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Japan mulls hosting Moderna vaccine plant 

Mainichi reported that the GOJ and the ruling coalition are mulling hosting a Moderna factory to produce vaccines for the novel coronavirus, seasonal flu, and other infectious diseases somewhere in Japan in order to swiftly secure supplies of such products in the event of a future pandemic. According to the article, the U.S. pharmaceutical firm has acknowledged the existence of such….Read more

  • August 12, 2022
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PM Kishida, WHO chief Tedros agree to set up new WHO entity in Japan 

Kyodo reported that it learned from several MOFA sources on Thursday that Prime Minister Kishida and WHO Director General Tedros agreed during phone talks in May to establish in Japan a new organization under the umbrella of the WHO that will focus on strengthening healthcare systems in developing countries. Kyodo said the new organization is expected to be launched at….Read more

  • August 12, 2022
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Japan’s daily COVID-19 tally hits record 250,000 cases

All national dailies wrote that Japan’s daily coronavirus tally soared to a record 250,403 cases on Wednesday. Fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron BA.5 subvariant, Japan’s new COVID-19 cases topped 250,000 for the first time, exceeding the previous record of around 249,800 on Aug. 3. New coronavirus cases have been increasing since June, and in mid-July the figure more than….Read more

  • August 11, 2022
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Editorial: Government must clarify its own role in ongoing pandemic response

The number of new cases of novel coronavirus infections remains high. The crisis cannot be overcome by simply leaving the response to local governments. The central government should take the lead and steer countermeasures.   Many prefectures have issued declarations of strengthened measures against the BA.5 omicron subvariant under a new system of novel coronavirus countermeasures. The prefectures are once….Read more

  • August 9, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 12:10 p.m.
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Health Ministry approves plan to offer Omicron-specific vaccines from mid-October

All national dailies reported that a panel of experts under the Ministery of Health, Labor, and Welfare approved on Monday a plan to begin administering new coronavirus vaccines that target Omicron subvariants in mid-October. The new vaccines, called bivalent vaccines because of their combination of ingredients deriving from existing COVID-19 vaccines and the Omicron variant’s BA.1 subtype, will be administered….Read more

  • August 9, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL > Ukraine Crisis

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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SCIENCE > Space

Goto elected head of Committee on National Space Policy

On Aug. 4, the Cabinet Office’s Committee on National Space Policy held a meeting in Tokyo and elected Seibu Holdings President Goto Takashi as the new chair of the committee. He will succeed JR Central Japan Chairman Emeritus Kasai Yoshiyuki, who died in May. Goto has been a member of the committee since 2016. After the meeting, Goto said to….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
  • , Mainichi , p. 24
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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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