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The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Here is a list of countries that have so far confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Japan court sentences 2 Filipinas via remote interpreting for the first time

Jan 22, 2020 - 2:48 PM

A Tagalog-Japanese interpreter shown on a large monitor via video link tells the two women the separate rulings of prison terms handed down by the Yamagata District Court

Photo by Kyodo News

Olympic makeover: All aboard for new sports lighting up Tokyo 2020

Jan 21, 2020 - 5:23 PM

Check out the 5 new sports in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. Filipino Margielyn Didal is on track in landing a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo from Margielyn Didal's Instagram

WHO to hold emergency meeting as SARS-like virus spreads in Asia

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:38 PM

(3rd UPDATE) An 89-year-old man has become the fourth person to die from the virus in China, authorities say Tuesday

MYSTERY VIRUS. A man leaves the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where a man who died from a respiratory illness was confined, in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, on January 12, 2020. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

SARS-like virus spreads in China, reaches third Asian country

Jan 20, 2020 - 3:18 PM

A third person is confirmed to have died and 136 new cases are found over the weekend in Wuhan. Meanwhile, South Korea reports its first case.

OUTBREAK. A medical staff member walks outside the Jinyintan hospital, where patients infected by a mysterious SARS-like virus are being treated, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on January 18, 2020. Photo by AFP

Mitsubishi Electric data may have been compromised in cyberattack

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:08 PM

Mitsubishi Electric says it has confirmed highly sensitive information in the defense, power, and railway sectors are unaffected

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC. A file photo taken December 7, 2019, shows the sign of Mitsubishi Electric Corp. on its headquarters in Tokyo. Photo by Kyodo News

Japan court halts nuclear reactor restart citing volcano, quake risks

Jan 17, 2020 - 6:02 PM

Shikoku Electric criticizes the ruling, stressing the scientific merit of the firm's argument that it was safe to operate the reactor

AGAINST NUCLEAR. Residents and others opposing the reactor restart gather near the Ikata nuclear power plant of Shikoku Electric Power in Ehime prefecture, about 700 kilometers southwest of Tokyo on August 12, 2016. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Suicides in Japan hit record low in 2019, down for 10th year in row

Jan 17, 2020 - 1:26 PM

The ministry says it has introduced measures to prevent suicides, including consultation services for younger people via social media

TOGETHER. High school students make a human chain at an alter at ground zero for the Nagasaki atomic bombing, as Nagasaki marks the 74th anniversay of the atomic bombing at the end of World War II, on August 9, 2019. (Photo by Jiji Press/AFP)

Japan's rising political star Koizumi and celebrity wife welcome baby boy

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:52 PM

Shinjiro Koizumi, a potential future Japanese prime minister according to some opinion polls, say he and his wife Christel Takigawa are now parents of a baby boy

Combined photo shows Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi (L) and his wife TV personality Christel Takigawa. (For editorial use only) (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE)(Kyodo)

Emperor Naruhito hopes for children's bright future in first poem reading

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:46 PM

In his poem, Emperor Naruhito describes his feelings after visiting schools and institutions for children in Tokyo in June last year

POETRY READING. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attend the first annual New Year Poetry Reading Ceremony. Pool photo/Kyodo

Japan reports case of mystery virus behind China outbreak

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:38 AM

The outbreak has caused alarm because the new virus is from the same family as SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 349 people in mainland China and 299 in Hong Kong in 2002 and 2003

Workers are seen inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, capital of China's Hubei province on February 23, 2017. (Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP)

Japan minister becomes first cabinet minister to announce paternity leave

Jan 15, 2020 - 1:31 PM

The 38-year-old Shinjiro Koizumi, married to a former television anchorwoman, tells a ministry meeting it had been a difficult decision to balance his duties as minister and his desire to be with his newborn

(FILES) This file picture taken on August 7, 2019 and shows Japan's lawmaker Shinjiro Koizumi(L) and television anchorwoman Christel Takigawa (R) speaking to the media at prime minister's office in Tokyo. - Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi said January 15 he would take paternity leave, the first such declaration by a serving cabinet minister in a nation struggling with the world's lowest birthrates. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT / XGTY

Japan Emperor Naruhito to pay state visit to Britain

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:11 PM

'Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan have accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a state visit to the United Kingdom in spring 2020,' a brief statement from Buckingham Palace reads

VISITING THE QUEEN. Japan's Emperor Naruhito (L) and Empress Masako (R) wave during a royal parade in Tokyo on November 10, 2019. File photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Wanted: Girlfriend to fly to the moon with Japanese billionaire

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:33 PM

The deadline to apply is January 17, 2020. Interested?

