Natural Ice Shipments Begin Late Due To Pandemic

Natural ice shipments begin late due to pandemic

Shipments of ice have begun in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, two months later than usual due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Blocks of natural ice are used in the food industry to make shaved ice treats and for other purposes. Yatsuyoshi, a company in the city of Hokuto, usually starts shipping to restaurants and hotels in April ahead of the peak summer season.

Japan's Households Begin Receiving Cloth Masks

Japan's households begin receiving cloth masks

The Japanese government has started delivering cloth masks to every household in the country in a bid to deal with the shortage amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Post office workers began delivering packages containing two washable masks to homes in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward on Friday morning.

S.korean Flight Arrives As New Restrictions Begin

S.Korean flight arrives as new restrictions begin

A flight from South Korea has arrived in Japan hours after the country tightened its border controls to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Starting on Monday, Japan's government is asking people arriving from China and South Korea, including Japanese nationals, to self-isolate at home or other private accommodation for two weeks.

Test Runs On Disaster-hit Railway Line Begin

Test runs on disaster-hit railway line begin

Test runs on a section of railway line along the Pacific coast of Fukushima Prefecture have started nine years after service was halted by the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

The accident caused radioactive contamination and suspended service on the 21-kilometer-section of Japan Rail's Joban Line between Namie and Tomioka stations.

Cruise Ship Crew Begin To Disembark

Cruise ship crew begin to disembark

Japan's health ministry says crew members who tested negative for the new coronavirus have begun disembarking from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo.

The crew members were transferred to a government-designated facility in Saitama Prefecture on Thursday. Officials say it will take several days before all 240 crew members leave the ship.

Passengers And Crew To Begin Disembarkation

Passengers and crew to begin disembarkation

Passengers and crew on a quarantined cruise ship at Yokohama Port in Japan are to start disembarking soon if they are not infected with the new coronavirus.

Japan's health ministry plans to test all remaining passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess for the virus. They are to disembark starting on Wednesday if the results are negative and they show no symptoms.

Msdf Unit To Begin Its Mission In The Middle East

MSDF unit to begin its mission in the Middle East

A patrol plane unit of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force is preparing for its intelligence-gathering mission in the Middle East.

The defense ministry announced that as of Monday local time, two P-3C aircrafts which departed from Japan on January 11 had replaced a unit engaged in anti-piracy activities off Somalia.

Second-round Paralympic Ticket Sales Begin

Second-round Paralympic ticket sales begin

People living in Japan have another chance to buy tickets for this summer's Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The event's organizing committee began accepting applications on its website on Wednesday. People can apply for up to 18 tickets for each of their first and second choices. Results will be determined by lottery.

Final Talks On Olympic Marathon Venue To Begin

Final talks on Olympic marathon venue to begin

The International Olympic Committee will soon start final talks on a plan to move the marathon and race walking events of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to the northern city of Sapporo.

Top officials from the IOC, Japan's central and Tokyo governments, and the Games' organizing committee will start their meeting at noon on Friday, the third and final day of talks on the issue.

Swine Fever Vaccinations In Pigs Begin

Swine fever vaccinations in pigs begin

Hog farms in six prefectures in the Tokai and Hokuriku regions began swine fever vaccination on Friday, the first in 13 years.

Japan's agriculture ministry had been reluctant to start the vaccinations because of their possible effect on distribution and exports.

Enthronement Ceremony For Emperor To Begin

Enthronement ceremony for Emperor to begin

Leaders of Japan and dignitaries from around the world are here in Tokyo to witness something not seen in a generation, with traditions dating back centuries. In a short while, Emperor Naruhito will formally proclaim his enthronement.

He took the throne in May, but today his accession will be celebrated.

Residents Begin Cleanup As Death Toll Hits 74

Residents begin cleanup as death toll hits 74

People in areas of Japan hit by Typhoon Hagibis are struggling to recover from deadly flooding.

NHK has learned that the death toll has now risen to 74. Rescuers are searching for about 10 people who are still missing 4 days after the storm.