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Tourists in Japan cautious but upbeat amid virus outbreak

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As Japan deals with one of the worst outbreaks of a new coronavirus outside China, foreign tourists here remain largely confident -- for the moment -- that they will be safe in the country. There were over 70 confirmed cases in Japan as of Wednesday, the third highest number after… Read

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Influenza wave significantly wanes in Japan

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A wave of influenza has been significantly waning in Japan compared with the previous year, government data showed, as many people have become wary of infection with a new pneumonia-causing coronavirus raging in China. For the week through Feb 9, the number of reported influenza cases plunged more than 60… Read

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Gov't says 2 elderly people from cruise ship have died; another 2 officials infected with coronavirus

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The Japanese government said on Thursday that two people from the cruise ship berthed in Japan, both in their 80s, have died from coronavirus infections and that another two government officials have tested positive for the infection. One of the officials was from the Health Ministry and the other from… Read

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Professor denies he was pressured to remove videos on virus-hit ship

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A Japanese infection control expert removed YouTube videos Thursday in which he criticized the handling of the coronavirus outbreak on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, saying the situation had improved. In a Twitter post, Kentaro Iwata, a professor at Kobe University Hospital, said, "I removed my YouTube… Read

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'Bureaucrats were in charge': Japanese doctor blasts ship quarantine

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A Japanese infectious disease specialist has castigated his government's handling of quarantine on a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, saying it was run by "bureaucrats" who stoked the crisis by failing to follow basic protocols. On Wednesday, Japanese authorities announced 79 more cases, bringing the total of infected cases on the ship… Read

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Cats in Kanagawa Prefecture can now get digital resident cards

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Kanagawa Prefecture, Tokyo’s neighbor to the south, is home to 9.2 million people, just about all of whom have a form of ID. It may be a driver’s license, a student ID, or a resident card, but there’s some sort of document that says “This is who I am.” And… Read

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No.of foreign visitors to Japan falls for 4th straight month in January

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The number of foreign visitors to Japan fell for the fourth straight month in January as the impact of a South Korean boycott continued to weigh, with further, sharper falls expected ahead as the coronavirus keeps away Chinese travelers. Total foreign arrivals, which include tourism and business arrivals, declined 1.1%… Read

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80-year-old U.S. couple smiles through virus quarantine in Japan

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Two elderly American passengers, quarantined in Japan with the new coronavirus, learned on Wednesday they were still carrying the virus even after their expected quarantine period had ended. Their reaction: a shrug and grin. Clyde and Renee Smith, both 80, were separated from their grandsons and taken off the Diamond… Read

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Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends

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Hundreds of passengers began leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday after the end of a much-criticized, two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of a new virus among passengers and crew. Results were still pending for some passengers who've been tested for the coronavirus that has infected tens… Read

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65-year-old pedestrian fatally hit by bus in Yokohama

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A 65-year-old man died after being hit by a municipal bus in Yokohama City on Tuesday night. According to police, the accident occurred just past 6:30 p.m. at an intersection in the city’s Tsuruya-cho district, Fuji TV reported Keisuke Saito, a self-employed resident of Kanagawa Ward, was struck by the… Read

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