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Volcano in southwest Japan erupts, warning issued
Tokyo, Oct 20 (IANS) An eruption was observed on Wednesday at Mt Aso in Kyushu area, southwestern Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.
2021-10-20
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
Campaigning begin for Japan's general election
Tokyo, Oct 19 (IANS) Campaigning for Japan's October 31 general election started on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida seeking authorisation for his Covid-19 and economic policies and the opposition parties united to loosen the power of the ruling coalition.
2021-10-19
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan to start trials requiring vax proof, test results at restaurants
Tokyo, Oct 18 (IANS) The Japanese government said on Monday that it would start conducting trials using proof of Covid-19 vaccinations or negative test results at eateries this week, aiming to maintain economic activities while preventing the spread of infections.
2021-10-18
Category: International, Japan,Politics
New Japanese PM announces outline of Covid counter-measures
Tokyo, Oct 15 (IANS) New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday announced an outline of Covid-19 counter-measures at a panel meeting, saying that the government would come up with an overall set early next month.
2021-10-15
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japanese govt retains overall view of economy
Tokyo, Oct 15 (IANS) The Japanese government on Friday retained its overall assessment for the economy in October as "picking up, although the pace has weakened" due to the severe situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-10-15
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan's House of Representatives dissolved for general election
Tokyo, Oct 14 (IANS) Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday dissolved the House of Representatives, paving the way for a general election on October 31 after the four-year term of the lower house members expires on October 21.
2021-10-14
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japanese drugmaker to launch first-ever plant-based Covid vax
Tokyo, Oct 13 (IANS) Japanese pharmaceutical group Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma is planning to launch the first-ever plant-based Covid-19 vaccine in the world, which will likely to be of low-cost, easier to transport as well as store than the conventional jabs, the media reported.
2021-10-13
Category: International, Japan,National,Health/Medicine
Japan beat Australia 2-1 in World Cup qualifier
Tokyo, Oct 12 (IANS) With a late own-goal from Australian defender Aziz Behich, Japan edged Australia 2-1 to claim their second victory in the final round of Asian World Cup qualifying campaign at Saitama Stadium on Tuesday.
2021-10-12
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Football
Japan Minister vows to promote scrapping of Fukushima nuke plant
Tokyo, Oct 11 (IANS) Japan's Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda has vowed to promote the decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and recovery of the area as a top priority during his first visit to the northeastern prefecture since assuming office, local media reported on Monday.
2021-10-11
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan PM vows to strengthen medical system for Covid patients
Tokyo, Oct 10 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has said he will strengthen the country's medical system amid the coronavirus pandemic by increasing the number of beds designated for Covid-19 patients in the public hospitals.
2021-10-10
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine,Politics
New Japanese PM delivers 1st policy speech after taking office
Tokyo, Oct 8 (IANS) Fumio Kishida, the newly elected Japanese Prime Minister, on Friday delivered his first policy speech, vowing to reach economic growth for the country with his "new form of capitalism" and redistribute the fruits of that success to build up a stronger middle class.
2021-10-08
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Powerful quake in Japan injures 32, disrupts train services
Tokyo, Oct 8 (IANS) Authorities in Japan said on Friday that a powerful earthquake which jolted the country the previous day left 32 people injured, while also disrupting train services in the Tokyo area, affecting around 368,000 passengers in total.
2021-10-08
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
6.1 magnitude quake strikes Japan's Tokyo, no tsunami warning
Tokyo, Oct 7 (IANS) An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter Scale on late Thursday struck Japan's Tokyo region, but no tsunami warning has been issued, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
2021-10-07
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Environment/Wildlife,Politics
6.0-magnitude quake strikes off Japan's Iwate
Tokyo, Oct 6 (IANS) An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 on Wednesday struck off Japan's Iwate Prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
2021-10-06
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Kishida's Cabinet members list priorities on 1st work day
Tokyo, Oct 5 (IANS) New Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Cabinet members on Tuesday started their first full day on the job, laying out their priorities for weeks and months ahead.
2021-10-05
Category: International, Japan,Politics
New Japanese PM seeks to tackle Covid while reviving economy
Tokyo, Oct 4 (IANS) Fumio Kishida, the leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) who was elected on Monday as the country's new Prime Minister to succeed Yoshihide Suga, is seeking to tackle the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic while also reviving the economy with a package worth "tens of trillions of yen" to help people and businesses suffering from the health crisis.
2021-10-04
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Fumio Kishida elected as Japanese PM to succeed Suga (Ld)
Tokyo, Oct 4 (IANS) Fumio Kishida, leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was elected on Monday as the country's new Prime Minister to succeed Yoshihide Suga.
