Poll: Over 90% Support Tokyo Games Delay

Poll: Over 90% support Tokyo Games delay

An NHK opinion poll shows that more than 90 percent of the respondents support the decision to delay the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

NHK conducted the survey over the weekend. More than 1,300 people responded.

Top Court Rules Against Okinawa Over Henoko

Top court rules against Okinawa over Henoko

Japan's top court has finalized a ruling against Okinawa Prefecture over a landfill project needed to move a US airbase in the southern prefecture.

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the prefectural government to halt the project.

Over 1,300 Coronavirus Cases Reported In Japan

Over 1,300 coronavirus cases reported in Japan

Six more infections of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Japan as of Thursday morning, bringing the total number to 1,313.

The figure was provided by the health ministry and local governments. It includes 14 cases confirmed among people who returned from China's Hubei Province on chartered flights.

Hokkaido To Lift State Of Emergency Over Virus

Hokkaido to lift state of emergency over virus

Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido is to lift a state of emergency declared last month in response to the new coronavirus outbreak there.

Governor Naomichi Suzuki told reporters on Wednesday that the three-week emergency period will expire on the following day as planned. He announced the declaration on February 28.

Widow Sues State Over Land-sale Scandal

Widow sues state over land-sale scandal

The widow of an ex-finance ministry official, who committed suicide after he was forced to falsify ministry documents, has filed a lawsuit. She is demanding damages from the government and former chief of the ministry's financial bureau, Nobuhisa Sagawa, who allegedly instructed her husband to falsify the documents.

The suit was filed with a court in Osaka, western Japan, on Wednesday, seeking about 110 million yen, or over 1 million dollars.

Aso, Mnuchin Agree On G7 Cooperation Over Outbreak

Aso, Mnuchin agree on G7 cooperation over outbreak

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have agreed that their nations will cooperate with the other Group of Seven members in responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

Aso and Mnuchin spoke over the phone on Tuesday.

Japan Theme Parks Extend Closure Over Coronavirus

Japan theme parks extend closure over coronavirus

Some major theme parks in Japan have decided to extend their closure period due to the spread of the new coronavirus.

The Japanese government said on Tuesday that it will continue to ask that large-scale public events be suspended for another 10 days or so.

Seattle-area Toyota Dealership Closes For Cleaning Over Coronavirus

Seattle-area Toyota dealership closes for cleaning over coronavirus

The coronavirus that delivers the illness known as COVID-19 is affecting all parts of the automotive industry. For Toyota specifically, the outbreak has caused concern about the manufacturing and supply chain in Japan, and it's also put a spotlight on a dealership in Washington state. An employee at Toyota of Kirkland, in Seattle's Eastside suburbs, tested positive for the virus this week, according to the Kirkland Reporter. The dealership is closed until Monday, March 9, for cleaning.

Toyota of Kirkland is only 2.5 miles from the Life Care Center nursing home, where 10 residents have died from the virus and many more are ill. 

Aso Expresses Concern Over Digital Yuan

Aso expresses concern over digital yuan

Japan's finance minister Taro Aso has warned his G20 counterparts about digital currency, saying more work is needed before any issuance.

In a news conference after the meeting of the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs in Saudi Arabia, Aso said regulations on digital currency should be drawn up to avoid potential risks such as money laundering.

Protest Over Prosecutor's Delayed Retirement

Protest over prosecutor's delayed retirement

A group of legal and political scholars has protested the government's abrupt change of its legal interpretation to allow a senior prosecutor to put off his retirement.

The government decided at a cabinet meeting in late January to delay until August the retirement of Hiromu Kurokawa as the head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office.

Foreign Media Questions Japan Over Disembarkation

Foreign media questions Japan over disembarkation

Foreign media are expressing doubts and concerns over the Japanese government's treatment of people who are disembarking the coronavirus- hit cruise ship. Japan is allowing those people to use public transportation and to return to their homes.

People started leaving the ship on Wednesday and will continue to disembark on Thursday and Friday.

Abe Grilled At Diet Over Dinner Parties

Abe grilled at Diet over dinner parties

Lawmakers of Japan's opposition camp have questioned Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding parties that were held for his supporters at a Tokyo hotel over the past several years.

At the Lower House budget committee meeting on Monday, opposition lawmakers said they asked a Tokyo hotel whether it had made out receipts for the parties with no customer names. They said the hotel, where some of the parties were held, replied that it had not.

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.