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.
Tokyo asks central govt to extend state of eme
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko asks the central government to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency
Japan's Vaccination Drive Is Underway
Japan began its coronavirus vaccination drive on February 17, starting with frontline medical workers. The central and local governments and medical workers are coordinating efforts to that end.
COVID Vaccines May Be Available in May
Sources say Japan's government plans to deliver COVID vaccinations to the general population in May.
Soothe Your Throat With... a Kit Kat?!
Containing real throat lozenge powder, this new release is one of the most unusual Kit Kats seen in Japan to date.
Health Care Workers Face Stigma Over COVID-19
Health care workers in Japan are putting their lives on the line to help the country battle the novel coronavirus epidemic, but their proximity to those infected with the virus has prompted discriminatory actions toward them.
Sexual Health in Japan
One of the many taboos in Japan is discussing sex and sexual health in an open and proactive way. However, should you end up living or working here, it's important to know what resources are available to keep you healthy and happy.
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.
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.
Japan to Pay Families if Vaccine Causes Death
Some who fear the COVID-19 vaccine may be swayed by a report that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will award a lump sum of 44,200,000 yen (US$420,000) to the surviving family of any person who dies as a result of the vaccine.
Japan Looks to AI for COVID-19 Countermeasures
Japan’s government launches a panel of experts to discuss formulating coronavirus countermeasures using artificial intelligence and the supercomputer Fugaku.
20,000 people related to Tokyo Games to be vac
Olympic minister Marukawa Tamayo says Japan plans to offer Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccinations to about 20,000 people related to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
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.
Japan Approves Second COVID-19 Treatment
The use of dexamethasone to treat people infected with the novel coronavirus has been approved as the second drug that doctors can now prescribe to COVID-19 patients in the country.
Finding Remedies in the Soil
Professor Satoshi Omura, joint recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, has discovered organic compounds produced by microorganisms in the soil that are being used to free hundreds of millions of people from infectious diseases.
Fourth Batch of COVID Vaccines Arrive in Japan
Around 830,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrive in Japan.
Japan to Roll Out Covid Vaccines by Late Feb
Regulatory Reform Minister Taro Kono says he will strive to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination to the public as soon as possible.
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.
Vaccination for Japanese athletes to start on
he Japanese Olympic Committee says the vaccination for around 1,600 Japanese athletes and related people will start on June 1.
Patients With COVID-19 Antibodies Found Immune
The results of Japan’s large-scale antibody test show all eight patients who had antibodies against the novel coronavirus were immune to COVID-19.