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Quarantine period for close contacts to be shortened to five days

All national dailies reported on Saturday that Health Minister Goto announced on Friday that in view of the rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the quarantine period for close contacts will be shortened from the current seven days to five days and the quarantine period may be lifted on the third day at the earliest for contacts who….Read more

  • July 24, 2022
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Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno tests positive for COVID-19

All national dailies reported on Sunday that the GOJ announced on Saturday that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno has contracted COVID-19. According to the Cabinet Secretariat, Matsuno developed a fever on Friday evening and tested positive on Saturday. He is reportedly recuperating at home. Nobody else at the Kantei, including Prime Minister Kishida, has been confirmed as a close contact.

  • July 24, 2022
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COVID cases continue to rise nationwide

According to all national papers, a record 186,246 people tested positive for the coronavirus across Japan on Thursday, marking a 72% increase from a week ago. Tokyo confirmed 31,878 cases, also a record high. The Health Ministry’s coronavirus advisory board voiced alarm over the exponential rise in the epidemic curve, projecting that the number of cases is likely to continue….Read more

  • July 22, 2022
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Japan’s daily COVID-19 cases hit new record high at over 150,000  

All national dailies wrote that Japan confirmed a record 152,536 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. Record numbers of cases were reported in 30 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, including, Aichi, Hyogo, Fukuoka, and Okinawa. In Osaka Prefecture, daily cases rose to a record 21,976, eclipsing the previous high of 15,291 logged on Feb. 11. Tokyo’s tally of 20,401 cases was the highest since….Read more

  • July 21, 2022
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U.S., Japan hold virtual meeting on COVID-19 response 

Yomiuri wrote that Foreign Minister Hayashi participated virtually in a foreign ministerial meeting co-hosted by the governments of the United States and Japan on measures against COVID-19 on Tuesday. The paper wrote that the meeting was aimed at stepping up preparations for future global pandemics. The paper wrote that the participants discussed the enhancement of supply chains for medical equipment….Read more

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GOJ does not regard latest wave of COVID as public health crisis

Saturday’s Yomiuri gave top play to a GOJ report on the seventh wave of COVID-19 that is currently sweeping the nation, saying that the Kishida administration has decided that Japan should try to “co-exist” with the virus based on the assessment that the number of deaths and seriously ill patients is likely to remain low. As such, the GOJ will….Read more

  • July 16, 2022
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Nationwide surge in COVID-19 infections picks up speed

All national papers reported that almost 98,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 across Japan on Thursday, saying that the number of cases had doubled from a week ago for the eighth consecutive day. Okinawa, Aomori, Shizuoka, Fukuoka, and five other prefectures logged record highs yesterday. A total of 16,662 people in Tokyo tested positive, up 8,133 from a week ago.….Read more

  • July 15, 2022
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GOJ likely to postpone further easing of COVID-19 border restrictions

Yomiuri wrote that the GOJ is inclined to maintain the present 20,000 cap on the number of daily arrivals from overseas at least for the time being in light of the COVID-19 resurgence at home. The GOJ decided against going ahead with the initial idea of expanding the limit by 10,000 this month based on the assessment that the public….Read more

  • July 14, 2022
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Digital minister isolating in U.S after testing positive for COVID-19

NHK, TBS, and Mainichi reported online that the Digital Agency announced today that Digital Minister Makishima is self-isolating at a hotel in the United States after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday before her scheduled return to Japan. The reports said the minister has been in Washington since Monday. The broadcasters said the minister has no fever or other symptoms….Read more

  • July 14, 2022
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Japan’s new COVID-19 cases top 90,000 for first time in five months

All national dailies wrote that on Wednesday Japan’s new COVID-19 cases topped 90,000 for the first time since Feb. 17. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 16,878 coronavirus cases, surpassing the 10,000 mark for the second day in a row and more than doubling from the level a week earlier. Osaka Prefecture also logged 10,452 cases, topping 10,000 for the first….Read more

  • July 14, 2022
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