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International runners unlikely at Tokyo Olympic torch relay
Tokyo, Feb 25 (IANS) International runners will be unlikely to take part in the Olympic torch relay to start on March 25, organisers said here on Thursday. Tokyo 2020 chief operating officer Yukihiko Nunomura said at a news conference that foreign tourists and other short-term visitors have been barred from entering Japan because of COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
2021-02-25
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Japan's cabinet green-lights bill to ratify RCEP trade deal
Tokyo, Feb 25 (IANS) Japan's cabinet on Wednesday green-lit a Bill to ratify a free trade deal (FTA) signed last year by 15 Asia-Pacific countries.
2021-02-25
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy,Politics
Tokyo stocks close higher on bargain hunting
Tokyo, Feb 22 (IANS) Tokyo stocks closed higher on Monday, bringing an end to a three-day losing streak, as investors picked up bargains following the market's recent decline, with the risk appetite towards high-tech issues improving on hopes for US stimulus to further help reboot the pandemic-hit economy.
2021-02-22
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan instructs domestic carriers to ground Boeing 777s
Tokyo, Feb 22 (IANS) Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has ordered domestic carriers to halt flights of Boeing 777s after an incident involving the aircraft sparked concern, local media reported Monday.
2021-02-22
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan kicks off nationwide Covid vaccination drive
Tokyo, Feb 17 (IANS) Japan on Wednesday launched its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive in which priority will be given to the medical workers.
2021-02-17
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine,Politics
Tokyo stocks close lower after hitting 30-year high
Tokyo, Feb 17 (IANS) Tokyo stocks closed lower on Wednesday, as investors opted to take profits following the benchmark Nikkei stock index's fresh 30-year closing high the previous day, although losses were capped by the country's first vaccine rollout.
2021-02-17
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy,Politics
Japan's economy shrinks 4.8% due to Covid in 2020
Tokyo, Feb 15 (IANS) Japan's economy surged in the fourth quarter of 2020 but it was not enough to keep the world's third largest economy away from negative growth for the year as the economy shrank 4.8 per cent due to Covid-triggered crises -- the first contraction since 2009.
2021-02-15
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy
Covid-19: Pfizer vaccine gets final nod in Japan
Tokyo, Feb 15 (IANS) The Japanese government has approved its first vaccine against the Covid-19, kick-starting a massive rollout programme for the country of 126 million people.
2021-02-15
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
30 injured in massive Japan earthquake (Ld)
Tokyo, Feb 14 (IANS) At least 30 people were injured after a massive earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck Japan's Fukushima prefecture, authorities said on Sunday.
2021-02-14
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife,Politics
No tsunami warning issued after 7.1-magnitude quake in Fukushima
Tokyo, Feb 14 (IANS) No tsunami warning has been issued after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck off Japan's northeastern Fukushima Prefecture late Saturday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
2021-02-14
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident
7.1 magnitude quake hits off Japan's Fukushima Prefecture
Tokyo, Feb 13 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter Scale struck off Japan's northeastern Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday night, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
2021-02-13
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori resigns over sexism row
Tokyo, Feb 12 (IANS) Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Yoshiro Mori announced his resignation on Friday due to protests over his sexist remarks about women last week.
2021-02-12
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori to quit over sexist remarks
Tokyo, Feb 11 (IANS) Tokyo 2020 organising committee president Yoshiro Mori will resign over his controversial remarks about women, media reports said here on Thursday.
2021-02-11
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Japanese submarine seriously damaged in collision: Officials
Tokyo, Feb 10 (IANS) Officials from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) said that one of their submarines that collided with a commercial vessel off the western coast of the country has been damaged more than initially thought.
2021-02-10
Category: International, Japan,Defence/Security,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Japanese submarine collides with commercial vessel
Tokyo, Feb 9 (IANS) A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (SDF) submarine collided with a commercial vessel in the Pacific Ocean off the western main island of Shikoku, injuring three crewmembers on the submarine, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.
2021-02-09
Category: International, Japan,Defence/Security,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Japan's local Governors urge govt to present vaccine plan
Tokyo, Feb 7 (IANS) The Governors of Japan's prefectures have urged the central government to roll out its Covid-19 vaccine plan quickly as there is very little information on the country's inoculation drive against the virus.
