Japan Expands State of Emergency
The Japanese government expands its state of emergency over the coronavirus to seven prefectures such as Osaka and Kyoto in addition to the four in the greater Tokyo area that was originally included.
Train Services to End Earlier in Greater Tokyo
Railway companies serving the greater Tokyo area move up the times of their last train amid the state of emergency over the coronavirus.
Vaccination of 40,000 Medical Workers Underway
Pfizer vaccines arrive in hospitals in Tokyo ahead of inoculation which is set to start on February 17.
Japan Considers State of Emergency for Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide says he is considering declaring a state of emergency over the coronavirus in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.
Tech That Measures Congestion in Indoor Areas
Officials tested a system at Tokyo Dome that uses state-of-the-art technology to measure congestion in indoor arenas.
Mysterious Seeds Delivered Across Japan
Packages marked China Post containing mysterious seeds began turning up in mailboxes across Japan, despite no one ordering such items.
Pfizer Applies for Vaccine Approval in Japan
U.S. drugmaker Pfizer asked the Japanese government for approval to manufacture and sell its coronavirus vaccine in the country.
Tokyo Daily COVID Cases Reach Record High
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reports a record daily high of 1,591 new cases of coronavirus infections and a total of 113 COVID-19 patients who are severely ill.
Tokyo Reports Record High of COVID-19 Cases
Tokyo reports a record daily high 493 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on November 18. The metropolitan government plans to raise its coronavirus alert to the highest level.
Sharp Unveils Fog-Free Face Shields
Electronics firm Sharp has developed face shields that do not fog up or glare like conventional products do.
COVID Vaccines May Be Available in May
Sources say Japan's government plans to deliver COVID vaccinations to the general population in May.
A Carbon Neutral Japan by 2050
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledges to aim for Japan to become a carbon-neutral society by 2050 in his first policy speech in parliament.
Japan Extends Coronavirus Emergency to March 7
The Japanese government has decided to extend its second state of emergency over the coronavirus by a month through March 7.
Narita Airport Prepares for Increased Traffic
Staff at Narita International Airport have undergone training ahead of the expansion of the 'Go To Travel' program to include Tokyo.
Touchless Toilet Panel Is Safety Innovation
Japanese toilets are well known for their high-tech wash-and-dry functions, controlled by a panel located near the toilet seat. While it's great for keeping your rear clean, the pandemic has highlighted one major problem: it doesn’t keep fingers clean.
Closures Over COVID Continue in Japan
An increasing number of businesses across Japan permanently close their doors amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
Japan to Further Ease Entry Ban
The Japanese government is planning to ease COVID-19 border controls on foreign nationals from October by allowing new entrants with visas for stays of three months or more.
Keep Your Mask On, Even After the Food Arrives
Japan’s pseudo-Italian restaurant chain Saizeriya has come up with a way for customers to dine out while still wearing their masks.
Uber Eats Starts Medication Delivery Trials
Convenience store chain giant Lawson is teaming up with Uber Eats to deliver medication to those who need it.
2020 Olympics Coronavirus Monitoring Center
A government panel on anti-coronavirus measures for the Tokyo Games decided to set up an infectious disease monitoring center to keep track of athletes’ health condition.