2021-10-04
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan begins special Parliament session to elect new PM
Tokyo, Oct 4 (IANS) The Japanese Parliament on Monday started a special session to elect the country's new Prime Minister.
2021-10-04
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan's new ruling party leader to take office as PM
Tokyo, Oct 3 (IANS) Fumio Kishida, the newly-elected leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP),will take office as the Prime Minister on Monday and launch his new government, aiming to promote economic recovery while keeping Covid-19 infections under control, local media reported on Sunday.
2021-10-03
Category: International, Japan,Politics
'Restless anal syndrome' affects man who had Covid infection
Tokyo, Oct 3 (IANS) A mysterious condition known as "restless anal syndrome" has been linked to Covid-19, according to new medical research published by Japanese experts.
2021-10-03
Category: International, Japan,National,Health/Medicine
Japan's new ruling party leader unveils executive lineup
Tokyo, Oct 1 (IANS) Fumio Kishida, the new leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), unveiled a lineup of party executives on Friday.
2021-10-01
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Job availability in Japan worsens
Tokyo, Oct 1 (IANS) Japan's job availability in August worsened for the first time in four months with the expansion of the state of emergency against the surge of Covid-19 infections, government data revealed on Friday.
2021-10-01
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan lifts Covid state of emergency as scheduled
Tokyo, Oct 1 (IANS) Japan on Friday fully lifted the Covid-19 state of emergency covering Tokyo and another 18 prefectures, as well as the quasi-state of emergency in other regions as scheduled.
2021-10-01
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Ex-Finance Minister Amari named as Japan LDP's No 2 chief
Tokyo, Sep 30 (IANS) Fumio Kishida, the new leader of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and de facto next prime minister, decided on Thursday to appoint former Finance Minister Akira Amari as the LDP's No 2 post of secretary general, senior LDP officials said.
2021-09-30
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Fumio Kishida wins Japan's ruling party presidential election
Tokyo, Sep 29 (IANS) Fumio Kishida won the presidential election of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Wednesday.
2021-09-29
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Sony tops smartphone image sensor market in H1: Report
Tokyo, Sep 28 (IANS) The global smartphone image sensor market in H1 2021 clocked a total revenue of $7 billion and Sony dominated the market with a 42 per cent revenue share, slightly down from 44 per cent a year earlier, a new report revealed.
2021-09-28
Category: International, Japan,Technology
Japan PM candidates make last-minute appeals before polls
Tokyo, Sep 28 (IANS) The four candidates in the fray to become the next Japanese Prime Minister made their last-minute appeals on Tuesday, with Vaccination Minister Taro Kono and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida having a higher possibility of winning the election on Wednesday.
2021-09-28
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan to shorten quarantine period for fully vaccinated travellers
Tokyo, Sep 28 (IANS) The Japanese government said that it would ease quarantine rules for travellers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 starting from Friday, shortening the required period for self-isolating at home from 14 days to 10 days.
2021-09-28
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan to end Covid emergency measures on Thursday
Tokyo, Sep 28 (IANS) The Japanese government will end the Covid-19 state of emergency covering Tokyo and 18 prefectures and a quasi-state of emergency for eight regions, on Thursday, as the number of new cases has declined steadily.
2021-09-28
Category: International, Japan,Politics
N.Korea fires what appears to be ballistic missile: Japan
Tokyo, Sep 28 (IANS) North Korea on Tuesday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile, Japanese government officials said.
2021-09-28
Category: International, Japan,Defence/Security,Diplomacy,Politics
Japan issues 1st gender bonds to promote female empowerment, education
Tokyo, Sep 27 (IANS) The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) issued the country's first gender bonds on Monday to promote empowerment and education of women and ensure gender equality in developing nations.
2021-09-27
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan plans to lower minimum age for Covid vaccination
Tokyo, Sep 25 (IANS) Japan's Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi said that the country's state-run Covid-19 vaccination centres plan to lower the minimum age for inoculation to 16 years old or younger from 18 amid the spread of the virus among younger people.
2021-09-25
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
Japan to provide booster shots to elderly in 2022
Tokyo, Sep 21 (IANS) Japan will begin to inoculate the elderly with the third dose of a Covid-19 jab early next year, as the country seeks to better deal with the spread of more infectious variants, Vaccination Minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday.
2021-09-21
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine,Politics
Japan to determine new PM on Oct 4
Tokyo, Sep 21 (IANS) The Japanese government on Tuesday announced its decision to call an extraordinary Parliament session on October 4 to determine a new Prime Minister, ahead of a general election likely to be held in November.
