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Editorial: Government’s new pandemic measures need fleshing out

In preparation for the next wave of novel coronavirus infections, the government has come up with the basic outline of its new pandemic response policy.   Assuming the worst-case scenario of the virus’ transmissibility reaching double the peak level of this past summer, the government is projecting a 20-percent increase in the number of patients requiring hospitalization and is setting up….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:10 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Defense Ministry to issue vaccination certificates for civilian workers at U.S. bases

Okinawa Times wrote that the Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that it would issue certificates for civilian employees who have received COVID-19 vaccines at U.S. bases in Japan to use as proof of vaccination when entering foreign countries. The ministry’s local offices will accept applications for the certificates. The paper wrote that the governments of the United States and….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times
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SCIENCE > Technology

Japan’s key electronics fair opens with spotlight on low-carbon tech

TOKYO – Japan’s major annual electronics show involving more than 300 companies opened Tuesday, with the spotlight on cutting-edge technologies designed to achieve carbon neutrality.   As was the case last year, organizers decided to hold the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies online as a precaution against the coronavirus. The event through Friday, under the theme of “Toward Society 5.0….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 4:17 p.m.
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

Japan mulling financial aid for data centers

Tokyo, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government is considering giving financial aid to companies that build new data centers that fulfill requirements for withstanding large-scale disasters, officials said Tuesday.     A panel of experts set up by the industry and communications ministries will compile details by the end of the year.     High-performance data centers are considered vital to digitalize….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 9:24 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Errors in vaccine database could delay digital certificate plan

By Nakajima Yoshikatsu, staff writer   Erroneous information on potentially hundreds of thousands of people was entered into the government’s COVID-19 vaccine database, which could delay its plans to start issuing digital vaccination certificates by year-end.   In some cases, the centrally managed vaccination recording system (VRS) contained no inoculation records of those who had actually received vaccine shots, according….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 3:05 p.m.
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INTERNATIONAL

IMF official calls on Japan to promote science education for women

Washington, Oct. 19 (Jiji Press)–Ranil Salgado, assistant director at the International Monetary Fund, called on Japan to promote science education for women to secure personnel for digitalization.     Small and midsize companies in Japan, which play a key role in economic growth, are falling behind in digitalization, Salgado, the IMF’s mission chief for the country, said in a recent interview….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 10:53 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Tokyo to end request for bars and restaurants to close early 

Nikkei and Sankei wrote in front-page articles that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided not to extend beyond Oct. 24 its request for bars and restaurants to stop serving alcohol after 8 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. if they are certified for enforcing proper COVID-19 prevention and mitigation protocols. The establishments will be allowed to operate according to their regular business hours starting on Oct. 25 for the first time in almost 11 months, although the number of customers per table may….Read more

  • October 20, 2021
  • , Nikkei, Sankei
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SCIENCE > Environment

Tokio Marine to help companies analyze decarbonization costs

MASAYUKI SHIKATA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Tokio Marine and Nichido Fire Insurance will launch as early as fiscal 2022 a service that calculates the financial risks companies could face from environmental regulations abroad, helping businesses better plan their strategies amid a growing global push to fight climate change.   While there already are services that predict losses from floods and other….Read more

  • October 19, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 1:03 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Japan startup to put COVID-19 vaccine into practical use in 2022

Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)–Pharmaceutical startup VLP Therapeutics Japan LLC said Monday it aims to put its next-generation COVID-19 vaccine, currently under development, into practical use by the end of next year.     “We want to covert new ‘made in Japan’ technology into a vaccine,” VLP Therapeutics Japan CEO Wataru Akahata told a press conference in Tokyo.     The vaccine….Read more

  • October 18, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 6:37 p.m.
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POLITICS

COVID-19 expert Omi: Qualities required of leaders

Interviewed by Tsuji Tokiko, senior staff writer, and Edamatsu Yuki, staff writer   COVID-19 has presented Japan with a variety of difficult challenges. Ahead of the upcoming general election, the Asahi Shimbun sat with Omi Shigeru (72), chair of the government’s COVID-19 expert panel, and asked him what qualities he thinks a leader needs to navigate unusual times, how he….Read more

  • October 10, 2021
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