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300 Japanese to leave Dhaka Thursday

More than 300 Japanese nationals stranded in Dhaka due to COVID-19 pandemic are set to leave here for Tokyo by a special chartered flight of Biman Bangladesh airlines tomorrow (Thursday) morning, ...

Japan starts trial to treat coronavirus

Japan's Fujifilm has begun clinical trials to test the effectiveness of its anti-flu drug Avigan in treating patients with the new coronavirus, after reports of promising results in China.

Olympics to open 23 July next year

The Tokyo Olympics will begin on 23 July next year, organisers said on Monday, after the coronavirus forced the historic decision to postpone the Games until 2021.

Japanese comedian Ken Shimura dies from coronavirus

Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who had been hospitalised after being infected with the new coronavirus, has died, becoming the first Japanese celebrity to die of the virus

Japan people asked to enjoy cherry blossoms next year

Japan’s Tokyo prefecture reported 40 more coronavirus infections on Friday, as its governor appealed to people to wait until next year for traditional spring parties to view the flowering of cherry ...

Tokyo Olympics may be postponed due to coronavirus

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said for the first time on Monday that the Tokyo Olympic Games may need to be postponed if the event cannot be held in its "complete form" due to the coronavirus ...

Olympic torch events downscaled over virus

Tokyo 2020 organisers said Tuesday they had taken the "heartbreaking" decision to scale back parts of the Olympic torch relay due to the coronavirus, but stressed that spectators would still be ...

Japan readies ‘state of emergency’ coronavirus measures

Japan’s government Tuesday approved draft “state of emergency” measures that would allow authorities to keep people inside and commandeer buildings for hospitals, as Tokyo steps up its fight against ...

Coronavirus changes global habits

Around the world people are changing their habits at work, home and in worship to reduce the risk of contracting the new coronavirus and prevent it from spreading any further

Coronavirus: Xi’s Japan visit postponed

A state visit by Chinese president Xi Jinping has been postponed as preventing the outbreak of the new coronavirus is "the biggest challenge" facing both countries, Japan's top government spokesman ...

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