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 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

Japan finds another Moderna vial suspected to contain foreign substance

In a statement on Tuesday, prefectural authorities said a pharmacist found several black particles in one vial upon checking for foreign substances before the vaccine’s use. Japan suspended the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna shots last week after being notified of contamination in some of the supply. Moderna and Spanish pharma company Rovi, … Read more

Simone Biles says mental health problems began before Olympics | More sports News

Simone Biles says mental health problems began before Olympics | More sports News

LOS ANGELES: Simone Biles said on Monday the mental health concerns that led to her dramatic withdrawal from several events at the Tokyo Olympics had begun before she even arrived in Japan. The US gymnastics superstar caused a sensation at the Olympics last month after pulling out of the team final competition before later withdrawing … Read more

Japan’s Moderna vaccine contamination woes widen as 1 million more shots suspended

Moderna Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine contamination woes in Japan have widened with another million doses being temporarily suspended, after foreign substances were found in more batches and two people died following shots from affected lots. The suspension of Moderna supplies, affecting more than 2.6 million does in total, comes as Japan battles its worst wave of … Read more

Tokyo Paralympics to open as Japan battles Covid-19 surge | Tokyo Paralympics News

Tokyo Paralympics to open as Japan battles Covid-19 surge | Tokyo Paralympics News

TOKYO: Tokyo’s Paralympic Games open on Tuesday, with athletes hoping to shatter stereotypes and world records despite a year-long pandemic delay and as Japan battles a surge in virus cases. The Games will officially be declared open on Tuesday evening by Japan’s Emperor Naruhito but virus rules mean most of the stadium’s 68,000 seats will … Read more

Paralympics-Organisers say situation ‘very difficult’ as hospitals stretched by COVID cases

The Tokyo Paralympics will be held under “very difficult” circumstances, organisers said on Friday, with hospitals in the host city overstretched as Japan battles its worse wave of COVID-19 infections, driven by the Delta variant. With less than a week to the start of the Paralympics, the Asahi Newspaper reported on Friday that a Tokyo … Read more

Organisers bar spectators from Tokyo Paralympics over virus | More sports News

Organisers bar spectators from Tokyo Paralympics over virus | More sports News

TOKYO: Spectators will be barred from the Tokyo Paralympics over ongoing coronavirus fears, organisers said on Monday, as Japan battles record infections despite emergency measures in several parts of the country. “More stringent measures will be taken for competitions to be held in these prefectures, including no spectators,” organisers said in a joint statement with … 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 PM Suga apologises for skipping parts of Hiroshima speech

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologised on Friday for accidentally skipping parts of a speech in Hiroshima to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city 76 years ago.Media reports said he had skipped over a page, and that the mistake was noticed as public broadcaster NHK stopped displaying subtitles during his speech … Read more

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