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Japan Rolls Out Vaccination Passports for Int’l Travels

On Monday (July 26), Japan started accepting applications for the vaccine passports from people who have been fully immunized against COVID-19, allowing them to travel overseas to specific destinations without being quarantined. Many countries, from Israel to Europe, have already granted vaccine passports, which free persons who have been immunized from lengthy quarantines and other [...]

Tokyo Placed in 4th State of Emergency As the Much-Anticipated Tokyo Games Approaches

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Tokyo, the government declared the fourth state of emergency on July 8 to deal with the pandemic, which had documented more than 900 cases the day before. The state of emergency will be in effect from July 12 to August 22, encompassing the whole duration of the Tokyo [...]

Japan will begin accepting applications for so-called vaccine passports for those who have been fully immunized against COVID-19 to travel internationally on July 26, according to the top government spokesperson on Sunday. In response to a request from business circles, the government will also investigate using such credentials for domestic economic activity, said Chief Cabinet [...]

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Tokyo Games

The Tokyo Olympics will finally take place this year, but arenas will be quieter than in past years for this much-anticipated mega-event. This time, sports fans from other regions of the world are forbidden from physically visiting the events. With only a few months until the Olympic cauldron is officially lit, the organisers are still [...]

[Breaking] Japan to Lift COVID State of Emergency in Tokyo, Other Areas – Suga

With less than a month until the Tokyo Olympics, the Japanese government voted Thursday to suspend the COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and eight other prefectures while maintaining some restrictions. READ ALSO: Japan to Ease Restrictions in Tokyo, Osaka Starting June 21 Aside from the capital, the state of emergency will be lifted in [...]

Japan Eyes to Ease Restrictions in Tokyo and Osaka Starting June 21

A government official said Friday (June 11) that Japan is considering implementing less stringent coronavirus restrictions in areas such as Tokyo and Osaka when the state of emergency is lifted on June 21, as the country seeks to contain the health crisis with less than 50 days until the start of the Tokyo Olympics. While [...]

Osaka Struggles As 4th Wave Overwhelms Health System

Hospitals in Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, are overwhelmed by a massive wave of new coronavirus infections, with beds and ventilators running out as tired doctors warn of a “system collapse” and advise against keeping the Olympics this summer. Japan’s western area, home to 9 million people, is bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s fourth wave, [...]

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 [...]