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.
Toyota will extend the current shutdown of all its plants in North America for an addition two weeks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and decline in vehicle demand. The Japanese automaker will keep all assembly and component parts plants in Canada, Mexico and the United States closed through April 17.
"The manufacturing facilities will remain closed through April 17, resuming production on April 20," the company said in a statement. "Our service parts depots and vehicle logistics centers will continue to operate. We will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action in a timely manner."
Organizers of an international art festival in central Japan are planning to reopen a controversial exhibition about freedom of expression next week. Its cancellation sparked debate about the relationship between politics and art.
Aichi Triennale 2019 opened on August 1 in Aichi Prefecture. Three days later, one of the exhibitions was called off due to threats being made about some of the works on display, including a statue symbolizing those referred to as wartime comfort women.
People in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan are celebrating the re-opening of a daycare center for children that was destroyed by the 2011 tsunami.
On Sunday, former and current staff members, and local residents attended a ceremony to mark the finish of the new facility's construction in the Yuriage district of the coastal city of Natori.
A prosecution inquest panel concluded that prosecutors did a woefully inadequate job in investigating the dubious sale of state-owned land to an educational institution whose one-time head touted his close ties to the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The decision released March 29 obliges prosecutors to reopen their investigation into a scandal that has dogged Abe for well over a year, which also involves the tampering of public documents.
YOKOHAMA--The Skywalk footpath beneath the Yokohama Bay Bridge will open as early as March for the first time in nine years in anticipation of increased visitors eager to watch cruise ships.
The city government intends to promote the observation deck as a sightseeing spot where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Yokohama Port and passenger vessels up close.
A route to the summit of Mount Ontake in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, will reopen next week. The volcano erupted 4 years ago, leaving 63 people dead or missing.
Last year, the Meteorological Agency downgraded the eruption alert level from 2 to 1, the lowest point on the scale from 1 to 5. But entry restrictions have been in place for an area within a one-kilometer radius of the crater.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Kansai International Airport will partially resume operation by the end of Friday.
Speaking at a meeting held by the government's emergency taskforce on Thursday, Abe said domestic flights will resume on Friday. He added that international flights will restart as soon as they are ready.