Govt. To Consider Lifting Emergency Every Week

Govt. to consider lifting emergency every week

Japan's minister in charge of the coronavirus response says the government plans to hear experts' opinions every week to consider whether to lift the state of emergency for the coronavirus.

Economic Revitalization Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi held separate teleconferences with leaders of Japan's major business organizations and the representative of prefectural governors on Tuesday.

Japan Aims To Approve Remdesivir In 1 Week

Japan aims to approve remdesivir in 1 week

Health minister Kato Katsunobu says Japan aims to approve remdesivir, the antiviral drug that may be used to treat coronavirus, in about one week after receiving an application from the pharmaceutical company.

The ministry would aim for swift approval through special, highly-simplified procedures only available for drugs in urgent need that have already been approved in other countries.

Japan Sees Quiet Holiday Week Due To Coronavirus

Japan sees quiet holiday week due to coronavirus

Japan's state of emergency due to coronavirus outbreak continues to bring an unusual quiet to roads, transportation and tourist spots in the holiday period that began in late April.

On Saturday, the first day of the five-day consecutive holiday, popular destinations in Tokyo are almost deserted as people respond to calls to stay home.

49 Artists To Participate In Youtube Music Program During Golden Week

49 artists to participate in YouTube music program during Golden Week

In an effort to encourage citizens to stay home during Golden Week, which is often considered a time of leisure and travel for Japan, YouTube will be hosting a music program called 'YouTube Music Week STAY HOME #WITHME' from April 29 to May 6. 

This program was started by Google Japan in order for everyone to enjoy music at home during Golden Week. During the 8 days, 49 artists will participate by revealing live footage and other contents via their official YouTube channels. The time table and other information will be announced on YouTube Japan's official Twitter account (@YouTubeJapan). 

Few Travelers Seen At Start Of Week-long Holiday

Few travelers seen at start of week-long holiday

Few people were seen at major transportation hubs in Tokyo and highways were quiet throughout Japan at the start of the country's week-long spring holiday on Wednesday.

Japan Railway group companies say less than 10 percent of non-reserved seats on all Shinkansen bullet train lines were occupied on Wednesday morning.

Pedestrian Traffic Almost Unchanged From Last Week

Pedestrian traffic almost unchanged from last week

Pedestrian traffic was 40 to 70 percent lower than in pre-pandemic levels on Monday in most parts of Japan where the coronavirus continues to spread. The figures were largely unchanged from a week ago.

Mobile carrier NTT Docomo released pedestrian traffic data collected from its base stations without identifying users.

'stay-at-home Week' Starts In Tokyo

'Stay-at-home week' starts in Tokyo

In a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus, authorities around Japan are pleading for residents to refrain from going out ahead of one of the country's biggest holiday periods. In Tokyo, the metropolitan government has dubbed the 12-day period through May 6, "stay-at-home week."

Shinkansen bullet trains are usually crowded ahead of the spring holiday. But some trains that left Tokyo on Saturday had no passengers in the non-reserved cars. Officials from Japan Railway say the occupancy rate for non-reserved seats on the Tokaido Shinkansen line was below 10 percent as of Saturday afternoon.

Suspected Patients Wait Up To A Week To Get Tested

Suspected patients wait up to a week to get tested

An NHK survey has found that people in Tokyo who were suspected of contracting the coronavirus have had to wait for up to a week before they were able to get tested for it.

NHK asked public health centers in the 23 Tokyo wards about how long it took for possible virus carriers to receive PCR tests after health officials concluded that they had to be tested.

Japan To Distribute Masks Nationwide Next Week

Japan to distribute masks nationwide next week

The Japanese government will start mailing reusable cloth masks to all households in the country next week in a bid to address the continuing shortage.

Households in Tokyo and other urban areas will be the first to receive the masks as they have the largest number of coronavirus cases.

Tokyo To Set New Dates For Olympics Next Week

Tokyo to set new dates for Olympics next week

The head of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee says he hopes to set new dates for the postponed events by the end of next week.

The committee has been working to finalize schedules and secure venues for the Games since they were postponed from this summer in the face of the coronavirus. It wants to hold them by the summer of 2021 at the latest.

Hokkaido Declares 3-week Coronavirus Emergency

Hokkaido declares 3-week coronavirus emergency

The governor of the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido has declared a three-week emergency period in response to an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the region.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Naomichi Suzuki said the situation is getting more serious.

New Iaea Chief To Visit Japan Next Week

New IAEA chief to visit Japan next week

Japan's Foreign Ministry says the new head of the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit the country next week.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi will visit Japan from Monday to Friday. This will be his first visit to Japan since he took office in December following the death of his predecessor Yukiya Amano from Japan.

Miyagi Aims For Shorter Work Week For Care Workers

Miyagi aims for shorter work week for care workers

Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan plans to promote a four-day work week for care workers as part of work reform measures to attract more to the field.

Japan's health ministry estimates the prefecture will face a shortage of more than 4,700 of such caregivers in fiscal 2025.

Evacuees From Wuhan Expected To Go Home This Week

Evacuees from Wuhan expected to go home this week

Japanese people evacuated by a government-chartered plane from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the new coronavirus outbreak, are expected to be released from quarantine isolation this week.

The government has sent a chartered plane to Wuhan on four occasions since January 29 to bring a total of 763 people back to Japan.