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Tokyo Disneyland holds first Halloween event in 2 years; admits more visitors

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Tokyo Disneyland held its first Halloween program in two years on Monday after the park's operator had suspended special events as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors with limited-edition tickets can dress up in Halloween costumes and enter the park from 8 a.m., two hours earlier… Read

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Tokyo reports 17 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 153

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday reported 17 new coronavirus cases, down two from Sunday and 12 down from last Monday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 20, down two from Sunday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 202, six down from Sunday.… Read

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5 Russian navy ships enter Sea of Japan after circling around Japan

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Five Russian navy ships entered the Sea of Japan through the Tsushima Strait in the country's southwest having previously formed a flotilla with five Chinese ships that had sailed around most of the Japanese archipelago, the Defense Ministry said Monday. The ministry is analyzing what is behind the latest development.… Read

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Japan institute to receive int'l scholars as exception to COVID rules

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A Japanese government-affiliated institution will resume receiving dozens of foreign researchers next Thursday, even as entry restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic remain, an official said. A total of 55 scholars in Japanese studies, including those from other Asia countries, Europe and the United States, are scheduled to arrive in… Read

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Tsunami-hit Fukushima school opens as memorial to 2011 tragedy

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An elementary school in northeastern Japan opened on Sunday as a memorial to those impacted by the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster and subsequent Fukushima nuclear crisis, with its mission to pass on lessons learned from the tragedy. Ukedo Elementary School, run by the town of Namie in Fukushima… Read

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New vending machine gives out free drinks if you use them with a coworker

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Japan has a lot of different types of vending machines, but the one thing they have in common, of course, is that they all vend. But while the idea of selling something is right there in the name, beverage maker Suntory has created a new vending machine that isn’t interested in taking your money… Read

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Tokyo reports 19 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 236

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Sunday reported 19 new coronavirus cases, down 13 from Saturday and 21 down from last Sunday. It is the lowest figure so far this year. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 22, unchanged from Saturday, health officials said. The… Read

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Fukui nuclear unit halted after missing deadline on antiterror measures

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A nuclear reactor in central Japan's Fukui Prefecture was halted on Saturday, just four months after its restart as it could not meet a deadline set by regulators to implement antiterrorism measures. The suspension of Kansai Electric Power Co's Mihama No. 3 unit came ahead of the deadline on Monday… Read

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Part of Tokyo's busy Yamanote line suspended for 2 days for track switching work

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A section of Tokyo's Yamanote loop line was suspended Saturday due to track switching construction work slated to last through the weekend, the longest such suspension on the line since the launch of its operator JR East. Services on the inner loop between Ikebukuro and Osaki stations, which include the… Read

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Tokyo reports 32 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 285

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 32 new coronavirus cases, up six from Friday and 34 down from last Saturday. The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 22, up one from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 208, down nine from Friday.… Read

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