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Gov't to Extend JPY 300,000 Cash Aid to Each Household in Need

On Friday (April 3), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party announced that the government will provide 300,000 yen in cash to each household suffering from falling incomes amid the spread of the new coronavirus. This decision was agreed upon after LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida suggested to the prime minister that 300,000 [...]

Gov't Prepares to Declare a State of Emergency over Virus

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to spike in the capital, Tokyo, and other parts of the country, the government on Monday (April 6) began preparations for the declaration of a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak.  In line with this, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was expected to convene with a panel of experts advising [...]

Government Steps Up Coronavirus Efforts by Requesting Self-Isolation for All Visitors

As the WHO announced that the number of coronavirus infections globally is expected to hit over a million in the next few days, Japan’s government has decided to request all travelers entering the country to self-quarantine for two weeks, due to the coronavirus pandemic and to contain the spread of the virus in the country through local [...]

'Road to Tokyo Olympics' Threatened by COVID-19 Pandemic

As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hundreds of thousands infected already, experts are starting to question the likelihood of the Tokyo Olympics being held under normal conditions when the Games kick off in less than 150 days. To add pressure to the situation, on Friday (March 13), US [...]

Gov't Issues Medical Guidelines to Address Rise COVID-19 Infections

On Monday (February 17), Japan’s health ministry issued several guidelines for when people with symptoms consistent with the new coronavirus should consult medical institutions, as the country steps up efforts to contain its spread with more cases, even among medical staff, confirmed. Recently, the number of infections was reported to be at 454, as 99 new [...]

Number of Filipinos Infected with COVID-19 on Japan Cruise Ship Rises to 27

As fears of a community spread of the COVID-19 in the Philippines are being addressed by the government at the moment, new infections on board the Japanese cruise ship, Diamond Princess, involving Filipinos have been confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH).   The latest figures from the DOH reveal 16 new cases who tested positive for the [...]

Filipino Seafarer Among 10 People Found Positive with N-CoV Aboard Japan Cruise Ship

A Filipino seafarer was among the 10 people on a Japan cruise ship who tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCov). Aside from the Filipino, there were three people each from Japan and Hong Kong, two Australians, and one American, who tested positive for the highly contagious virus. However, none of them had severe symptoms, according [...]

Pope Francis Visits Japan, to Talk About Ban of Nuclear Weapons

Scheduled for a four-day trip to Japan starting Nov 23 ( Saturday), Pope Francis has just become the first pontiff to travel to the country in 38 years. Upon arriving on a special plane at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport Saturday night, the pope is set to visit the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the following day and [...]

15,000-Seat Olympic Aquatics Center Unveiled for Tokyo 2020 Games

With less than a year to go before the opening of one of the world’s biggest and most important sporting events, Tokyo 2020 organizers has recently unveiled on Thursday (Nov 21) the USD 523 million venue for swimming, diving and artistic swimming that will seat 15,000 fans for the Olympic and Paralympic Games next year.    Construction [...]

As we come to the end of the year, many people are already looking forward to the holiday celebrations to go on a vacation and to get that much-needed time off from work – but that’s not the case for the people in Japan. Fortunately, the country has such a long list of year-round events and festivities [...]