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Kanagawa city to set ordinance against 'smartphone zombies'

National May 28, 2020

Kanagawa city to set ordinance against 'smartphone zombies'

The city of Yamato in Kanagawa Prefecture plans to set an ordinance intended to prevent smartphone use while walking. Through the ordinance, the city aims to alert people to the danger of using smartphones while walking, which involves the risk of collisions with other pedestrians ...

Government to finish mask distribution mid-June

National May 28, 2020

Government to finish mask distribution mid-June

The government is expected to complete the distribution of face masks to all households in the country in the fight against the new coronavirus in mid-June, a health ministry official said Thursday. The official offered the projection at a meeting of the health, welfare and ...

Japan authorities agree to promote rural migration to combat virus

Business May 28, 2020

Japan authorities agree to promote rural migration to combat virus

Economic revitalization minister Yasutoshi Nishimura and National Governors' Association Chairman Kamon Iizumi agreed Thursday to work together in promoting "a new way of living" and migration to rural areas to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. "A growing number of people are wishing to ...

False Bill Gates conspiracy theories echo through Africa

World May 28, 2020

False Bill Gates conspiracy theories echo through Africa

As the novel coronavirus wreaks global havoc, Bill Gates is the new bete noire for conspiracy theorists worldwide including in Africa where a Kenyan politician's false online post has added major fuel to the spread of misinformation. While Gates's vaccine programs on the continent have ...

China to allow charter flights from eight countries but not from U.S.

Business May 28, 2020

China to allow charter flights from eight countries but not from U.S.

China plans to allow chartered flights from eight countries as it loosens restrictions on inbound travel imposed for the coronavirus pandemic, though the U.S. won’t be included amid growing tensions between the two nations, people familiar with the matter said. Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Germany, ...

In a somber milestone, U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 100,000

World May 28, 2020

In a somber milestone, U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 100,000

The United States has now recorded more than 100,000 coronavirus-related deaths, Johns Hopkins University reported Wednesday — a somber milestone and by far the highest total in the world. The country reported its first death about three months ago. Since then, nearly 1.7 million infections ...

Vissel becomes first J. League club to pass ¥10 billion mark

Soccer / J. League May 28, 2020

Vissel becomes first J. League club to pass ¥10 billion mark

Vissel Kobe became the first Japanese club to surpass ¥10 billion ($92.7 million) in annual operating revenue as the club once again topped the J. League earnings list for the 2019 fiscal year, according to figures released Wednesday. The league's financial disclosures showed Vissel, owned ...