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Japan toughens Covid-19 travel curbs as Omicron drives record coronavirus cases

Japan's quasi-emergency measures, as they are called, permit governors to limit mobility and business activities, by shortening the operating hours of bars and restaurants and barring sales of alcohol.
People wearing face masks, to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk along a street lined with bars and restaurants in Tokyo. Tokyo and a dozen other areas in Japan are set to face new Covid-19 restrictions effective Friday, with local leaders shortening hours for restaurants, as Omicron cases hit a record high in the capital.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
People wearing face masks, to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk along a street lined with bars and restaurants in Tokyo. Tokyo and a dozen other areas in Japan are set to face new Covid-19 restrictions effective Friday, with local leaders shortening hours for restaurants, as Omicron cases hit a record high in the capital.  (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 04:18 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Tokyo

Japan, Singapore passports most powerful; Afghanistan, Iraq weakest: Check list

In topping the list, Japan and Singapore retained their joint top spot from the previous index, while the respective positions of Afghanistan and Iraq, too, stayed unchanged. India, meanwhile, jumped 7 spots to 83.
The Indian passport jumped seven places to 83 (File Photo)
The Indian passport jumped seven places to 83 (File Photo)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 12:20 PM IST
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Japan’s Kishida vows tight borders, faster boosters for elderly

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan would bring forward booster shots for elderly people and maintain tight border controls as it tries to slow the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Japan's prime minister Fumio Kishida (AP)
Japan's prime minister Fumio Kishida (AP)
Published on Jan 04, 2022 01:58 PM IST
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Three planes to fly potatoes to ease Japan's french-fries deficiency

Japan's McDonald joints are being forced to ration fries as supply shortage hits the country. 
McDonald’s Holdings Co. Japan said Dec. 21 that it would only offer small sizes of french fries after flooding at a Vancouver port and the Covid-19 pandemic cut off key supplies for the staple menu item.
McDonald’s Holdings Co. Japan said Dec. 21 that it would only offer small sizes of french fries after flooding at a Vancouver port and the Covid-19 pandemic cut off key supplies for the staple menu item.
Updated on Dec 29, 2021 02:22 PM IST
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Japan prepares for Omicron spread with the onset of New Year's  week

Airports in Japan are filled with travellers and has generated fear of infection. "The highest risk is meeting people without taking adequate measures to prevent infection," says the director of the Disease Control and Prevention Center. 
Health officials advised travellers to avail themselves of free coronavirus tests before departure, amid fears that an outpouring of city dwellers could spread infections to the countryside.(AP)
Health officials advised travellers to avail themselves of free coronavirus tests before departure, amid fears that an outpouring of city dwellers could spread infections to the countryside.(AP)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 12:28 PM IST
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More than 100 Japan flights cancelled due to heavy snow

“As the weather situation in northeastern Japan remains unstable, there could be more cancellations to come,” Yutaka Kitahara, the company's operations director said.
Japan cancels more than 100 fights due to heavy snow (AP)
Japan cancels more than 100 fights due to heavy snow (AP)
Published on Dec 26, 2021 12:09 PM IST
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Reuters | , Tokyo

Christmas 2021: KFC's busiest day in Japan is Christmas eve. Deets inside

  • Christmas 2021: Dating back to the 1970, KFC has always seen the busiest day in their outlets in Japan on Christmas eve. They usually see rough 10 times more customers than normal every year and the numbers are ever-evolving.
Christmas 2021: KFC's busiest day in Japan is Christmas eve. Deets inside(https://in.pinterest.com/)
Christmas 2021: KFC's busiest day in Japan is Christmas eve. Deets inside(https://in.pinterest.com/)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 11:55 AM IST
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ByTapatrisha Das, Delhi

Japanese govt officials to skip Beijing winter Olympics over rights abuse

Chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno announced on Friday that Japan would dispatch three top members of the teams that helped organise this year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
Japan to not send any government representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics. (AP)
Japan to not send any government representatives to the Beijing Winter Olympics. (AP)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 04:12 AM IST
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Agencies | , Tokyo

Japan approves record defence budget amid China threats

The figure marks the 10th straight increase in annual defence spending and exceeds a ceiling of 1% of the gross domestic product that the pacifist country has largely maintained for decades.
Japan’s cabinet approved a record defence budget of 5.4 trillion yen ($47.2 billion) for the year.
Japan’s cabinet approved a record defence budget of 5.4 trillion yen ($47.2 billion) for the year.
Published on Dec 24, 2021 08:30 AM IST
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Bloomberg | , Japan

Japan confirms first known local omicron transmissions

With more than 100 omicron cases detected in Japan involving people who entered airports, the first known local transmission has been detected on Wednesday.
People wearing face masks cross a street near JR Osaka Station in Osaka, western Japan(AP)
People wearing face masks cross a street near JR Osaka Station in Osaka, western Japan(AP)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 09:58 PM IST
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PTI | , Japan

