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Fujifilm starts Avigan trial to treat coronavirus


Fujifilm has begun clinical trials to test the effectiveness of its anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with the new coronavirus, after reports of promising results in China. Trials in China have suggested Avigan could play a role in shortening the recovery time for patients infected with coronavirus. "The trial… Read


Parents get virus jitters as their child-care leave nears end


Parents in Japan who have been on child-care leave find themselves in a quandary that is only deepening as they aim to return to work this spring. Should they return to their place of work when the country is now warning of the risk of an explosion of domestic coronavirus… Read


Smoking diners to take it outside as Tokyo ban kicks in


Tokyo restaurants and bars lit up indoors for the last time on Tuesday as one of the world's most cigarette-friendly cities starts enforcing anti-smoking laws from Wednesday. Japan lags behind many countries in its efforts to reduce tobacco usage, and the ban - just in Tokyo - only applies to… Read


Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds


Tokyo recorded more than 70 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday for its highest tally in a single day, as pressure built on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to order a lockdown with a minister saying Japan's containment strategy was stretched to the limit. Domestic cases topped 2,000, and public broadcaster NHK… Read


Japan advises against travel to 50 nations including U.S., China


Japan on Tuesday raised its travel advisory for some 50 countries including the United States, China and South Korea to Level 3, warning against any trips to these areas as the novel coronavirus continues to spread globally. That is one step down from the Foreign Ministry's highest level, which urges… Read


Line survey finds 7% of users in Tokyo have at least one coronavirus symptom


A survey of Line Corp's chat app users in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures in partnership with Japan's health ministry found 7.1% of respondents in the capital reporting at least one of the symptoms of the coronavirus. A total of 443 people in Tokyo are infected with coronavirus according to official… Read


Gov't to establish drone licenses for flights out of operator's sight


The Japanese government plans to establish a licensing system for operating drones when the flights are beyond the operator's line of sight, government sources said Monday. The proposal comes as the government hopes for increased usage of unmanned vehicles for purposes such as delivering daily necessities and medicine, or assisting… Read


Pyroclastic flows from Mt Fuji eruption could cut major roads: report


A Mt Fuji disaster management council said Monday pyroclastic flows could sever major roads in the instance of an eruption of Japan's tallest mountain, underscoring the need to review existing evacuation plans that use the roads. In an interim report on a review of a Mt Fuji hazard map, the… Read


Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM


Tokyo's governor on Monday called on residents to avoid outings in the evenings and at weekends as the coronavirus crisis deepened, but said it was up to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency to tackle it. As much of the rest of the world has gone… Read


Kansai Electric vows to improve governance after bribery scandal


Kansai Electric Power Co on Monday pledged to improve its corporate governance in the wake of a scandal in which the former deputy mayor of a town hosting one of its nuclear plants was found to have bribed company executives. In a plan submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade… Read

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