Some Businesses, Schools Reopen In Japan

Some businesses, schools reopen in Japan

Businesses across Japan are slowly reopening even before the government makes its final decision on lifting a nationwide state of emergency.

More than half the country's prefectures are likely to ease restrictions put in place last month.

Some Businesses In Japan Reopen

Some businesses in Japan reopen

Some prefectures in Japan are resuming business as the government mulls lifting the state of emergency due to the coronavirus before the end of the month.

More than 30 prefectures are expected to have restrictions eased while Tokyo is likely to stay under the emergency declaration.

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.

Toyota Plans To Reopen Factories On April 20

Toyota plans to reopen factories on April 20

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."

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.

Controversial Art Exhibition Likely To Reopen

Controversial art exhibition likely to reopen

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.

Tsunami-hit Daycare To Reopen In Miyagi

Tsunami-hit daycare to reopen in Miyagi

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.

Citizens' Panel Says Prosecutors Need To Reopen Moritomo Case

Citizens' panel says prosecutors need to reopen Moritomo case

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.

High Hopes: Yokohama's Skywalk Set To Reopen This Year

High hopes: Yokohama's Skywalk set to reopen this year

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.

Mt. Ontake Summit Route To Reopen Next Week

Mt. Ontake summit route to reopen next week

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.

Work Underway To Reopen Kansai Airport Terminal 1

Work underway to reopen Kansai airport Terminal 1

The operator of the typhoon-hit Kansai International Airport in western Japan is working to reopen Terminal 1.

The terminal has been closed due to a power outage after it was flooded by Typhoon Jebi a week ago. The operator aims to resume operations in part of the terminal by the end of the week.

Abe: Kansai Airport To Partially Reopen On Friday

Abe: Kansai airport to partially reopen on Friday

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.