BOSS. Yusaku Maezawa, entrepreneur and then-chief of online fashion company Zozo and SpaceX BFR's first private passenger, poses with a miniature rocket and space helmet prior to start of a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo, October 9, 2018. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP)

Japan to provide additional P2B to fortify Metro Manila bridges vs earthquakes

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:25 PM

Fresh funds will go to the strengthening of the Lambingan and Guadalupe bridges

PH-JAPAN TIES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (center) pose for a photo after the exchange of diplomatic notes. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Philippines lifts ban on Fukushima meat, agriculture imports

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:10 PM

'We hope that safe food from Fukushima as well as other parts of Japan will reach many people in the Philippines,' says Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi

BAN LIFTED. This file photo shows a beef rancher feed hay to cattle at the M Ranch in Nihonmatsu city in Fukushima prefecture, 50km west of the striken nuclear power plant. File photo by Shingo Ito/AFP

PH, Japan to boost cooperation on security, maintaining rule of law in region

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:03 PM

The two countries, both with territorial disputes with China, 'agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in wide areas including security and enforcement of the laws of the seas,' says Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu

DIPLOMATS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr and Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu exchange notes during Motegi's first official visit to the Philippines. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Japan's legal system under fire as Ghosn takes aim

Jan 09, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Carlos Ghosn slams everything from Japan's sky-high conviction rate to the conditions he faced during 130 days of pre-trial detention

CARLOS GHOSN. A man passes by a huge screen showing a news program featuring former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn in Tokyo on January 9, 2020. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Japan to develop app detecting forged residence cards for foreigners

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:37 AM

Forged residence cards are often used to get jobs other than those permitted by the type of visa held or to remain in the country beyond the permitted period

This picture taken on October 9, 2019 shows a man walking through the streets of the Tokyo suburb of Shinjuku. - The Japan Rugby World Cup is being held in the country from September 20 to November 2. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Defiant car magnate Ghosn hits back against Japanese 'plot'

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:51 PM

(UPDATED) Former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn tells media in Lebanon he was 'presumed guilty' and had 'no choice' but to flee Japan

Former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn addresses a large crowd of journalists on his reasons for dodging trial in Japan, where he is accused of financial misconduct, at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut on January 8, 2020. - The 65-year-old fugitive auto tycoon vowed to clear his name as he made his first public appearance at a news conference in Beirut since skipping bail in Japan. Ghosn, who denies any wrongdoing, fled charges of financial misconduct including allegedly under-reporting his compensation to the tune of $85 million. (Photo by JOSEPH EID / AFP)

Man pleads not guilty to murder of 19 at Japan care home

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:13 AM

(UPDATED) 'I had to do it for the sake of society,' says Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee of the care center outside Tokyo

A man crosses a street in Tokyo’s Ginza district on October 11, 2019. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Tokyo prosecutors obtain arrest warrant for Ghosn's wife

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Carlos Ghosn's wife Carole, 53, is now believed to be in Lebanon with her husband

ARREST WARRANT. This file photo taken on April 3, 2019 shows former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn (L) and his wife Carole (R) leaving the office of his lawyer in Tokyo. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ghosn 'fled by bullet train' as Japan vows to bolster borders

Jan 06, 2020 - 4:57 PM

The details of Carlos Ghosn's escape remain spotty, with Japan saying it is still investigating how he slipped past strict security measures imposed as part of his bail conditions

CAROS GHOSN. In this file photo taken on April 3, 2019 Former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn (L) and his wife Carole (R) leave the office of his lawyer in Tokyo. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan's Abe 'deeply worried' by Middle East tensions

Jan 06, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Japan walks a fine line in balancing its key alliance with Washington and its longstanding relations and interests with Iran

SHINZO ABE. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a press conference at the 8th trilateral leaders' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province on December 24, 2019. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Japan blasts 'unjustifiable' Ghosn's escape

Jan 05, 2020 - 3:28 PM

Japan's justice minister confirms that the ex-Nissan chief's bail has been cancelled and that an Interpol 'red notice' has been issued

ESCAPED. In this file photo, former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the office of his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka in Tokyo on April 3, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ghosn lawyer feels betrayal, sympathy over tycoon's Japan escape

