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Japan to lift emergency coronavirus measures as Covid-19 infections decline(Photo by Chris Yang on Unsplash)

Japan to lift emergency coronavirus measures as Covid-19 infections decline

Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:50 AM IST
Japan's Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Aichi, Gifu and Fukuoka prefectures will all see their emergency coronavirus measures lifted as infections have declined significantly across the country since peaking in early January after a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic had swept the nation
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Participants wearing protective face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, pray as they take an ice-cold bath during a ceremony to purify their souls and to wish for overcoming the pandemic at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo, Japan, January 10, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon(REUTERS)
Participants wearing protective face masks amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, pray as they take an ice-cold bath during a ceremony to purify their souls and to wish for overcoming the pandemic at the Teppozu Inari shrine in Tokyo, Japan, January 10, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon(REUTERS)

Japanese partake in annual ice bath ritual at Tokyo shrine

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 04:33 PM IST
Only a dozen people took part in the annual event at Teppou-zu Inari Shrine, scaled down this year due to the health crisis, compared to over a hundred in early 2020.
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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)

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

By Reuters | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury | TOKYO
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 05:26 PM IST
Head cheerleader Kumi Asazuma said the group had been performing for more than 10 years to help energise morning commuters.
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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)

Emergency in Tokyo as Covid cases surge

By Agencies | Tokyo/Sao Paolo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:57 AM IST
With just a tenth of the world’s population, Europe remains the worst-affected region, with nearly 30% of global cases and deaths.
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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called for a more focused state of emergency than that which devastated the economy last spring.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has called for a more focused state of emergency than that which devastated the economy last spring.(REUTERS)

Japan emergency may last months as critics say steps too narrow

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 01:10 PM IST
Japan is set to declare an emergency as early as Thursday in Tokyo and three surrounding areas, with relatively narrow restrictions focused on reducing infections at bars and restaurants.
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People wearing protective face masks walk past at a Japanese izakaya pub alley, amid Covid-19 outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan.(REUTERS)
People wearing protective face masks walk past at a Japanese izakaya pub alley, amid Covid-19 outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan.(REUTERS)

Japan weighs state of emergency in Tokyo area as Covid-19 cases surge

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Tokyo
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 08:14 PM IST
New cases in Tokyo surged to 1,278 on Tuesday, the second highest daily total since the pandemic began, with the national daily tally reaching a record 4,670, public broadcaster NHK reported.
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People wearing protective masks amid the Covid-19 outbreak, pray on the first day of the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on January 1, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
People wearing protective masks amid the Covid-19 outbreak, pray on the first day of the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on January 1, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

Tokyo to request new emergency declaration amid surge in Covid cases: Report

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 10:49 AM IST
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike will make the request in a meeting with Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who coordinates government measures to fight the pandemic, the Nikkei newspaper said, citing multiple sources.
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The department of sports(Twitter)

India gears up for resumption of meets in Olympic sports, govt guidelines released

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 10:16 PM IST
After a break of 11 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, federations are anxious to hold competitions to help athletes prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
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Representational image.(AP)
Representational image.(AP)

House panel seeks bio-bubbles, priority vaccination for athletes before Olympics

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 03:59 PM IST
The Olympics were due to be held this year in Tokyo but were postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic
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The virtual meeting of officials of India, Australia, Japan and the US was a follow-up to the last such official discussions in September, and the second ministerial meeting of the Quad held in Tokyo on October 6. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)
The virtual meeting of officials of India, Australia, Japan and the US was a follow-up to the last such official discussions in September, and the second ministerial meeting of the Quad held in Tokyo on October 6. (Image used for representation).(PTI PHOTO.)

Quad member states review connectivity cooperation, security in Indo-Pacific

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 09:18 PM IST
The four members of the Quad have stepped up their efforts to ensure security across the Indo-Pacific and to build alternative and resilient supply chains against the backdrop of China’s increasingly assertive actions across the region.
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Japan had kept its alert for medical preparedness at the second-highest level at the time, indicating a need to boost hospital capacity but a notch below critical conditions.(REUTERS file photo)
Japan had kept its alert for medical preparedness at the second-highest level at the time, indicating a need to boost hospital capacity but a notch below critical conditions.(REUTERS file photo)

Tokyo says Covid-19 strain on hospitals severe, raises alert to highest

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Tokyo
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 10:44 AM IST
The number of positive cases in Tokyo hit a daily record of 678 cases on Wednesday, and the city a month ago raised its coronavirus alert for new infections.
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The Japanese Prime Minister said that the travel campaign will be suspended nationwide around New Year to contain Covid-19.(Unsplash)
The Japanese Prime Minister said that the travel campaign will be suspended nationwide around New Year to contain Covid-19.(Unsplash)

