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Japan <i>izakaya</i> chains to temporarily close amid coronavirus crisis

Business / Corporate Apr 2, 2020

Japan izakaya chains to temporarily close amid coronavirus crisis

Japanese izakaya dining bar chains Kushikatsu Tanaka Holdings Co. and Torikizoku Co. said Thursday they will temporarily close many outlets from Saturday to April 12 due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Kushikatsu Tanaka, which serves kushikatsu deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables, will suspend operations at ...

North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus

Asia Pacific Apr 2, 2020

North Korea insists it is free of coronavirus

North Korea remains totally free of the coronavirus, a senior health official in Pyongyang has insisted, despite mounting skepticism overseas as confirmed global infections near one million. The already isolated, nuclear-armed North quickly shut down its borders in January after the virus was first detected ...

World / Politics Apr 2, 2020

Finland is told its welfare state can’t cope with virus fallout

One of the world’s best-funded welfare states is starting to crack as the fallout of the coronavirus triggers mass unemployment. Finland’s system of jobless benefits can’t cope with the sudden surge in demand, the country’s biggest unemployment fund, YTK, said. There are more than 300,000 Finns ...

U.S. Navy evacuates virus-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt

World Apr 2, 2020

U.S. Navy evacuates virus-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt

The U.S. Navy is evacuating thousands of sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam after its captain warned a coronavirus outbreak was threatening the lives of the crew. There have been 93 COVID-19 cases discovered among the 4,800-strong Roosevelt crew so ...

Business Apr 2, 2020

LDP execs agree on tax relief package to ease pain from coronavirus

Senior ruling party officials reached a broad agreement Thursday on a package of tax relief measures to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement was reached at a meeting of executives from the Liberal Democratic Party's Research Commission on the Tax System. Small ...

Demand for health gadgets soars amid lockdowns

Business / Tech Apr 2, 2020

Demand for health gadgets soars amid lockdowns

Fitness-tracking gadgets are selling out, home exercise classes have never been more popular and robotics crews are pivoting to making sanitation robots. The Covid-19 pandemic has triggered a seismic wave of health awareness and anxiety, which is energizing a new category of virus-fighting tech. The ...

COVID-19 cases near million as U.S. records death of six-week-old baby

World Apr 2, 2020

COVID-19 cases near million as U.S. records death of six-week-old baby

A six-week-old baby died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, as global agencies warned of food shortages and infections around the world neared one million. Governments expanded lockdowns to affect about half of the planet, with funeral parties banned in the Democratic Republic of Congo, New York ...

SoftBank abandons $3 billion WeWork share purchase deal

Business / Corporate Apr 2, 2020

SoftBank abandons $3 billion WeWork share purchase deal

SoftBank Group Corp. is scrapping an agreement to spend $3 billion (¥322 billion) to buy WeWork stock from former CEO Adam Neumann and other shareholders, despite threats of legal action from some members of the company’s board. SoftBank had agreed to buy the shares from ...

Japan to give two masks each to 50 million households to fight virus

National Apr 2, 2020

Japan to give two masks each to 50 million households to fight virus

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday the government will distribute reusable cloth face masks to roughly 50 million households as stocks of disposable masks have run out at drugstores and other shops amid the coronavirus outbreak. The distribution, which will start later this month, is ...

Is the nation ready for a long battle against COVID-19?

Editorials Apr 2, 2020

Is the nation ready for a long battle against COVID-19?

Many major cities around the globe have implemented lockdowns, but Japan’s big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka have not yet followed suit. Because of that, a sense of crisis about the coronavirus pandemic among the public seems relatively low. In New York, a ...

The unstoppable rise of Regal Lily

Music Apr 2, 2020

The unstoppable rise of Regal Lily

by Russell Thomas

Regal Lily is supposed to be on tour at the moment. But instead of enjoying what the band’s members like about touring — eating hotel breakfasts, trying local dishes or simply exploring new towns — they’re staying put. There will be no early April ...

Oka-sho, Satsuki-sho to be run without spectators

More Sports / Horse Racing Apr 2, 2020

Oka-sho, Satsuki-sho to be run without spectators

The Japan Racing Association said Thursday it will extend its closed-door, audience-free events through April 19. The three upcoming Grade One events, the Osaka Hai, scheduled for Sunday, Oka-sho, scheduled for April 12, and Satsuki-sho, scheduled for April 19, will be among the races that ...

Coronavirus poses threat to World Baseball Classic schedule

Baseball Apr 2, 2020

Coronavirus poses threat to World Baseball Classic schedule

The fifth World Baseball Classic, scheduled to be held in March of 2021, is now under threat from the coronavirus pandemic, Nippon Professional Baseball's secretary general Atsushi Ihara said Thursday. The tournament, organized jointly by Major League Baseball and its players union, has been held ...