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'United by Emotion' – Tokyo 2020 unveils Games motto

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:35 PM

The Olympic opening ceremony will be on July 24 and organizers have stressed there is no discussion about changing the date despite the coronavirus crisis

MONTHS AWAY. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics is just around the corner. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP


8 more Filipino crew of Japanese cruise ship catch novel coronavirus

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:04 PM

A total of 35 Filipinos working on the ship have caught the virus

QUARANTINED. The Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Organizers cancel Tokyo Marathon for 38,000 runners over coronavirus

Feb 18, 2020 - 1:59 PM

The Tokyo Marathon will be limited to elite runners following the cancellation of the amateur portion

Japan suffers worst economic slump in 5 years

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Japan's gross domestic product shrinks in October-December 2019, suffering the biggest contraction since the 2nd quarter of 2014

This picture taken on January 25, 2020 shows a general view of skyscrapers in Tokyo's Shinjuku area. - Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index dropped more than two percent January 27 on concerns over the potential impact of a new coronavirus that has killed at least 80 people in China. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

14 test positive among U.S. plane evacuees from quarantined ship in Japan

Feb 17, 2020 - 3:29 PM

After consultation with The Department of Health and Human Services, the State Department decides to allow them onboard, but isolates them from the other passengers

MOVING PEOPLE. Buses arrive at a gate of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where people are quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, in order to transport the US citizens at the Daikaku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port, on February 16, 2020. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Japan cancels Emperor's public birthday celebrations amid coronavirus fears

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:45 PM

At least 60 people in Japan have so far been diagnosed with the virus, with Health Minister Katsunobu Kato warning the nation is 'entering a new phase' of the outbreak

EMPEROR. Japan's Emperor Naruhito (C) waves to well-wishers beside Empress Masako (R), former Emperor Akihito (L) and former Empress Michiko (2nd L) from the Imperial Palace during a New Year's greeting ceremony in Tokyo on January 2, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Coronavirus cases on Japan ship rise to 355

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) Japan Health Minister Katsunobu Kato raises worries that the rising infection count among the nation's general population could mean the virus' spread has entered a new phase

DIAMOND PRINCESS. A bus with a driver (L) wearing protective gear departs from the dockside next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 14, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Patient at infected doctor's hospital in Japan tests positive for coronavirus

Feb 14, 2020 - 2:42 PM

So far, 252 people in Japan – more than 200 of whom are passengers and crew from a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama – have been found to be infected with the pneumonia-causing virus

Saiseikai Arida Hospital in Yuasa, Wakayama Prefecture, where a surgeon infected with the new coronavirus has been working. (Kyodo)

Japan lets some passengers leave ship for quarantine on land

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:57 PM

(UPDATED) Japan's government has given passengers aged 80 or older in poor health or confined to windowless inner cabins on the Diamond Princess the chance to move from the ship to accommodation on land

A bus with a driver wearing full protective gear departs from the dockside next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 14, 2020. Japanese authorities were preparing Febraury 14 to move some older passengers who tested negative for the new coronavirus off a quarantined cruise ship and into government-designated lodging. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Love boat: Valentine's Day on a coronavirus quarantine cruise

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:26 AM

One passenger cuts out paper hearts and leaves them on her door for the crew to read, with messages including: 'Thank you for all your hard work' and 'Thank you for taking care of us'

COUPLE. Passengers look out from their balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on February 14, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Japan confirms 1st coronavirus death as more infections reported

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:58 PM

(UPDATED) A health official says a woman in her 80s from Kanagawa Prefecture is the first confirmed fatality in the country

QUARANTINED. Photo taken February 13, 2020, shows the cruise ship Diamond Princess docked at Yokohama Port near Tokyo. The vessel has been kept in quarantine amid the spread of infections of the COVID-19 virus among people on board. Photo by Kyodo News

World's oldest man crowned in Japan aged 112

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:42 AM

He claims smiling is the key to longevity

VICTORY. In this handout picture taken and released by Guineess World Records LTD. via Jiji Press on February 12, 2020 Japanese Chitetsu Watanabe, aged 112, poses next to the calligraphy reading in Japanese 'World Number One' after he was awarded as the world's oldest living male in Joetsu, Niigata prefecture. Photo by STR/2019 Guinness World Records Ltd via Jiji Press/AFP

