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Abe unveils 'massive' coronavirus stimulus worth 20% of GDP

Business Apr 6, 2020

Abe unveils 'massive' coronavirus stimulus worth 20% of GDP

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to roll out an unprecedented economic stimulus package equal to 20 percent of economic output as his government vowed to take "all steps" to battle deepening fallout from the coronavirus. The package, to be confirmed by the Cabinet on ...

Japan keen to accelerate remote education amid virus spread

National Apr 6, 2020

Japan keen to accelerate remote education amid virus spread

The government plans to accelerate the introduction of remote education using the internet, drawing lessons from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, while local governments are reluctant about the initiative. At a meeting of the central government's Council on Investments for the Future on Friday, Prime Minister ...

No parties, no problem: Introverts don't mind sheltering at home

World Apr 6, 2020

No parties, no problem: Introverts don't mind sheltering at home

With her painting, baking and near-constant gardening, Stephanie Hollowell kept busy at home even before efforts to stem the coronavirus pandemic meant she had to stay inside the Dallas, Texas house she calls her little kingdom. She didn't invite people to come taste her prize-winning ...

Death at home: The unseen toll of Italy's coronavirus crisis

World Apr 6, 2020

Death at home: The unseen toll of Italy's coronavirus crisis

It took Silvia Bertuletti 11 days of frantic phone calls to persuade a doctor to visit her 78-year-old father Alessandro, who was gripped by fever and struggling for breath. When an on-call physician did go to her house near Bergamo, at the epicenter of the ...

My life on the run from COVID-19

Our Lives | JAPAN LITE Apr 6, 2020

My life on the run from COVID-19

by Amy Chavez

Right now I am in voluntary self-quarantine after returning from overseas. When I flew into Kansai International Airport from the island of Bali on March 23, Indonesia wasn’t on the list of countries with known coronavirus infections, and local authorities had not yet asked ...

Ichiro named to all-time Rookie of the Year team

Baseball / MLB Apr 6, 2020

Ichiro named to all-time Rookie of the Year team

Former MLB star Ichiro Suzuki was among three outfielders included on an MLB.com list of the all-time best Rookie of the Year Award winners at each position. Ichiro, who retired in March 2019 and has maintained his ties with the Seattle Mariners as an instructor ...

Coronavirus may take spit, sweaty towels, handshakes out of sports

General Apr 6, 2020

Coronavirus may take spit, sweaty towels, handshakes out of sports

As the coronavirus brings the international sports calendar to a grinding halt, there are some long-standing habits which could change forever once competition resumes. Saliva to take the shine off swing bowling has been a reliable friend to fast bowlers throughout the history of cricket. But ...

Olympic saga reveals Japanese sports world's lack of influence

Olympics Apr 6, 2020

Olympic saga reveals Japanese sports world's lack of influence

The unprecedented decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for a year amid the spread of the coronavirus has highlighted the impotence of Japan's sports community. Although the decision was finalized at a lofty political level, it only happened after individual athletes forced the ...