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Tokyo raises alert level amid resurgence in COVID-19 cases

All national dailies wrote that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government decided at its monitoring meeting on Thursday to raise its COVID-19 alert to the second highest of four levels amid a continuous rise in coronavirus infections in the country. Experts warned at the meeting that the virus is spreading again. On Thursday, Tokyo reported 3,621 new daily cases, up about 1,200….Read more

  • July 1, 2022
  • , All national papers
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ANA to resume direct flights between Beijing and Narita after two-year hiatus

Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that All Nippon Airways said on Thursday that it will resume direct flights between Beijing and Narita on July 11. The carrier had suspended flights to Beijing in March 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic. ANA will only operate one flight a week between the two cities for the time being in response to the Chinese….Read more

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Japan Medical Association picks new head, aims to mend ties with govt

The Japan Medical Association has elected a new president, Kichiro Matsumoto, following intense scrutiny over its response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Matsumoto faces the difficult task of repairing relations with the government and the ruling parties, as well as restoring public trust.   Successive presidents of the association have served as chairpersons of Nihon Ishi Renmei — an influential….Read more

  • June 26, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 8:00 p.m.
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Kishida gives no clear response to governor’s request for GOJ action on Futenma, PFAS

Okinawa Times wrote that Governor Tamaki held brief talks with Prime Minister Kishida ahead of Thursday’s ceremony in Okinawa marking the end of the Battle of Okinawa. According to Tamaki, the premier did not make a clear response to the governor’s request to the central government to set up a venue for dialogue on Futenma relocation or obtain the U.S.….Read more

  • June 24, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times
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Predeparture testing requirement stands in the way of welcoming foreign tourists

Nikkei reported on the recent arrival in Japan of multiple groups of international tourists for the first time in more than 2 years following the relaxation of COVID-19 border controls, noting that since Japan still requires incoming travelers to present at ports of entry negative results of PCR tests that must be conducted at clinics within three days ahead of….Read more

  • June 24, 2022
  • , Nikkei
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COVID-19 resurges in Tokyo

Fuji TV reported that the Tokyo metropolitan government’s coronavirus taskforce has confirmed signs of a coronavirus resurgence, noting that as of yesterday, the seven-day rolling average of new cases increased for the first time in almost five weeks by about 10% to nearly 1,700. Almost 60% of reported infections were among people aged 39 or younger.

  • June 23, 2022
  • , Fuji TV
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CDC Chief Medical Officer: Japan, U.S. will cooperate in monitoring infectious diseases

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will set up an office in Tokyo later this year to build a system to monitor new infectious diseases in East Asia and the Pacific area, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Mitchell Wolfe said in an interview with Nikkei on June 17. He also expressed willingness to cooperate with a “Japanese version….Read more

  • June 19, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 5
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Japan to set up its own CDC: What changes?

Japan will set up its own Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), following the pattern of the United States’ CDC, with the aim of dealing more smoothly with pandemics going forward, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on June 15.   The government started the legal process for setting up the new body on June 17. A new bill is….Read more

  • June 21, 2022
  • , Japan Forward
  • English Press

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GOJ formally decides to set up Japanese version of CDC  

The Saturday editions of all national dailies reported that the GOJ officially decided on Friday on a policy to combat COVID-19 and other new infectious diseases and to establish a new organization modeled after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The paper said the new organization will be under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health, Labor,….Read more

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Majority sees no need for COVID-19 masks outdoors, Jiji poll

Tokyo, June 16 (Jiji Press)–A majority of people in Japan said they no longer see any need to wear face masks outdoors as a COVID-19 precaution even when they have conversations, a Jiji Press opinion survey showed.   In the survey conducted for four days through Monday, 50.8 pct of respondents said that they think people should wear masks indoors,….Read more

  • June 16, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 4:17 p.m.
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