise ship

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Several hundred passengers who have endured a torrid 14-day quarantine on board a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship in Japan are set to disembark Wednesday -- if they have tested negative. The Diamond Princess moored in Yokohama has proved a fertile breeding ground for the virus, with at least 542 positive cases,… Read

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Fukushima staff may have to use raincoats as virus threatens protective suit production

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Workers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant may need to wear plastic raincoats as the coronavirus outbreak threatens production of protective suits in China, the operator warned on Tuesday. Staff cleaning up the plant wear special plastic overcoats to prevent radioactive dust settling on clothes or the body and the… Read

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Prada puts off May 21 fashion show in Japan due to coronavirus

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Italian fashion house Prada has put off a show in Japan in May due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, it said on Tuesday. "Due to the current uncertainty related to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Prada Resort fashion show originally scheduled for May 21 in Japan will… Read

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Japan plans HIV drug trials for coronavirus; cruise ship evacuations continue

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Japan plans to trial HIV medications to treat patients infected with coronavirus as the growing number of cases poses an increasing threat to the country's economy as well as public health. Yoshihide Suga, the government's top spokesman, said at a briefing on Tuesday that the government is "currently conducting preparations… Read

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Emperor's birthday event canceled due to coronavirus outbreak

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The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it has canceled a public birthday event for Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace scheduled on the weekend due to concern it could contribute to spread of the new coronavirus. The birthday address on Sunday would have been the first by the emperor, who… Read

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Battle of Iwo Jima 75 years on

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This month marks the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Iwo Jima, which saw some of the bloodiest fighting of World War Two take place on a small Japanese island 1,200 km south of Tokyo. Iwo Jima was the first native Japanese soil to be invaded during… Read

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