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Barbers, 'izakaya,' dept stores, DIY shops to be off Tokyo's closure request list


The Tokyo metropolitan government is arranging to allow barbers and do-it-yourself and hardware stores to operate as usual, a source familiar with the plan said Thursday, as the capital, under a state of emergency, seeks to narrow down its list of business suspensions. Department stores, outdoor sports facilities and izakaya,… Read


5G expected to drive new businesses, spark tech advances


The advantages of the 5G wireless network recently launched in Japan are likely to show up most in commercial applications, sparking dramatic technological advances in various areas including autonomous vehicles and health care within a few years, analysts say. Now known mostly for allowing faster downloading of videos and a… Read


Record 16.8 million Americans out of work due to coronavirus


A staggering 16.8 million Americans lost their jobs in just three weeks in a measure of how fast the coronavirus has brought world economies to their knees. New York state reported a record-breaking number of dead for a third straight day, 799. More than 7,000 people have died in the state, accounting… Read


Biden woos skeptical Sanders backers on health, college debt


Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled plans to expand eligibility for Medicare and forgive college debt for millions of Americans, as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee attempts to unify his party by courting progressives who lost their top choice when Bernie Sanders left the presidential race. Biden's swift move to shore… Read


Man arrested for vandalism after Tokyo gym remains open


A man has been arrested in Tokyo for allegedly breaking an entrance door at a sports club that remained open despite the state of emergency declared due to the new coronavirus outbreak, police said Thursday. The 43-year-old, who has not been identified by the police, was arrested around 10:50 p.m.… Read


Senators block new virus aid; Pelosi decries 'stunt'


The U.S. Senate twisted itself into knots Thursday over President Donald Trump’s new coronavirus aid request, as Democrats refused to rubber stamp his proposal for $250 billion more to boost small businesses, demanding modifications along with an additional $250 billion for health care providers and states. Republicans wouldn’t go along.… Read


British PM Johnson leaves intensive care; remains under observation


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson left intensive care on Thursday evening as he continues to recover from COVID-19, but he remains under close observation in hospital, his office said on Thursday. Johnson, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital on Sunday evening with a persistent high temperature and cough, and… Read


Gov't considers wider state of emergency as more prefectures seek inclusion


The Japanese government is considering an expansion of its state of emergency declared earlier this week amid the coronavirus outbreak to include other areas of the country as some prefectures also seek to be covered by the emergency measures, a government official said Thursday. While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared… Read


Uniqlo operator slashes profit outlook


Fast Retailing, owner of casual clothing chain Uniqlo, forecast a 44% fall in full-year (September-August) profit after the coronavirus outbreak hit sales in China and dealt a setback to its ambitions of conquering the U.S. and European markets. The pandemic briefly disrupted Uniqlo’s supply chain throughout China and forced it… Read


Drive-through services expand in Japan as coronavirus spreads


Drive-through services in Japan, once limited mainly to take-out meals, have begun to include tests for the new coronavirus and face-mask distribution as the country battles the virus pandemic. For food service operators, meanwhile, drive-through offers hope for retaining customers as people increasingly practice social distancing and avoid conventional outlets.… Read

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