Japan's Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Reach 4,000

Japan's confirmed coronavirus cases reach 4,000

Health officials confirmed 143 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo and 16 prefectures on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 4,000.

The number includes people found to have the virus in airport quarantine checks, those who returned to Japan on chartered planes from China, and health ministry officials involved in the quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama.

Japan's Govt. To Declare State Of Emergency

Japan's govt. to declare state of emergency

The Japanese government plans to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak. The declaration will apply to seven prefectures, including Tokyo, for about a month, and begin as early as Tuesday.

Fewer People On Streets Of Japan's Major Cities

Fewer people on streets of Japan's major cities

Fewer people were seen on the streets of Japan's major cities than normal on Sunday after authorities asked residents to stay home to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

In Tokyo's Shinjuku district, major department stores and clothing shops shut their doors. Notices of temporary closure were put out at karaoke parlors.

Japan's Coronavirus Cases Top 2,000

Japan's coronavirus cases top 2,000

Japan's local governments and health ministry have reported 19 more cases of coronavirus infections as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, bringing the total to 2,007.

The number includes 14 confirmed cases among people who returned from China's Hubei Province on chartered flights and 61 cases among health ministry officials, quarantine officers and those who were found to have the virus during arrival checks at airports.

Japan's Govt. Sets Up Task Force To Fight Outbreak

Japan's govt. sets up task force to fight outbreak

Japan's government has launched a new task force to fight a growing coronavirus outbreak. The move paves the way for the Prime Minister to declare a state of emergency based on a newly enacted law.

Shinzo Abe said, "In order to overcome the challenge our country is now facing, the state, local governments, medical workers, business operators and all residents need to be united and push ahead with measures to tackle the illness caused by the new coronavirus. I want the minister in charge of the special law, the health minister, and other relevant ministers to swiftly come up with basic guidelines."

Japan's Lawmakers Debate State Of Emergency

Japan's lawmakers debate state of emergency

Japan's lawmakers are deliberating a bill that would allow the prime minister to declare a state of emergency to tackle the coronavirus. It has passed one stage in the approval process.

The minister in charge of the legislation, Yasutoshi Nishimura, was asked in a Diet committee whether the government plans to declare an emergency soon.

Japan's Cabinet Approves Bill On Coronavirus

Japan's Cabinet approves bill on coronavirus

Japan's government has approved a bill which will enable the prime minister to declare a state of emergency over the new coronavirus if necessary.

The bill, approved at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, revises existing legislation which was enacted in 2012 to tackle a new type of influenza and other infectious diseases.

Japan's Cabinet Approves Visa Cancellation Policy

Japan's cabinet approves visa cancellation policy

Japan's Cabinet approved a policy on Friday that enables the government to invalidate the visas of people coming from China and South Korea. The measure is among those aimed at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.

The Japanese government will cancel the visas next Monday. All foreign nationals coming from the two countries will be denied entry into Japan, if they do not have new visas.

Japan's Soccer League To Postpone Matches

Japan's soccer league to postpone matches

Japan's professional soccer league, J.League, is postponing all official matches for the next three weeks in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.

J.League Chairman Mitsuru Murai announced at a news conference on Tuesday that all 94 matches scheduled until March 15 will be postponed. The matches include those for the top J1, J2 and J3 divisions.

Japan's Emperor Marks 60th Birthday

Japan's Emperor marks 60th birthday

Emperor Naruhito is now 60 years old.

Ahead of the Sunday occasion, the Emperor expressed his thoughts to the media. It was his first news conference since he ascended the throne last May.

Japan's Cabinet Approves Most Of Spending Plan

Japan's Cabinet approves most of spending plan

Japan's Cabinet has approved a package to fund most of an emergency plan to tackle the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The spending totals 10.3 billion yen, or 93.8 million dollars. The total plan is worth about 140 million dollars.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso told reporters on Friday that the government wants to implement "firm and urgent countermeasures to stop the further spread of the virus." He also said it wants to promote urgent support plans for affected industries.

Japan's Entry Ban To Include People From Zhejiang

Japan's entry ban to include people from Zhejiang

The Japanese government will broaden its entry ban to cover people from the Chinese province of Zhejiang to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Japan. Many cases of the virus have been found in Zhejiang.

Japan currently bans the entry of foreign nationals who were in Hubei Province within 14 days before their arrival in Japan, or those who hold passports issued by the Hubei provincial government, unless they have special reasons.