Japanese billionaire returns to Earth from space trip

  • Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa returned to Earth on Monday after spending 12 days on board the International Space Station, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said.
Maezawa is a fashion tycoon who sold his online fashion business Zozo to SoftBank in 2019. Forbes estimates his worth as $1.9 (€1.69) billion.
Maezawa is a fashion tycoon who sold his online fashion business Zozo to SoftBank in 2019. Forbes estimates his worth as $1.9 (€1.69) billion.
Published on Dec 20, 2021 12:27 PM IST
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Japan mental clinic fire: Police identify suspect, buildings to be checked

Osaka police, which are investigating the case as arson and murder, identified the man as Morio Tanimoto. He is being treated in serious condition after he was rescued from the fire, police said. He has not been formally arrested or charged.
The fire that burned just 25 square meters (270 square feet) of the floor near the reception was mostly extinguished within 30 minutes.(Reuters)
The fire that burned just 25 square meters (270 square feet) of the floor near the reception was mostly extinguished within 30 minutes.(Reuters)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 11:58 AM IST
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AP | , Tokyo

27 feared dead in building blaze in Japan's Osaka 

As per the reports, the fire breakout came to light when a man  saw a woman calling for help from one of the windows. 
 A fire breaks out in the building of Japan's Osaka (ANI)
 A fire breaks out in the building of Japan's Osaka (ANI)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 10:19 AM IST
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Using ostrich cells, scientists make masks that glow in contact with coronavirus

In a small study, test subjects wore masks, and after eight hours, the filters were removed and sprayed with a chemical that glows under ultraviolet light if the virus is present. The filters worn by people infected with Covid-19 glowed around the nose and mouth areas.
Kyoto Prefectural University president and doctor of veterinary medicine Yasuhiro Tsukamoto (via REUTERS)
Kyoto Prefectural University president and doctor of veterinary medicine Yasuhiro Tsukamoto (via REUTERS)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 01:25 PM IST
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Masayuki Uemura, creator of Nintendo's iconic NES console, passes away

Uemura, the lead architect behind Nintendo Co.'s trailblazing home game consoles, died Monday, Ritsumeikan University said in a statement. The cause of his death was not released.
Masayuki Uemura, a Japanese home computer game pioneer whose Nintendo consoles sold millions of units worldwide, poses for a photo in Japan (Kyodo News via AP)
Masayuki Uemura, a Japanese home computer game pioneer whose Nintendo consoles sold millions of units worldwide, poses for a photo in Japan (Kyodo News via AP)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 10:36 AM IST
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Omicron: Strict quarantine rules in Japan for travellers from India and more

  • Japanese nationals and foreign residents travelling to Japan from India, Greece, Romania and four US states will have to undergo stringent quarantine regulations Sunday onwards, in order to control the spread of the Omicron variant. 
Omicron scare: Strict quarantine rules in Japan for travellers from India, 4 US states and more(Bloomberg)
Omicron scare: Strict quarantine rules in Japan for travellers from India, 4 US states and more(Bloomberg)
Published on Dec 05, 2021 08:42 AM IST
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ANI | | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, Tokyo [japan]

Abe’s warning to China over Taiwan is a blunt message to President Xi

  • Just as China has deployed over 82 intermediate range missile launchers towards Taiwan and Guam, it has deployed long range missiles in Tibet to pressurize India and Bhutan.
Several China watchers believe that Beijing will become more aggressive towards Taiwan after the February 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Several China watchers believe that Beijing will become more aggressive towards Taiwan after the February 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Published on Dec 02, 2021 12:24 PM IST
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Japan suspends new flight reservations as Omicron coronavirus variant spreads

Apart from ban on foreign visitors, Japan is now asking international airlines to stop taking new reservations for all flights arriving in the country until the end of December amid the spread of Omicron coronavirus variant
People stand in front of an arrivals board at Tokyo's Haneda international airport on December 1, 2021, as Japan suspended all new flight bookings into the country in response to the Omicron Covid variant (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)
People stand in front of an arrivals board at Tokyo's Haneda international airport on December 1, 2021, as Japan suspended all new flight bookings into the country in response to the Omicron Covid variant (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)
Updated on Dec 01, 2021 07:07 PM IST
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AP | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz, Tokyo

Japan to bar new foreign arrivals over Omicron Covid variant: PM Fumio Kishida

  • Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced Monday that Japan will reinstate tough border measures and bar all new foreign arrivals over the Omicron Covid variant. 
Japan to bar new foreign arrivals over Omicron Covid variant: PM Fumio Kishida(Reuters (For representation purpose))
Japan to bar new foreign arrivals over Omicron Covid variant: PM Fumio Kishida(Reuters (For representation purpose))
Published on Nov 29, 2021 12:06 PM IST
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AFP | | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, Delhi

