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Ryusei Takahashi
For Ryusei Takahashi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 2, 2022
How the pandemic changed Japan’s health care system
COVID-19 has overhauled work practices and exposed the divisions between the public and private sectors of the medical system.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Dec 28, 2021
Omicron offers stark reminder of human cost of Japan's border controls
The administrationu2019s response to the new variant has again shone a light on the impact of tough countermeasures, and demonstrated the countryu2019s continued willingness to pay the price.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 23, 2021
Concern grows as highly transmissible omicron variant finds foothold in Japan
The Kyoto Prefectural Government said it has confirmed that one person has been infected with the variant, and that their infection route has not been traced so far.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 3, 2021
Japan suspends visas for would-be residents amid crackdown on inbound travel
Effective Thursday, the central government temporarily suspended for one month visas that have been issued but not used to enter Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 1, 2021
Japan tells airlines to halt inbound flight bookings over omicron fears
People with existing bookings will still be able to fly into Japan despite the 'emergency measure' that came the same day the country logged its second case of the omicron variant.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 30, 2021
Japan confirms first case of omicron coronavirus variant
Genomic screening had detected the variant in a male Namibian diplomat in his 30s who had landed in Tokyo on Sunday traveling from from Namibia.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Nov 30, 2021
Scores hoping to enter Japan in limbo — again — after latest entry ban
The countryu2019s new entry measures u2014 which together with Israel are among the worldu2019s most stringent u2014 mean that from Tuesday all new visitors are barred from entry.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Nov 29, 2021
Boosters, logistics and shots for kids: Challenges remain as Japan hits vaccine turning point
As the country finishes its initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, Japan must simultaneously gear up to distribute a third dose.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 29, 2021
Japan to bar all new foreign visitors as omicron fears grow
The measures close the border to business travelers, foreign students and foreign interns starting Tuesday but it does not affect re-entry for Japanese nationals and foreign residents.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 16, 2021
New normal takes shape as Japan announces 'vaccine-test package'
Those showing proof of vaccination or a negative test result would be able to enter eating and drinking establishments as normal, even under a state of emergency.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 12, 2021
In sweeping pandemic policy bundle, free testing signals attitude change in Japan
After nearly two years of criticism that the country isnu2019t carrying out enough tests, the measure is a subtle but strong sign of a shift toward a more proactive stance.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 11, 2021
Japan prepares for sixth wave as Kishida rolls out pandemic policy package
Proposals to be finalized Friday aim to bolster the countryu2019s hospital capacity, expand its vaccine campaign and advance treatment and testing.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Oct 15, 2021
First no Kai opts out of election amid speculation over Yuriko Koike's political ambitions
With the Tokyo governor seemingly performing a U-turn on running for the Lower House, the campaign of fledgling "conservative centrist" party First no Kai never got off the ground.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 8, 2021
Tokyo area quake reignites concerns over capital's seismic vulnerability
The Meteorological Agency was quick to dispel speculation that the tremor u2014 a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that shook Tokyo late Thursday night u2014 could be a foreshock for a larger quake.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Oct 3, 2021
Japan enters a new stage of the pandemic fraught with fresh challenges
Prefectural governors are set to gradually peel back virus measures, while the central government shifts its focus toward the final stages of the initial vaccine rollout.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 28, 2021
Japan leans on governors to prevent post-emergency COVID-19 rebound
Steps similar to quasi-emergency measures will be put in place by prefectural governors, who have been given the task of rolling back restrictions while maintaining certain precautions.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Sep 23, 2021
Japan prepares booster shots amid worries over waning vaccine efficacy
Preparations have begun to administer additional shots to health care workers and older people, but debate still swirls around how extra doses should be given and when.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Sep 19, 2021
Home COVID-19 care surged as Japan's hospitals filled up, but treatment options were limited
Providing at-home treatment for coronavirus patients presents an entirely different dilemma for the nation's already exhausted medical personnel.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 17, 2021
Japan plans to roll out booster shots by the end of the year
Japan could soon start giving COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to people who are at least eight months removed from their second doses.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 9, 2021
Japan sets out pandemic exit strategy after emergency extended
The plan will rely on vaccine passports or some other document that verifies an individual is fully inoculated.

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