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World Apr 08Japan’s state of emergency is no lockdown. What’s in it?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit Japanese prefectures to fortify the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
Health Apr 07Japan declares state of emergency, ramping up virus battle
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a month-long state of emergency Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the coronavirus as the number of infections surges.
Health Apr 06Japan’s prime minister to declare state of emergency as early as Tuesday
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he will declare a state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday to bolster measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak, but that there will be no hard lockdowns.
Health Mar 30Tokyo’s infection spike after Olympic delay sparks questions
The sudden rise in the number of virus cases in Tokyo and the government's strong actions immediately after the Olympic postponement have raised questions in parliament and among citizens about whether Japan understated the extent of the outbreak and delayed…
World Mar 24Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Economy Feb 29Virus’ effect on world economy grows after Trump lashes out
The coronavirus outbreak's impact on the world economy grew more alarming on Saturday, even after President Donald Trump denounced criticism of his response to the threat as a “hoax" cooked up by his political enemies.
Education Feb 27Japan to close schools nationwide to control spread of virus
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked all elementary, middle and high schools to remain shut until spring holidays begin in late March.
Health Feb 24Japan health officials say coronavirus ship quarantine was not perfect
More than 690 people were sickened on the ship and three died. The number of cases in Japan outside of the ship is continuing to rise, and experts say the country is now at a critical juncture. …
World Feb 19Passengers begin leaving cruise ship after virus quarantine ends
Many foreign governments say they won't let passengers from the ship return unless they go through another quarantine period, so it was striking to see passengers disembark, get into taxis and disappear into Yokohama, where the ship is docked.
Health Feb 16Americans in Japan to trade one quarantine for another
TOKYO — Americans Cheryl and Paul Molesky are trading one coronavirus quarantine for another. The couple from Syracuse, New York, are cutting short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to…