Japan's Soccer League Restarts After 4 Months

Japan's soccer league restarts after 4 months

The top J1 division of Japan's professional soccer league, J.League, which postponed all official matches in February in response to the coronavirus outbreak, has resumed play without spectators.

At Saitama Stadium, where the match between Urawa Reds and Yokohama F. Marinos was held, league and club officials disinfected their hands and had their body temperatures measured with a thermograph.

Chinese Ships Enter Japan's Territorial Waters

Chinese ships enter Japan's territorial waters

Japan's Coast Guard says Chinese patrol ships have entered Japanese territorial waters on consecutive days and sailed for an extended time within them.

The officials say two Chinese patrol ships entered the waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea after 4 p.m. on Thursday. They say the two ships repeatedly approached a Japanese fishing boat inside the territorial waters.

Japan's Pension Investments Take Record Loss

Japan's pension investments take record loss

Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund says it posted a record loss for the January-March quarter as share prices plummeted worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic. The loss for the quarter was 17.7 trillion yen, or about 165 billion dollars.

Other quarters of the year posted profits. The overall loss for the fiscal year through March was about 77 billion dollars. It is the first time since fiscal 2015 for the pension fund to record a loss for the full year, and the second largest annual loss since the global financial crisis in 2008.

Japan's Contact-tracing App Resumes Service

Japan's contact-tracing app resumes service

Japan's health ministry resumed its coronavirus contact-tracing app service on Friday.

The ministry said on Thursday that it fixed a glitch which was found just days after the smartphone application was rolled out on June 19.

Heavy Rain Hits Japan's Tokai Region

Heavy rain hits Japan's Tokai region

Heavy rain has pummeled the Tokai region, central Japan, prompting weather officials to warn of mudslides.

The accumulated rainfall for the one hour through 5 p.m. on Wednesday reached 32 millimeters in Kawazu Town in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Japan's New Coronavirus Panel Holds 1st Meeting

Japan's new coronavirus panel holds 1st meeting

A new expert panel of Japan's government has met for the first time to assess the effectiveness of anti-coronavirus measures.

The four-member panel held its first meeting on Wednesday. Among the members are Kyoto University Professor Yamanaka Shinya and Professor Emeritus at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies Kurokawa Kiyoshi.

Virus Hits Japan's Big Business Confidence

Virus hits Japan's big business confidence

The Bank of Japan's latest quarterly Tankan survey shows that business confidence among large manufactures plunged to the lowest level in over a decade amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It shows that sentiment at big manufactures in Japan fell to minus 34 in the April-June quarter, down from minus 8 in the previous survey.

S.korea Remains Opposed To Japan's Export Controls

S.Korea remains opposed to Japan's export controls

South Korea continues to oppose Japan's tightened controls on exports of industrial materials, one year after they were imposed.

Japan announced the measures on three materials essential to produce semiconductors on July 1 last year, citing security concerns.

Japan's Business Confidence Lowest Since 2009

Japan's business confidence lowest since 2009

The Bank of Japan's latest quarterly Tankan survey shows that business confidence among large manufactures plunged to the lowest level in over a decade. That's as the Japanese economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

It shows that sentiment at large manufactures fell to minus 34. The previous survey was minus 8.

Record Rainfall Forecast For Japan's Tokai Area

Record rainfall forecast for Japan's Tokai area

Weather officials are warning of possible flooding and torrential rain in wide areas of Japan through Wednesday. Record rainfall is expected in the Tokai region in central Japan.

The Meteorological Agency said a rain front and a low-pressure system are creating unstable atmospheric conditions and causing localized downpours across wide areas from western to eastern Japan.

Japan's Maglev Train Project May Be Delayed

Japan's maglev train project may be delayed

Japan's railway operator is concerned that the planned opening of a super-fast magnetically levitated train system may be delayed due to a dispute with a local government.

Central Japan Railway, or JR Tokai, is planning to launch the next-generation railway service between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2027. It will later be extended to Osaka.

Virus Cases Rise At Japan's Airport Quarantine

Virus cases rise at Japan's airport quarantine

The number of coronavirus cases has been rising sharply at airport quarantine among people arriving in Japan even though the epidemic is subsiding in many parts of the country.

The health ministry says 131 people were confirmed to have the coronavirus at airport quarantine stations from May 25, when a state of emergency was completely lifted in Japan, to Wednesday.

Japan's Ministers Reserve Comment On Bolton's Book

Japan's ministers reserve comment on Bolton's book

Japanese Cabinet ministers are refraining from commenting on the contents of a book written by former US national security advisor John Bolton.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide referred to a passage where Bolton says he conveyed a request from President Donald Trump to have Japan pay 8 billion dollars annually to host US troops.

Japan's Contact-tracing App Suffers Glitch

Japan's contact-tracing app suffers glitch

Japan's health ministry is trying to repair a glitch in the nation's coronavirus contact-tracing app, which was rolled out just days ago.

The smartphone app is designed to notify users who are thought to have been in close contact with someone infected with the virus.