Sustained Spread Of Virus 'likely In Japan'

Sustained spread of virus 'likely in Japan'

NHK has learned that a government expert panel has approved a report that says sustained transmission of the coronavirus is likely to occur in Japan.

Tokyo confirmed 41 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the nationwide total to over 1,300.

Okinawa Likely To Lose Henoko Landfill Lawsuit

Okinawa likely to lose Henoko landfill lawsuit

Japan's highest court is likely to rule against Okinawa Prefecture in a lawsuit over a landfill project that is needed for the relocation of a US base there.

The prospect emerged as the Supreme Court's First Petty Bench now says it will issue a ruling on March 26 without holding a hearing. Hearings are needed when the top court reverses lower court rulings.

Imperial Couple's Visit To Uk Likely To Be Put Off

Imperial couple's visit to UK likely to be put off

The Japanese government is considering the postponement of the Imperial couple's visit to Britain amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Arrangements have been underway for the couple to spend about a week in the UK on a state visit in early May.

Blizzards Likely To Hit Hokkaido

Blizzards likely to hit Hokkaido

Japanese weather officials are forecasting blizzards for the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido from Thursday to Friday.

Japan Meteorological Agency officials say a rapidly developing low-pressure system is expected to reach off Hokkaido, and another is approaching northeastern Japan on Thursday.

Sources: Imperial Couple Likely To Visit Uk In May

Sources: Imperial couple likely to visit UK in May

NHK has learned that arrangements are being made for Japan's Imperial couple to make a state visit to Britain for about a week in early May.

The British royal household announced last month that Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako had accepted an invitation from Queen Elizabeth.

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.

Tokyo Marathon Likely To Cancel Public Entries

Tokyo Marathon likely to cancel public entries

Organizers of the Tokyo Marathon are planning to cancel entries from the general public for the event to be held on March 1 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

About 170 male and female runners invited from Japan and abroad are expected to take part in the race.

Heavy Snowfall Likely In Western Japan

Heavy snowfall likely in western Japan

Weather officials are forecasting heavy snow in western Japan, and warn that traffic may be disrupted.

Japan has been having a mild winter, but a cold air mass is bringing snow to some areas of western Japan.

Suga: Weekly Supply Of 100 Million Masks Likely

Suga: Weekly supply of 100 million masks likely

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters on Wednesday that supplies of face masks will likely top 100 million per week.

Japan faces an acute shortage of face masks following the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China.

Fed Likely To Keep Rates Unchanged

Fed likely to keep rates unchanged

US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has indicated the central bank will leave interest rates unchanged, saying the world's largest economy shows signs of strength and will likely see continued growth.

Powell testified before a congressional panel on Wednesday.

Floodwaters Likely Topped 4 Meters In Nagano

Floodwaters likely topped 4 meters in Nagano

Japan's Geospatial Information Authority says the flooding in a part of Nagano City, central Japan, as a result of Typhoon Hagibis was more than four meters deep at one point.

The authority used aerial pictures and altitude data to estimate the extent of the flooding after the Chikuma and Abukuma rivers burst their banks.