Usj Reopens For Osaka Annual Pass Holders

USJ reopens for Osaka annual pass holders

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has reopened on a limited basis, having been closed since the end of February due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The theme park opened its doors to only residents of Osaka Prefecture who hold annual passes. Online registration is required in advance for the one-week period that began Monday.

Osaka Decides Own Criteria For Reopening Economy

Osaka decides own criteria for reopening economy

The governor of Osaka, western Japan, says the prefecture has determined its own criteria for gradually lifting restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic in the wake of the central government's extension of the state of emergency.

The prefecture's taskforce met on Tuesday.

Tokyo, Osaka See Sharp Drops In Visitor Numbers

Tokyo, Osaka see sharp drops in visitor numbers

Major Japanese cities have seen sharp declines in visitor numbers amid the nationwide state of emergency.

Telecom company NTT Docomo has released anonymous tracking data for Japan's 47 prefectures.

Nurse In Osaka Told To Work After Testing Positive

Nurse in Osaka told to work after testing positive

Officials in the western Japanese city of Osaka say a hospital there instructed a nurse to continue to work despite testing positive for the coronavirus.

The officials learned of this after someone tweeted the allegation against Osaka's Namihaya Rehabilitation Hospital.

Tokyo-osaka Bullet Train Services To Be Cut 20%

Tokyo-Osaka bullet train services to be cut 20%

The operator of Japan's Tokaido Shinkansen line says it will cut the number of its train services linking Tokyo and Osaka by about 20 percent due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Central Japan Railway Company president Kaneko Shin made the announcement at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

Osaka Naomi Urges Solidarity Against Coronavirus

Osaka Naomi urges solidarity against coronavirus

Tennis star Osaka Naomi has urged people not to be selfish but to be united to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Osaka made the appeal in a video message she filmed for NHK. She is now staying at home in the US state of California.

Osaka Governor Urges Residents Not To Go Out

Osaka governor urges residents not to go out

The governor of Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, is calling on people to avoid nightclubs and other spots that operate during nighttime hours as a precaution amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Yoshimura Hirofumi made the remarks to reporters on Tuesday saying that the virus could spread in entertainment establishments that operate from night until early morning.

Hakuho Wins 44th Title At Osaka Tournament

Hakuho wins 44th title at Osaka tournament

In the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament, Yokozuna Grand Champion Hakuho clinched his 44th title, beating fellow grand champion Kakuryu on Sunday.

The two Mongolian Yokozuna wrestlers had entered the final day of the Osaka tournament with 12 wins and 2 losses each. Hakuho had previously won 41 bouts against Kakuryu and lost eight.

Osaka Court Rejects City's Claim Over Tax Donation

Osaka court rejects city's claim over tax donation

A Japanese court has refused a claim by a city in western Japan that the national government should review its decision to exclude the city from the so-called hometown tax donation system.

The Osaka High Court dismissed on Thursday a suit filed by Izumisano City in Osaka Prefecture against the internal affairs ministry.

Osaka Moves To 3rd Round In Australian Open

Osaka moves to 3rd round in Australian Open

In tennis, defending champion Naomi Osaka has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open for the third straight year.

Osaka, who is No.4 in the current world rankings, beat the 42nd-ranked Zheng Saisai from China 6-2, 6-4 in Melbourne on Wednesday.

Tennis/ Osaka, Kvitova, Keys Move To Brisbane Semifinals

TENNIS/ Osaka, Kvitova, Keys move to Brisbane semifinals

BRISBANE, Australia--Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Madison Keys won quarterfinal matches Friday at the Brisbane International.

Osaka beat Kiki Bertens 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, Kvitova defeated qualifier Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-2 and Keys beat fellow American Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-1. Brady was coming off wins over Maria Sharapova in the first round and top-ranked Ash Barty in the second.

Kimura Takuya To Hold Concerts In Tokyo And Osaka

Kimura Takuya to hold concerts in Tokyo and Osaka

Kimura Takuya will hold a live tour titled 'TAKUYA KIMURA Live Tour 2020 Go with the Flow' in February. 

The upcoming tour will be held to commemorate the release of his first solo album "Go with the Flow" (January 8 release). He is scheduled to hold concerts on February 8 and 9 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium and on February 19 and 20 at Osaka-jo Hall.