Public support strong for Japan’s Covid vaccine minister as next PM, says opinion poll

Japanese voters strongly support Taro Kono, minister in charge of fighting COVID-19, as the next prime minister according to a second opinion poll, as potential candidates prepare to join what has become a wide-open contest for ruling party leader. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s shock Friday announcement he was stepping down has thrown a ruling Liberal … Read more

Japan PM Suga to back vaccine minister Kono in LDP leadership race

Outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will back the popular minister in charge of Japan’s vaccination rollout, Taro Kono, for the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership race this month, broadcaster Nippon News Network reported on Saturday. The leader of the ruling party will replace Suga as prime minister.Suga announced on Friday that he would not run … Read more

Here’s who to look out for in the race to succeed Japan’s Suga

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s surprise decision to effectively step down as premier by dropping out from a party leadership vote throws the gates open for a race to succeed him. Suga had no known successor lined up but under his nearly year-long term as premier, Taro Kono has emerged as one of the most … Read more

Japan likely to get new PM as Suga bows out of party vote

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga won’t run for the leadership of the governing party, indicating he will step down as Japanese leader at the end of this month, a party official said Friday. Suga told executives of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday that he will not run in the leadership race set for … Read more

Japan needs a lot more tech workers. Can it find a place for women?

If Anna Matsumoto had listened to her teachers, she would have kept her inquisitive mind to herself — asking questions, they told her, interrupted class. And when, at age 15, she had to choose a course of study in her Japanese high school, she would have avoided science, a track that her male teachers said … Read more

Few women ascend Japan’s corporate ladder. Is change finally coming?

When Naomi Koshi was elected in June to the board of one of Japan’s largest telecommunications companies, she became one of the few women in the country to reach the top of the corporate ladder. Now that she’s there, she wants to pull others up with her. “In Japan now, in most companies, only old … Read more

Japan to ramp up Covid-19 tests as it battles worst wave of infections

Japan plans to dramatically ramp up daily COVID-19 tests, borrowing from anti-contagion measures used in the recent Tokyo Olympics, as it battles its worst wave of infections, driven by the Delta variant. New infections exceeded 25,000 on Thursday for the first time, a tally by national broadcaster NHK showed, with the surge mainly among those … Read more

Heavy rain causes floods, mudslides in southwestern Japan

Torrential rain continued to trigger floods on Saturday in wide areas of southwestern Japan, damaging homes and disrupting transportation a day after a landslide killed one person and left two others missing. In the southern city of Kurume, rivers overflowed and residents evacuated from their homes on rubber boats as rescue workers pulled them while … Read more

Japan’s Covid-19 infections have entered ‘new phase,’ says health minister

Japan’s government was acting pre-emptively to ensure there are sufficient beds for seriously ill COVID-19 patients, its health minister said on Wednesday, warning infections have entered a “new phase” with a spike in Delta variant cases. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Monday only Covid-19 patients who are seriously ill and those at risk of … Read more

Japan expands state of emergency as COVID-19 surge shadows Olympics

Japan decided on Friday to expand states of emergency to three prefectures near Olympic host Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka, as COVID-19 cases spike in the capital and around the country, overshadowing the Summer Games. Tokyo, already under its fourth state of emergency since the pandemic began, on Friday announced 3,300 new cases, … Read more

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