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School closures: Parents stressed but some find opportunities

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 20:07
Double-income families raising children in Tokyo are under growing pressure to cope now that Japan's school closure request is expected to be extended due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak. (Nikkei)
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Fewer people on streets of Japan's major cities amid stay-at-home requests

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 20:02
Far fewer people were on the streets of shopping areas in Tokyo and other cities in Japan on Saturday, after authorities issued stay-at-home requests in the wake of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus. (Japan Today)
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Essential services to run in Tokyo even if national emergency declared, Koike assures

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 20:01
Tokyo residents will be asked to refrain from leaving home but essential services will continue operating should Japan declare a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus, Gov. Yuriko Koike said. (Japan Times)
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Japanese officials say Tokyo is at risk of an 'overshoot,' but what exactly does that mean?

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:59
There has been much talk in Japan recently about the imminent danger posed by an “overshoot,” a word used with no Japanese translation, little context and an apparent disregard for the English language, baffling English and Japanese speakers alike. (Japan Times)
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In Tokyo, self-isolation doesn’t mean you can’t eat well

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:57
Winter is over, and in any normal year that would be cause for celebration. But in this COVID-19 spring, nothing is normal: Tokyo’s streets are empty, especially in the evening — and so are restaurants across the city. (Japan Times)
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No lockdown needed? Japan stores are shutting down voluntarily

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:56
With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government stuck on the brink of declaring a state of emergency that might lead to a lockdown, Japan’s restaurant, bar and chain stores are taking matters into their own hands by voluntarily shuttering hundreds of stores to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Japan Times)
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Gifu: Hostess club source of coronavirus cluster

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:54
A cluster of 7 infections of the novel coronavirus has been traced to persons who were present at a hostess club in Gifu City last month, the city government has revealed, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Apr. 3). (tokyoreporter.com)
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How to design a lockdown

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:45
As governments introduce social distancing rules of varying strictness to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the question of how long these measures should remain in place will likely spark vigorous debate. (Japan Times)
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Japan aims to triple Avigan stockpile with government help

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:42
The Japanese government will support a drive to boost production of the flu drug Avigan as a treatment for the novel coronavirus, with the aim of increasing stockpiles to triple the current amount, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
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'When will this end?' On the front lines of Japan's coronavirus fight

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 04/04/2020 - 19:35
When reports of a mysterious pneumonialike illness first cropped up in China at the end of last year, Yutaka Tokue, head of the infectious disease and prevention division at Japan's Gunma University, knew the disease would eventually arrive in his home country. (Nikkei)
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Tokyo: Man, 43, suspected of stealing bags ‘for pachinko’

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 20:27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 43-year-old man who has admitted to carrying out the theft of a bag in Edogawa Ward so he can play pachinko, reports TV Asahi (Apr. 3). (tokyoreporter.com)
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University student accused of assaulting man after warning over smoking

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 20:25
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male university student over the alleged assault of a man in Toshima Ward last year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Apr. 3). (tokyoreporter.com)
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Japanese mathematician gets validation for number theory solution

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 20:18
A proof by Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki of an over 30-year-old problem in number theory has obtained validation, Kyoto University said Friday following controversy over his theory often labeled as too novel and complicated to understand. (Kyodo)
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Americans warned to leave Japan or risk long stay as virus cases surge

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 20:14
The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo issued a warning to American citizens Friday that said those with plans to return should do so now or risk being stuck here for an “indefinite period.” (Japan Times)
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Japan to give virus-hit nations Avigan for free

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 20:11
The Japanese government plans to provide nations hit by the coronavirus pandemic with the anti-flu drug Avigan developed by a Japanese chemical firm. (NHK)
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Empty Akihabara - Tokyo’s otaku district hit hard by coronavirus outbreak

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 20:08
The gathering point for anime and game fans from around the globe looks eerily different these days. (soranews24.com)
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Japan's data usage surges 40%, raising overload fears

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 19:56
The volume of internet data used in Japan jumped 40% in roughly a month, industry figures show, prompting concerns about overwhelming the network. (Nikkei)
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Govt., LDP agree on 300,000 yen handout over outbreak

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 19:51
Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and the main governing Liberal Democratic Party have agreed to give roughly 2,800 dollars to households whose income has fallen to a certain level due to the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
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Tokyo to move mild-symptom patients into a hotel

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 19:49
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to start moving coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms out of hospitals and into hotel rooms as early as next week. It aims at vacating hospital beds for a possible surge of more serious cases. (NHK)
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Tokyo governor lists steps if emergency declared

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 04/03/2020 - 19:48
Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko has outlined the steps the city's government would take if the prime minister declares a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
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