Restaurant, bar owners worry about tighter COVID-19 steps


Owners of restaurants and bars in Tokyo, as well as the prefectures of Kyoto and Okinawa, have expressed worries after they were added by the government on Friday to the list of areas subject to stricter anti-virus measures. Amid a sharp rebound in infections, the governors of Tokyo and the… Read


Tokyo reports 570 coronavirus cases; 918 in Osaka


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 570 new cases of the coronavirus, up 33 from Friday, while Osaka recorded a record high 918. In Tokyo, the number (347 men and 223 women) is the result of 7,714 tests conducted on April 7. By age group, people in their 20s… Read


Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection


The Japanese government is poised to release treated radioactive water accumulated at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea despite opposition from fishermen, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. It will hold a meeting of related ministers as early as Tuesday to formally decide on the plan, a… Read


Japan pushes stricter enforcement over teacher, student SNS contact


Japan's education ministry on Friday pushed for stricter enforcement against the use of personal communication via social media between teachers and students, in the wake of some educators being disciplined for sexual misconduct. The ministry said it will send a notice, the first of its kind, to prefectural education boards… Read


'Izakaya' bankruptcies hit record high


The number of Japan's izakaya (dining bars) that went bankrupt hit a record high in the year that ended in March, a sign some service-sector firms are being left behind even as the economy emerges from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic. A rebound in global growth and domestic consumption… Read


Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics


As sports fans count down to the start of the Tokyo Olympics in July, the eyes of LGBT+ activists are firmly focused on Japan's parliament, with the goal of using the global spotlight to end discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender people. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition… Read


Japan strengthens anti-virus measures in Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa


Japan announced Friday that it will raise the coronavirus alert level in Tokyo to allow tougher measures to curb the rapid spread of a more contagious variant ahead of the Summer Olympics. Japan's national vaccination drive has lagged and most people in the capital still have not been inoculated as… Read


21 Japan infection research center officials hold party


A group of 21 people at Japan's national infection research center attended a farewell party in mid-March, when a state of emergency over the coronavirus was still in place in Tokyo and neighboring areas, according to health ministry officials. "Although measures against infections were appropriately taken, it aroused public mistrust,"… Read


Tokyo reports 537 coronavirus cases; 883 cases in Osaka


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 537 new cases of the coronavirus, down eight from Thursday. Osaka recorded 883 cases, surpassing 800 for the third day in a row. In Tokyo, the number (307 men and 230 women) is the result of 7,657 tests conducted on April 6. By… Read


COVID-19 patient in Japan receives world's first lung transplant from living donors


Doctors in Japan announced Thursday they have successfully performed the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a patient with severe lung damage from COVID-19. The recipient, identified only as a woman from Japan's western region of Kansai, is recovering after the nearly 11-hour operation on Wednesday,… Read

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