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Crown prince proclamation ceremonies postponed amid outbreak

National Apr 14, 2020

Crown prince proclamation ceremonies postponed amid outbreak

The government said Tuesday it has postponed this month's ceremonies to celebrate Crown Prince Akishino's ascent to first in line to the chrysanthemum throne amid the new coronavirus outbreak. The Rikkoshi no Rei ceremonies, originally scheduled for Sunday, are intended to proclaim the 54-year-old crown ...

Japan to cut lawmakers' pay by 20 percent amid virus crisis

National Apr 14, 2020

Japan to cut lawmakers' pay by 20 percent amid virus crisis

Senior Japanese ruling party and opposition officials agreed Tuesday to reduce lawmakers' salaries by 20 percent for a year as part of efforts to overcome the novel coronavirus crisis. The accord was reached at a meeting between Hiroshi Moriyama, Diet affairs chief of the governing ...

Tokyo reports 161 new COVID-19 cases

National Apr 14, 2020

Tokyo reports 161 new COVID-19 cases

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 161 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, marking the first rise in three days. The infections, which compare with a record 197 new cases marked Saturday, bring the total number of infections in the capital to 2,319, according to metropolitan government ...

Trump says he has ‘total’ authority to reopen states under lockdown

World Apr 14, 2020

Trump says he has ‘total’ authority to reopen states under lockdown

U.S. President Donald Trump declared he has "total” authority to order states to relax social distancing to combat the coronavirus outbreak and reopen their economies, and warned that governors who refuse would face political consequences. "When someone is president of the United States, the authority ...

Kumamoto marks quake anniversary with downsized ceremony in pandemic

National Apr 14, 2020

Kumamoto marks quake anniversary with downsized ceremony in pandemic

Kumamoto Prefecture on Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of two massive earthquakes that killed 275 people, with a ceremony scaled down amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-six participants, including those who lost family members in the disaster, observed a moment of silence at the Kumamoto Prefectural ...

Chinese dams held back Mekong waters during drought, study finds

Asia Pacific Apr 14, 2020

Chinese dams held back Mekong waters during drought, study finds

China's Mekong River dams held back large amounts of water during a damaging drought in downstream countries last year despite China having higher-than-average water levels upstream, a U.S. research company said in a study. China's government disputed the findings, saying there was low rainfall during ...