Jan 04, 2020 - 6:13 PM

'I can easily imagine that if people with wealth, human networks and ability to take action have the same experience, they would do the same thing or at least consider doing so,' Takashi Takano says

BETRAYED. In this file photo, Takashi Takano talks during an interview with Agence France Presse at his office in Tokyo on May 21, 2019. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Turkish private jet firm says planes used 'illegally' in Ghosn escape

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Turkish private jet company MNG says one employee has admitted to falsifying the records to keep Carlos Ghosn's name off the flight manifest, and that he acted 'in his individual capacity'

'ILLEGAL.' This file photo shows former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn leaving his lawyers' offices in Tokyo on March 6, 2019. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu to make 1st official visit to PH

Jan 03, 2020 - 1:41 PM

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is scheduled to visit the Philippines from January 8 to 9

OFFICIAL VISIT. Japan Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is scheduled to make his first official visit to the Philippines in January 2020. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Ghosn used one of two French passports to flee – media

Jan 02, 2020 - 2:52 PM

Prosecutors and police are poised to launch an investigation into the stunning escape, suspecting he departed 'in an unlawful manner,' public broadcaster NHK says

CARLOS GHOSN. This screen grab from a handout video released on April 9, 2019 by representatives of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn shows him speaking in a video message recorded on April 3. Handout photo from representatives for Carlos Ghosn/AFP

Japan's Naruhito hopes for a year without natural disasters

Jan 02, 2020 - 12:57 PM

'I hope this year will be a good and peaceful year without any natural disasters,' Naruhito says in his first New Year speech since ascending the Chrysanthemum Throne

This handout photo taken on December 12, 2019 and released on January 1, 2020 by Japan's Imperial Household Agency shows Japan's Emperor Naruhito (seated 3rd L) and Empress Masako (seated 3rd R) with their family members during a photo session for the New Year, at their residence in Tokyo. Imperial family members pictured are (front L to R) Empress Emerita Michiko, Emperor Emeritus Akihito, Naruhito, Masako, Crown Prince Akishino, and Crown Princess Kiko, and (back L to R) Princess Mako, Princess Aiko, Prince Hisahito, and Princess Kako. Handout / IMPERIAL HOUSEHOLD AGENCY / AFP

Japan media blasts 'cowardly' Ghosn after escape

Jan 01, 2020 - 3:19 PM

By leaving the country, Ghosn has 'lost the opportunity to prove his innocence and vindicate his honor,' says the Yomiuri Shimbun

RUNAWAY. In this file photo taken on November 8, 2016, Renault-Nissan Alliance chief executive Carlos Ghosn poses for a portrait after an interview at the Web Summit at Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon. Photo by Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP

Ghosn's escape leaves Japan red-faced

Dec 31, 2019 - 4:51 PM

'Was there help extended by an unnamed country? It is also a serious problem that Japan's system allowed an illegal departure so easily,' says lawmaker Masahisa Sato

ABRUPT DEPARTURE. In this file photo, former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn leaves the office of his lawyer Junichiro Hironaka in Tokyo on April 3, 2019. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ghosn confirms he is in Lebanon, blasts 'rigged Japanese justice system'

Dec 31, 2019 - 2:55 PM

'I am now in Lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied,' says the tycoon in a statement.

FLEES INJUSTICE. In this file photo taken on September 15, 2017 then Renault-Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn gestures as he addresses a press conference in Paris. Photo by Eric Piermont/AFP

7 bodies found on suspected North Korean boat in Japan

Dec 29, 2019 - 11:58 AM

In 2019 alone, at least 156 suspected North Korean fishing vessels washed up on Japan's coast

South Korean court dismisses 'comfort women' appeal against controversial deal

Dec 27, 2019 - 8:05 PM

In a unanimous decision, the Constitutional Court said 'it is difficult to conclude that it is possible for the deal to violate the victims' basic rights'

Japan could release Fukushima radioactive water into environment

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy proposes 3 ways to deal with the water: Releasing it into the sea, into the air using vaporization, or a combination of the two

Shinzo Abe tells Xi Jinping: Hong Kong should remain 'free and open'

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:05 PM

A Japanese spokesman says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is 'very much concerned' about Hong Kong

CALL FOR RIGHTS. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech at the start of the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo on January 28, 2019.  Martin Bureau/AFP

