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36 articles published


Coronavirus sparks harassment at workplaces in Japan

National Apr 20, 2020

Coronavirus sparks harassment at workplaces in Japan

As fear over the coronavirus grips Japan, labor unions say they are receiving a growing number of reports from people who have faced discrimination at the hands of their bosses and harassment by customers frustrated with merchandise shortages. A 73-year-old woman working at a manufacturing ...

Tokyo reports 102 new COVID-19 cases

National Apr 20, 2020

Tokyo reports 102 new COVID-19 cases

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 102 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, a slight improvement from the 107 reported Sunday. The new cases brought the overall total in the capital to 3,184. The highest single-day number for Tokyo so far was 201 last Friday, according ...

Government vows safe return of 1,100 Japanese caught up in pandemic

National Apr 20, 2020

Government vows safe return of 1,100 Japanese caught up in pandemic

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said there are still about 1,100 Japanese nationals around the world who want to return home amid the coronavirus pandemic and that the government will do everything it can to help them. "We're approaching local authorities about the early return of ...

Tough times for Tokyo's Toyosu fish market

Business Apr 20, 2020

Tough times for Tokyo's Toyosu fish market

Tokyo's Toyosu fish market, which opened in 2018 to replace the Tsukiji market, is facing tough times with both trade volume and prices of high-end fish and other marine products tumbling in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The wholesale market is famous for its ...

ANA slashes 2019 earnings outlook due to pandemic

Business / Corporate Apr 20, 2020

ANA slashes 2019 earnings outlook due to pandemic

ANA Holdings Inc. is cutting its earnings estimate for the 2019 business year as the coronavirus pandemic decimated demand for air travel. The operator of All Nippon Airways Co. slashed its group net profit forecast for the business year to ¥27 billion ($250 million), down ...

Crowds pack Japan’s shopping arcades despite pandemic emergency

National Apr 20, 2020

Crowds pack Japan’s shopping arcades despite pandemic emergency

Despite the official state of emergency declared over COVID-19, people are still flocking to shopping arcades in Tokyo and other big cities across the nation. Data released Sunday by NTT Docomo Inc. shows that crowd levels Saturday in major shopping districts, including Shinjuku in Tokyo ...

In shadow of coronavirus, Muslims face a Ramadan like never before

World Apr 20, 2020

In shadow of coronavirus, Muslims face a Ramadan like never before

Days before the holy fasting month of Ramadan begins, the Islamic world is grappling with an untimely paradox of the new coronavirus pandemic: enforced separation at a time when socializing is almost sacred. The holiest month in the Islamic calendar is one of family and ...

Asia Pacific Apr 20, 2020

Vietnam protests Beijing's expansion in disputed South China Sea

Vietnam protested on Sunday over China saying it had established two administrative units on islands in the South China Sea, in Beijing's latest move to demonstrate its assertiveness in the disputed waters. China has recently been pushing its presence in the energy-rich waters while other ...

G20 health ministers say pandemic reveals ‘systemic weakness’

World Apr 20, 2020

G20 health ministers say pandemic reveals ‘systemic weakness’

Health ministers from the Group of 20 leading economies said the COVID-19 pandemic "has highlighted systemic weaknesses” in health readiness around the world. The officials commented in a communique issued from Riyadh after a teleconference hosted by Saudi Arabia. The ministers "addressed the need to improve ...

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolts Miyagi area

National Apr 20, 2020

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake jolts Miyagi area

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake, registering a 4 on the Japanese intensity scale, struck off Miyagi Prefecture early Monday, according to the Meteorological Agency, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake, which occurred just after 5:30 a.m., came at a depth of 50 km, the ...

Issues | LEARNING CURVE Apr 20, 2020

Tips for teaching and learning online

by Doug Strable

Doug Strable, a freelance learning and development designer based in Tokyo, lays out some ideas, advice and warnings surrounding the new type of classroom that awaits teachers and parents in the 21st century. Communicating and learning online is here to stay: The ability to learn ...