Contraction Projected For Japan 1st Quarter

Contraction projected for Japan 1st quarter

Analysts believe Japan's GDP shrank in the January-March quarter due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ten private research institutes project annualized growth rates of between minus 3.5 percent and minus 6.5 percent.

Japan Reports 1st Death From Coronavirus

Japan reports 1st death from coronavirus

Japan's health ministry says a woman in her 80s living in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, has died after contracting the new coronavirus.

It is the first confirmed case of infection in Japan that resulted in death.

Japan Retesting 1st Group Of Evacuees For Virus

Japan retesting 1st group of evacuees for virus

Japanese health officials are retesting people who returned home on board the first government-chartered flight from Wuhan for the new coronavirus.

The first charter flight brought 206 Japanese people from the virus-hit Chinese city on January 29.

Japan Confirms 1st Case Of New Coronavirus

Japan confirms 1st case of new coronavirus

The Japanese health ministry says a new strain of coronavirus has been detected in a man who visited Wuhan, China. The inland Chinese city has been hit by a pneumonia outbreak that is likely caused by the virus.

This is the first confirmed case of a new coronavirus infection in Japan.

Noguchi Named 1st Japanese To Carry Olympic Flame

Noguchi named 1st Japanese to carry Olympic flame

Olympic gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi will become the first Japanese runner of the torch relay for next year's Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Games' organizing committee announced on Monday that it has chosen Noguchi, the winner of the women's marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Woods Starts At Top In 1st Pga Japan Tournament

Woods starts at top in 1st PGA Japan tournament

American star golfer Tiger Woods has shot nine birdies to share the top position on the opening round of the PGA Tour's first tournament in Japan.

More than 18,000 spectators gathered at a golf course in Inzai City, near Tokyo, on Thursday to see Woods and 77 other top golfers. Woods is playing in Japan for the first time in 13 years.

Japan Says China Exports Fell In 1st Half

Japan says China exports fell in 1st half

Japan's exports to China fell in the first six months of the year as companies shifted production elsewhere to avoid trade tariffs. About 20 percent of Japan's exports go to China.

Finance Ministry statistics show China-bound shipments in January-to-June fell 8 percent to about 66 billion dollars from the same period last year. Exports to China in July also dropped by 9 percent on year to 12 billion dollars.

Researchers Perform 1st Ips Cell Cornea Transplant

Researchers perform 1st iPS cell cornea transplant

Japanese researchers say they have transplanted cornea tissue developed from artificially derived stem cells in the world's first clinical trial of its kind.

A group of researchers led by Osaka University Professor Koji Nishida spoke to reporters on Thursday.

Abductees' Kin Draft 1st Message For Kim Jong Un

Abductees' kin draft 1st message for Kim Jong Un

The families of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea have compiled their first message for the country's leader Kim Jong Un, in the hope of persuading him to allow the abductees to return home.

The message says if North Korea repatriates the abductees soon, the families will neither extract confidential information from them nor take actions that would hamper negotiations to normalize bilateral relations.

Real Wages Up In 2018 For 1st Time In 2 Years

Real wages up in 2018 for 1st time in 2 years

Average monthly wages in Japan adjusted for inflation rose in 2018 for the first time in two years. But critics say the results are skewed.

The release of the preliminary figures by the labor ministry on Friday follows the recent revelation that improper methods were used to conduct the survey.

Japan's New Era To Be Named On April 1st

Japan's new era to be named on April 1st

NHK has learned that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to have the name of the country's new era announced on April 1st, after it is approved by the Cabinet earlier in the day.

Abe intends to outline his plan at a news conference on Friday.

Seiji Ozawa Conducts For 1st Time In Over A Year

Seiji Ozawa conducts for 1st time in over a year

Japan's maestro Seiji Ozawa has returned to conducting after being sidelined by poor health for about 14 months.

Ozawa made an appearance for the last piece of a concert program on Wednesday. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were among the audience at the concert hall in Tokyo.