Petalcorin battles Shiro for world crown in Japan

Dec 23, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Randy Petalcorin hopes to make the most out of his 2nd chance in a Japan fight

2ND CHANCE. Randy Petalcorin battles Ken Shiro for the WBC Light flyweight title. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

New ‘Terrace House’ cast member is a Filipino named Johnkimverlu Tupas

Dec 20, 2019 - 4:34 PM

He appears starting from the 26th episode of the current season

TERRACE HOUSE. Johnkimverlu Tupas, is the new cast member on the Japanese reality show. Screenshot from YouTube.com/terracehousecx

Japan journalist wins high-profile #MeToo case

Dec 18, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Journalist Shiori Ito is the outspoken symbol for #MeToo in Japan, where the movement against sexual harassment and abuse struggles to take hold

Japanese journalist Shiori Ito speaks outside the Tokyo district court on December 18, 2019 after hearing the ruling on a damages lawsuit by her, accusing a former TV reporter of rape. A Tokyo court awarded 3.3 million yen ($30,000) in damages to journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a former TV reporter of rape in a high-profile case that spotlighted the "#metoo" movement in Japan. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AF

Japan swim queen Rikako Ikee leaves leukaemia hospital

Dec 18, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Japan's swimming star aims to compete in the 2024 Paris Olympics instead

RECORD. Rikako Ikee conquers the 2018 Asian Games with a record 6 gold medals. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Tokyo unveils heat-busting stadium, 7 months before Olympics

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Japan looks all set for the 2020 Games as it unveils the main Olympic Stadium with special features to beat the feared heat

Tokyo celebrates the completion of the main Olympic stadium that features use of lumber and other Japanese architectural tradition. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Japan business confidence drops for 4th straight quarter – Tankan survey

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The Bank of Japan's Tankan business survey is considered to be the broadest indicator of how Japan Incorporated is faring

FRENZY. File photo of Pedestrians walking at Tokyo's famouse Shibuya Crossing. Shutterstock.com

IN PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ stars hit the red carpet in Tokyo fan meet

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Several droids also join in on the fun!

TOKYO, JAPAN - DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Katherine Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and Anthony Daniels with Star Wars characters Stormtroopers, Kylo Ren, R2-D2, C-3PO, BB-8 and D-O pose for photos at the special fan event for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' the special fan event for 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' at Roppongi Hills on December 11, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images for Disney

Body of slain doctor arrives in Japan after Afghan shooting

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Tetsu Nakamura is killed in Jalalabad, the main city in the eastern province of Nangarhar where he had worked since the 1980s.

'Parasite singles': why young Japanese aren't getting married

Dec 07, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Matchmaking parties help Japan's singles find the right partners

MATCHMAKER. This photo taken on November 3, 2019 shows a woman checking a list of participants during a match-making party in Tokyo. Roughly a quarter of Japanese people between 20 and 49 are single, according to government data, and while people of this age routinely express a wish to get married, outdated social attitudes and increasing economic pressure is making tying the knot more and more difficult, experts say. Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP

Japan cosmetic giant Shiseido gambles on 'Made in Japan' boom

Dec 05, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Shiseido builds its first domestic factory in 36 years, hoping to capitalize on a boom for 'Made in Japan' products, in competition with Korea's K-beauty craze

Japan anti-high heels campaigner steps up to fight 'glasses ban'

Dec 03, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Yumi Ishikawa's latest petition to relax the rules, delivered to the labor ministry on Tuesday, attracts more than 31,000 signatures

YUMI ISHIKAWA. Yumi Ishikawa, leader and founder of the KuToo movement, poses after a press conference in Tokyo on June 3, 2019. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

North Korea blasts Japan's Abe, warns of 'real ballistic missile'

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'Abe may see what a real ballistic missile is in the not distant future and under his nose... Abe is none other than a perfect imbecile,' says a foreign ministry official, as reported by North Korean news agency KCNA

WORD WAR. North Korea hits back at Japan for its criticisms against the solitary state's nuclear exercises. Kim file photo from KCNA via KNS/AFP; Abe file photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Former Japan prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone dies at 101

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:19 PM

(UPDATED) Nakasone was an ardent conservative who worked to forge a stronger military alliance with the United States

FRIEND OF US. This file photo taken on September 30, 1987 shows then-Japanese prime minister Yasuhiro Nakasone giving what is believed to be his last televised press conference at his official residence in Tokyo. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP