A plane carrying the Olympic flame arrives before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan’s hotels and tourism industry, already reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Many operators…

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Japan’s Abe pledges Olympics to go ahead despite virus havoc

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday resisted pressure for changes to the Tokyo Olympics schedule even as sporting events worldwide fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Abe pledged Japan…

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MPs scramble for face masks when told a colleague just returned from Japan

Members of parliament scrambled for face masks in the middle of the censure debate this evening (Wednesday) when they learned that a fellow MP, from the government Palang Pracharat party…

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Two coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess passengers die

TOKYO (REUTERS) – Two passengers from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship moored near Tokyo have died, public broadcaster NHK said on Thursday, as a second group of passengers began disembarking after…

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Two former Japan cruise ship passengers die: media

Two former passengers of the coronavirus-wracked Diamond Princess have died, local media reported Thursday, as fears mount about those who have left the ship after testing negative for the virus….

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Three more coronavirus cases found on Japan cruise ship

Three more people on a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the number aboard to 64, the government said Saturday, with passengers facing a two-week quarantine….

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Japan evacuation flight from Wuhan lands, 5 reported ill

TOKYO (Reuters) – The first chartered flight carrying 206 Japanese nationals evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday – four of them showing…

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Japanese journalist Shiori Ito speaks outside the Tokyo district court on December 18, 2019 after hearing the ruling on a damages lawsuit by her, accusing a former TV reporter of rape. – A Tokyo court awarded 3.3 million yen ($30,000) in damages to journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a former TV reporter of rape in a high-profile case that spotlighted the “#metoo” movement in Japan. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Japan journalist wins high-profile #MeToo case

A Tokyo court Wednesday awarded 3.3 million yen ($30,000) in damages to journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a former TV reporter of rape in one of the most high-profile cases…

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Pope Francis lights a candle at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter during a visit to Nagasaki on November 24, 2019.

Pope slams nuclear deterrent, ‘unspeakable horror’ of Nagasaki

Pope Francis Sunday railed against atomic weapons, the nuclear deterrent and the growing arms trade, as he paid tribute to the victims of the “unspeakable horror” of the Nagasaki bomb. In…

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Japan’s longest serving prime minister

Shinzo Abe has become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, breaking a record set over a century ago. “Each and every day I have done my best to carry out the policies…

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Japan’s emperor completes enthronement in ancient ceremony

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito completed his ascension to the Chrysanthemum throne on Tuesday in a ceremony steeped in the traditions and grandeur of a monarchy that claims 2,000 years of history….

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Japan searches for survivors as Typhoon Hagibis death toll hits 56

Tens of thousands of rescuers worked into the night Monday to find survivors of a powerful typhoon in Japan that killed at least 56 people, as fresh rain threatened to hamper their efforts. Typhoon Hagibis…

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Typhoon Hagibis batters Japan with ‘unprecedented’ rain

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis barrelled through Japan Saturday, killing at least two people and lashing large parts of the country with “unprecedented” rain that caused floods, landslides and emergency disaster warnings. Around 7.3 million people…

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Damaged houses caused by weather patterns from Typhoon Hagibis are seen in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019.

Two dead as ‘unprecedented’ Typhoon Hagibis slams into Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, killing at least two people and prompting authorities to issue their highest level of disaster warning over “unprecedented” downpours that caused flooding and landslides. Around 7.3…

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Typhoon Hagibis slams into Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan on Saturday, killing one even before making landfall and prompting authorities to issue their highest level of disaster warning over “unprecedented” downpours. More than 7.3 million people were…

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One dead as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Saturday claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than 1.6 million people. Rated “large and…

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Live cameras at many of Japan’s landmarks show the effects of Typhoon Hagibis in real-time

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis churned towards Japan on Saturday, heading straight towards the capital with potentially record-breaking rains and sparking evacuation orders, transport disruption and power outages even before making landfall. These links…

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Power outages, evacuations as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan

Powerful Typhoon Hagibis churned towards Japan on Saturday, heading straight towards the capital with potentially record-breaking rains and sparking evacuation orders, transport disruption and power outages even before making landfall. Rated “large…

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Three high-speed train projects shelved due to lack investor interest

The government has decided to shelve three high-speed projects due to lack of investor interest in co-investment. Well-informed sources in the Transport Ministry said that none of the three projects,…

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Japan wins the 20th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship

In an energetic, almost two hour final against Thailand today (Sunday), Japan won the 20th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship, hosted by South Korea since August 18th. Japan opened the match…

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

What is the origin and purpose of Japanese tea ceremony? Why there is a lot of process to drink just only a cup of tea? Let’s find out together.

