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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wears a protective mask after a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan April 17, 2020. Kiyoshi Ota-Pool via REUTERS

Coronavirus cases in Japan rise by 202 to 14,097

The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 202 to reach 14,097, according to the latest figures from the Health Ministry and local authorities on Wednesday.
Singapore, on Tuesday announced its 2020 budget, pledging 5.6 billion Singapore dollars (or 4.02 billion U.S. dollars) to assist businesses and households affected financially by the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus’ effect on world economy grows more alarming

Concerns about the coronavirus outbreak’s threat to the world economy grew Saturday, even after United States, President Donald Trump, denounced criticism of his response to the threat as a “hoax” cooked up by his political enemies.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country’s fourth death linked to the outbreak.

Japan premier calls for nationwide closure of schools over virus

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country’s fourth death linked to the outbreak.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech to demand the return of the Northern Territories, a group of islands held by Russia, at a national rally in Tokyo on February 7, 2019. – Called the Kurils by Russia and the Northern Territories by Japan, the string of volcanic islands are at the heart of a feud between the two countries has prevented Russia and Japan from signing a formal World War II peace treaty. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Japan premier calls for nationwide closure of schools over coronavirus

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged schools nationwide to close for several weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, as authorities reported the country’s fourth death linked to the outbreak.
Kanzira, a 25-year-old Ugandan medical student, is among thousands of African students living in Wuhan, a central Chinese city of 11 million people that is currently under lockdown due to a rapidly spreading coronavirus.

Japan woman tests positive for c after ‘recovery’

A woman in Japan who contracted the new coronavirus and was released from hospital after recovering has tested positive again, officials said Thursday.
The Japanese government said Wednesday it would scrap next year's annual cherry blossom party after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under fire amid claims he invited too many of his own supporters.

Japan scraps cherry blossom party amid premier’s cronyism criticism

The Japanese government said Wednesday it would scrap next year's annual cherry blossom party after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came under fire amid claims he invited too many of his own supporters.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday said it wanted Tokyo to understand the reasons why it was switching the 2020 Games marathon to the northern city of Sapporo, a decision that had infuriated the capital’s governor, Yuriko Koike.

Olympics: Tokyo, IOC still at loggerheads over marathon move

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday said it wanted Tokyo to understand the reasons why it was switching the 2020 Games marathon to the northern city of Sapporo, a decision that had infuriated the capital’s governor, Yuriko Koike.
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Tokyo 2020 marathon moved to Sapporo

The Olympic marathon and race walking events for next year’s Olympic Games have been moved from Tokyo to Sapporo, it has been announced today.
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Tokyo will have to accept IOC plan to move marathon – organisers

Tokyo has little choice but to accept an International Olympic Committee (IOC) move to shift the 2020 marathon to a cooler Northern Island in Japan.
More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a restaurant in northern Japan, police said.

Explosion in Japanese restaurant leaves more than 40 injured

More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a restaurant in northern Japan, police said.
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Japan declares own island missing

Missing: A tiny island in northern Japan. Or so authorities fear, prompting plans for a survey to determine if the outcrop has been washed away, ever-so-slightly shrinking the country’s territorial waters.
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6.1 magnitude earthquake shakes Japan island

A magnitude-6.1 earthquake rattled Japan’s Southern Islands on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
World's oldest living married couple Masao Matsumoto (L) and Miyako Matsumoto look at albums in their room at a nursing house in Takamatsu, Kagawa prefecture, Japan September 4, 2018. (REUTERS-TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY-Kwiyeon Ha)

Japan’s centenarians reach world record high of 69,785

The number of centenarians in Japan reached a record high of 69,785 as of September, owing to growing health awareness and advances made in medical fields, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice president and chairman of the Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, John Coates speaks during a press conference in Tokyo on September 12, 2018. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) threw its weight behind calls by Japanese organisers to implement daylight savings time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as concerns mount over athlete safety. / AFP PHOTO / Behrouz MEHRI

IOC backs daylight savings to ease Tokyo 2020 heat fears

The International Olympic Committee on Wednesday backed calls by Japanese organisers to implement daylight savings time at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as concerns mount over athlete safety in soaring temperatures.
Russian President Putin shakes hands with Japanese PM Abe during their meeting on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok

Vladimir Putin proposes Russia signs peace deal with Japan

President Vladimir Putin suggested Wednesday Russia and Japan sign a peace deal “without any preconditions” by the end of the year, a historic proposal to try to solve a territorial dispute after decades of deadlock.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2nd L) visits the devastated city of Astuma on September 9, 2018 after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido on September 6. Abe visited the quake-hit northern region of Hokkaido on September 9, as officials confirmed two more deaths bringing the toll to 37.Jiji Press / AFP

Japan PM visits quake-hit Hokkaido as toll rises to 42

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the quake-hit northern region of Hokkaido Sunday as officials confirmed more deaths, bringing the toll to 42.
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Japan hails Naomi Osaka’s performance at US Open

Japan on Sunday hailed Naomi Osaka’s stunning upset against the legendary Serena Williams to win the US Open, giving the nation some rare good news after a summer of deadly natural disasters.
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Japan quake: Rescuers search for landslide survivors

Rescuers on Friday struggled to dig out survivors believed to have been buried after a powerful earthquake set off massive landslides on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido.

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