Public Schools Reopen In Tottori Prefecture

Public schools reopen in Tottori Prefecture

Public schools in Tottori Prefecture in western Japan were reopened for the first time on Thursday after they were closed on April 27.

The decision came after Japan's government allowed prefectures, other than those under a special alert, to ease some of the restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Abe Seeks More Cooperation From Public

Abe seeks more cooperation from public

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is seeking more cooperation from the public to avoid close contact with others to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Abe spoke to reporters on Tuesday, two weeks after he declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six prefectures. The state of emergency was later expanded to cover the entire nation.

Abe Seeks Public Support For Emergency Measures

Abe seeks public support for emergency measures

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is expected to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures on Tuesday in a bid to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

The move comes as Tokyo and other major Japanese cities experience a rapid spread of the virus and an increase in the number of cases with untraceable infection routes.

Some Toyama Prefecture Public Schools Reopen

Some Toyama Prefecture public schools reopen

Two cities in Toyama Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast have reopened their public elementary and junior high schools after being closed for two weeks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Classes resumed on Monday in the cities of Toyama and Kurobe.

Tokyo Wartime Bunker To Open To Public

Tokyo wartime bunker to open to public

Japan's Defense Ministry plans to open a wartime underground bunker in Tokyo to the public.

The bunker was built by the now-defunct Imperial Japanese Army during World War Two to prepare for air raids. It is located on what is now the ministry premises in the Tokyo district of Ichigaya.

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.

Emperor's Parade Vehicle To Go On Public Display

Emperor's parade vehicle to go on public display

The vehicle that carried Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in a procession earlier this month, to celebrate the Emperor's enthronement, is to go on public display.

The open-top limousine, which was based on Toyota Motor's Century sedan, cost the government 80 million yen, or about 730,000 dollars.

Daijokyu Complex Opens To Public

Daijokyu complex opens to public

Japan's Imperial Household Agency has opened the Daijokyu complex to the public, which was built specially for Emperor Naruhito to perform a key thanksgiving ritual marking his enthronement.

About 1,400 people were already waiting when the Sakashita-mon Gate of the Imperial Palace was opened to visitors at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Abe Pledges To Regain Public Trust

Abe pledges to regain public trust

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has apologized for the resignation of Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai and pledged to regain the public's trust.

Abe accepted Kawai's letter of resignation on Thursday morning. He told reporters he respects Kawai's wish to maintain the fairness of judicial administration.

Kawai: Justice Ministry Must Retain Public Trust

Kawai: Justice Ministry must retain public trust

Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai has told reporters after submitting his letter of resignation that judicial administration cannot afford to lose the public's trust.

Kawai submitted his resignation letter to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday morning. It followed reports that the office of his wife, Anri Kawai, who was elected to the Upper House in July, made payments to campaign staff over the legal limit.

Public Transport System Still Disrupted

Public transport system still disrupted

Some train and airplane passengers were forced to adjust their plans on Sunday because of Typhoon Hagibis.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen has resumed service between Tokyo and Nagano, but with fewer trains for the time being.

Ministry To Merge, Reorganize Public Hospitals

Ministry to merge, reorganize public hospitals

Japan's health ministry says the country has too many public hospitals and mergers or reorganizations are needed. The ministry has identified more than 400 such hospitals across the country and says it will work with regional authorities to reduce the number.

Japan has about 1,500 publicly run hospitals and the ministry says many of them have few patients and provide overlapping services.

Japan Comes Last In Public Education Spending

Japan comes last in public education spending

A survey shows that Japan's public spending on education as a percentage of GDP was the lowest among OECD countries.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released a report based on its survey conducted in 2016.