Astronaut Hoshide Enthusiastic About 2021 Mission

Astronaut Hoshide enthusiastic about 2021 mission

Japanese Astronaut Hoshide Akihiko has spoken of his enthusiasm for his third trip to the International Space Station scheduled for next spring.

Last month, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced Hoshide will head to the ISS on the second operational flight of the US spacecraft Crew Dragon.

Tokyo Games Volunteers Worry About Pandemic Impact

Tokyo Games volunteers worry about pandemic impact

More than 60 percent of the volunteers for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are worried or anxious about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Games.

The organizing committee of the Games conducted a survey this month of volunteers who will be working mainly at event sites.

Tokyo To Report About 230 New Cases Of Coronavirus

Tokyo to report about 230 new cases of coronavirus

Tokyo is expected to report about 230 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday.

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko told reporters in the morning that the figure is still being checked, but she expects it will surpass 200 and reach about 230.

Experts Express Concern About Tokyo Outbreak

Experts express concern about Tokyo outbreak

Experts working for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have raised the level of concern about the coronavirus outbreak in the city to the highest level. They used strong language when stating that the virus appears to be spreading.

The experts raised the level from three to four on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's four-tier scale.

Yamagata Governor Worried About Travel Campaign

Yamagata governor worried about travel campaign

A governor in northern Japan has expressed concern that the central government's nationwide travel campaign could help spread coronavirus infections.

The government's Go To Travel Campaign, aimed at boosting domestic tourism with offers of discounts and subsidies, kicks off on July 22.

Kono Reports About Halting Aegis Ashore Plan

Kono reports about halting Aegis Ashore plan

The Japanese government has held the National Security Council after its defense ministry decided to halt a plan deploying a land-based missile defense system called Aegis Ashore.

Defense Minister Kono Taro announced the decision last week, citing the need to modify the missile so that its booster falls safely. To avoid a vacuum in the country's defense, the government plans to use existing Aegis-equipped ships and ground-based PAC3 interceptor systems.

Survey: 65% Of Olympic Sponsors Unsure About 2021

Survey: 65% of Olympic sponsors unsure about 2021

An NHK survey shows that about two-thirds of corporate sponsors of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics have not decided whether to extend their contracts with the Organizing Committee beyond December, following the Games' postponement to 2021.

NHK conducted a survey of 78 Olympic and Paralympic sponsor companies in May, and 57 of them responded.

Non-regulars Make Up About 60% Of Job Losses

Non-regulars make up about 60% of job losses

The Japanese labor ministry says non-regular workers account for about 60 percent of people who have recently lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ministry says 4,210 people were let go or had their contracts terminated, or were expected to lose their jobs in the week through last Friday.

About 2,000 Virus Carriers Stay Home In Japan

About 2,000 virus carriers stay home in Japan

Japan's health ministry says about 2,000 people who have tested positive for the coronavirus have been isolating at home.

A ministry survey shows that of the 8,711 people who had tested positive by April 28, 1,984 were recuperating at home.