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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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SCIENCE > Environment

Japan plans green transition road map for emissions-heavy industries

Government encourages investors to ditch all-or-nothing view on decarbonization   HIROKO MATSUMOTO and KO FUJIOKA, Nikkei staff writers   TOKYO — Japan will outline steps for a green transition in carbon-intensive industries as early as fiscal 2022, aiming to encourage greater investment in measures designed to reduce emissions in stages.   Most investment in decarbonization so far has focused on….Read more

  • August 2, 2022
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SCIENCE > Space

Japan looks to take startup ecosystem to next level with more government help

By Nagata Kazuaki   In a scene in a TV drama that began airing last month, a young female entrepreneur, played by popular actress Mei Nagano, speaks enthusiastically about her dream of turning her education-focused tech startup into a “unicorn firm” — just like Mercari or Uber — during an interview with a media outlet.   The drama, titled “Riding a Unicorn,”….Read more

  • August 1, 2022
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SCIENCE > Health

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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SCIENCE > Health

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
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SCIENCE > Health

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
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SCIENCE > Space

Russian space agency head clarifies earlier statement on withdrawal from ISS

Saturday’s Mainichi ran a Kyodo report saying that Yury Borisov, the head of the space agency Roscosmos, said in an interview with Russian state TV on Friday that Russia has not set a date for its withdrawal from the International Space Station (ISS). Kyodo interpreted this as an indication that Russia will continue to cooperate with the ISS beyond 2024.….Read more

  • July 30, 2022
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SCIENCE

Science minister welcomes council’s shift in stance on dual-use research

Saturday’s Sankei wrote that Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Kobayashi told reporters on Friday that the government welcomes the announcement made by the Science Council of Japan last week that effectively endorses research on dual-use technologies that can be applied for both military and civilian purposes. The minister said the move will help improve Japan’s research capabilities….Read more

  • July 30, 2022
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SCIENCE > Health

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
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