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Ukrainian envoy expresses gratitude to Okinawa for hosting evacuees

Saturday’s Okinawa Times reported on Ukrainian Ambassador Korsunsky’s visit to Okinawa and meeting with Governor Tamaki on Friday. During the meeting, the Ukrainian envoy expressed his nation’s gratitude to Okinawa for hosting Ukrainian evacuees. Korsunsky also reportedly asked the prefecture to provide rehabilitation treatment for Ukrainian soldiers and civilians injured in the war. In a related story, the paper wrote….Read more

  • August 6, 2022
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Japan to roll out Omicron-targeted COVID vaccine as early as Oct.

TOKYO — The Japanese government plans to roll out a new type of COVID-19 vaccine considered effective for the Omicron variant as early as October, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.   The so-called bivalent vaccine combines ingredients used for existing COVID-19 shots and those derived from the BA.1 subtype of the Omicron variant, and is expected to curb the spread of the BA.5….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:28 p.m.
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Monkeypox detected at Yokota AB

Saturday’s Sankei and Yomiuri took up a Heath Ministry announcement on Friday that a man in his 20s at Yokota AB has tested positive for monkeypox. As the patient, who is currently hospitalized on base, reportedly has not traveled abroad in the past several years, the ministry reportedly suspects that he contracted the virus from a foreign individual who recently….Read more

  • August 6, 2022
  • , Yomiuri, Sankei
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Japan records largest number of new COVID-19 cases in the world for second straight week

NHK reported that according to WHO data, Japan logged about 1.37 million new coronavirus cases in the week ending on July 31, up 42% from a week ago, to mark the largest number of cases in the world for the second consecutive week. The figure accounted for some 20% of the cases reported worldwide.

  • August 4, 2022
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Health experts urge government to speed up review of COVID-19 measures 

All national dailies reported on a news conference held by a group of Japanese health experts on Tuesday in which they urged the government to speed up its review of measures against COVID-19, including changing the procedure for collecting case numbers and allowing general medical institutions to treat coronavirus patients. Japan’s top coronavirus adviser Omi Shigeru, who heads the government panel on….Read more

  • August 3, 2022
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Another of Kishida’s aides tests positive for COVID-19

NHK reported that a secretary to Prime Minister Kishida who accompanied him on his trip to New York has tested positive for the coronavirus and was unable to return to Japan as scheduled. Since the aide practiced proper infection prevention protocols, the premier was reportedly not designated a close contact. The staff member, who is self-isolating in New York for….Read more

  • August 2, 2022
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Japan records 139,687 new COVID-19 cases on Monday

Yomiuri reported that 139,687 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed nationwide on Monday. The paper said 93 people died and the number of seriously ill patients rose by 1 from the previous day to 428. Tokyo reportedly confirmed 21,958 new cases on Monday, down by 429 from a week earlier. The paper said the case number in Tokyo decreased from….Read more

  • August 2, 2022
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Japan OKs smallpox vaccine to prevent monkeypox

 Tokyo, July 29 (Jiji Press)–An expert panel of Japan’s health ministry on Friday approved the use of a smallpox vaccine made by KM Biologics Co., based in the southwestern city of Kumamoto, to prevent monkeypox.   Smallpox vaccines are about 85 pct effective in preventing monkeypox, the ministry said. The government has stockpiled smallpox vaccines as an antiterrorism measure.   The panel approved….Read more

  • July 29, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 8:08 p.m.
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Editorial: Information crucial in monkeypox outbreak as Japan confirms cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global emergency over the outbreak of monkeypox, which has spread in dozens of countries. Japan, too, has confirmed cases, and needs to take measures to prevent an epidemic.   The infectious disease is similar to smallpox, and the virus was first identified in 1958 in monkeys. Symptoms include fevers, headaches and a….Read more

  • July 30, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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Japan to allow prefs to issue declaration against BA.5 subvariant

TOKYO — The Japanese government said it will enable local governments to issue declarations urging precautionary steps against the spread of the highly transmissible BA.5 Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus, particularly by the most vulnerable.   Under the policy, aimed at focusing on the elderly and those with underlying conditions putting them at high risk, prefectural governments facing strains on….Read more

  • July 29, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 3:06 p.m.
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