Olympics 2020

Tokyo 2020 chief says coronavirus won’t stop the Olympics

The pandemic-postponed Olympics will go ahead this summer "however the coronavirus evolves", Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said Tuesday, brushing aside doubts about the event. "We'll certainly go ahead however the coronavirus (pandemic) evolves," he told a meeting of Olympic organisers and members of Japan's ruling party in Tokyo. "We must go beyond discussion about … Continue reading Tokyo 2020 chief says coronavirus won’t stop the Olympics

Tokyo residents advised to stay home as coronavirus toll rises

Tokyo's governor on Wednesday urged residents of the Japanese capital to stay at home during an upcoming four-day holiday weekend, as the number of new local COVID-19 cases surged. The city is on its highest coronavirus alert level, with experts warning infections appear to be spreading rapidly and widely. "The infections are spreading not only … Continue reading Tokyo residents advised to stay home as coronavirus toll rises

COVID-19 Update: Shinzo Abe to declare state of emergency in Japan

Japan is to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday in a bid to stop the coronavirus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday, with the government preparing a stimulus package to soften the economic blow. "We hope to declare a state of emergency as early as … Continue reading COVID-19 Update: Shinzo Abe to declare state of emergency in Japan

Japan considering use of HIV Treatment for Coronavirus

Japan is aiming to start trials soon using an HIV treatment for the coronavirus, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday. “We’re currently preparing to start clinical trials using HIV medication on the novel coronavirus,” Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said at a daily press briefing. He added that he could not comment on … Continue reading Japan considering use of HIV Treatment for Coronavirus

Deadly typhoon kills dozens in Japan

Japan sent tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers on Sunday to save stranded residents and fight floods caused by one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in recent history, which killed 23 people and briefly paralyzed Tokyo. There were also 16 people missing, public broadcaster NHK said, as Typhoon Hagibis left … Continue reading Deadly typhoon kills dozens in Japan

Kim Kardashian West sad for ‘trashing’ Japanese culture

"My culture is not your underwear," that's what the Japanese are telling American TV personality Kim Kardashian West after she announced the launch of her new shapewear brand Kimono Intimates, in various skin tones, claiming that her product "celebrates and enhances the curves of women." The hashtag #KimOhNo has gone viral on Twitter, with people slamming the … Continue reading Kim Kardashian West sad for ‘trashing’ Japanese culture

Is Japan truly a land without lawyers?

In 1983, Time magazine looked at Japan and saw, to its astonishment, a “land without lawyers.” “Most Japanese,” said its report, “live — and die — without ever having seen a lawyer.” Was this a country, or a mystic brotherhood? In the U.S. there was one lawyer for every 400 citizens; in Japan, one for … Continue reading Is Japan truly a land without lawyers?

Famous Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee diagnosed with Leukaemia

Japan's swim queen Rikako Ikee, a poster girl for next year's Tokyo Olympics, has been diagnosed with leukaemia, the 18-year-old tweeted on Tuesday. In a shock announcement, Ikee said: "After feeling unwell I returned in haste from Australia and following tests I was diagnosed with leukaemia. I still can't believe it myself and I'm in a state of … Continue reading Famous Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee diagnosed with Leukaemia

Japanese court rules against Chinese citizens seeking compensation for forced labor

Image shows Chinese activists walking toward the Osaka District Court on Tuesday before the ruling on compensation for forced labor during World War II The Osaka District Court dismissed Tuesday a lawsuit filed by a group of Chinese citizens seeking compensation totaling ¥82.5 million from the Japanese central government over forced labor during World War II. … Continue reading Japanese court rules against Chinese citizens seeking compensation for forced labor

Suicide rate among Japanese girls was highest in 2018

  The number of suicides in Japan in the first 11 months of 2018 dropped 3.4 percent from a year earlier to 20,598, down for the ninth year and the lowest in 37 years, preliminary data released by the National Police Agency showed on Friday. The number of suicides per 100,000 people fell to 16.3, … Continue reading Suicide rate among Japanese girls was highest in 2018