Governors seek compensation for business closures due to virus

Japan Politics News - April 8, 2020 - 23:54
Japanese governors urged the state on Wednesday to compensate businesses so they can comply with requests to halt operations and cancel events in order to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, but the central government rejected the call. (Japan Today)
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Behind the scenes, an LDP power struggle over record-size economic package

Japan Politics News - April 8, 2020 - 23:51
As the Cabinet approved on Tuesday a record-breaking ¥108 trillion emergency stimulus package in response to COVID-19 ravaging the nation’s economy, the deep-seated rivalries it has amplified within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party were hidden from view. (Japan Times)
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Japan set for deep recession after coronavirus emergency declared

Japan Business News - April 8, 2020 - 23:32
The declaration of a state of emergency in Japan has prompted economists to slash forecasts for three months from April to June. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo local governments split on shutting nurseries in virus emergency

Japan Education News - April 8, 2020 - 23:26
Municipalities in Tokyo are divided over whether to close the nurseries they operate after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency Tuesday over the virus crisis. (Japan Times)
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Nintendo suspends Switch game console shipments

Japan Business News - April 8, 2020 - 23:22
Japan's Nintendo Co. has suspended domestic shipments of its popular Nintendo Switch video game console due to a production delay caused by the coronavirus outbreak, company officials said Wednesday. (Japan Times)
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Mitsubishi Motors to temporarily shut Japan plant operations amid virus outbreak

Japan Business News - April 8, 2020 - 23:18
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday it will lay off around 6,500 workers at three domestic factories that have been or will be temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Japan Times)
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Western media skeptical about Japan's declaration

Japan Politics News - April 8, 2020 - 23:16
US media are skeptical about the effectiveness of the state of emergency that Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo declared on Tuesday. They questioned whether the timing was right and pointed out that there are no penalties for noncompliance. (NHK)
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Kyoto Univ. doctors ordered to self-isolate

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 8, 2020 - 23:14
Kyoto University Hospital in western Japan says it ordered 116 staff members to isolate themselves at home because they dined out or traveled, despite instructions not to do so. (NHK)
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Man given 5-year term for shooting ex-agriculture minister over money trouble

Japan Society News - April 7, 2020 - 22:39
A Japanese court sentenced an 83-year-old man to five years in prison on Tuesday for shooting a former agriculture minister and high school classmate with a gun and injuring him in the northeastern prefecture of Iwate last December while disputing over decades-old money trouble. (Japan Today)
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Support groups fear domestic violence spike amid calls for people to stay home

Japan Education News - April 7, 2020 - 22:35
Support groups and individuals in Japan have raised the alarm that measures to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus in Japan may fuel domestic violence, as victims remain stuck at home with no avenues of escape. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo moves mild-symptom patients to hotel

Japan Politics News - April 7, 2020 - 22:32
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has begun moving people who have tested positive for the new coronavirus but have only mild or no symptoms to a hotel. (NHK)
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Trains to run as usual, some retailers to shorten hours during state of emergency

Japan Society News - April 7, 2020 - 22:30
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared on Tuesday night a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus after an alarming growth in cases in urban areas. (Japan Today)
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Abe: No police crackdown on non-essential outings

Japan Politics News - April 7, 2020 - 22:28
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says he intends to call on people to stay home even though there will be no police crackdown on violations. (NHK)
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Cabinet approves record economic aid package

Japan Politics News - April 7, 2020 - 22:13
Japan's Cabinet has approved emergency economic measures of record proportions to deal with the impact of the coronavirus. The package is worth about 108 trillion yen, or one trillion dollars. The government plans to issue additional bonds to help fund the spending. (NHK)
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Drinking water precautions and family health: Critical things to know

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 6, 2020 - 22:38
Water is life! Your family relies on water in many ways particularly to promote good health. As such, one has to take all precautions for drinking water and water used for cooking. (
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Japanese language students unable to enter Japan

Japan Education News - April 6, 2020 - 22:33
Japanese language schools in the country are unable to welcome new overseas students as the government has invalidated visas issued in more than 170 nations due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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Pop group Arashi releases hand-washing video

Japan Society News - April 6, 2020 - 22:32
Japanese pop group Arashi has released a video encouraging people to wash their hands amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Today)
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36-year-old political newcomer becomes Japan's youngest female mayor

Japan Politics News - April 6, 2020 - 22:29
A 36-year-old political newcomer has become Japan's youngest-ever female mayor after winning the Tokushima mayoral election on Sunday, according to Japan's city mayors' association. (Japan Today)
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What will life in Japan under a state of emergency look like?

Japan Society News - April 6, 2020 - 22:22
A state of emergency is set to be declared in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures -- areas most heavily hit by the spread of the coronavirus. So how will life change for residents? (Japan Today)
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Tokyo running out of beds and gear, medical staff say

Japan Sci-Tech News - April 6, 2020 - 22:13
As Japan faces a fresh wave of coronavirus infections and the government prepares for a state of emergency, medical staff say a shortage of beds and a rise in cases linked to hospitals are pushing Tokyo's medical system to the brink of collapse. (Japan Today)
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