2021-09-21
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan mulls 3rd Covid vax shots by yr-end
Tokyo, Sep 18 (IANS) Japan is considering administering the third shot of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of this year, the Health Ministry said.
2021-09-18
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
Campaigning for Japanese ruling party's leadership race starts
Tokyo, Sep 17 (IANS) Campaigning for the leadership race of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to choose Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's successor officially began on Friday, with four veteran lawmakers competing for the top position.
2021-09-17
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan's ex-Communications Minister announces LDP leadership bid
Tokyo, Sep 17 (IANS) Japan's former Communications Minister Seiko Noda has announced her decision enter the presidential election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to be held on September 29, becoming the fourth candidate to join the race.
2021-09-17
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Google News Showcase now rolling out in Japan
Tokyo, Sep 16 (IANS) Google News Showcase, a $1 billion news licensing programme to support publishers by surfacing card-based content across its platforms is now coming to Japan.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Japan,Technology
Japan's top Covid-19 adviser concerned about easing restrictions
Tokyo, Sep 15 (IANS) Japan's top Covid-19 adviser Shigeru Omi on Wednesday warned against hurriedly relaxing the anti-epidemic measures, saying that restrictions should be eased only after the state of emergency is lifted.
2021-09-15
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
Japan mulls tougher punishment for cyber crime
Tokyo, Sep 14 (IANS) Japanese Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa said on Tuesday that the country is considering the introduction of a tougher jail sentence as part of penalties for cyber crimes.
2021-09-14
Category: International, Japan,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics,Technology
Defeat to Qatar pushes India to the brink in Asian volleyball
Chiba (Japan), Sep 13 (IANS) India succumbed to their second successive defeat in Group A preliminary league, losing to Qatar 3-0 (22-25, 14-25, 20-25) at Chiba Port Arena, Japan, and all but ending their hopes of finishing the top eight in the competition.
2021-09-13
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Drugs mimicking cigarette smoke may help Covid therapy: Study
Tokyo, Sep 13 (IANS) Researchers have identified two drugs that mimic the effect of chemicals in cigarette smoke and reduce the ability of SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus causing Covid-19, to enter cells.
2021-09-13
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
Over 50% of Japan's population fully vaccinated
Tokyo, Sep 13 (IANS) Over 50 per cent of Japan's population have been fully inoculated against Covid-19, Minister in charge of the coronavirus response Yasutoshi Nishimura said.
2021-09-13
Category: International, Japan,Health/Medicine
India lose to Bahrain in Asian volleyball opener
Chiba (Japan), Sep 12 (IANS) The Indian men's team got off to a poor start in the Asian Volleyball Championships 2021, losing to Bahrain in their opening Group A match on Sunday.
2021-09-12
Category: International, Japan,Sports,Other Sports
Japan's Vaccination Minister announces candidacy to succeed PM
Tokyo, Sep 11 (IANS) Japan's Vaccination Minister Taro Kono has formally announced his bid to succeed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga by joining the leadership race of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
2021-09-11
Category: International, Japan,Politics
IAEA plans to inspect contaminated water release at Fukushima
Tokyo, Sep 10 (IANS) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will dispatch a team of experts to Japan in December to review the country's plan to dump radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the sea.
2021-09-10
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan to extend Covid emergency in 19 prefectures
Tokyo, Sep 9 (IANS) The Japanese government has decided to extend the Covid-19 state of emergency for 19 prefectures through September 30, which is now covering 21 of the 47 prefectures through September 12.
2021-09-09
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan's LDP leadership contender Kishida vows to narrow income disparity
Tokyo, Sep 8 (IANS) Japan's Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida vowed Wednesday to increase people's income and narrow gaps through wealth redistribution in the post-pandemic era, announcing his economic policies for the presidential election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
2021-09-08
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Japan logs $17.3 bn current account surplus in July
Tokyo, Sep 8 (IANS) Japan marked a current account surplus of 1.91 trillion yen ($17.3 billion) in July, growing 24.5 per cent year on year, amid the increase in exports to China and the United States where demand kept recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic fallout, according to the Finance Ministry on Wednesday.
2021-09-08
Category: International, Japan,Business/Economy
Japan govt may convene parliament on Oct 4 to select Suga's successor
Tokyo, Sep 8 (IANS) The Japanese government is considering convening an extraordinary parliamentary session on October 4 to select Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's successor, local media reported, citing sources.
2021-09-08
Category: International, Japan,Politics