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Naha- The Okinawa Branch of the Naha District Court on Thursday ordered the government to pay about 1.34 billion yen in damages for noise pollution from the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture. In the lawsuit, a group of around 3,200 residents living near the Futenma base claimed they suffered from noise …

As the omicron variant rages across the country, Japanese governors on Friday urged the central government to ensure a stable supply of COVID-19 antigen test kits and reagents for PCR tests, while expressing doubts over the effectiveness of quasi-emergency measures. The proposal adopted by the National Governors Association indicates that the medical and health care …

A magnitude 9 earthquake in northern Japan could kill up to 199,000 people in the country as large areas are hit by devastating tsunamis, a Japanese government panel said on Tuesday. The central disaster management council has called for additional disaster prevention measures, saying the death toll could be reduced by 80 percent through early …

Some 11 million, or 15%, of the 71 million cloth masks in stock prepared by the Japanese government at the start of the novel coronavirus crisis but not used have been found defective, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday. The substandard masks were found during inventory inspections by the Health Ministry, Kishida told a …

The government plans to raise the bulk of medical costs by 0.43% in its revisions for the 2022 financial year, to cover the labor costs of doctors and nurses, sources said on Sunday. The increase will be the eighth consecutive rise in the main fee component. At the same time, the government plans to lower …

WASHINGTON- The United States was on heightened alert for school violence on Friday after rumors of potential shootings spread on TikTok, although authorities said no credible threats had been found. Some schools – already nervous after a recent shooting – have sent warnings to parents and increased security, with a number of districts also canceling …

OSAKA- The government said on Wednesday it had agreed to pay damages to the wife of a former finance ministry bureaucrat who alleges her husband committed suicide after being ordered to falsify documents related to favoritism allegations against then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The decision to pay approximately 100 million yen in compensation sought by Masako …

The Defense Ministry took action on Tuesday to counter the Okinawa Prefecture’s recent rejection of the central government’s request to change the design of its plan to relocate a US military base to Okinawa in the northernmost prefecture. southern Japan. The ministry’s Okinawa Defense Office filed a complaint with Land Minister Tetsuo Saito under the …

The government has maintained its view that the economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic shows “weakness”, while expressing caution about the impact before the recent rise in raw material costs, including oil prices raw. “The Japanese economy continues to show weakness in the recovery, although the serious situation due to the novel coronavirus is gradually …

Nagoya – A 14-year-old high school student died after being stabbed Wednesday by another student at his school in Aichi Prefecture, local police said, and an investigation is underway to find out whether the two were involved in an altercation. Police arrested the alleged assailant, also 14. He admitted to stabbing his classmate Yuzuki Ito, …

A government economic policy group has proposed a new stimulus package to get the coronavirus-hit economy back into shape, including stepping up support for companies that are actively raising employee wages. At a meeting on Monday, the panel also suggested a large-scale grant program to encourage the digitization of rural areas, as well as help …

Naha – Okinawa prefecture and the central government remained separated during a meeting on Saturday over plans to relocate a US military base within the prefecture. In his first meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki called for an immediate halt to work to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air …

The government wasted some 210.87 billion yen in tax revenue in fiscal year 2020, which ended in March of this year, the Audit Council said on Friday. The amount rose sharply from around 29.7 billion yen the year before, despite the number of cases of unnecessary spending falling to 210, the lowest level since fiscal …

About 82 million cloth masks purchased by Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic, dubbed “Abenomasks” by the public, have remained unused, a government spokesperson said on Wednesday, drawing criticism that money from taxpayers was wasted. The number of masks in stock in March is more than half of the 140 million the government intended to provide …

New Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said in an interview that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government is ready to keep intact a panel of experts on stable imperial succession launched under the previous administration, and will respect the results. panel discussions. Asked when the expert panel will reach its conclusion, Matsuno noted that the panel, …

A record 196,127 elementary and middle school students across Japan were absent for 30 days or more in fiscal year 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, an increase of 14,855 from the previous year. , according to government data on Wednesday. Meanwhile, bullying cases recognized by all schools, including high schools and those for students with …

The government plans to launch training programs to help volunteers in disaster areas learn skills to support affected residents, including those evacuated to shelters. This will be the first time the government has encouraged such disaster volunteers. The programs aim to foster staff with a certain level of knowledge and experience necessary for the management …

