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Japan set to miss booster target as omicron muddles rollout plan

January 26, 2022 - 18:52
Japan is set to miss a target to give COVID-19 booster shots to almost 15 million people this month after the fast spread of the omicron variant threw initial rollout plans into disarray. (Japan Times)
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Japan moves to focus resources on severe COVID-19 patients

January 26, 2022 - 03:43
The rapid rise in omicron cases has prompted moves to concentrate medical resources on severely ill patients, amid worries that the health care system will once again be put under dire strain. (Japan Times)
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China to lose 4 decade old financial help from Japan

January 25, 2022 - 06:20
The program, Official Development Assistance (ODA), was implemented in December 1979 and has played a major role in China’s economic growth. (China Reports - The BL)
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Japan eyes evacuating nationals in Ukraine amid military tensions

January 24, 2022 - 22:13
Japan is considering evacuating its nationals in Ukraine amid fears of an imminent Russian invasion, Japanese government sources said Monday, following such an order by the United States to family members of its embassy staff. (Kyodo)
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Japan to expand COVID measures to over 30 of 47 prefectures

January 24, 2022 - 22:00
Japan will likely expand a quasi-state of emergency to over 30 of the country's 47 prefectures to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus infections after 18 prefectures asked to be included under the measure, senior government officials said Monday. (Nikkei)
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Incumbent wins in Nago mayoral election

January 24, 2022 - 06:43
Incumbent Mayor Toguchi Taketoyo of Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture, supported by ruling parties, has secured his re-election in Sunday's vote. (NHK)
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New US ambassador to Japan arrives in Tokyo

January 24, 2022 - 00:05
The new US Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, arrived in Tokyo on Sunday. (NHK)
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Japan's surge in cases pushes up demand for tests

January 24, 2022 - 00:02
Japan's daily coronavirus infections topped 50,000 for the second day in a row on Sunday, as surging cases at schools and workplaces prompted more people to seek tests at community clinics. (NHK)
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Former lawmaker Anri Kawai taken to Tokyo hospital after overdosing on sleeping pills

January 21, 2022 - 18:34
Former House of Councillors lawmaker Anri Kawai was taken to a hospital in Tokyo by an ambulance after overdosing on sleeping pills on Thursday, police sources said Friday. (Japan Times)
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Japan approves COVID vaccine plan for age 5 to 11

January 21, 2022 - 06:13
Japan's health ministry has approved a plan to expand its coronavirus vaccine rollout program to include children aged 5 to 11. (NHK)
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How Kishida is inching Japan towards a more China-friendly stance

January 20, 2022 - 14:46
Fumio Kishida, Japan’s new prime minister, may become the nation’s first leader in the post-Cold-War era to not have visited Washington in the first 10 months of his term, without a specific reason. (
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Japan PM: Abenomics did not create sustainable economy

January 19, 2022 - 01:44
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday that steps taken under former premier Shinzo Abe's "Abenomics" policy of massive monetary and fiscal stimulus were not enough to create a sustainable and inclusive economy. (
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North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile, Japan strongly condemns missile launch

January 18, 2022 - 00:42
In the fourth missile test this year, North Korea has fired two suspected shot range ballistic missiles. South Korea's military reported that the missiles were fired from an airport in Pyongyang; Japan government also reported the launch. (WION)
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Tokyo area seeks intensive coronavirus measures

January 18, 2022 - 00:35
Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures want a new tool to fight surging coronavirus cases. Their leaders will ask the central government to announce a quasi-emergency. (NHK)
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Japan faces stern diplomatic tests this year, says PM Kishida in policy speech

January 17, 2022 - 18:29
This year will be one that severely tests Japan's diplomatic mettle, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in a policy speech on Monday (Jan 17), in a nod to the delicate balancing act he faces between the United States and China. (
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Japan Donates 700,000 AstraZeneca Jabs to Iran

January 17, 2022 - 00:23
ran received 700,000 AstraZeneca vaccine shots from Japan over Friday and Saturday as part of the country’s pledge to increase donations in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. (
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U.S. and Japan to jointly stockpile munitions, including near Taiwan

January 16, 2022 - 04:41
The U.S. and Japan are discussing stockpiling munitions in each other's defense facilities across Japan, including islands in Taiwan's vicinity, to prepare for contingencies, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
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Japan considers shortening self-quarantine period

January 13, 2022 - 15:02
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio says the government will consider shortening the self-quarantine period for people who have been in close contact with those who have tested positive for the coronavirus. (NHK)
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Japan unveils latest anti-COVID steps

January 12, 2022 - 02:34
The Japanese government has unveiled its latest set of anti-coronavirus measures, as the Omicron variant continues to spread. The plan includes moving up the vaccine schedule to give people their third shots earlier. (NHK)
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N.Korea launches 'more advanced' missile less than week after hypersonic test

January 11, 2022 - 19:38
North Korea appeared to test fire a ballistic missile on Tuesday that may be more capable than the "hypersonic missile" it launched less than a week earlier, South Korea's military said, as Pyongyang pursues increasingly advanced weapons. (Reuters)
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