An extension will certainly trigger a fresh wave of skepticism on the feasibility of hosting the Summer Olympics starting in July.
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A formal decision by the central government is expected as early as Friday.
A senior government official acknowledged that it would be "difficult" to completely stifle the variant in the country if it began to spread more widely.
Behind the scenes, the central and local governments bickered over how best to effectively implement COVID-19 countermeasures, even as cases surged to fresh highs.
A South Korean court’s reversal on a previous “comfort women” ruling may be seen as a win for Japan, but Tokyo is not celebrating just yet.
Although the summit will be largely symbolic, it'll also be a chance to cement a unified stance on China — or at least clarify how far they’re willing to go together.
Any release of treated water into the Pacific will be done in small quantities each time and carried out over a period of about 30 years.
In the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, a highly infectious strain of the coronavirus first identified in the U.K. — N501Y — now accounts for a third of new infections.
The prime minister is likely to call a Cabinet meeting on the fate of the water next Tuesday, local reports say, after meeting with national fisheries association chief.
Japan has been wary of checking China on rights issues, partly out of fear of economic retaliation from its largest trading partner.