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Japan experts decline to raise alert, as virus 'not yet prevalent'

February 16, 2020 - 20:56
The coronavirus outbreak remains at an initial stage in Japan, an expert panel under the health ministry said Sunday, choosing not to raise the country's alert level that would have allowed for a more aggressive response. (Nikkei)
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Unmarried single parents find an unlikely ally in scrap over tax deduction

February 16, 2020 - 18:03
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party submitted an amendment to the Diet in January to expand the “widow’s deduction” covering single parents who have never been married. (Japan Times)
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Approval rate for Japan PM Abe's Cabinet logs sharpest fall in 2 years

February 16, 2020 - 17:58
The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet stands at 41.0 percent, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday, down 8.3 points from the previous poll in January and marking the sharpest fall in nearly two years amid yet another cronyism scandal. (Kyodo)
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Japan launches emergency anti-coronavirus package

February 13, 2020 - 18:46
The Japanese government has launched a 136-million-dollar package to fight the coronavirus outbreak. It includes funds for the development of a vaccine and treatment for the illness caused by the virus. (NHK)
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Japan to boost mask output with subsidies

February 12, 2020 - 18:28
The Japanese government plans to offer subsidies to face mask manufacturers to help them boost their production capacity. (NHK)
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Lawmaker accused of corruption released on bail

February 12, 2020 - 18:23
A Japanese lawmaker who has been indicted for accepting bribes in connection with a government-led integrated resort project has been released on bail. (NHK)
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Abenomics falters as consumers' fears over social security grow

February 9, 2020 - 23:06
On a chilly January afternoon in Yokohama, a 25-year-old IT company employee said what much of Japan is thinking: "I'm not expecting my salary and the economy to improve much." (Nikkei)
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Japan to approve urgent steps against new virus to help tourism

February 8, 2020 - 21:51
Japan's Cabinet will approve next week emergency measures against a new coronavirus to strengthen screenings and provide financial support to the tourism industry, a source close to the matter said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Abe: Coronavirus test kits being developed

February 3, 2020 - 21:19
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says officials have started developing test kits to detect the new coronavirus in an effort to find infections more swiftly. (NHK)
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Japan gov't criticized over initial coronavirus response

January 31, 2020 - 21:38
Japan's government is facing criticism that its initial response to the outbreak of a deadly coronavirus was too lax, as other countries have taken stronger steps to prevent a spread within their borders. (Kyodo)
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Japan to deny entry of foreigners from Hubei

January 31, 2020 - 20:48
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country will deny entry to foreign nationals who have recently stayed in the Chinese province of Hubei, starting on Saturday. This is to help prevent the spread of the new strain of coronavirus. (NHK)
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Japan proposal to lower age for charging youths as adults scrapped due to differences of opinion: sources

January 26, 2020 - 19:10
The government plans to abandon for now an amendment to the age cap under juvenile law that would lower the age when individuals can be tried as adults from 20 years old to 18, sources have said. (Japan Times)
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Japan and US make plans to evacuate citizens from Wuhan

January 26, 2020 - 18:50
Tokyo and Washington are making plans to evacuate Japanese and American citizens from Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak that has claimed more than 50 lives, while Honda Motor said Sunday it was evacuating about 30 employees and family members out of the area back to Japan. (Nikkei)
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Koizumi questions Japan financing of Vietnam plant

January 21, 2020 - 22:03
Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has called into question Japan's financing of a coal-fired power plant in Vietnam. (NHK)
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In policy speech, Abe vows to establish 'new era of Japanese diplomacy'

January 20, 2020 - 21:02
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday declared 2020 a “crucial year to establish a new era of Japanese diplomacy” in a speech before the Diet, vowing to tackle international issues head-on. (Japan Times)
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Rising political star Koizumi and celebrity wife Takigawa welcome baby boy

January 17, 2020 - 22:03
Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, a potential future prime minister according to some opinion polls, said he became the father of a baby boy on Friday. (Kyodo)
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Japan shrinks budget surplus forecast as it grapples with debt mountain

January 17, 2020 - 21:50
Japan kept unchanged its timing for balancing the primary budget on Friday, but expects to see a much smaller excess than previously thought when it hits a budget surplus, underlining the government’s struggle to rein in massive public debt. (Japan Times)
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Minister Koizumi will take paternity leave

January 15, 2020 - 21:09
Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi will take childcare leave after the upcoming birth of his first baby. (NHK)
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PM Abe meets Saudi King Salman

January 12, 2020 - 22:36
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz that Japan will make every diplomatic effort it can to stabilize the situation in the Middle East. (NHK)
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Kono to order SDF dispatch to Middle East

January 9, 2020 - 20:42
Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono will order the dispatch of a Self-Defense Force mission to the Middle East on Friday amid heightened tensions in the region. (NHK)
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