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PM Kishida calls for review of process of counting COVID-19 cases 

Yomiuri reported that Prime Minister Kishida held a meeting with Health Minister Kato and other relevant cabinet ministers on Monday during which he instructed them to begin reviewing the process of counting the total number of COVID-19 cases. The premier also reportedly called for swift discussions on whether to maintain the current classification of COVID-19 as “class 2” under the Infectious….Read more

SCIENCE > Health

Regional Revitalization Minister Okada tests positive for COVID-19

Fuji TV reported on the finding that Regional Revitalization Minister Okada tested positive for COVID-19 today. The network said Okada is the second member of the reshuffled Kishida Cabinet to contract the virus.

  • August 15, 2022
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SOCIETY

NPO planned organ transplants in Sri Lanka

In a case of suspected organ trafficking in living donor kidney transplants, a nonprofit organization in Japan had planned transplants in Sri Lanka this year and told an overseas coordinator it would send “two patients [at intervals] for a total of about 10 patients,” The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from audio and video recordings it has obtained.   Due to….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
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INTERNATIONAL

Editorial: Efforts must be made to support World Heritage bid

The registration of the Sado Island Gold Mines as a World Heritage site has been delayed because of problems with the nomination document. The government must reflect on its mistakes and make all possible preparations to realize the registration.   The government has announced it will resubmit its nomination to UNESCO for the site to be added to the World….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 12:25 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Health

Agriculture Minister Nomura tests positive for COVID-19 

Yomiuri reported that the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries announced on Friday that Minister Nomura tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the day. He reportedly has no symptoms and is recuperating at home. The paper said the LDP’S Kamiya Masayuki and the CDPJ’s Sugio Hideya have also contracted the virus, adding that a total of 145 Japanese Diet members have….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
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SOCIETY

Unification Church holds large-scale event, mourns death of former PM Abe

All commercial networks reported that the Unification Church held a large-scale meeting in Seoul today, during which the participants mourned the death of former Prime Minister Abe. The networks said a video message from Donald Trump was aired at the event, during which the former U.S. president honored Abe by saying his death was a great loss for the world.

  • August 12, 2022
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SCIENCE > Health

Tokyo Governor Koike asks Kishida to provide fourth doses of COVID vaccine to essential workers

All networks reported that Tokyo Governor Koike met with Prime Minister Kishida at the Kantei today and asked him to expand the administration of fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine to essential workers such as police officers and firefighters in order to maintain social functions. Currently fourth shots are administered to those aged 60 or older, those aged 18 or older….Read more

  • August 12, 2022
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SCIENCE > Health

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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SOCIETY > Crime

Japan-Vietnam criminal investigation cooperation treaty to take effect this month

A mutual legal assistance treaty between Japan and Vietnam to facilitate criminal investigations between the two countries will take effect on Aug. 31.   The accord is intended to enhance cooperation between Japanese and Vietnamese authorities, amid a rise in crimes committed by Vietnamese nationals in Japan.   Signed by representatives of both countries last November, the treaty was approved….Read more

  • August 10, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 3:43 p.m.
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SOCIETY > Human Rights

Prosecutors decide not to indict four suspects over assault on trainee

On Aug. 4, the Okayama local public prosecutors office decided not to prosecute four former Japanese employees of the Okayama city-based construction company Six Create for whom papers had been sent to the prosecutors over an incident in which a 41-year-old Vietnamese technical intern was injured after being assaulted by them. The office has not disclosed the reason for the….Read more

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