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Japan Reports a Surge in UK Coronavirus Variant

Surveys by local governments in the country reveal the coronavirus variant first detected in Britain is surging in the country. The variant, labeled N501Y, is said to be more transmissible than the original coronavirus. Surge in UK Coronavirus Variant Noted in Japan In Osaka Prefecture, a survey of 304 people who tested positive in the [...]

Gov’t Adopts Stricter Measures Against Virus, Starts Vaccinating the Elderly

The Tokyo government has adopted stricter measures to fight the coronavirus on Monday (April 13) as it struggles to curb the rapid spread of a more contagious variant ahead of the Olympics in a country where less than 1 per cent of people have been vaccinated. READ NEXT: This is how Tokyo is Coping with [...]

This Is How Tokyo Is Coping With The Coronavirus 100 Days Before The Olympics

On Friday, April 9, the Japanese government will approve tougher coronavirus measures for the capital, weeks after the lifting of the state of emergency and with just over 100 days of the Tokyo Olympics being postponed. However, such restrictions appear to be less stringent than some of the general closures enforced in other countries and [...]

Soon, Japan to Roll Out Digital Vaccine Passports

Residents and foreign travellers will soon be required to present their digital vaccine passports for international travel starting next month. The move is geared towards facilitating a systematic means to show negative test results from COVID-19. And with it, the country aims to open up for international travel once again. Japan Becomes Latest Country to [...]

Gov’t to Explore the Possibility of Vaccine Passports for Overseas Travel

As more countries are opening up their tourism and economies, Japan is studying the possibility of vaccine passports as part of efforts to allow Japanese to travel overseas, a high-ranking official announced. In some countries, the use of vaccine passports is seen to facilitate the lifting of restrictions on social contact. Japan Reviews Possibility of [...]

Coronavirus Variant Reported in PH Detected at Narita

A coronavirus variant reported in the Philippines has been detected in a traveler who arrived at Narita airport near Tokyo, from the country. The health ministry said that the man, in his 60s, arrived at the airport end of February, then tested positive at quarantine. Variant Reported in PH Detected at Narita An examination at [...]

Airlines Mull Over Capping Arrivals from Abroad Amid Pandemic

The government appealed to Japanese airlines operating international flights to limit weekly arrivals to up to 3,400 each in a bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The call came after Japan detected several new variants of the coronavirus from other parts of the world such as the UK, Brazil, and recently, the [...]

The Japanese government on Wednesday (February 17) launched its vaccination campaign, starting with an initial group of 40,000 health workers before expanding the rollout to the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. The launch of the nationwide vaccination program comes ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s public support [...]

Japan Quake Stuns Businesses, Transportation, 100 Injured

An out of the ordinary earthquake stunned the north-eastern area of Japan at around 11:07 pm on Saturday (February 13, local time), halting business operations and transportation, and leaving at least 100 individuals injured. The earthquake appeared to be an aftershock from the devastating quake that hit the area in 2011. 7.3 Magnitude Quake Disrupts [...]

Japan Extends State of Emergency for Another Month

The Japanese government has announced that it will extend the coronavirus state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, and eight other prefectures for a month, until March 7. The initial state of emergency was set to cover 11 prefectures and was originally set to end on Sunday (February 7). Gov’t Announces Extension of State of Emergency [...]