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THAI reschedules flights to Japan due to Typhoon Krosa

Flt. Lt. Pratana Patanasiri, Vice President of aviation safety, security & standards at Thai Airways International, says that Japan’s Meteorological Agency has announced an alert relating to typhoon Krosa (Typhoon…

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Japan ex-empress diagnosed with breast cancer: palace

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan’s former empress Michiko has been diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and will soon undergo surgery, the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) said on Friday. Michiko’s husband Akihito…

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(Photo) South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha (L) meets her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, August 1, 2019/ Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

South Korea-Japan talks falter ahead of decision on favored-trade list

BANGKOK (Reuters) – South Korea called on Thursday for Japan to allow more time for diplomacy as talks on their most serious dispute in years failed to make progress, a…

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(Photo) Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit/Democrat Party Facebook page

Jurin to attend RCEP in a bid to form world’s biggest trading bloc

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit is scheduled to attend a ministerial conference on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Beijing later this week, in a…

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(Photo) The blaze in the city of Kyoto appeared to have been started deliberately, police said/AFP

33 dead in suspected arson attack on Japan animation studio

A suspected arson attack at an animation production company in Japan killed 33 people and injured dozens more on Thursday, after a man reportedly doused the building with flammable liquid…

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Trump prepares for ‘productive’ talks with Xi on trade war

OSAKA (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he hoped for productive talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on a trade war that is casting a shadow on…

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Thai PM to join G20 Osaka summit as ASEAN chair

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is leaving for Osaka on Thursday to attend the G20 summit which has become a highly-anticipated event this week in the wake of the lingering trade…

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(Photo) Residents who were evacuated from their homes after an earthquake are seen at a gymnasium of Iwafune junior high school acting as a makeshift evacuation center, in Murakami, Niigata prefecture, Japan June 19, 2019/ Kyodo/via REUTERS

Strong quake strikes northwest Japan, triggers small tsunami, power cuts

TOKYO (Reuters) – A strong and shallow earthquake struck Japan’s northwest coast around Niigata prefecture on Tuesday, triggering a small tsunami, shaking buildings and cutting power to around 9,000 buildings….

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Japan’s Emperor Naruhito pledges to work as symbol of the people

Japanese Emperor Naruhito formally took up his post on Wednesday a day after the abdication of his father, saying he felt a “sense of solemnity” but pledging to work as…

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Departing Japanese Emperor Akihito thanks the people, prays for peace

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Emperor Akihito, in his final remarks as his three-decade reign drew to a close on Tuesday, thanked the people for their support and expressed hope for…

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Japan and Germany eye Thailand’s train-making factory project

Japan and Germany are interested in investing in Thailand’s new project to build a factory to assemble trains, said Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn. At this point, he said, the…

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Japan beats Thailand to become Chinese tourists’ top choice

Japan has overtaken  Thailand to become the top destination for Chinese vacationers during this Golden Week  holiday of China, starting today, according to Ctrip.com, a major tourism website of China….

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Japan evacuates major airport after typhoon wreaks havoc

September 4, 2018 A major airport that was cut off when a huge typhoon smashed through its sole access road is evacuated, as Japan grapples with devastation caused by its…

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The strongest typhoon in quarter century batters Japan

Powerful gusts and heavy rains batter western Japan in its strongest typhoon in a quarter of a century on September 4, 2018. .Six people have died and scores more have been…

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  • Powerful typhoon hits western Japan
  • Powerful typhoon hits western Japan
  • Powerful typhoon hits western Japan
  • Powerful typhoon hits western Japan
  • Powerful typhoon hits western Japan

Powerful typhoon hits western Japan

Damaged traffic boards and telecommunication relay poles are seen after they were brought down by strong winds caused by typhoon Jebi in Osaka on September 4, 2018. The strongest typhoon…

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Vice President Henry Van Thio cuts a ribbon at a commencement ceremony at Thilawa Special Economic Zone last week. Photo from The Irrawaddy

China trumps Japan in race for economic influence in Myanmar

YANGON (The Irrawaddy) —While the Japanese foreign minister and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed Rakhine’s development in Naypyitaw last week, a Chinese Communist Party provincial secretary met…

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