Japanese Emperor Naruhito speaks during a news conference at the Imperial Palace

Emperor to take prostate MRI test in November


Emperor Naruhito is set to take a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test in early November to check there is no disease in his prostate, the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) said in a statement on Monday. Naruhito, 62, will take the MRI test after the result from a separate prostate-specific antigen… Read


Gov't selects 17 projects to support vaccine manufacturing


The Japanese government has selected 17 projects led by companies and universities to support manufacturing of vaccines when a pandemic breaks out, the industry minister announced Monday. The government will offer subsidies of a total to 226.5 billion yen to entities including pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo Co and Hiroshima University… Read


Japan reports 15,167 new coronavirus cases


Japan on Monday reported 15,167 new coronavirus cases, down 14,325 from Sunday. Tokyo reported 1,673 new cases, down 1,319 from Sunday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 14, up one from Sunday, health officials said. The nationwide number is 162, unchanged from Sunday. The… Read


NPO, citizens call for Japan aid for poison gas victims in China


While the Imperial Japanese Army used portions of the poison gas weapons it manufactured mainly during the 1937-1945 Sino-Japanese War, the rest were abandoned or disposed of in China and Japan. A number of unexploded shells filled with poison gas or such gas in other forms were found in more… Read


67% of young people in Japan routinely engage in power saving: survey


Sixty-seven percent of people aged between 17 and 19 in Japan make power-saving efforts on a daily basis, apparently driven by Russia's war in Ukraine, according to a recent survey. With the government asking businesses and households to cut electricity consumption from July to September to avoid a power crunch,… Read


Japan WWII poison gas agents still scarring people today


Japan and China recently marked the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations, but traces of around 7.46 million poison gas weapons produced mainly during their war from 1937 to 1945 remain in both countries. Some of the weapons abandoned or disposed of at the end of the Sino-Japanese… Read


Japan reports 29,492 new coronavirus cases


Japan on Sunday reported 29,492 new coronavirus cases, down 5,926 from Saturday. Tokyo reported 2,992 new cases, down 842 from Saturday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 13, down one from Saturday, health officials said. The nationwide number is 162, down three from Saturday.… Read


M5.8 quake jolts southwestern Japan


An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck Japan's southwestern prefecture of Miyazaki and other areas early Sunday, the weather agency said. No tsunami warning was issued. The quake occurred at 12:02 a.m., registering lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Nichinan, the Japan Meteorological… Read


Chinese JETs cherish links to Japan despite soured ties


At a time when bilateral relations between China and Japan remain fraught, personal relationships established by Chinese alumni of a Japanese government-backed exchange program have helped create ties that would not otherwise exist. As the two nations celebrated the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties, former participants of… Read


Antonio Inoki, Japanese pro wrestler politician, dies at 79


Antonio Inoki, a Japanese professional wrestling star turned politician, widely known for his match with Muhammad Ali and ties to North Korea, has died aged 79, after years of battling a rare disease, the company he founded said on Saturday. "New Japan Pro-Wrestling is deeply saddened at the passing of… Read

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