Bodies Of 4 People Found At Warehouse Fire Site

Bodies of 4 people found at warehouse fire site

Police in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, say they have found the bodies of four people at the site of a warehouse fire. They believe they are three firefighters and one police officer, who had been unaccounted for after rushing into the building shortly after the fire broke out.

Local firefighting authorities say that shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, they received a report from a security firm that the factory warehouse of a commodities manufacturer, LEC, was on fire in the town of Yoshida.

15 People Without Vital Signs In Southern Japan

15 people without vital signs in southern Japan

Torrential rains have battered parts of southern Japan. Flooding is causing havoc in many residential areas.

Authorities say over 10 people have been found with no vital signs while others are missing.

13 People Missing In Kumamoto

13 people missing in Kumamoto

Officials of Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, say around 13 people have been reported missing in the prefecture as of 10 a.m. Saturday.

The officials say landslides swept away several houses in Tagawa district in Ashikita Town, leaving about 10 people unaccounted for.

Tokyo Governor Asks People To Avoid Nightlife Hubs

Tokyo governor asks people to avoid nightlife hubs

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko has called on people to refrain from visiting nightlife districts where coronavirus infections are on the rise.

Koike called for increased vigilance against the virus in a hastily held news conference on Thursday after the capital reported that 107 people were confirmed positive on the day. It is the first time that the number of infections has topped 100 since May 2, when 154 cases were reported under a state of emergency.

Record Number Of Missing People With Dementia

Record number of missing people with dementia

More than 17,400 people with dementia were reported missing in Japan last year.

The National Police Agency says 17,479 people diagnosed with or suspected of having dementia went missing in 2019. The figure increased from the previous year by 552, and has been rising since 2012.

Coronavirus Has Lingering Effects On Some People

Coronavirus has lingering effects on some people

An NHK survey has found that COVID-19 has lingering effects on some patients after testing negative for the virus and being discharged from hospital.

Hospital doctors treating coronavirus patients say people should know that various problems can persist after patients' discharge from hospital. They also say they hope for a wider network of support to be created for those people.

Fewer People Visiting Shonan Beaches

Fewer people visiting Shonan beaches

Significantly fewer people than last weekend were seen in the coastal Shonan Area of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Saturday.

Despite calls to stay home, roads and beaches were packed with visitors including surfers last Sunday. The crowds prompted the prefectural government and the City of Fujisawa to repeatedly urge people not to visit.

More People Dying Without Virus Treatment

More people dying without virus treatment

Two Tokyo men in their 80's, who were told by doctors to stay at home despite having developed fevers, were posthumously found to have contracted coronavirus.

One of them died on April 17th after he was found squatting on a street in Katsushika Ward and rushed to hospital.

Tokyo Governor Urges People To Cut Shopping Trips

Tokyo governor urges people to cut shopping trips

The Tokyo governor has urged residents to go shopping less frequently to reduce the chances of coronavirus infections at supermarkets and shopping arcades.

Governor Koike Yuriko made the appeal at an emergency news conference on Thursday.

11 People Posthumously Test Positive

11 people posthumously test positive

Japanese police say 11 people who died over the past month have posthumously tested positive for the coronavirus.

The development is raising concerns the true number of cases could be higher than what is being reported.

Amid Outbreak People Offered Illicit Jobs

Amid outbreak people offered illicit jobs

A growing number of people who have lost, or will likely lose their jobs amid the coronavirus outbreak in Japan, have received offers to perform illegal work through social media.

The labor ministry says 1,473 people had lost their jobs, or faced the prospect of losing their jobs, for the roughly two months through April 6. The ministry cites deteriorating corporate performance as one of the reasons.

Abe Urges People To Avoid Travel During Holidays

Abe urges people to avoid travel during holidays

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has repeated his call for people to avoid travel during the upcoming holidays, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from urban to rural areas.

Abe was speaking at a news conference on Friday, one day after a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak was expanded nationwide. The declaration had covered Tokyo, Osaka and five other prefectures.

Ministry: Virus Victims Include Younger People

Ministry: Virus victims include younger people

Japan's health ministry says those who died or got seriously ill from the coronavirus were largely elderly but also included younger people.

The ministry released a breakdown of cases in Japan by age group, including deaths and seriously ill patients.

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.