Okinawa governor wants tougher action after 61 U.S. Marines infected with coronavirus


The governor of Japan's Okinawa island demanded a top U.S. military commander take tougher prevention measures and more transparency hours after officials were told that more than 60 Marines at two bases have been infected with the coronavirus over the past few days. Okinawan officials on Sunday reported the 61… Read


Tokyo Disney parks cancel Halloween, Christmas, other seasonal events


Like Disney properties in other countries, Tokyo Disney Resort owes its success to its ability to recreate the atmosphere of wonder and whimsy found in the animated worlds that serve as its inspiration. However, Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea have now achieved the ambition of countless holiday children’s movie villains by cancelling Christmas. The decision comes shortly… Read


Gov't eyes limits on dogs, cats kept by breeders to prevent abuse


Limits on the number of dogs and cats that can be kept by breeders and pet shops to ensure animals are properly cared for have been discussed by an Environment Ministry study group. Under the plan, a breeder could look after up to 15 dogs or 25 cats, while a… Read


Sendai training foreigners to be leaders in time of disasters


A local tourism association in northeastern Japan held a training session Saturday to prepare some foreign residents in the city to become leaders who can help others from overseas when natural disasters hit the area. The Sendai Tourism, Convention and International Association hopes foreign residents with good Japanese language skills… Read


Recovery efforts continue in southwest Japan after heavy rain


Recovery efforts continued Saturday in Japan's southwestern region of Kyushu, battered by torrential rain a week ago that caused deadly flooding and landslides, with at least 13 people still missing. The disaster has left 63 people confirmed dead, and more rain is expected across wide areas of the region. Assistance… Read


Tokyo reports 206 new coronavirus cases


Tokyo reported on Saturday 206 new coronavirus infections, topping the 200 mark for the third straight day, an official said. The single-day figure is down from the record of 243 set Friday, when Japan relaxed its guidelines for holding large sporting and other events, despite rising fears over a second… Read


Japan to begin Go To Travel Campaign on July 22


Japan will begin a subsidy campaign on July 22 to boost domestic tourism hit by the coronavirus, the tourism minister said, although concerns remain over a resurgence of infections. The Go To Travel Campaign will eventually subsidize up to half of expenses, including accommodation and transport fees, with the government… Read


Gov't urges Tokyo host, hostess clubs to act to stem coronavirus spikes


Authorities will conduct coronavirus testing in Tokyo's nightlife districts, where infections have surged again, and are urging nightclub hosts and hostess to follow advice on safely interacting with customers, officials said on Friday. Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who leads Japan's pandemic response, said after meeting Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike and… Read


Japan to discuss easing travel ban with China, S Korea, other countries


Japan is looking to begin discussions with around 10 countries and regions including China, South Korea and Taiwan next week on easing travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Japanese government sources said Friday. The talks are expected to prioritize allowing businesspeople to enter, with other… Read


Is that hand strap clean? Tokyo Metro sprays silver to fend off coronavirus


As global public transport operators look for ways to keep the coronavirus at bay on planes, trains and buses, one of Japan's biggest rail firms is betting on the anti-microbial properties of silver to keep passengers safe on the world's busiest subway. Tokyo's labyrinthine rail network of about 900 stations… Read

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