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via japantoday10/09/2020

Hanshin Tigers President Ageshio to resign over team's coronavirus cluster - Japan Today

Hanshin Tigers President Kenji Ageshio will step down at the end of the season to take responsibility for a string of novel coronavirus infections within the team, the Central League club said Friday. Three Tigers players tested positive for the virus in March, when teams were practicing without a clear…

via japantoday10/09/2020

Takeda-led COVID-19 plasma treatment enters clinical trial with first patient - Japan Today

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co said on Friday an alliance of drugmakers it spearheads has enrolled its first patient in a global clinical trial of a blood plasma treatment for COVID-19 after months of regulatory delays. The phase 3 trial by the group, known as the CoVIg Plasma Alliance, aims to enroll…

via japantoday10/06/2020

After White House, COVID-19 fear breaches Pentagon - Japan Today

The U.S. commander-in-chief has COVID-19 and the top military brass are isolating as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on the national security establishment of the most powerful nation in the world. As the coronavirus breached the walls of the Pentagon, the Defense Department was quick to stress on Tuesday…

via english.kyodonews.net10/02/2020

Japan, France agree on cooperation over COVID-19, maritime security - Kyodo News Plus

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian agreed on Oct. 1 in Paris to strengthen cooperation in response to the global coronavirus pandemic and over maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

via japantoday09/28/2020

Global coronavirus death toll passes one million - Japan Today

The global death toll from the new coronavirus, which emerged less than a year ago in China and has swept across the world, passed one million on Sunday. The pandemic has ravaged the global economy, inflamed geopolitical tensions and upended lives, from Indian slums and Brazil's jungles to America's biggest…

via japantoday09/26/2020

Japan to make COVID-19 questionnaires for travelers available online - Japan Today

Japan will make available an online version of a health questionnaire that travelers are required to fill out before entering the country to streamline the immigration control process, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday. The online questionnaire meant to flag travelers who are possibly at higher risk of arriving…

via kwwl09/26/2020

Japan's new PM says stable Japan-China ties key to region - kwwl.com

TOKYO (AP) — New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga says he and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed in talks to work closely together by holding high-level meetings including summits, but did not discuss a possible visit by Xi to Japan. Suga’s talks by phone with Xi late Friday were his first since taking office

via finance.yahoo10/09/2020

Japan August machinery orders seen falling as coronavirus hits investment: Reuters poll - Yahoo Finance

Worsening earnings have discouraged businesses from investing, with the world third-largest economy only just emerging from its worst post war contraction. Core machinery orders, a highly volatile data series regarded as an indicator of capital spending in the coming six to nine months, likely slipped 0.9% in August from the previous month, the poll of 17 economists showed. "A rapid deterioration in corporate earnings and uncertainty over the outlook will prompt firms to refrain from carrying out business investment," said Yoshiki Shinke, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute.

via reuters10/07/2020

Japan Airlines wants to bolster discount operations to capture post-coronavirus tourism rebound - Reuters

Japan Airlines wants to bolster low-cost carrier operations that carry leisure travelers because tourism could rebound after the coronavirus pandemic wanes while business travel demand falls, the carrier's president said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Maki Shiraki; Writing...

via news.yahoo09/30/2020

Japan health workers snub COVID-19 database as PM Suga seeks to digitize government - Yahoo News

Japanese health workers are snubbing the government's real-time COVID-19 database introduced in the middle of the pandemic to better deal with outbreaks, pointing to hurdles for the new prime minister's goal of digitising the government. Just 40% of medical institutions are using the online

via scmp09/28/2020

Japan property market a rare source of stability in pandemic - South China Morning Post

The pandemic has accentuated the appeal of Japan’s property market and revealed some of the misconceptions about Asia’s largest real estate investment market. While fears of Japan’s economic malaise spreading globally have intensified, the country’s real estate investment market has outperformed its regional peers.

via .nhk.or.jp09/28/2020

Coronavirus Casts Damper on S.Korean Holiday - NHK WORLD

The rate of new coronavirus cases in South Korea is beginning to stabilize. But there are concerns there could be another surge during a five-day holiday that begins next week. NHK World Kim Chan-ju tells us how people are adapting to measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

via japantoday09/26/2020

Boris Johnson urges world leaders to unite against COVID-19 - Japan Today

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic has frayed the bonds between nations, and urged world leaders to unite against the “common foe” of COVID-19. Johnson, who made the remarks in a prerecorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly, said that, nine months into the…

via japantoday10/07/2020

Billionaire wealth reaches new high during COVID-19 pandemic: UBS - Japan Today

Billionaire wealth reached record high levels amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a report by UBS and PwC found, as a rally in stock prices and gains in technology and healthcare helped the wealth of the world's richest break the $10 trillion mark. The report, covering over 2,000 billionaires representing some 98%…

via bioworld10/06/2020

Astrazeneca resumes AZD-1222 trials in Japan | 2020-10-06 - BioWorld Online

HONG KONG – Cambridge, U.K.-based Astrazeneca plc has resumed phase I/II trials in Japan for AZD-1222, the experimental, adenovirus vector-based candidate coronavirus vaccine that it is co-developing with the University of Oxford. Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency was the latest health authority to green-light the resumption of the trials, after an unexplained illness in one of the U.K. phase III trials participants triggered a halt for all global trials on Sept. 6. “A standard review process allowed for the review of safety data by . . .

via reuters09/28/2020

Japan looks to AI as coronavirus challenges go-and-see quality control mantra - reuters.com

At a factory south of Japan's Toyota City, robots have started sharing the work of quality-control inspectors, as the pandemic accelerates a shift from Toyota's vaunted "go and see" system which helped revolutionise mass production in the 20th century.

via japantoday09/28/2020

Tokyo reports 78 new coronavirus cases - Japan Today

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Monday reported 78 new cases of the coronavirus, down 66 from Sunday. The number is the result of 3,003 tests conducted on Sept 25. The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 25,335. The number of infected people in Tokyo with severe symptoms is 26, down three…

via japantoday09/27/2020

French hospitals delay operations to cope with COVID surge - Japan Today

Hospitals in the Paris and Marseille regions are delaying some scheduled operations to free up space for COVID-19 patients as the French government tries to stem a rising tide of coronavirus infections, the health minister said Sunday. As restaurants and bars in Marseille prepared to shut down Sunday night for…

via japantoday09/26/2020

Malaysians donate coronavirus protective gear to Japanese hospitals - Japan Today

A group of Malaysians who formerly studied in Japan have donated hundreds of items of nonwoven protective clothing for Japanese hospital staff to use amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Kizuna Project donation drive is being coordinated by Nurhaizal Azam, a 47-year-old associate professor at Hiroshima City University who used to…