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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 [...]

Japan to Start Vaccinations Next Week – Suga

The Japanese government announced that it will launch its nationwide vaccination campaign starting next week. Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide made the announcement during a meeting with officials from the government and ruling parties last Wednesday (February 10). The important announcement came days after the government announced that Japan will extend the state of emergency [...]

Japan Expands COVID-19 Emergency to 7 More Prefectures

Filipinos in Japan, brace yourself as the Japanese government has expressed its intent to expand the ongoing state of emergency imposed on the capital from last week. ALSO READ: New COVID-19 Variant: Japan Bans Entry of Foreigners As Japan continues to see a record-breaking increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the government has announced [...]

New COVID-19 Variant: Japan Bans Entry of Foreigners

A few days before 2020 ended, Japan announced that it will be suspending new entries of non-resident foreign nationals from “most parts of the world” as a precaution against a new variant of the coronavirus. ALSO READ: List of Japan Holidays in 2021 Even before the suspension of travel entry, Japan had already reported eight [...]

Gov’t Passes Bill Providing Free COVID-19 Vaccine to All Citizens

A bill that assigns the government to shoulder the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine for all citizens of Japan has been approved in the Diet, providing a crucial move to address the spread of the coronavirus in the country as Japan struggles with its worst-yet wave of infections. In line with this, the bill also [...]

[WATCH] Japan’s Self-Driving Buses Now in Service

On November 26, Japan launched its first and free self-driving bus services in Sakai, Ibaraki Prefecture. ALSO READ: Self-driving Taxis with Passengers Tested in Japan The driver-less buses can run at 18 kph on a 5-kilometer round trip through the center of the district. Moreover, it can safely avoid obstacles on the road through the [...]

Japan Approves Bill to Offer All Residents Free COVID-19 Vaccines

The Japanese government on Tuesday, October 27, approved a bill that aims to cover all the expenses for the purchase, distribution, and administration of COVID-19 vaccines to all residents in Japan, once the drug is already available, as well as to compensate suppliers in the event any serious side effects occur. The bill which amends the [...]

Employers Prefer Filipino Workers in Kyushu, Japan - DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment revealed on Saturday, September 19, that employers from Kyushu, Japan prefer Filipino workers for their industriousness and fast learning ability.  This was cited in the post outreach mission report of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Osaka, Japan to the Department of Labor and Employment. DOLE: Pinoy Workers Preferred by [...]