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Japan to fight ruling recognizing Hiroshima 'black rain' victims

August 12, 2020 - 22:08
The central government and Hiroshima local governments appealed Wednesday a landmark ruling last month by the Hiroshima District Court that had recognized more victims of radioactive “black rain,” caused by fallout from the atomic bombing of the city, as eligible for support. (Japan Times)
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Emperor, Empress meet with UN disarmament official

August 11, 2020 - 20:07
Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have held talks with the top disarmament affairs official of the United Nations. (NHK)
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Abe vows stepped-up measures against coronavirus

August 9, 2020 - 20:10
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says he will work to prevent the elderly and other vulnerable people from contracting the coronavirus to avoid declaring another state of emergency. (NHK)
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Japan OKs use of Y1.13 trillion in reserve funds to fight pandemic

August 7, 2020 - 04:22
The Cabinet on Friday earmarked ¥1.13 trillion in reserve funds to continue measures to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo governor urges citizens not to travel

August 6, 2020 - 23:26
The governor of Tokyo has called on residents to refrain from traveling to other prefectures during the summer holiday season, amid the continued rise in numbers of coronavirus infections in the capital. (NHK)
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Minato Ward assemblyman accused of indecent exposure

August 6, 2020 - 20:54
Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested an assemblyman for Tokyo’s Minato Ward on suspicion of indecent exposure in Kawasaki City on Thursday, reports NHK (Aug. 6). (
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Doctors in Japan caution against domestic travel amid COVID-19 resurgence

August 5, 2020 - 22:04
Japanese holidaymakers should refrain from domestic travel and regional governments should act independently to contain a resurgence of coronavirus infections, the country's top doctors' association said on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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Gargling solution flies off shelves after Osaka governor touts anti-virus effect

August 5, 2020 - 20:48
Japanese drugstores were stripped bare of gargling solution by Wednesday, a day after the governor of Osaka Prefecture suggested it could help fight coronavirus, triggering panicked buying reminiscent of the early days of mask shortages. (Japan Today)
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Hiroshima marks 75 years since atomic bombing

August 5, 2020 - 20:40
Hiroshima is marking the 75th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing. A ceremony will be held Thursday morning at Peace Memorial Park in the western Japanese city. (NHK)
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Japan to extend special employment subsidy for firms

August 5, 2020 - 05:00
Japan’s labour ministry is working to extend a special employment subsidy to help firms hit by the coronavirus pandemic that would keep furloughed workers on the payroll, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday. (Reuters)
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Virus cases are surging in Japan, and Abe may be bowing out

August 5, 2020 - 04:56
Japan’s tally of virus infections is shooting up faster than ever, and support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is sinking to new lows. (Bloomberg)
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Kobe makes TikTok account private over security concerns

August 5, 2020 - 04:48
The western Japanese city of Kobe has made its official TikTok account private amid growing security concerns, Nikkei has learned, in a sign of how the U.S. crackdown on the Chinese owner of the popular video-sharing app is rippling across the world. (Nikkei)
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Japan's COVID-19 relapse trumpets need for urgent economic action

August 2, 2020 - 21:37
That loud ticking sound emanating from Tokyo's political clock bodes the imminent explosion of costs resulting from Japan's tepid COVID-19 response. (Nikkei)
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Okinawa imposes state of emergency as coronavirus cases spike

August 2, 2020 - 12:45
Japan’s Okinawa island region has declared a state of emergency from August 1 to August 15, because of increasing COVID 19 cases. (
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PM Abe stops donning his much-touted government-sponsored mask

August 1, 2020 - 18:17
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday appeared for the first time in public since April without wearing his much-touted government-sponsored mask, which has been derided as a symbol of his administration's out-of-step policy against the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
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Japan pushes back budget surplus target by two years due to coronavirus

July 31, 2020 - 19:02
Japan on Friday pushed back its estimated return to a budget surplus by two years, due to the massive increase in spending needed to support the economy during the coronavirus and putting pressure on the nation’s massive debt burden. (
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Japan to lift ban on reselling face masks

July 31, 2020 - 19:00
The Japanese government said Friday it will lift a ban on reselling face masks and disinfectant as suppliers have ramped up production enough to resolve a nationwide shortage spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
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As Yen appreciates rapidly, Japan's Finance Minister sounds alarm bells

July 31, 2020 - 18:37
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso described the yen's recent rise as "rapid" on Friday, signalling concern that a strong currency could add pain to an export-led economy already in recession because of the novel coronavirus. (
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Ruling bloc agrees not to lower juvenile law age

July 31, 2020 - 03:17
A team of ruling coalition lawmakers agreed Thursday not to lower the age of people covered by the juvenile law to under 18 from under 20 at present. (Japan Times)
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Suga: Outbreak doesn't need emergency declaration

July 31, 2020 - 03:14
Japan's top government spokesperson says the coronavirus outbreak is continuing to expand across the country, but the situation does not require the government to declare a state of emergency again. (NHK)
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