Thursday, May 19, 2022


Japan to trial group tours in move to ease Covid border rules

There are no plans to lift border restrictions fully, with the trial involving only tourists from four countries who join package tours with predetermined itineraries.

Probe after Japanese students given hand sanitiser instead of water during race

Yamanashi's high school sport federation says the sanitiser had been stored in an unlabelled plastic bottle alongside those containing drinking water in a cardboard box.

World’s oldest person dies in Japan aged 119

Born on Jan 2, 1903 - the year of the Wright Brothers' first controlled flight of their motor-driven airplane - Tanaka was confirmed by Guinness World Records in 2019 as the oldest living person.

Japan teacher in hot water after Covid prevention efforts rack up US$27,000 pool bill

The teacher, who has not been identified, thought a constant flow of fresh water into the pool would keep it Covid free and left the tap on from late June to early September.

Japan confirms first case of Omicron XE in airport arrival

The woman, who had received two shots of the Pfizer vaccine, showed no symptoms.

Pregnancy trap for workers in controversial Japan scheme

When Vanessa, a worker with Japan's 'technical intern' programme, told her supervisors she was pregnant, she says they first suggested an abortion and then pressured her to quit.

Toshiba pauses spin-off plan, weighs going private

Its management team will lead discussions with private equity funds and other possible investors on potential offers.

Toshiba shareholders reject spin-off plan in key vote

The result is the latest setback for the engineering giant, which has faced a series of scandals, financial troubles and shock high-level resignations in recent years.

Japan turns down the heat and dims the lights to avoid power cut after quake

Up to 3 million households had faced the threat of blackouts, as utility Tokyo Electric Power Co warned of tight supply and surging demand as snow fell across Tokyo and the temperature dropped to 2 degrees Celsius.

Japan issues power warning after quake hits supply

Overnight, the government issued its first-ever electricity crunch warning for the capital and other regions, with supply dented because several thermal power plants remain offline after the quake.

Four dead after powerful Japan quake rattles east coast

Some 30,000 homes were still without power on Thursday morning, with another 4,300 without water.

Malaysia, Japan to step up joint efforts to tackle global supply chain issues

Other issues of mutual interest include the enhancement of bilateral trade and investment relations, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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