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Japan puts Osaka, 2 other areas under virus semi-emergency

Japan puts Osaka, 2 other areas under virus semi-emergency

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Japan has designated Osaka and two other areas for new virus control steps as infections in those areas rise less than four months before the Tokyo OlympicsBy MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated PressApril 1, 2021, 10:10 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTOKYO -- Japan designated Osaka and two other areas for new virus control steps on Thursday as infections in those areas rise less than four months before the Tokyo Olympics.Osaka, neighboring Hyogo and Miyagi in the north have had sharp increases in daily cases since early March, soon after Japan scaled down its partial and non-binding state of emergency that began in January. Japan lifted the state of emergency in the Tokyo area on March 21, fully ending the measures aimed at slowing the coronavirus and relieving pre...
Japan PM vows no virus rebound as emergency measures end

Japan PM vows no virus rebound as emergency measures end

Health
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged to do his utmost to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus ahead of the Olympic torch relay and his upcoming visit to WashingtonBy MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated PressMarch 21, 2021, 9:37 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTOKYO -- Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged Sunday to do his utmost to prevent a resurgence of the coronavirus ahead of the Olympic torch relay and his upcoming visit to Washington.Suga was addressing his ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s annual convention, just hours ahead of the planned lifting of a virus state of emergency in the the Tokyo region. Suga said after the state of emergency is lifted is "an extremely important time” for virus prevention.“We must not put our guards down ....
Super Nintendo World opens in Japan after Covid delays

Super Nintendo World opens in Japan after Covid delays

Technology
ReutersA theme park dedicated to Nintendo's famous Super Mario World has opened in Japan, nearly a year after it was originally due to welcome guests.Super Nintendo World - which cost about $ 0.5bn ($ 0.36bn) to build - was meant to open last summer but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Initially only Japanese visitors can go amid international travel bans.For Nintendo, it represents part of a move from games firm to entertainment company.ReutersAt first the park will take half of the visitors it can accommodate to comply with social-distancing measures. Visitors will need to wear masks in most areas.The park is modelled on levels in Nintendo's Mario games, the first of which was released in 1985 and followed the adventures of a plumber and his brotherThe franchise went on to sell mo...

Japan Post, Rakuten tie-up in digital delivery, cashless pay

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Japan’s giant postal system says it is investing about $ 1.4 billion, for an 8% stake in the e-commerce venture Rakuten to strengthen a partnership in deliveries, fintech and other areasBy YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business WriterMarch 13, 2021, 3:38 AM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTOKYO -- Japan’s postal system is investing 150 billion yen ($ 1.4 billion) in an 8% stake in the e-commerce venture Rakuten to strengthen a partnership in deliveries, fintech and other areas.Rakuten's shares shot up 8.6% in Tokyo trading Friday on news of the tie-up with Japan Post. Japan Post's gained 4.9%.Japan Post Holdings President Hiroya Masuda said Friday that the deal brought together “the digital and the real.”The cooperation between the old-style analog mail and Rakuten, foun...
Japan open to deploying soldiers to Senkaku Islands, report says

Japan open to deploying soldiers to Senkaku Islands, report says

World
March 8 (UPI) -- Japan may not be ruling out troop deployment to the disputed Senkaku Islands if conflict arises with rival forces, according to a recent press report. A Japanese official speaking on the condition of anonymity told the South China Morning Post Tokyo will not tolerate Chinese breaches of Japan-claimed territory, after Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said Japanese ships will be allowed to fire at foreign boats "preemptively." Advertisement "Under our domestic law, the self-defense forces can use weapons as law enforcement against unlawful activities on behalf of our coast guard if the Chinese coast guard enters our territorial waters including ... the Senkaku Islands without permission," the Post's source said. Japanese wariness of Chinese activity in the Ea...