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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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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

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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

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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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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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GOJ shortens quarantine period for close contacts of Omicron patients to 10 days

All national dailies reported on Saturday that the GOJ has decided to shorten the quarantine period for close contacts of people infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 from the current 14 days to 10 days. The daily said the decision was based on the finding by the National Institute for Infectious Diseases that the incubation period for people infected….Read more

  • January 15, 2022
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GOJ to allow entry of 87 government-sponsored students starting in February

All national dailies reported today that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno said at a press conference on Monday that the GOJ will allow 87 government-sponsored international students to enter the country. The measure will cover international students who have less than a year to graduate or complete their studies and would not be able to do so without entering Japan. As….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
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GOJ to suspend system for easing restrictions at restaurants and events

Nikkei reported today that the GOJ is planning to temporarily suspend the current system under which restrictions on the number of people allowed to dine together or participate in events can be eased if the customers have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine or negative test results. The paper said that in view of the high number of people becoming….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
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Interval between second and third doses of COVID-19 vaccine might be further shortened

Monday’s Nikkei reported that LDP Secretary General Motegi appeared on an NHK program aired on Sunday and expressed hope that the interval between the second and the third doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be shortened further in Japan. The GOJ has already announced that it will shorten the interval by one to two months. The daily added that depending on….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
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Large-scale vaccination center to open in Tokyo on Jan. 31

Tuesday’s Nikkei reported that the GOJ will open a large-scale COVID-19 vaccination center operated by the SDF in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on Jan. 31 in order to accelerate the rollout of booster shots. The paper said the Moderna vaccine will be administered at the center to those aged 18 or older who have received coupons for the third shot. In….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
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