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Japan tightens Covid-19 travel restricti...

Japan on Wednesday expanded Covid-19 restrictions to the capital Tokyo and a dozen regions covering half the population as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus drove record new infections. Already in force in three regions, the measures, which are due to apply from Friday to February 13, were formalized by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida after […]

Q&A | What Omicron Means for Japan’s Pa

~~ Like many countries around the world, Japan is now seeing the impact of the Omicron variant in increasing new daily infections. Between January 1 and January 8, the number of new daily infections increased 16 times (from 500 to over 8,000 respectively) across the country. On January 12, Tokyo registered 2,198 new patients. At […]

Allegations Novak Djokovic lied about hi...

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 9:38 a.m. Novak Djokovic in Belgrade on December 25 The declaration form filed by Novak Djokovic to travel to Australia is under review following allegations he may have answered incorrectly. On the form, filed on January 1, Djokovic answered “no” to the question: “Have you traveled, or will you travel, in […]

The question of food imports is crucial ...

By Yang Cheng-yu and William Hetherington / Journalist, with editor The easing of restrictions on food imports from five Japanese prefectures is crucial for the development of Taiwan’s relations with Japan, a researcher told lawmakers in the Taipei Legislature on Friday. The best time to ease restrictions would be the first semester of this year […]

Singapore and Malaysia are freezing tick...

Singapore said on Wednesday it would stop selling plane and bus tickets to passengers from two dozen countries with which it had established vaccinated travel routes – a setback for a program the island nation had hoped for revive its economy affected by the pandemic. It has joined other countries in the Asia-Pacific region to […]

Deadly fire in Osaka, Japan kills at lea...

A fire in Osaka, Japan has left at least 24 dead and four injured, three of them in critical condition. The fire broke out on Friday morning at a psychiatric clinic on the fourth floor of the eight-story Dojima Kita building, a multi-purpose facility in the city’s Kita neighborhood. The blaze is the worst in […]

What we know so far

~~ ~ The Omicron variant of COVID-19 made its spectacular entry in late November and continues to rock politics and medicine around the world. First detected in the Netherlands and brought to the world’s attention by South Africa, it has so far been detected in more than 30 countries around the world. Infected patients can […]