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Japan faces steep test to contain coronavirus spread in just a month – world news

Japan’s second state of emergency is set to last a month, but public health experts have already expressed doubts that four weeks is enough time to sufficiently slow the coronavirus that’s spreading at an alarming rate. With residents increasingly facing virus fatigue and no legal framework to force compliance, the country could struggle to quickly turn the trend of infections ...

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Japan weighs state of emergency in Tokyo area as Covid-19 cases surge – world news

Japan will decide this week whether to impose a state of emergency in the Tokyo area, a top official said on Tuesday as daily Covid-19 infections hit a record, a move some derided as too little, too late in a nation set to host the Olympics. The government’s top spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said a decision would likely ...

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Japan to join ‘Five Eyes’ to check China’s clampdown on Uyghurs – world news

Amid calls within the Japanese government to join the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence-sharing alliance, it provided key inputs to the US and the UK regarding Chinese clampdown on Uyghurs, reported Kyodo News. Five Eyes is a network of five nations — Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the US who collaborated to better respond to increasing threats by North Korea and ...

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Japan reports first case of new coronavirus strain that emerged in South Africa – world news

The first case of the new coronavirus variant found in South Africa has been confirmed in Japan, the Japan Times reports. A woman who arrived from South Africa in Japan on December 19 and tested positive for Covid-19 turned out to be infected with the new 501.V2 strain, the newspaper said on Tuesday. According to Japanese media reports, another six ...

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Japan ex-PM Shinzo Abe apologises for making ‘repeated false denials’ in parliament on funding scandal – world news

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday corrected statements he had made in parliament, apologising for what he said were mistakes regarding a political funding scandal that has also cast a pall over the current premier. Abe said he felt deeply responsible for making repeated false denials that his political funding group had subsidised cherry blossom viewing parties for ...

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Japan confirms cases of new coronavirus variant – world news

Japan’s health ministry has confirmed the country’s first cases of infection with the new variant of the coronavirus that was identified in Britain. The five people arrived between December 18 and December 21, before Japan stepped up border control on Friday for entrants from Britain. A man in his 60s developed fatigue, but the other four were without symptoms. Health ...

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Japan aims to eliminate gasoline vehicles by mid-2030s, boost green growth – world news

Japan aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the next 15 years, the government said on Friday in a plan to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050. The “green growth strategy,” targeting the hydrogen and auto industries, is meant as an action plan to achieve Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s October ...

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Japan govt panel says people aged 65 or older should get Covid-19 vaccine on priority – world news

A Japanese health ministry panel said on Friday the elderly aged 65 or older should be given priority to get vaccinated against Covid-19. The panel also said people with underlying conditions including chronic heart disease, chronic respiratory disease and chronic kidney disease, among others, should also be given priority to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

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India and Japan oppose attempts to ‘unilaterally change status quo by coercion’ – india news

India and Japan on Tuesday said they strongly oppose all attempts to “unilaterally change the status quo by coercion” and activities that escalate tension, against the backdrop of concerns about China’s assertive actions across the region. The matter figured in a phone conversation between defence minister Rajnath Singh and his Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi, according to a readout from Japan’s ...

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Japan to looking to reduce emissions beyond 2030 target – world news

Japan will look at reducing greenhouse gas emissions beyond its current target for 2030 and lay out details next year on a carbon pricing scheme that won’t rule out a carbon tax, the environment ministry’s top bureaucrat said on Monday. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday instructed his environment and industry ministers to work on a plan next year to ...

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