Japan upset about China’s use of anal coronavirus tests on visitors – National

No anal swabs, please. Japan says its people don’t want to bend over for one of China‘s potentially humiliating COVID-19 tests, which involves sticking a cotton swab into the patient’s rectum to check for the coronavirus. The Japanese government on Monday called for China to stop using the invasive new testing method on visitors […]

Japan detects new coronavirus variant, says it came from overseas – National

Japan confirmed a new variant of COVID-19, and an infection cluster emerged at a Tokyo immigration facility, presenting new challenges as the country tries to overcome a third wave of the pandemic. The new variant has been found in 91 cases in the Kanto area of eastern Japan and in 2 cases at airports, […]

Japan’s coronavirus vaccine roll-out hampered by shortage of necessary syringes – National

Fears are growing in Japan, where an inoculation drive against COVID-19 will begin on Wednesday, that millions of doses of Pfizer vaccine could be wasted due to a shortage of special syringes that maximise the number of shots used from each vial. The government has made urgent requests, but manufacturers are struggling to ramp […]

Japan approves its 1st coronavirus vaccine, set to begin inoculations within days – National

Japan on Sunday formally approved its first COVID-19 vaccine and said it would start nationwide inoculations within days, but months behind the U.S. and many other countries. Japan’s health ministry said it had approved the vaccine co-developed and supplied by Pfizer Inc. The announcement comes after a government panel on Friday confirmed that final […]

7.3 magnitude earthquake detected off Japan coast injuring dozens, triggering blackouts – National

A strong earthquake hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday, injuring dozens of people and triggering widespread power outages, but there appeared to be no major damage and no tsunami warning was issued. The earthquake had a 7.3 magnitude and its epicentre was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth […]

More than 130 cars pile up in massive crash during Japan snowstorm – National

At least 134 cars were involved in a series of crashes in Japan on Tuesday, when a snowstorm struck a stretch of highway. One person was killed and at least a dozen more were hurt in the chaos. The crashes occurred on the Tohoku Expressway in the northern prefecture of Miyagi at around noon […]

80% of people in Japan say Tokyo Olympics should be called off amid COVID-19: poll

More than 80 per cent of people in Japan who were surveyed in two polls in the last few days say the Tokyo Olympics should be canceled or postponed, or say they believe the Olympics will not take place. The polls were conducted by the Japanese news agency Kyodo and TBS — the Tokyo […]

Japan’s ‘Twitter Killer’ sentenced to death for serial murders – National

WARNING: This story contains details that some may find disturbing. Please read at your own discretion. A Japanese court has sentenced a serial killer to death for preying upon suicidal victims on social media, which earned him the nickname “Twitter Killer.” Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, was ordered to face the death penalty on Tuesday in […]

Japan spacecraft carrying asteroid samples lands in Australia, agency says – National

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully released a small capsule on Saturday and sent it toward Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on our planet, the country’s space agency said. The capsule successfully detached from 220,000 kilometres away in a challenging […]

Japan declares climate emergency, citing ‘unprecedented damage’ from weather events – National

Japanese lawmakers on Thursday declared a climate emergency in a symbolic vote aimed at increasing pressure for action to combat global warming after the government last month committed to a firm timetable for net-zero emissions. With the vote by parliament’s powerful lower chamber, Japan — the world’s fifth-biggest carbon emitter — joins fellow Group […]