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‘Let’s go fight’: Cheerleaders perform outside Tokyo rail station to lift people’s spirits

Head cheerleader Kumi Asazuma said the group had been performing for more than 10 years to help energise morning commuters.

Cheerleaders wearing protective face shields, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, cheer people up in front of Shimbashi Station during the commuting hour in Tokyo, Japan.(REUTERS)
Cheerleaders wearing protective face shields, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, cheer people up in front of Shimbashi Station during the commuting hour in Tokyo, Japan.(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 08, 2021 05:26 PM IST
TOKYO | ByReuters | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury

Japan starts 1st day under emergency steps to curb coronavirus

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga reiterated his request for restaurants to shorten business hours and for people to work from home. “We take this very seriously. By all means, I would like to overcome this difficult situation with the cooperation of the people,” Suga told reporters.

The number of daily cases in Tokyo have been climbing, reaching a daily record 2,447 Thursday. The goal is to bring them down to 500, according to officials.(Reuters Photo)
The number of daily cases in Tokyo have been climbing, reaching a daily record 2,447 Thursday. The goal is to bring them down to 500, according to officials.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Jan 08, 2021 03:07 PM IST
Tokyo | ByAssociated Press| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal

Japan faces steep test to contain coronavirus spread in just a month

With residents increasingly facing virus fatigue and no legal framework to force compliance, the country could struggle to quickly turn the trend of infections downward, experts say. Japan has reported new daily records in the past two days, especially around the capital of Tokyo.

The country has struggled to enlist public cooperation the same way it did in spring. Officials have fretted that concern over the virus was dropping, while many bars and restaurants, already pushed to the edge over the past year, may be reluctant to cooperate with requests to close.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
The country has struggled to enlist public cooperation the same way it did in spring. Officials have fretted that concern over the virus was dropping, while many bars and restaurants, already pushed to the edge over the past year, may be reluctant to cooperate with requests to close.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
Published on Jan 08, 2021 11:31 AM IST
ByBloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh

Emergency in Tokyo as Covid cases surge

With just a tenth of the world’s population, Europe remains the worst-affected region, with nearly 30% of global cases and deaths.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga described a “great sense of crisis” as he announced the measure, which begins on Friday, but is less strict than the harsh lockdowns seen elsewhere or even the country’s first virus emergency last spring.(AFP)
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga described a “great sense of crisis” as he announced the measure, which begins on Friday, but is less strict than the harsh lockdowns seen elsewhere or even the country’s first virus emergency last spring.(AFP)
Published on Jan 08, 2021 12:57 AM IST
Tokyo/Sao Paolo | ByAgencies

Demand for Chinese goods is so strong there’s a container shortage

The repercussions of container shortages are being felt across Asia, with a mid-December report from Japan’s trade promotion agency highlighting soaring freight rates and a lack of boxes in Southeast Asia and India

Global demand for Chinese goods has been so strong recently it’s creating a shortage of containers and driving up shipping costs, potentially impeding the nation’s exports in coming months(REUTERS)
Global demand for Chinese goods has been so strong recently it’s creating a shortage of containers and driving up shipping costs, potentially impeding the nation’s exports in coming months(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 07, 2021 04:09 PM IST
ByBloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
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