2021-02-07
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan's bullet train operator begins trial run of 'office car'
Tokyo, Feb 6 (IANS) As the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging across Japan, a Shinkansen bullet train operator has started a trial run of an "office car" for passengers, in an effort to boost demand amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
2021-02-06
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Green tea, coffee may lower CVD risk for stroke survivors
Tokyo, Feb 4 (IANS) Drinking green tea may help reduce multiple causes of death and prevent further cardiovascular problems among stroke and heart attack survivors, a new study suggests.
2021-02-04
Category: International, Japan,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Japan's emergency period be extended to March 7: PM
Tokyo, Feb 2 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday announced that he will extend the state of emergency for Tokyo and other regions hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic by a month until March 7.
2021-02-02
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Tokyo logs nearly 40,000 Covid-19 cases in Jan
Tokyo, Feb 1 (IANS) The Japanese capital city of Tokyo logged nearly 40,000 new Covid-19 cases in January, marking a record that doubled the number of infections in the previous month, figures released by the metropolitan government revealed.
2021-02-01
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
Japan set to extend state of emergency
Tokyo, Jan 31 (IANS) Japan is set to extend the state of emergency over the raging Covid-19 pandemic, as Tokyo and other surrounding areas continue to register a high number of confirmed cases, according to authorities.
2021-01-31
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Olympics without spectators among options, says Games chief
Tokyo, Jan 30 (IANS) Holding the Tokyo Olympics without spectators is one of the scenarios that the Games organising committee is evaluating, the committee's president Yoshiro Mori said.
2021-01-30
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Japan Governors discuss extending emergency period
Tokyo, Jan 30 (IANS) The Governors of the Japanese capital Tokyo and its three neighbouring prefectures met during which they discussed a possible extension of the incumbent state of emergency due to an unabated increase in new Covid-19 cases.
2021-01-30
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan's unemployment rate rises for 1st time in 11 yrs
Tokyo, Jan 29 (IANS) The availability of jobs in Japan in 2020 marked the sharpest fall in 45 years, while the country's unemployment rate increased for the first time in 11 years, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the government said in a report on Friday.
2021-01-29
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan ditches plan to jail Covid-19 patients refusing hospitalisation
Tokyo, Jan 29 (IANS) A plan to introduce prison sentences for Covid-19 patients in Japan refusing to be hospitalised has been abandoned by both the ruling and main opposition parties following criticism that the punishment was too severe.
2021-01-29
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan approves 3rd extra budget to bolster anti-virus measures
Tokyo, Jan 29 (IANS) The Japanese parliament has approved a third extra budget for fiscal 2020 with the 19.18 trillion yen ($185 billion) allocation to fund further measures to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-01-29
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Have IOC's full support for holding Games: Tokyo Olympics chief
Tokyo, Jan 28 (IANS) Tokyo Olympics organising committee president Yoshiro Mori said here on Thursday that they have been guaranteed full support by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach.
2021-01-28
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Restart date for Tokyo Olympic test events postponed by a month
Tokyo, Jan 28 (IANS) The restart date for the Tokyo Olympic test events has been postponed by one month from March 4 to April 3, organisers announced here on Thursday.
2021-01-28
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Japan's PM holds 1st phone conversation with Biden
Tokyo, Jan 28 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga spoke with new US President Joe Biden over the phone on Thursday, which was their first conversation since the American leader was inaugurated on January 20.
2021-01-28
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Vaccines decisive for Tokyo Olympics, says Bill Gates
Tokyo, Jan 27 (IANS) The progress of vaccine distribution will play a decisive role on whether the Tokyo Olympic Games can be held or not, Microsoft Co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said.
2021-01-27
Category: International, Japan,Technology,Health/Medicine
Dry run for Covid vaccination begins in Japan
Tokyo, Jan 27 (IANS) A dry run for the Covid-19 vaccination began in Japan's Kawasaki near Tokyo on Wednesday, as the country prepares to roll out the inoculation drive by late February.
2021-01-27
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine,Politics
Japan to conduct 'long overdue' mass Covid-19 testing
Tokyo, Jan 26 (IANS) The Japanese government is prepping to conduct mass Covid-19 testing which has been "long overdue", as the country's overall caseload has increased to 369,197, while the death toll stood at 5,207.
2021-01-26
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
No plan B, Tokyo Olympics on schedule, says IOC chief Bach
Tokyo, Jan 21 (IANS) International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach pledged on Thursday that the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled. Bach said that IOC is committed to conducting the Games and has "no plan B" although scepticism over the feasibility of the Olympics has increased both in Japan and overseas because of the rise in Covid-19 cases.
