A Japanese doctor who treated two patients infected with the new coronavirus says as there is no cure for the disease he provided them with proper nourishment and rest, and then waited for their recovery.
Tsunehiro Shimizu, Director of the infectious diseases department at Kyoto City Hospital, treated a female student in her 20s who had returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan, her hometown, and a Chinese man in his 20s who attended to tourists at a shop in Kyoto, western Japan.
Japanese investigators say an arrested former employee of Tokyo-based telecommunications giant SoftBank Corporation admitted he received personal benefits from a Russian official.
Forty-eight-year-old Yutaka Araki allegedly accessed the company's confidential information on a corporate server in February last year. He was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of violating a law aimed at preventing unfair competition.
The foreign ministers of Japan and Indonesia have agreed to expedite preparations to hold a joint meeting of their foreign and defense ministers soon this year.
Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met Indonesia's Retno Marsudi in Jakarta on Friday. The two countries last held a so-called "two-plus-two" meeting in 2015.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that he wants his country and Japan to pursue a mutually acceptable solution in peace treaty negotiations.
Putin held an annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow on Thursday. He fielded questions from Russian and foreign media for more than four hours.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov will hold talks in Moscow on Thursday. They are expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including security, economic cooperation and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Lavrov is likely to express Russia's concern over a plan to deploy a US-made missile defense system in Japan. He is expected to cite the increasingly serious security environment surrounding Russia since the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF, expired in August.
Japanese trade minister Hiroshi Kajiyama says Japan and South Korea have agreed to continue policy dialogue to resolve their bilateral trade dispute.
Kajiyama spoke to reporters after bureau chief-level officials discussed export controls for about 10 hours on Monday in Tokyo. It was the first time in three-and-a-half years that policy dialogue of this kind was held.
Senior officials from Japan and South Korea will hold talks on trade control on Monday. It's the first meeting of its kind since Japan tightened its export controls on some high-tech materials to South Korea.
The bureau chief-level talks will be held in Tokyo with Japanese trade ministry official, Yoichi Iida, and his South Korean counterpart, Lee Ho-hyun, taking part.
Senior officials from Japan and South Korea are preparing to hold trade talks in Tokyo. The meeting on December 16 will be the first of its kind in more than three years, as the two sides try to patch up a deteriorating relationship.
Japan's trade minister says the agenda will include export controls that the two countries slapped on each other this summer. Tokyo maintains it took the step for security reasons. That prompted Seoul to retaliate weeks later.
Officials from Japan and South Korea are to hold their second round of trade talks as part of the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement process.
Japanese trade ministry official Junichiro Kuroda and his South Korean counterpart Chung Hae-kwan are due to meet on Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland.
Senior Japanese and South Korean foreign ministry officials have met in Tokyo to discuss the issue of wartime labor and an intelligence-sharing pact that is set to expire next week.
Shigeki Takizaki, the Director-General of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and his counterpart, Kim Jung-han, the Director-General for Asian and Pacific affairs, met on Friday morning for the first time since last month.
Japan and Russia have agreed that senior officials will begin new working-level talks on joint economic activities on the four Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan.
Japan's Senior Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Mori and his Russian counterpart Igor Morgulov reached the agreement in Moscow on Wednesday.