39 more onboard Japan cruise ship have new coronavirus – minister

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'We have confirmed that 4 people, among those who are hospitalized, are in a serious condition, either on a ventilator or in an intensive care unit,' the minister says

STUCK. A passenger aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship waves to the media upon arriving at Yokohama port on February 6, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

New coronavirus found in Japan evacuees who initially tested negative

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:27 PM

A man in his 50s who returned from Wuhan on the first Japanese evacuation flight on January 29, previously twice tested negative for the virus

NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. Commuters wearing face masks ride a metro train in Tokyo on February 8, 2020. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Japan cruise ship now has 135 coronavirus infections – government

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) The Diamond Princess has been in quarantine since arriving off the Japanese coast early last week after the virus was detected in a former passenger who got off the ship last month in Hong Kong

DIAMOND PRINCESS. People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 10, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

6 new novel coronavirus cases found on Japan cruise ship

Feb 09, 2020 - 9:14 PM

There are now 70 Diamond Princess passengers positive for the novel coronavirus as of Sunday, February 9

A small boat is pictured next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship with over 3,000 people as it sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama on February 4, 2020, a day after it arrived with passengers feeling ill. - Japan has quarantined the cruise ship carrying 3,711 people and was testing those onboard for the new coronavirus on February 4 after a passenger who departed in Hong Kong tested positive for the virus. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Osaka shocked as Spain seizes Fed Cup lead over Japan

Feb 08, 2020 - 9:39 PM

Naomi Osaka gets upset by world No. 78 Sara Sorribes Tormo in a rough start to the year that saw her crash out of the Australian Open to 15-year-old Coco Gauff

DOWNWARD SPIRAL. Naomi Osaka has dipped since winning her second Grand Slam title. File photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP


3 more coronavirus cases found on Japan cruise ship

Feb 08, 2020 - 11:07 AM

(UPDATED) Japan health authorities say that the latest results bring to 64 the number of infections aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess

QUARANTINED. A Japanese Self-Defense Forces Health Corps vehicle enters a cordoned-off area at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored, in Yokohama on February 7, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Another 41 on Japan cruise have new coronavirus – minister

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:07 AM

The new cases raise the number of confirmed infections on board the ship to at least 61

STUCK. A passenger aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship waves to the media upon arriving at Yokohama port on February 6, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Thousands quarantined on Asian cruise ships in virus fight

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:17 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says another huge cruise ship, the Westerdam, is heading to the country with one confirmed infected passenger aboard

DIAMOND PRINCESS. Passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship look out from their balconies as the ship docks at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 6, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

10 more on cruise ship off Japan have new coronavirus – local media

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:30 AM

This raises the number of infections detected on the boat to 20

TRAPPED. A member of the media (in foreground) looks out toward the Diamond Princess cruise ship (in background) with over 3,000 people as it sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama on February 4, 2020, a day after it arrived with passengers feeling ill. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Japan quarantines 3,500 on cruise ship over new coronavirus

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The move comes after an 80-year-old passenger who disembarked on January 25 in Hong Kong tested positive for the deadly virus

MASKS. A customer buys face masks from a drugstore in Tokyo's Akihabara area on January 27, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Q&A: Evacuations from China's virus-hit Wuhan

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:40 PM

How are airlines preventing infection? What happens to the foreigners left behind?

ESCAPE. In this file photo taken on January 22, 2020, passengers wear protective masks to protect against the spread of the Coronavirus as they arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport, California. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Two students from Mindanao’s conflict-affected area win first JICA video blog contest

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:24 AM

Students from Mindanao State University win the contest with their entry about witnessing the effect of the armed conflict in Marawi in 2017 and their wish for peace and solidarity in the city

Japan's former emperor briefly loses consciousness

Jan 30, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Akihito 'had an MRI examination Thursday morning but doctors found no abnormalities,' says an official at the Imperial Household Agency

AKIHITO. This file photo taken on April 25, 2018 shows Japan's former emperor Akihito smiling during the spring garden party hosted by the emperor in Tokyo. File photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool/AFP

Japan confirms coronavirus in man who had not been to China

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:03 PM

(UPDATED) Health Minister Katsunobu Kato says the country had confirmed two new cases, bringing the total so far in Japan to 6

MORE MASKS. A customer buys face masks from a drugstore in Tokyo's Akihabara area on January 27, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(9th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have 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