Japan - Chartered Plane Arrives In Wuhan

Japan-chartered plane arrives in Wuhan

A chartered jet has arrived in Wuhan to evacuate Japanese nationals from the Chinese city at the center of the new coronavirus outbreak.

The Japanese government chartered the All Nippon Airways Boeing 767 that flew into Wuhan late Tuesday night.

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Returnees To Be Sent To Hospitals

Returnees to be sent to hospitals

Japanese health ministry officials say passengers on the government-chartered flight will receive medical examinations on board.

The passengers will be divided depending on whether they have such symptoms as coughing and fever.

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Seventh Case Of New Coronavirus Confirmed In Japan

Seventh case of new coronavirus confirmed in Japan

Japan's health ministry says a Chinese woman who visited Hokkaido has been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus. She is the seventh case of infection in Japan.

The woman in her 40s is a resident of the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei Province. She came to Japan on January 21 and began touring Hokkaido the next day.

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Chartered Plane Leaves For Wuhan

Chartered plane leaves for Wuhan

The first chartered plane to bring Japanese nationals back from the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei Province has left Tokyo's Haneda airport.

The airport in Wuhan, the epicenter of China's new coronavirus outbreak, has been virtually closed, and public transportation systems have been halted. Japanese citizens in the city are having difficulty returning home on their own.

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Two More Found Infected With Coronavirus In Japan

Two more found infected with coronavirus in Japan

Japan's health minister Katsunobu Kato has announced that two more people have been confirmed infected with the new coronavirus in Japan.

Kato said on Tuesday that one of them has no record of staying in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. The person is the first to be confirmed infected despite having no record of staying in Wuhan.

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Japanese Evacuation Flight To Leave For Wuhan

Japanese evacuation flight to leave for Wuhan

Japan's government says a charter flight will head for Wuhan, China, on Tuesday night to evacuate Japanese expatriates.

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi made the announcement earlier in the day. The government will start evacuating all expatriates who wish to leave the city, where the outbreak originated.

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Suga: Japan To Charter Rescue Plane To Wuhan

Suga: Japan to charter rescue plane to Wuhan

Japan plans to dispatch a chartered plane to the Chinese city of Wuhan to repatriate Japanese citizens trapped there due to the coronavirus outbreak as soon as an agreement is reached with China on the flight.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Tuesday that the government is planning to return Japanese nationals who wish to leave the central Chinese city. Suga said his government is coordinating with China to send an All Nippon Airways aircraft to Wuhan to facilitate the evacuation.

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Cybersecurity Steps Proposed Ahead Of Tokyo Games

Cybersecurity steps proposed ahead of Tokyo Games

A group of experts are urging the Japanese government to take steps to ensure cybersecurity ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The experts for the communications ministry compiled an emergency proposal in a meeting on Monday, amid concerns over a surge in cyberattacks targeting the country during the Games.

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Govt. Lists Coronavirus - Caused Pneumonia

Govt. lists coronavirus-caused pneumonia

Japan's government has added pneumonia caused by a new strain of coronavirus to its list of designated infectious diseases.

The Cabinet approved an ordinance on Tuesday giving the illness the designation under the country's infectious disease and quarantine laws.

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Illness Caused By New Virus To Be Listed In Japan

Illness caused by new virus to be listed in Japan

Japan's government is to add pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus to the list of designated infectious diseases on Tuesday.

Members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet will approve an ordinance giving the illness designations under the country's infectious disease and quarantine laws.

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Snow In Kanto, Koshin Regions

Snow in Kanto, Koshin regions

Weather officials say a low pressure system and a cold air mass are bringing snow to some parts of Tokyo and the surrounding areas. They are warning that traffic could be disrupted and roads could become icy.

Twenty-three centimeters of snow had fallen in Hakone Town, Kanagawa Prefecture, as of 2 a.m. on Tuesday. Eighteen centimeters were recorded at the same time in Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi Prefecture.

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Queen's Brian May Visits Observatory In Kyoto

Queen's Brian May visits observatory in Kyoto

Brian May, the guitarist for legendary British rock band Queen, visited a historic observatory in Japan while on tour in the country.

The guitarist, who also has a doctorate in astrophysics, visited Kwasan Observatory of Kyoto University in Kyoto City on Monday.

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Japan To Conduct Virus Test At Ports Of Entry

Japan to conduct virus test at ports of entry

Japan's health ministry says authorities will conduct virus tests at airports and seaports to speed up the process of identifying those infected with the new coronavirus.

Samples from suspected patients are now being sent for testing to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases or public health institutes across Japan. But the ministry sees the need to accelerate the process as infections of the virus spreads.

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