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1st nationwide survey sheds light on young carers in Japan

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Yukiko Okimura was just 11 years old when her mother, a single parent, was left paralyzed by a traffic accident on her way to work in Kanagawa Prefecture, west of Tokyo, in 2001. A tragic upheaval already in the life of any elementary school kid, what made it doubly transformative… Read

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Strong wind gusts damage 92 buildings in central Japan

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A total of 97 structures in a central Japan city were confirmed to be damaged Sunday, a day after strong gusts of wind wreaked havoc in the area, although there were no reports of serious injuries, according to local officials. Meteorological authorities said they are investigating the possibility of tornadoes… Read

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Clothes in Japan help emit 95 mil tons of CO2 a year, mostly overseas

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Clothing items sold in Japan contribute to generating over 95 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, mostly emitted during the manufacturing process overseas, a government estimate has showed. The process of manufacturing and transporting clothes is estimated to produce 90.09 million tons of CO2 or 94.6 percent of the… Read

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Tokyo reports 879 new coronavirus cases; 1,057 in Osaka

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Sunday reported 879 new coronavirus cases, down 171 from Saturday. Osaka recorded 1,057 new cases, surpassing 1,000 for the sixth straight day. People in their 20s (233 cases), their 30s (162) and their 40s (133) accounted for the highest numbers, while 127 cases were aged… Read

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Up to 300 people per day breaking self-quarantine pledge in Japan

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Up to around 300 people every day, who had pledged to self-isolate upon arrival into Japan as part of measures to contain the novel coronavirus, could not be confirmed to be in their quarantine location or were found to be some distance away, the health ministry and a contracted medical… Read

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Fewer people traveling during Golden Week amid virus spike

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Japan's Golden Week holiday period began in earnest on Saturday, but the first day of five consecutive vacation days was relatively quiet in major areas as measures against COVID-19 dissuaded many people from traveling. With Tokyo now under a third state of emergency following a resurgence of coronavirus infections, large… Read

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80% supportive of reigning empress as pool of heirs shrinks: poll

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About 80 percent of respondents in a recent Kyodo News poll said they would accept both a reigning empress and an emperor descending from a female member of the imperial family amid a shrinking number of heirs. The results of the mail survey conducted in March and April were broadly… Read

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Regulators explore new methods to evaluate vaccines for latecomers

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A cross-border coalition of medicines regulators has begun exploring alternatives to large-scale clinical trials in evaluating the efficacy and safety of coronavirus vaccines, as it is becoming difficult for latecomers to secure enough study participants. If the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities finds other effective ways, drugmakers in Japan… Read

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Tokyo reports 1,050 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,262 in Osaka

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 1,050 new coronavirus cases, up 352 from Friday. The number is the result of 7,903 tests conducted on Thursday. Osaka Prefecture reported a record-high 1,262 cases and 41 deaths. In Tokyo, people in their 20s (272 cases), their 30s (220) and their 40s… Read

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Cruise ship returns to Yokohama after one passenger tests positive for COVID-19

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A Japanese cruise ship returned to Yokohama port Saturday after a passenger tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The infected man in his 60s from Tokyo and a female family member, who tested negative, disembarked from the Asuka II along with all other passengers and headed for Tokyo. According to… Read

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