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Japan to halt entry of all nonresident foreign nationals

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Japan will suspend the entry of all nonresident foreign nationals into the country as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday. The government last month halted new entries worldwide, except business travelers and students from Taiwan and 10 Asian… Read

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Japan to expand virus state of emergency beyond Tokyo as cases top 300,000

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in seven additional prefectures, including Osaka and Aichi, expanding the measure as Japan's cumulative total of coronavirus cases topped 300,000 amid a recent spike in infections. Along with the Tokyo metropolitan area, which came under a state of emergency… Read

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Tokyo reports 1,433 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,871

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 1,433 new cases of the coronavirus, up 463 from Tuesday. The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 78,566. The number is the result of 2,684 tests conducted on Jan 10. By age group, the most number of cases were people in their 20s… Read

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Last trains in Tokyo area to leave earlier to help stem virus surge

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East Japan Railway Co (JR East) said Wednesday that last trains of the day will depart earlier for the time being in the Tokyo metropolitan area starting Jan 20 to stem the spread of the resurgent coronavirus. The move will affect 11 lines run by the operator, also known as… Read

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Gov't to support suppliers of eateries hit by virus emergency

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The government said Tuesday it will pay up to 400,000 yen to suppliers hit by plunging sales due to client restaurants and bars cutting opening hours under the fresh round of coronavirus emergency declared in Tokyo and its vicinity. The one-off financial aid targets businesses such as those supplying chopsticks,… Read

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Pet ownership in Japan on the rise amid pandemic

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With the coronavirus pandemic restricting human interaction, pet ownership has shot up in Japan as people hunger for companionship in stressful times. But some animal rights groups warn that the surge could be setting up a dire situation for many of the newly bought pets once peoples' lives return to… Read

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Tokyo reports 970 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,535

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 970 new cases of the coronavirus, down 249 from Monday. The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 77,133. The number is the result of 8,554 tests conducted on Jan 9. By age group, the most number of cases were people in their 20s… Read

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Gov't to expand state of emergency to cover Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday told executives of his ruling party that he plans to expand a state of emergency declared over the coronavirus pandemic to cover Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures amid a resurgence of infections in western Japan. The governors of Aichi and Gifu also plan to… Read

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Japanese mother, 3 children die in house fire in Australia

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A Japanese mother and her three children died in a house fire in Australia over the weekend, local media reported Monday. The bodies of Kaoru Okano and her three daughters -- aged 3, 5 and 7 -- were reportedly found huddled together in the second-story bathroom of their home in… Read

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Young Japanese celebrate Coming-of-Age Day under COVID's shadow

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Young women in colorful traditional costumes, masks and white stoles braved cold weather in lines and sat seats apart from one another in Yokohama on Monday to mark Japan's Coming-of-Age Day, even though the city is under a state of emergency. The ceremonies, typically full of kimono-clad women and smartly-dressed… Read

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