Amid omicron scare, Japan imposes travel curbs on 3 more countries: Reports

  • Japan has already imposed a 10-day mandatory quarantine requirement at a government-specified facility for travellers from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia and Eswatini.
Travelers queue at a check-in counter at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)
Travelers queue at a check-in counter at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)
Published on Nov 27, 2021 07:34 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Alarmed by new B.1.1.529 Covid variant, Asian countries tighten measures

Scientists are still finding out more about the new variant, first identified at the start of this week, but the news pummeled financial markets on Friday, with stocks in Asia suffering their sharpest drop in three months and oil plunging more than 3%.
Alarmed by the variant, Britain temporarily banned flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini from Friday, and asked returning British travellers from those destinations to quarantine.(Reuters File Photo)
Alarmed by the variant, Britain temporarily banned flights from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Eswatini from Friday, and asked returning British travellers from those destinations to quarantine.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 02:09 PM IST
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Reuters | , Singapore

India, others tap reserves to hit at Opec+

India joined hands with other nations as Opec+ turned a deaf ear to its plea for normalising output
India has agreed to release 5 million barrels of crude oil from its reserves. (Bloomberg)
India has agreed to release 5 million barrels of crude oil from its reserves. (Bloomberg)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 04:23 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Japan likely to host second in-person Quad summit in January 2022

India and Japan are also exploring the possibility of holding their second 2+2 dialogue of defence and foreign ministers on the margins of the planned Quad Summit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, US President Joe Biden, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga before the Quad summit, in Washington DC in September. (ANI file)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, US President Joe Biden, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga before the Quad summit, in Washington DC in September. (ANI file)
Updated on Nov 24, 2021 03:44 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Japan to hold Quad summit next year, Taiwan is the focus

Quad is a group of countries positioning itself as a check against China's growing aggression. The first in-person Quad summit was held in Washington in September this year, where leaders of the four countries committed to a "free and open Indo-Pacific".
Leaders of Quad member countries: Japan PM Fumio Kishida, US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian PM Scott Morrison.
Leaders of Quad member countries: Japan PM Fumio Kishida, US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian PM Scott Morrison.
Published on Nov 20, 2021 10:06 AM IST
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By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Japan may resume domestic travel subsidies as new pandemic-relief programme

On request from the tourism industry, Japan government will consider resuming the programme, that used taxpayers' money to offer domestic tourists discounts for hotels and domestic travel fees, from mid-January or February, until around late April
Japan may resume domestic travel subsidies as new pandemic-relief programme. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Japan may resume domestic travel subsidies as new pandemic-relief programme. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Updated on Nov 14, 2021 05:08 PM IST
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Reuters | | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz

Nurse who murdered patients gets life sentence in Japan

  • During her trial, 34-year-old Ayumi Kuboki admitted to killing the patients in their 70s and 80s five years ago in a case that shocked Japan.
Japan, where more than 100 inmates await execution, is one of the few developed nations that still have the death penalty.(Representational Image)
Japan, where more than 100 inmates await execution, is one of the few developed nations that still have the death penalty.(Representational Image)
Published on Nov 09, 2021 04:11 PM IST
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Japan hospital used water meant for toilet as drinking water for 30 yrs: Report

The Osaka university is investigating the matter; it said that though the water quality is being checked, no health hazard has been confirmed.
The Osaka University hospital.(Credit: osaka-u.ac.jp)
The Osaka University hospital.(Credit: osaka-u.ac.jp)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 12:58 PM IST
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By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Japan mulls making Covid-19 testing free for more people

On Sunday, Japan registered no coronavirus-related fatalities over the past 24 hours for the first time in about 15 months as the country's vaccination campaign is progressing.
People walk at a crossing in Shibuya shopping area, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, in Tokyo(Reuters photo)
People walk at a crossing in Shibuya shopping area, amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, in Tokyo(Reuters photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 03:33 PM IST
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Japan likely to ease border curbs for business travel: Report

  • Japanese officials didn’t give concrete comments on Tuesday on whether the country is set to ease restrictions.
A man looks at screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo. (Representational image)(AP Photo)
A man looks at screens showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo. (Representational image)(AP Photo)
Published on Nov 02, 2021 09:37 AM IST
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Bloomberg | , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Japan: Knife & fire attack by man in Batman's Joker costume on Tokyo train

Passengers on Tokyo train reportedly attacked by a man dressed as Joker from Batman (Twitter/Unverified)
Passengers on Tokyo train reportedly attacked by a man dressed as Joker from Batman (Twitter/Unverified)
Published on Oct 31, 2021 09:48 PM IST
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