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Japan to disband panel of coronavirus experts after criticism

Japan to disband panel of coronavirus experts after criticism

Japan is to disband a panel of medical experts advising Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet on the response to the novel coronavirus after criticism of its transparency and lack of independence.

Mysterious 'UFO' captures imaginations in Japan

Mysterious 'UFO' captures imaginations in Japan

It's hardly the stuff of little green men, but a mysterious balloon-like object seen floating across the skies of northern Japan has captured national attention, even prompting questions to the government.

Fujifilm says Covid-19 drug research may drag on into July

Fujifilm says Covid-19 drug research may drag on into July

Fujifilm Holdings Corp's research on Avigan as a potential treatment for Covid-19 may drag on until July, the company said on Sunday, a further setback in the Japanese firm's race to find a vaccine.

Japan allows saliva-based tests to boost coronavirus detection

Japan allows saliva-based tests to boost coronavirus detection

Japan on Tuesday approved saliva-based tests for the coronavirus, offering a safer, simpler way to diagnose infection than nasal swabs as it looks to boost its testing rates. Hours after the approval

Japan allows saliva-based tests to boost coronavirus detection

Japan allows saliva-based tests to boost coronavirus detection

Japan's government said on Tuesday it has approved saliva-based tests for the new coronavirus, offering a safer, simpler way to diagnose infection than nasal swabs as it looks to boost its testing rates.

Empty Japan stadiums could soon hear the sound of app-lause

Empty Japan stadiums could soon hear the sound of app-lause

A new Japanese smartphone app will allow fans to send virtual cheers and jeers to sports stadiums in the hope of creating atmosphere at matches played behind closed doors due to coronavirus.

Japan lifts Tokyo's state of emergency, eyes fresh stimulus

Japan lifts Tokyo's state of emergency, eyes fresh stimulus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency for Tokyo and four remaining areas on Monday after the number of infections fell across the country ...

Japan to put off bid to raise prosecutors' retirement age after backlash

Japan to put off bid to raise prosecutors' retirement age after backlash

Japan's government will postpone a bid to raise the retirement age of public prosecutors, media said on Monday, given an intense public backlash fuelled by fears for judicial independence.

Young sumo wrestler dies of coronavirus in Japan

Young sumo wrestler dies of coronavirus in Japan

A 28-year-old sumo wrestler died in Japan on Wednesday after contracting coronavirus and suffering multiple organ failure, becoming the ancient sport's first COVID-19 fatality, the national association said.

Japan extends pandemic state of emergency until May 31

Japan extends pandemic state of emergency until May 31

Japan will extend the state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic by nearly a month, as it is still reporting hundreds of new infection cases daily, the government said on Monday.

Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled if pandemic not over: Games chief

Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled if pandemic not over: Games chief

The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will have to be cancelled if the coronavirus pandemic isn't brought under control by next year

300,000 coronavirus masks sent to pregnant women in Japan may be faulty

300,000 coronavirus masks sent to pregnant women in Japan may be faulty

Some 300,000 coronavirus masks sent to pregnant women in Japan as part of a government handout have been found to be faulty, media reports said, the latest in a string of complaints about how the government has dealt with the pandemic.