Governors Call For Vigilance Against Covid-19

Governors call for vigilance against COVID-19

Governors of some Japanese prefectures are taking tougher measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus, ahead of the summer holidays.

Tokyo has the most cases across the country.

Abe Vow To Protect Vulnerable Against Coronavirus

Abe vow to protect vulnerable against coronavirus

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has pledged that the government will do all it can to protect the elderly and other vulnerable people from coronavirus infections.

Abe told a meeting of government and ruling party members on Monday that new case counts are rising across the country. The number of severely ill patients stands at 80 nationwide.

Abe Warns Against 2nd Wave; Vaccine Tests Underway

Abe warns against 2nd wave; vaccine tests underway

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is warning against a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak in Japan. He urged people not to expect the virus to weaken in the coming hot summer months.

Abe spoke during a program streamed live on Sunday night. He said people should not be complacent this summer because the virus is spreading even in extremely hot countries in the Middle East.

Osaka Naomi Urges Solidarity Against Coronavirus

Osaka Naomi urges solidarity against coronavirus

Tennis star Osaka Naomi has urged people not to be selfish but to be united to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Osaka made the appeal in a video message she filmed for NHK. She is now staying at home in the US state of California.

Saitama Governor Advises Against Going To Tokyo

Saitama governor advises against going to Tokyo

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the governor of Saitama Prefecture has called on people to avoid going to Tokyo for non-essential purposes.

At a press conference on Sunday, Motohiro Ono said he is concerned about a further increase in the number of infections.

Top Court Rules Against Okinawa Over Henoko

Top court rules against Okinawa over Henoko

Japan's top court has finalized a ruling against Okinawa Prefecture over a landfill project needed to move a US airbase in the southern prefecture.

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the prefectural government to halt the project.

Xperia 1 Ii (mark 2) Sized Up Against The Xperia 1

Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) sized up against the Xperia 1

Sony's announcement of the Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) received a lot of buzz earlier in the week, however the one disappointment is the likely 3-4 month wait before Sony's latest flagship will be available. A consequence of this is the lack of any hands-on previews from the media to sustain the buzz. We can understand Sony's decision on this as there's no point overplaying your hand right now, and have nothing to keep the interest going once we get closer to launch. It does make us wonder why it was necessary to announce the phone right now in this case, but Sony have a track record here…

Japan Decides On Basic Policy Against Virus

Japan decides on basic policy against virus

Japan's government has decided on a basic policy for measures to protect against a domestic outbreak of the new coronavirus. It includes asking people with minor symptoms to recuperate at home, in order to secure adequate care at medical facilities for those who are seriously ill.

The government's task force on the new coronavirus met on Tuesday at the prime minister's office.

Japan Drafts Plan Against Coronavirus

Japan drafts plan against coronavirus

Japan's government has drafted a basic policy on the coronavirus in a bid to stem the number of new cases.

The draft plan is based on discussions by a group of experts on Monday. The government plans an official announcement on Tuesday.

Abe Orders Necessary Measures Against Outbreak

Abe orders necessary measures against outbreak

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called the spread of the new coronavirus an unprecedented crisis and told a government task force not to hesitate to take necessary measures against the outbreak.

Abe issued the instruction on Friday at a meeting of the task force set up to deal with the outbreak.

Abe Orders Thorough Measures Against Coronavirus

Abe orders thorough measures against coronavirus

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed his ministers to ensure that more hygienic laboratories are able to conduct tests for the new coronavirus. Only one facility in Japan is carrying out such tests at present.

Abe gave the instruction on Friday morning at a meeting of relevant ministers, including health minister Katsunobu Kato and foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi.

Measures Against New Virus At Chubu Airport

Measures against new virus at Chubu airport

A quarantine station at Chubu international airport in central Japan is stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus linked to a pneumonia outbreak in China.

The airport in Aichi Prefecture has five direct flights per week to and from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where an outbreak of pneumonia first emerged last month.