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Man given 5-year term for shooting ex-agriculture minister over money trouble

newsonjapan.com - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 22:39
A Japanese court sentenced an 83-year-old man to five years in prison on Tuesday for shooting a former agriculture minister and high school classmate with a gun and injuring him in the northeastern prefecture of Iwate last December while disputing over decades-old money trouble. (Japan Today)
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Support groups fear domestic violence spike amid calls for people to stay home

newsonjapan.com - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 22:35
Support groups and individuals in Japan have raised the alarm that measures to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus in Japan may fuel domestic violence, as victims remain stuck at home with no avenues of escape. (Japan Today)
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Tokyo moves mild-symptom patients to hotel

newsonjapan.com - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 22:32
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has begun moving people who have tested positive for the new coronavirus but have only mild or no symptoms to a hotel. (NHK)
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Trains to run as usual, some retailers to shorten hours during state of emergency

newsonjapan.com - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 22:30
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared on Tuesday night a state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus after an alarming growth in cases in urban areas. (Japan Today)
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Abe: No police crackdown on non-essential outings

newsonjapan.com - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 22:28
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo says he intends to call on people to stay home even though there will be no police crackdown on violations. (NHK)
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Cabinet approves record economic aid package

newsonjapan.com - Tue, 04/07/2020 - 22:13
Japan's Cabinet has approved emergency economic measures of record proportions to deal with the impact of the coronavirus. The package is worth about 108 trillion yen, or one trillion dollars. The government plans to issue additional bonds to help fund the spending. (NHK)
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Japanese language students unable to enter Japan

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 22:33
Japanese language schools in the country are unable to welcome new overseas students as the government has invalidated visas issued in more than 170 nations due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
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Pop group Arashi releases hand-washing video

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 22:32
Japanese pop group Arashi has released a video encouraging people to wash their hands amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Today)
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36-year-old political newcomer becomes Japan's youngest female mayor

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 22:29
A 36-year-old political newcomer has become Japan's youngest-ever female mayor after winning the Tokushima mayoral election on Sunday, according to Japan's city mayors' association. (Japan Today)
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What will life in Japan under a state of emergency look like?

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 22:22
A state of emergency is set to be declared in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka prefectures -- areas most heavily hit by the spread of the coronavirus. So how will life change for residents? (Japan Today)
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Tokyo running out of beds and gear, medical staff say

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 22:13
As Japan faces a fresh wave of coronavirus infections and the government prepares for a state of emergency, medical staff say a shortage of beds and a rise in cases linked to hospitals are pushing Tokyo's medical system to the brink of collapse. (Japan Today)
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Japan set to roll out $1 trillion package

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 22:10
Japan's government is set to compile an emergency economic package of 108 trillion yen, or about one trillion dollars, to fight the impact of the coronavirus epidemic in the country. (NHK)
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Tokyo to seek closure of entertainment businesses

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 22:07
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to request the closure of entertainment facilities if the prime minister declares a state of emergency based on a coronavirus-related law. (NHK)
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Fukushima residents cautious over water discharge

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 22:06
Many Fukushima residents have expressed concern over a possible scheme to release diluted radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the sea or air in the prefecture. (NHK)
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Japan's confirmed coronavirus cases reach 4,000

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 22:05
Health officials confirmed 143 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo and 16 prefectures on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 4,000. (NHK)
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Emergency declared for 7 prefectures in Japan

newsonjapan.com - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 05:26
Japan's prime minister has officially declared a month-long state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures to curb the spread of infections. (NHK)
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Tokyo hotel prices fall by half for would-be Olympics opening day

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:48
2020, was set to be one of the most difficult days in recent years to book a hotel in Tokyo. But with the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics postponed, the would-be opening day of the big event has seen a flurry of cancellations, leading to a steep drop in room prices. (Nikkei)
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Japan’s homeless at risk from coronavirus pandemic

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:39
There are 4,555 homeless people currently living in Japan, according to the latest figures published by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in April last year. Of those, 1,126 live in Tokyo, the epicenter of Japan’s COVID-19 outbreak. (Japan Times)
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Woman arrested for trespassing at Abe's private residence in Tokyo

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:32
A 26-year-old woman was arrested on Sunday for allegedly trespassing on the grounds of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s private residence. (Japan Times)
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Japan's key sectors prepare for virus emergency

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:27
Japanese companies are moving to prevent sectors vital to modern society from shutting down if the government declares an emergency over the coronavirus pandemic. (Nikkei)
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