Kobe Children Thank Panda Before Return To China

Kobe children thank panda before return to China

Children in the western Japanese city of Kobe have thanked a giant panda with a hand-made present ahead of her return to China.

Tan Tan came to Kobe Oji Zoo 20 years ago to cheer up children affected by the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. She is set to go home after her lease expires on July 15.

Abe To Hear Experts Before Lifting Restrictions

Abe to hear experts before lifting restrictions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will listen to the views of an expert panel before deciding whether to end the temporary closure of schools nationwide and lift a request to avoid holding large-scale events.

Both measures have been taken due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Many On Ship Likely Infected Before Quarantine

Many on ship likely infected before quarantine

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.

Virus May Spread Before Symptoms Appear

Virus may spread before symptoms appear

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.

Haka Cheers Up Students Before University Exams

Haka cheers up students before university exams

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.

Kono Calls For China's Action Before Xi's Visit

Kono calls for China's action before Xi's visit

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.

Akimoto Suspected Of Taking Bribe Before Election

Akimoto suspected of taking bribe before election

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.

Abe To Visit China Before Christmas

Abe to visit China before Christmas

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.

Tighter Security Checks Before Boarding

Tighter security checks before boarding

Japan's transport ministry will tighten security checks for all passengers at the country's airports ahead major sport events.

The Rugby World Cup will open on September 20, and the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will open next summer.