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Tokyo-area prefectures and Aichi to get stricter virus steps Tuesday

April 16, 2021 - 02:34
The Japanese government will add three prefectures neighboring Tokyo to the list of areas in need of stricter measures to curb a rebound in coronavirus infections, officials said Thursday. (Japan Times)
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South Korea aims to fight Japan's plan to release water from Fukushima nuclear plant at tribunal

April 15, 2021 - 07:34
South Korea is stepping up opposition to Japan's decision to release treated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant. (CNA)
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"Please drink" treated Fukushima water: China asks Japan's minister

April 15, 2021 - 07:12
China on Wednesday asked Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso to drink treated radioactive water accumulated at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, after he said it is safe to drink it. (Kyodo)
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IAEA says will remain impartial in Japan nuclear wastewater case

April 14, 2021 - 05:42
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says it is aware of the concerns raised over Japan's plan to release nuclear wastewater into the sea and will continue to monitor the developments. (CGTN)
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Govt. approves release of treated water into sea

April 13, 2021 - 13:51
The Japanese government has officially decided to release treated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean. It will be discharged in about two years after being diluted. (NHK)
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Suga praises Matsuyama's historic win

April 13, 2021 - 05:46
Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has praised golfer Matsuyama Hideki for becoming the first Japanese man to have won one of the world's four major tournaments. (NHK)
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Japan’s slow vaccine rollout pushes back recovery time frame

April 12, 2021 - 13:58
Japan’s vaccination drive finally kicked into gear Monday around four months after the start of inoculations in the United States and the United Kingdom, a slow rollout that has generated further criticism of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s handling of the pandemic. (Japan Times)
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Panel: Crowds after 9 affected spread of infection

April 10, 2021 - 11:51
Members of a government panel on the coronavirus say the spread of infections in Japan this winter was aggravated by people attending year-end parties, especially in nightlife districts after 9 p.m. (NHK)
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China calls for Japan on wastewater of Fukushima cautiously

April 10, 2021 - 11:19
China on Friday urged Japan to be cautious about its plan to deal with radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear power plant, calling for the Japanese government to make decisions based on consultations with neighboring countries. (CGTN)
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Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa set to tighten virus steps

April 9, 2021 - 08:53
Japan's central government will likely allow the governors of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Okinawa prefectures to implement targeted anti-coronavirus measures. (NHK)
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Japan PM Suga to visit India to bolster Indo-Pacific cooperation

April 8, 2021 - 21:10
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to visit India as part of efforts to bolster cooperation across the Indo-Pacific to counter China’s aggressive actions. (WION)
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Health ministry staff test positive after party

April 8, 2021 - 16:36
Japan's health ministry says three of its employees have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a farewell party last month at a restaurant in Tokyo. (NHK)
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Japan sends destroyer to track China's Liaoning aircraft | Okinawa islands

April 7, 2021 - 17:04
Japan deploys destroyer to gather information after Chinese carrier group spotted in Okinawa and Miyako islands towards the Pacific, Japan has sent its destroyer in retaliation. (WION)
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Osaka declares medical 'red alert'

April 7, 2021 - 16:55
Japan's western prefecture of Osaka has declared a medical "red alert," and reported a record 878 new cases of coronavirus infections on Wednesday. Osaka's daily cases have topped Tokyo's for more than a week. (NHK)
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3 prefs. take stricter anti-coronavirus measures

April 6, 2021 - 07:27
Osaka and two other prefectures in Japan are tightening coronavirus measures to curb a spike in new cases. (NHK)
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Government revises policy on aid for restaurants asked to cut hours

April 3, 2021 - 02:22
The government on Thursday decided a new policy of providing different amounts of aid to eating and drinking facilities that accept requests to cut opening hours in areas under states of emergency related to COVID-19, or new countermeasures against the disease, based on the size of their operations. (Japan Times)
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Strategic Japan: The Future of Japan-China Relations

April 2, 2021 - 09:05
Strategic Japan is a CSIS Japan Chair initiative to introduce research from Japanese scholars highlighting potential areas for enhanced cooperation between the United States and Japan. (Center for Strategic & International Studies)
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Shamed by 147th ranking, Japan pushes for more women in politics

April 1, 2021 - 05:53
One hundred and forty-seven out of 156 countries. That's where Japan stands in terms of women's political empowerment. The dismal ranking immediately prompted lawmakers across party lines to call for numerical targets to boost female representation in politics. (Nikkei)
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Japan suspends new aid to Myanmar over coup

March 31, 2021 - 19:51
The government has halted new aid to Myanmar in response to the coup there, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi has said, but is stopping short of sanctions imposed by some nations on military and police commanders. (Japan Times)
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Osaka governor sounds alarm as COVID-19 infections exceed Tokyo's

March 31, 2021 - 19:44
A surge of COVID-19 cases in Osaka raises fears that the eastern Japanese metropolis, having emerged from a state of emergency a month ago, is entering a fresh wave of infections that could become the worst yet, its governor said on Wednesday. (Japan Today)
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