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Japan’s best train pass, the Japan Rail Pass, finally being made available for purchase online:

February 18th, 2020

Japan’s best train pass, the Japan Rail Pass, finally being made available for purchase online (

Another 95 infection cases, including 88 on ship, confirmed in Japan:

February 18th, 2020

Japanese authorities say nearly 100 people were confirmed on Tuesday to be infected with the new coronavirus, including one person under the age of 20. (NHK)

Ten Kyodo News staff rode vehicle driven by man confirmed to have COVID-19:

February 18th, 2020

A man in his 60s confirmed to have been infected with the COVID-19 virus drove a total of 10 Kyodo News staff members in a hired vehicle from late January to early February, the news service said Tuesday, confirming that it had notified member organizations. (Japan Times)

Japan approves bill to help firms develop 5G and drone technologies:

February 18th, 2020

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill designed to help companies develop secure 5G mobile networks and drone technologies amid growing alarm among policymakers about the increasing influence of Chinese technology. (Japan Times)

Kanagawa: School girl apparently broadcasts own suicide on social media:

February 18th, 2020

Kanagawa Prefectural Police believe a high school girl committed suicide by leaping in front of a train on Tuesday morning, an incident that she possbily broadcast on social media, reports NHK (Feb. 18). (

Losing face: 6,000 surgical masks stolen from Kobe hospital:

February 18th, 2020

A total of 6,000 surgical masks have been lost at a hospital in Kobe, it was learned Tuesday. The Hyogo Prefectural Police is investigating the incident as a case of theft. (Japan Times)

Nine arrested for illegally collecting money for food business Kefir:

February 18th, 2020

Nine people were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally collecting money for a food product sales business run by a Tokyo-based mail-order service company that filed for bankruptcy in 2018, police said. (Japan Times)

Nissan shareholders approve new board:

February 18th, 2020

Nissan Motor held an extraordinary shareholders meeting on Tuesday, as it struggles to rebuild itself under new leadership. 666 people gathered in Yokohama. They approved a new board of directors led by current President and CEO Makoto Uchida. (NHK)

Fujitsu gets Japan's first preliminary local 5G license:

February 18th, 2020

Japan’s communications ministry on Tuesday gave major electronics maker Fujitsu Ltd. the country’s first preliminary license to build a local fifth-generation, or 5G, communications network. (Japan Times)

Nearly 100 new cases found on quarantined ship:

February 17th, 2020

Japan's health ministry says 99 more people on board the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess have tested positive for the new coronavirus. (NHK)

Tokyo Marathon canceled for 38,000 runners over COVID-19 fears:

February 17th, 2020

As Japan ramps up its response to the coronavirus outbreak, one of the largest sporting events in the nation will be curtailed, with participation in the Tokyo Marathon limited to elite runners and wheelchair competitors, organizers said Monday. (Japan Times)

Kyoto starts new 'Empty' tourism campaign to attract tourists during coronavirus outbreak:

February 17th, 2020

Visitors to Kyoto have plummeted, prompting a new series of ads showing sites like the Arashiyama bamboo forest totally devoid of people. (

Japan pop group Arashi cancels concert in Beijing over coronavirus:

February 17th, 2020

Popular boy band Arashi is calling off a concert scheduled for this spring in Beijing due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, their agent said. (Japan Times)

Americans leave quarantined ship in Yokohama as onboard virus cases hit 355:

February 16th, 2020

Americans began leaving a quarantined cruise ship in Japan on Monday to board chartered flights home as the number of new coronavirus cases diagnosed on the vessel jumped to 355. (Japan Times)

Japan experts decline to raise alert, as virus 'not yet prevalent':

February 16th, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak remains at an initial stage in Japan, an expert panel under the health ministry said Sunday, choosing not to raise the country's alert level that would have allowed for a more aggressive response. (Nikkei)

Six more people - five in Tokyo, one in Aichi Prefecture - test positive for coronavirus:

February 16th, 2020

As Japan grapples with the expanding new coronavirus outbreak, six more people — five in Tokyo and another in Aichi Prefecture — tested positive Sunday for the deadly virus, local authorities said. (Japan Times)

Japan Post's zombie privatization is warning to Shinzo Abe:

February 16th, 2020

Japan invented the zombie company: a once proud and innovative name that has lost its way and staggers from one crisis to another. But has Asia's second biggest economy now created the zombie privatization? (Nikkei)

Number of infections on virus-hit ship in Japan up 70 to 355: gov't:

February 16th, 2020

The number of new coronavirus infections among passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo has risen by 70 to 355, the government said Sunday, while more domestic cases were also reported and experts warned the situation could worsen. (Kyodo)

Approval rate for Japan PM Abe's Cabinet logs sharpest fall in 2 years:

February 16th, 2020

The approval rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet stands at 41.0 percent, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday, down 8.3 points from the previous poll in January and marking the sharpest fall in nearly two years amid yet another cronyism scandal. (Kyodo)

Unmarried single parents find an unlikely ally in scrap over tax deduction:

February 16th, 2020

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party submitted an amendment to the Diet in January to expand the “widow’s deduction” covering single parents who have never been married. (Japan Times)

Coronavirus cases climb in Japan:

February 15th, 2020

Health experts confirmed new cases of the coronavirus across Japan on Saturday. The total number of infections is now over 330, including 285 on a quarantined cruise ship. (NHK)

Infection routes unknown in some Japan cases:

February 15th, 2020

Health authorities in Japan are hurrying to come up with effective measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus after they found it hard to track down the infection routes of some cases. (NHK)

New infection cases reported in Japan:

February 14th, 2020

Japan saw several new cases of coronavirus infection reported on Friday, leading health officials to try and establish just how they contracted the virus. The latest cases bring the number of infected people in Japan to 259, including 218 from a cruise ship. (NHK)

As quarantine nears end, clearing coronavirus-hit ship is daunting task for Japan:

February 14th, 2020

Over the next five days, Japan faces the daunting task of testing thousands of passengers aboard a quarantined cruise ship, evacuating them and transporting those who test positive for the coronavirus — or who may have come in contact with someone who has — to medical facilities on shore. (Japan Times)

Corpse of missing man found on tracks at JR Kumagaya Station:

February 14th, 2020

The corpse of a missing man was found along the tracks at a rail station in Kumagaya City, police said, reports TV Asahi (Feb. 14) (

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