Japanese health experts say many passengers onboard a quarantined cruise ship were very likely to have been infected with the new coronavirus before authorities asked them to stay in their cabins.
Officials at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases held a news conference on Thursday. They discussed mass infections on the Diamond Princess, which arrived at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo, on February 3.
Health authorities in China say 81 people in the country have died from pneumonia after infected with the new coronavirus. More than 2,700 others have been confirmed to be infected.
Experts are warning that those carrying the virus could be spreading it to others during the incubation period before their own symptoms appear. That's making it extremely difficult to contain the outbreak.
Members of a high school rugby club in western Japan have performed a Haka dance to encourage students who will take the unified university entrance exam this weekend.
The event was held for about 300 third-year students at a high school in the city of Oita on Friday, the day before the start of exams.
Japan's defense minister urged Beijing to work toward improving the situation regarding China's increasing maritime activities ahead of President Xi Jinping's planned spring visit to Japan.
Taro Kono made the call Tuesday during a speech at Washington-based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
NHK has learned that a Japanese lawmaker arrested for allegedly taking bribes from a Chinese company is suspected of having received cash worth about 27,000 dollars on the day the Diet was dissolved for a snap election in 2017.
Tokyo prosecutors arrested Tsukasa Akimoto on Wednesday on charges that include taking bribes from the Chinese company, 500.com. The company was seeking to enter Japan's integrated resort businesses, which includes casinos.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit China later this month to attend a three-way summit with Chinese and South Korean leaders.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga disclosed the information on Wednesday. His statement followed the Chinese government's announcement that the summit will be held in Sichuan Province on December 24.
A deadly collision between a truck and commuter train in Yokohama, near Tokyo, was caught on camera. Investigators say footage taken at the scene Thursday shows the driver struggling with his truck's steering wheel before entering the railway crossing.
The 67-year-old driver was killed when the express train smashed into his truck. Thirty-four others were injured.