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All TV networks led with the Kishida administration’s plan to expand the COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency to cover 11 additional prefectures, including Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba, projecting that the designation will be in place for about three weeks beginning on Friday. In light of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the administration is reportedly set to suspend the….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
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NHK and NTV gave top coverage to a GOJ plan to place Tokyo and 10 other prefectures under a COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency for three weeks starting on Jan. 21 in response to the rapid rise in hospital bed occupancy rates due to the spike in Omicron cases. Fuji TV led with a video showing a woman spraying customers with unidentified chemicals at a shopping mall in Saitama, while TV-Asahi’s top item was a report on alleged violence by Japanese workers against a Vietnamese trainee at a plant in Okayama.       All national dailies led….Read more

  • January 18, 2022
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Broadcasters led with reports on the death of former prime minister Kaifu Toshiki on Jan. 9 at the age of 91 (NHK), the GOJ’s plan to decide as early as today to shorten the quarantine period for people who have been in close contact with persons infected with the Omicron variant from 14 days to 10 days or less (TBS,….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
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Broadcasters led with reports on the more than 18,000 new COVID-19 cases confirmed nationwide on Thursday (NHK), the GOJ’s plan to shorten the interval between second and third doses of COVID-19 vaccine by one month (NTV), a projection that Tokyo will record more than 9,500 cases per day in a week (TBS), the 3,124 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Tokyo yesterday (TV Asahi), and heavy snowfall in Toyama (Fuji….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
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All TV networks other than TBS gave top coverage to Prime Minister Kishida’s remarks to the press this morning indicating the administration’s plan to consider shortening the two-week self-quarantine period for people who have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients. TBS’s lead item was the snowstorm engulfing northern Japan.  

  • January 13, 2022
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All broadcasters except Fuji TV led with the exponential rise in the COVID-19 epidemic curve, highlighting the nationwide tally of daily cases surpassing 10,000 on Wednesday for the first time in four months. In a video message yesterday, Tokyo Governor Koike voiced alarm by saying the infection situation is “equivalent to a major earthquake occurring directly beneath Tokyo.” The metropolitan….Read more

  • January 13, 2022
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All broadcasters led with reports on blizzards in Hokkaido and Tohoku that are disrupting public transportation in the area.

  • January 12, 2022
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Broadcasters led with reports on the GOJ’s plan to speed up the rollout of COVID-19 booster shots amid the rapid spread of the virus (NHK), Prime Minister Kishida’s call on the public yesterday not to be overly concerned about Omicron (TV Asahi), restaurants in Tokyo being asked to limit the number of customers who can dine together to four starting….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
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NHK led with a report on Prime Minister Kishida’s remarks to the press this morning that the GOJ will extend its existing entry ban on non-resident foreigners until the end of February in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Japan. Commercial networks gave top coverage to North Korea’s firing this morning of a projectile suspected to have been….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
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NHK reported at 7:40 a.m. on a GOJ announcement that North Korea fired a projectile that appeared to be a ballistic missile this morning. The Ministry of Defense is currently gathering information.     NHK gave top coverage to Prime Minister Kishida’s plan to announce today his administration’s additional measures against COVID-19, including accelerating the administration of booster vaccine shots, in response to the rise in cases….Read more

  • January 11, 2022
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