2021-01-21
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Japan witnesses largest foreign arrivals' decline in 56 yrs
Tokyo, Jan 21 (IANS) The number of foreign visitors arriving in Japan in 2020 plummeted 87.1 per cent from a year earlier, marking the largest decline in 56 years when comparable record keeping began, it was announced.
2021-01-21
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan to receive Pfizer vaccine for 72 mn people
Tokyo, Jan 21 (IANS) The Japanese government has signed agreements with US pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. to receive the drugmaker's Covid-19 vaccine doses enough for a total of 72 million people within this year, the Health Ministry said.
2021-01-21
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
Expert sees high-quality development of China's economy
Tokyo, Jan 20 (IANS) Official data from China showed Monday that the country's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 2.3 per cent year on year in 2020.
2021-01-20
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy,Politics
Japan PM makes 1st policy speech, vows to curb Covid resurgence
Tokyo, Jan 18 (IANS) In his first-ever policy speech since taking office last September, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday outlined his determination to contain the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
2021-01-18
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japanese Parliament starts regular session
Tokyo, Jan 18 (IANS) Japan's Diet or Parliament on Monday started a 150-day regular session, during which the government plans to submit bills including the revision of the special law on Covid-19 pandemic to better combat the outbreak as well as legislation on establish a new digital agency.
2021-01-18
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan Covid hospitalisations at record high
Tokyo, Jan 18 (IANS) The number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients with serious symptoms in Japan has topped 970, marking a record high since the onset of the pandemic in the country, authorities said.
2021-01-18
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
Momota resumes training after testing Covid positive
Tokyo, Jan 16 (IANS) Kento Momota, the world's top-ranked men's singles badminton player, has resumed training 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19.
2021-01-16
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Badminton
Japan to suspend entry of all non-resident foreign nationals
Tokyo, Jan 14 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said the entry of all non-resident foreign nationals into the country will be suspended as part of a coordinated effort to curb the further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-01-14
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan to suspend entry of non-resident foreign nationals
Tokyo, Jan 13 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday said the entry of all non-resident foreign nationals into the country will be suspended as part of a coordinated effort to curb the further spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-01-13
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Walk in green spaces to reduce work-related stress
Tokyo, Jan 13 (IANS) If you have work related stress, then taking a stroll in green spaces may help you in improving your mental health and managing stress, a new study suggests.
2021-01-13
Category: International, Japan,Lifestyle/Fashion,Health/Medicine
Japan to expand Covid emergency to seven more prefectures
Tokyo, Jan 13 (IANS) With the Covid-19 pandemic worsening in areas of Japan beyond the capital, the government is expected to extend the nation's second state of emergency on Wednesday to cover seven more prefectures, officials said.
2021-01-13
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
Japan PM set to expand virus emergency
Tokyo, Jan 12 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is set to expand a state of emergency against the Covid-19 pandemic for the Greater Tokyo area to include Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures, informed sources said on Tuesday.
2021-01-12
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
13 dead, 250 injured as record snowfall blankets Japan
Tokyo, Jan 12 (IANS) At least 13 people died and around 250 others injured as record snowfall blanketed regions along the coast of the Sea of Japan coast, according to the latest report by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
2021-01-12
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
Majority of Japanese want Tokyo Olympics canceled or postponed: Poll
Tokyo, Jan 10 (IANS) A latest opinion poll has shown that more than 80 per cent of respondents think that the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games should either be cancelled or postponed again.
2021-01-10
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Olympics torch exhibition postponed to prevent spread of Covid-19
Tokyo, Jan 7 (IANS) The exhibition of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics torches across the greater Tokyo area has been postponed due to the worsening situation of the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-01-07
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Japan's sumo superstar Hakuho tests positive for Covid-19
Tokyo, Jan 6 (IANS) Sumo grand champion Yokozuna Hakuho has become the latest Japanese star sportsman to test positive for coronavirus, the Japanese Sumo Association (JSA) has said.
2021-01-06
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Japan mulls declaring another state of emergency in Tokyo: PM
Tokyo, Jan 4 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that his government was mulling the declaration of another state of emergency in Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures due to an unabated Covid-19 resurgence in those areas.
2021-01-04
Category: International, Japan,Politics