Japan’s PM to suspend travel campaign around New Year to contain virus

By Reuters | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2020 09:04 PM IST
The Japanese Prime Minister said that the travel campaign will be suspended nationwide around New Year to contain Covid-19.
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Taihei Kobayashi, chief executive officer of Sun* Inc., at his company's office in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.(Bloomberg photo)
Taihei Kobayashi, chief executive officer of Sun* Inc., at his company's office in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.(Bloomberg photo)

How a homeless high school dropout became CEO of a $1 billion company

By Bloomberg | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 08:35 PM IST
Taihei Kobayashi has gone from sleeping on the streets of Tokyo to heading a technology startup whose market value topped $1 billion.
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A diver wearing Santa Claus costume swims in a large fish tank.(REUTERS)
A diver wearing Santa Claus costume swims in a large fish tank.(REUTERS)

Dressed as Santa Claus diver spreads festive cheer at Tokyo aquarium

By Reuters | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2020 06:44 PM IST
Started in 1999, the Christmas show has taken place almost every year at the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo, Japan.
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A baby Asian elephant goes on public display at Ueno Zoological Gardens, about a month after he was born, in Tokyo, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo December 1, 2020. Picture taken December 1, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS(REUTERS)
A baby Asian elephant goes on public display at Ueno Zoological Gardens, about a month after he was born, in Tokyo, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo December 1, 2020. Picture taken December 1, 2020. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS(REUTERS)

First elephant born in Tokyo zoo in 138 years makes public appearance

By Reuters | Posted By: Trisha Sengupta | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON DEC 03, 2020 11:17 PM IST
The male calf was shown to the public on Tuesday for the first time since his birth at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoological Gardens.
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Under current restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, travellers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival as well as sign up for contact-tracing apps.(Reuters)
Under current restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, travellers are required to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival as well as sign up for contact-tracing apps.(Reuters)

Japan to allow ‘large-scale’ overseas visitors for Tokyo Games: Nikkei

By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Tokyo
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 04:21 PM IST
Japan aims to allow “large-scale” numbers of overseas visitors to attend next year’s Tokyo Olympics without mandatory vaccinations or quarantine provided they submit negative Covid-19 test results and download tracking apps.
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Face masks are displayed at Tokyo Mask Land, a face-mask theme exhibition and its speciality shop, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Yokohama, Japan.(REUTERS)
Face masks are displayed at Tokyo Mask Land, a face-mask theme exhibition and its speciality shop, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Yokohama, Japan.(REUTERS)

Tokyo pop-up mask store attracts shoppers with festive face coverings

By Reuters | Posted by: Sanya Budhiraja | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 08:36 PM IST
Tokyo Mask Land, which opened Tuesday for a month in an office building in Yokohama, also has a mask bar and is offering mask-making workshops to draw visitors.
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Photo of Olympic rings in Tokyo's Odaiba district(AP)
Photo of Olympic rings in Tokyo's Odaiba district(AP)

Tokyo Games won’t confirm added costs reported at $3 billion

By Associated Press | Tokyo
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 01:06 PM IST
The reported cost of the delay because of the pandemic is in line with repeated estimates of between $2 billion and $3 billion in Japan over the last several months.
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Official figures showed applications for jobless aid rose for a second straight week as businesses were hit by a sharp increase in new infections and deaths.(Reuters Photo. Representative image)
Official figures showed applications for jobless aid rose for a second straight week as businesses were hit by a sharp increase in new infections and deaths.(Reuters Photo. Representative image)

Markets mostly up, but coronavirus and weak data keep traders cautious

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hong Kong
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 03:09 PM IST
With at least three inoculations in the pipeline and possibly rolled out within weeks, the general mood on trading floors is upbeat for 2021, but a fresh batch of data out of the US underlined the immediate impact of the disease and the long road ahead for economies.
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A man stands next to a closed retail store on New Bond Street amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in London, Britain.(Reuters file photo)
A man stands next to a closed retail store on New Bond Street amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in London, Britain.(Reuters file photo)

Ahead of holiday season, world’s famed shopping streets prep for the worst

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 03:01 PM IST
Luxury stores are still putting forth their best socially-distanced effort. They’re filling windows with Christmas displays in a bid to salvage a crucial holiday season after Covid-19 wreaked havoc .
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The new study was published in the journal Ecological Applications.(Pixabay)
The new study was published in the journal Ecological Applications.(Pixabay)

A regular dose of nature may improve mental health during Covid-19 pandemic

By Asian News International | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Tokyo [Japan]
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 12:37 PM IST
As per a new study, nature around one’s home may help mitigate some of the negative mental health effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi for a photo prior to a meeting in Tokyo.(AP file photo)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi for a photo prior to a meeting in Tokyo.(AP file photo)

