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More Japanese companies reinstating telework in response to Omicron

Nikkei reported that a growing number of Japanese firms are now allowing their workers to telework in response to the COVID-19 resurgence caused by the Omicron variant, saying that Panasonic is requiring its employees in Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi, which are currently under a quasi-state of emergency, to work from home. Osaka Gas plans to have 70% of its employees….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

Two top U.S. defense officials infected with COVID-19

NHK reported that Gen. Milley, the JCS chairman, and Gen. Berger, the Marine Corps commandant, have tested positive for the coronavirus, noting that the two senior uniformed officials are the most recent top military leaders to test positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks following Defense Secretary Austin earlier this month. Both generals are reportedly able to continue to perform their….Read more

SCIENCE > Technology

Editorial: Japan should fully develop N-power technology through intl cooperation

To ensure a stable supply of energy, domestic technology must be passed down and further developed. Japan must proactively take part in international projects and make an effort to prevent its technology for nuclear power generation from disappearing.   It has been reported that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. will provide technical cooperation on….Read more

  • January 15, 2022
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SCIENCE > Environment

Japan’s ammonia push in Southeast Asia seen as aiding coal

JUNTARO ARAI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan bolstered cooperation with Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore on ammonia and hydrogen fuel under new agreements clinched by Japan’s trade minster this week, but the approach has raised international criticism as helping coal power.   Japan aims to develop technology for ammonia-exclusive firing — generating electricity using just ammonia — by 2030,….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:07 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Space

Japan likely to delay launch of new flagship H3 rocket again

TOKYO – Japan is set to further delay the launch scheduled by the end of March of its new flagship H3 rocket due to some defects, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.   The first flight of the H3 rocket had been postponed for a year from the launch date initially scheduled for some time in fiscal 2020 ended….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 11:18 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Space

Moonshots: U.S. and China fire up new era of cosmic competition

JAMES HAND-CUKIERMAN and MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writers   This is the first in a series of Nikkei Asia articles on the players, possibilities and problems of the new era in space.   TOKYO — If Xi Jinping, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin were sent into space, would it change the world?   Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa says he contemplated….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
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SCIENCE > Environment

Japanese stores to be obliged to reduce use of disposable plastic items

Tokyo, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government at a cabinet meeting Friday adopted an ordinance to effectuate on April 1 a new law aimed at reducing plastic waste and promoting resources recycling.   Convenience stores, restaurants, hotels, laundries and others will be obliged to reduce the use of disposable plastic products by setting specific targets.   They will be urged….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 11:51 a.m.
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SECURITY

Pentagon says it takes spread of COVID-19 at USFJ facilities seriously

Asahi reported on Monday that in response to the spread of COVID-19 at USFJ facilities and their surrounding municipalities in Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and elsewhere, Department of Defense Press Secretary Kirby stressed on Friday that the U.S. side “took strict measures in Japan” with the new restrictions on non-essential outings by U.S. military personnel in mind. He reportedly said: “We obviously….Read more

SCIENCE > Health

GOJ to expand quasi-state of emergency measures to 11 more prefectures

All national dailies gave top play to reports that the GOJ is planning to place Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Niigata, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki under quasi-state of emergency measures allowing governors to request restaurants and other business operators to shorten their business hours. The GOJ is expected to make a formal decision on the matter on Wednesday.….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
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SCIENCE > Health

Japan’s new COVID-19 cases continue to surge

Monday’s Nikkei gave front-page play to a report on the continued rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases per day in Japan due to the spread of the Omicron variant, noting that the nationwide figure topped 25,000 for two consecutive days on Saturday and Sunday. Asahi reported today that the nationwide figure on Monday was 20,991, about three times….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
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