Many Fukushima residents have expressed concern over a possible scheme to release diluted radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the sea or air in the prefecture.
The government on Monday held the first meeting to hear local opinions on ways to handle the wastewater accumulating at the plant.
The governor of Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, is calling on people to avoid nightclubs and other spots that operate during nighttime hours as a precaution amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Yoshimura Hirofumi made the remarks to reporters on Tuesday saying that the virus could spread in entertainment establishments that operate from night until early morning.
It has been disclosed that 38 people in Tokyo confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus whose infection routes remain unclear may have contracted the virus at night spots.
At a news conference on Monday, Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko urged people not to spend time in bars and other spots operating during the nighttime hours. Koike said that such entertainment establishments are high risk, because they are closed spaces with poor ventilation.
Foreign residents in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo are turning to a medical facility offering service in six languages for help amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Staff at the Kobayashi International Clinic in Yamato City can respond to patients in six languages, including English, Korean and Tagalog.
Organizers of the Tokyo Marathon are asking registered runners residing in China to refrain from joining in this year's event due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
A total of around 38,000 runners are expected to participate in the full marathon or in the 10-kilometer race on March 1. About 1,800 of them are living in China.
A record number of elderly people in Tokyo have returned their driving licenses this year following a series of traffic accidents involving senior drivers.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department says 60,119 people had handed in their licenses by November. The number topped the previous record set in 2017 by around 14,000 people.
Former Japanese residents of four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan have held a rally in Tokyo and pledged to continue calling for the return of the islands.
About 500 former residents gathered in Hibiya Park on Sunday. December 1 is the day a Hokkaido city mayor submitted a petition for returning the four islands to Japan in 1945, shortly after the end of World War Two.
NHK has learned that Nagano City did not inform residents about the burst of a major river caused by Typhoon Hagibis, despite receiving the information from the central government.
The land ministry says it announced at 6 a.m. on October 13 that a dam on the bank of Chikuma River had burst. The ministry had concluded the collapse likely occurred two hours earlier.
Nagano Prefecture in central Japan is facing a lengthy clean-up process as officials continue to assess the extent of the damage after the nearby river burst its banks. But the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis hasn't damaged the resolve of residents going forward. NHK World's Haruka Nouchi is in the area and has more.
Haruka Nouchi: I'm at the bank of the Chikuma River. You can see the riverbed on the right side and how the levee was completely destroyed by the huge flood.There are many heavy machines putting blocks along the banks.