Emergency May End Around May 14 In Some Areas

Emergency may end around May 14 in some areas

Japan's government says it may lift the country's state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak in some prefectures around May 14.

Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi spoke about the possibility to reporters on Thursday.

State Of Emergency Extended To End Of May

State of emergency extended to end of May

The Japanese government has decided to extend a nationwide state of emergency until the end of this month. It was originally set to expire on Wednesday.

Members of a special taskforce met at the Prime Minister's Office on Monday.

Lexus Says It'll End Production Of The Gs Midsize Sedan In August

Lexus says it'll end production of the GS midsize sedan in August

You know that 2020 Lexus GS 350 F Sport Black Line Special Edition we told you about yesterday? As it turns out, it'll be the last gasp for the midsize luxury sedan, as Lexus plans to cut the nameplate from its lineup.

Lexus announced in Japan that it will discontinue the entire remaining GS lineup, including the 467-horsepower GS F performance sedan, after production there ends in August. It also follows the brand's decision last year to not offer the entry-level GS 300 in the U.S. for 2020.

Crowdfunding To Rebuild Shuri Castle To End

Crowdfunding to rebuild Shuri Castle to end

A crowdfunding project to rebuild the fire-destroyed Shuri Castle in Okinawa is to end on Tuesday, having raised funds far exceeding the initial target.

The castle in the city of Naha was mostly destroyed in a massive fire last October.

Hashimoto: End Of May Would Be Important For Ioc

Hashimoto: End of May would be important for IOC

Japan's Olympic and Paralympic minister says the end of May would be an important time for the International Olympic Committee in deciding whether to hold the 2020 games as planned, amid concerns over the new coronavirus outbreak.

An IOC member said last week that the decision on whether the games will go ahead could be put off until late May.

Shrine In Kyoto Prays For End To Virus Outbreak

Shrine in Kyoto prays for end to virus outbreak

An ancient Shinto shrine in Kyoto City, western Japan, offered a prayer to its deity on Tuesday, hoping for an end to the new coronavirus outbreak.

Kamigamo Shrine is recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The shrine holds a ritual every year on March 3, the day of the dolls' festival, to pray for health and drive away evil.

Test Flights For New Haneda Routes End

Test flights for new Haneda routes end

Japan's transport ministry says it has finished test flights above central Tokyo on new routes to the capital's Haneda Airport.

The new flight paths are due to open on March 29 to increase international slots at Haneda ahead of this year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Govt. May End 2011 Memorial Service Next Year

Govt. may end 2011 memorial service next year

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has suggested that next year will be the last time the government hosts an annual memorial ceremony for the 2011 disaster.

The government decided at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to hold a ceremony in Tokyo on March 11 to mark the ninth anniversary of the massive quake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan, triggering a nuclear accident in Fukushima.

Annual Ceremony Marks End Of Tokyo Trading

Annual ceremony marks end of Tokyo trading

A ceremony marking the last trading day of the year was held at the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Monday after the benchmark Nikkei Average marked its highest final-day close in 29 years.

Leading Kyogen actor Nomura Mansai, who will direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, was among those invited.

Year-end Holiday Rush Continues

Year-end holiday rush continues

Highways are congested, and airports and train stations are crowded in Japan on Sunday as year-end travelers head for their hometowns and for holiday destinations.

Japan Railway group companies say Shinkansen bullet trains heading out of major cities are almost fully booked for the day.

Year-end Exodus Begins In Japan

Year-end exodus begins in Japan

Highways, airports and train stations around Japan are busy on Saturday as year-end travelers head for their hometowns and holiday destinations.

Japan Railways companies say that non-reserved cars on Shinkansen bullet trains from Tokyo were filled to capacity. The most crowded trains reached 180 percent capacity.

Year-end Rice-cake Making Event In Tokushima

Year-end rice-cake making event in Tokushima

Residents of the western Japanese city of Tokushima pounded boiled rice into rice cakes during a unique local festival music at an annual year-end event on Friday.

Participants rhythmically pounded rice with a mallet as about 10 members of a local Awa Odori dance festival group played music known as "Zomeki" on three-stringed shamisen, accompanied by gongs and taiko drums.