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Tokyo, Osaka to ease alcohol ban

June 20, 2021 - 06:53
In Japan, most prefectures currently under a state of emergency will see that end on Sunday. From next week, bars and restaurants in Tokyo and Osaka will be able to serve alcohol. But certain conditions will be in place as cases see a slight rise. (NHK)
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Suga calls on public to watch Olympics on TV as Japan eases state of emergency

June 19, 2021 - 03:53
Japan said on Thursday it would ease emergency coronavirus curbs in nine prefectures including Tokyo while keeping some measures, including limiting spectator numbers at big events, amid fears that next month's Olympics could trigger a surge in infections. (Japan Today)
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Japan starts vaccinating people age 18 or older at state-run centers

June 17, 2021 - 18:49
Japan’s state-run mass COVID-19 inoculation centers started administering vaccine to people age 18 or older Thursday, extending vaccinations beyond those aged 65 or over as many slots at the centers remain vacant. (Japan Times)
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Japan to issue 'vaccine passports' from July

June 17, 2021 - 18:43
The Japanese government plans to allow municipalities to issue "vaccine passports" -- documents certifying coronavirus vaccinations -- starting next month. (NHK)
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Japan to lift state of emergency except Okinawa

June 17, 2021 - 07:28
Japan's government is considering lifting the coronavirus state of emergency currently issued for 10 prefectures except Okinawa. (NHK)
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Japan mulls transition from state of emergency

June 17, 2021 - 07:27
The Japanese government is expected to decide on Thursday to lift the coronavirus state of emergency currently issued for 10 prefectures except Okinawa. ()
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Japan's Diet enacts land-use restriction bill

June 16, 2021 - 06:57
Japan's Diet has enacted a bill that restricts the use of land near Self-Defense Force bases and nuclear facilities. (NHK)
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Japan eyes vaccinating people under 65 at state-run mass centers from Thursday

June 15, 2021 - 17:05
Japan's state-run mass coronavirus vaccination centers plan to start inoculating people aged under 65 as early as Thursday in an expanded drive to fill in vacant slots, a government source said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
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Suga Cabinet disapproval rate highest since launch

June 15, 2021 - 03:16
An NHK opinion poll shows that 45 percent of respondents do not support Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide's Cabinet. That's the highest disapproval rating since he took office last September. (NHK)
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Emergency declaration winds down as cases fall

June 15, 2021 - 03:12
The clock is winding down in Japan on the emergency declaration for Tokyo, Osaka and eight other prefectures. (NHK)
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Japan accused of ‘massaging’ coronavirus figures ahead of Tokyo Olympics

June 13, 2021 - 15:19
The accuracy of coronavirus figures released by the Japanese government has been called into question after the health ministry adopted new criteria for its calculations at the beginning of June. (
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Biden supports Suga in moving forward with Tokyo Olympics

June 13, 2021 - 08:02
CORNWALL, U.K. -- U.S. President Joe Biden gave his support on Saturday to Japan's efforts to carry out a safe Summer Olympics as outlined by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit here. (Nikkei)
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Japan to ease COVID-19 restrictions in Tokyo and Osaka on June 21

June 12, 2021 - 05:00
Japan is considering implementing less strict coronavirus restrictions in areas including Tokyo and Osaka on June 21 when the state of emergency is lifted, a government official said Friday, as the country seeks to contain the health crisis with less than 50 days to go before the start of the Tokyo Olympics. (Japan Times)
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Japan Diet urges WHO to let Taiwan attend assembly

June 12, 2021 - 04:57
The Upper House of Japan's Diet has adopted a resolution calling for Taiwan to be able to participate in the annual assembly of the World Health Organization as an observer. (NHK)
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Japan to lift anti-virus measures on 3 prefectures

June 10, 2021 - 19:09
The Japanese government has decided to lift anti-virus restrictions in three prefectures this week because the COVID situation is improving there. (NHK)
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Japan aims to vaccinate population by November

June 10, 2021 - 04:40
The Japanese government is now aiming to give coronavirus vaccines to anyone who wants them by October or November. (NHK)
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Taiwan government slams online article on Japan's vaccine donation

June 9, 2021 - 07:02
Taiwan's government on Tuesday slammed as "distorted" and full of "rumors" an article recently posted on social media that inaccurately reported on Japan's donation of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan (
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Japan's lower house slams Myanmar coup, calls for return to democracy

June 9, 2021 - 06:56
Japan's lower house adopted a resolution Tuesday condemning the Feb. 1 coup staged by the Myanmar military and urging the Southeast Asian country to return to democracy. (
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Japan mulls maintaining the current order of imperial succession

June 8, 2021 - 04:36
Japan is considering maintaining the current order of imperial succession, with the discussion on whether female monarchs will be allowed to ascend the throne to be held in the future, government sources said Monday. (Kyodo)
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'Is this really a South Korean court?' Lawsuit by WWII-era forced labor victims against Japanese companies gets rejected

June 8, 2021 - 04:30
A court in Seoul has dismissed a lawsuit filed against 16 Japanese companies to compensate Koreans who were forced to work in factories during World War II, citing a possible violation of the 1965 treaty between the two nations. (RT)
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