China FM to visit Japan to discuss coronavirus, regional concerns

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 03:14 PM IST
The visit comes amid growing concerns stemming from China’s increasing influence in the region.
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Parents of hundreds of thousands of kids must find alternative arrangements by Thursday, after mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had reached a 3% positivity rate that triggered a temporary halt to in-class instruction.(AP)
Parents of hundreds of thousands of kids must find alternative arrangements by Thursday, after mayor Bill de Blasio said the city had reached a 3% positivity rate that triggered a temporary halt to in-class instruction.(AP)

US deaths top 250,000, Tokyo on high alert as Covid-19 cases soar

By Agencies | Tokyo/Washington
PUBLISHED ON NOV 20, 2020 02:41 AM IST
New York City to shut schools as NY state sees most US deaths, at 34,000; Japan’s capital alarmed over 500 single-day cases.
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Photo of Olympic village on Tokyo Bay(HT Collage)
Photo of Olympic village on Tokyo Bay(HT Collage)

Tokyo Olympics: Many rules, no partying, no hanging around

By Associated Press | Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 08:47 PM IST
Japan has controlled the virus reasonably well with about 1,900 deaths attributed to COVID-19. But almost 500 new cases were reported Wednesday in Tokyo, and more than 2,000 around the country.
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IOC President Thomas Bach wearing a face mask waves as he speaks to the media at the National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed until July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Bach said during this week's trip to Tokyo that he is “encouraging” all Olympic “participants” and fans to be vaccinated - if one becomes available - if they are going to attend next year's Tokyo Olympics. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)(AP)
IOC President Thomas Bach wearing a face mask waves as he speaks to the media at the National Stadium, the main venue for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed until July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Tokyo Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Bach said during this week's trip to Tokyo that he is “encouraging” all Olympic “participants” and fans to be vaccinated - if one becomes available - if they are going to attend next year's Tokyo Olympics. (Behrouz Mehri/Pool Photo via AP)(AP)

Athletes taking vaccine not just ‘individual’ decision, says Thomas Bach

By Associated Press | TOKYO
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 03:53 PM IST
“We want to convince as many foreign participants as possible to accept a vaccine,” he said repeatedly on Monday, his first of two days in Tokyo lining up support for the Games and holding news conferences
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (R) greets International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach during their meeting in Tokyo on November 16, 2020. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(REUTERS)
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (R) greets International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach during their meeting in Tokyo on November 16, 2020. Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool via REUTERS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(REUTERS)

Thomas Bach says Tokyo Olympic ‘participants’ may need vaccinations

By Associated Press | TOKYO
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 12:14 PM IST
Bach has two days of non-stop meetings and photo opportunities with politicians and organizers in Tokyo, aimed at persuading the Japanese public that it’s safe to hold the Olympics during a pandemic.
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Audience members cheer for Wataru Tanigawa of Japan as he competes in the rings during an international gymnastics meet in Tokyo on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Gymnasts from four countries of China, Russia, U.S. and Japan performed in the meet at Yoyogi National Stadium First Gymnasium, a venue planned to be used in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the summer 2021. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)(AP)
Audience members cheer for Wataru Tanigawa of Japan as he competes in the rings during an international gymnastics meet in Tokyo on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Gymnasts from four countries of China, Russia, U.S. and Japan performed in the meet at Yoyogi National Stadium First Gymnasium, a venue planned to be used in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the summer 2021. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)(AP)

Gymnasts in Tokyo show how Olympics can pass coronavirus challenges

By Reuters | TOKYO
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 04:36 PM IST
The one-off friendly event was seen as a crucial trial run for having international athletes travel to and compete in Japan during the Olympics, which will bring more than 11,000 athletes to Tokyo next July. A few international matches have been held recently, but remain rare.
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Nikhat Zareen is preparing for the next Commonwealth and Asian Games
Nikhat Zareen is preparing for the next Commonwealth and Asian Games

I have no rivalry with Mary Kom: Nikhat Zareen

By Nishad Neelambaran | HT Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 01:53 PM IST
The 24-year-old boxer refuses any such rumours and clears the air by stating that she respects the senior boxer and wishes that she wins a gold medal at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics
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Policymakers globally are pinning their hopes on a robust recovery in China to help restart demand as economies struggle with heavy lockdowns.(Bloomberg file photo for representation)
Policymakers globally are pinning their hopes on a robust recovery in China to help restart demand as economies struggle with heavy lockdowns.(Bloomberg file photo for representation)

China on road to economic recovery as consumption boosts

By Reuters | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Beijing
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 03:09 PM IST
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said, the world’s second-largest economy grew 0.7% in the first nine months from a year earlier.
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“In this country, equal rights for(Pixabay)

LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law

By Associated Press | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Tokyo
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 02:36 PM IST
Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Thursday calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year.
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