Tokyo Joto Hospital, run by the government-affiliated Japanese Community Health Care Organization (JCHO), began operations as a medical institution specializing in the treatment of patients with COVID-19 on Thursday. This is the first time that the organization has transformed an affiliated institution into a hospital dedicated to patients with coronavirus. The hospital, located in the …

Tokyo – Japan will experience higher prices for some food, services and tobacco products from October. Partly because of the surge in global commodity prices, the rise is a further blow to households affected by the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Starting Friday, dairy producers Meiji Co. and Megmilk Snow Brand Co. will raise the …

The government will accept Princess Mako’s request not to receive a lump sum that is usually paid to female members of the imperial family upon their departure from the royal household, sources said on Saturday. Amid controversy over a financial dispute involving the mother of her boyfriend, the 29-year-old Princess, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, …

Health Minister Norihisa Tamura speaks at a press conference on Friday. | KYODO Most areas of Japan under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic will reach a threshold that would lift the emergency, if the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decline, the minister said on Friday. of Health Norihisa Tamura. At …

The Ministry of Economy decided to cancel up to 30 million yen in subsidies for a music event in Aichi Prefecture because proper measures were not taken against the coronavirus. The organizer of the 2021 Namimonogatari music festival, held in Tokoname on August 29, was informed of the decision, which was made on Tuesday. Videos …

Chiba prefecture halted student visits to watch the Paralympic Games, public broadcaster NHK said on Monday, after a school in the prefectural capital confirmed COVID-19 infections in two teachers who had accompanied students. at the event. The school in the city of Chiba was also closed for the remainder of the week due to infections, …

The weather agency warned on Wednesday of the risk of further flooding, swollen rivers and mudslides in large areas of the country as heavy rains last week continue unabated, having already hit at least eight dead. The Meteorological Agency said more rain is expected to hit areas from the west to the north of the …

In its latest monthly economic assessment on Monday, the government maintained its view that the Japanese economy has experienced increased weakness in some sectors as measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 continued to weigh on the country. consumption in July. The economy is showing “new” weakness in some components and remains in dire straits …

The government maintained its view that some sectors of the Japanese economy are experiencing increased weakness in its June monthly report, indicating more optimism on Thursday about the outlook with a reduced risk of the coronavirus pandemic. The Japanese economy is showing “new” weakness in some components and remains in dire straits due to the …

Osaka – The “Akagi File” documents on a high-profile falsification scandal involving the finance ministry, which were compiled by a ministry official who committed suicide, were first disclosed on Tuesday. The documents showed that one of the instructions to amend the records regarding the sale of state-owned land at a very favorable price to school …

In an age when the internet provides an abundance of information, still ignoring the varieties of Japanese cuisine could be seen as a form of self-exile from pleasure. While making a list of the “best” non-fiction on the subject is certainly subjective, the following books, which offer immersive writing based on research, first-hand impressions and …

The main government spokesperson on Sunday raised the possibility of extending the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and seven other prefectures beyond its expiration date of May 31. As the number of new infections remains high in these areas, the emergency is expected to be largely extended, possibly until June 20. The government …

Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday asked the central government to add it to areas under the COVID-19 state of emergency, amid a wave of infections in the south island prefecture. The prefecture reported a record number of new daily infections of 203, up from 168 the day before. The occupancy rate of hospital beds for COVID-19 …

The government on Thursday decided on a new policy of providing different amounts of aid to catering establishments that accept requests for reduced opening hours in areas subject to states of emergency linked to COVID-19, or new countermeasures against the disease, depending on the size of their operations. The move is designed to encourage cooperation …

Naha, Pref. Okinawa – On Monday, two Chinese Coast Guard ships entered Japanese waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, prompting a reprimand from Tokyo. The Japanese government has lodged a protest with China because Haijing’s ships attempted to approach Japanese fishing boats sailing nearby, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said. These …

It has been over a year since Shuri Castle caught fire on October 31, 2019, and burned down. On October 30, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, who oversees operations at the site, reaffirmed his determination to restore the castle. The central government, which owns the facility, aims to rebuild the main structure by 2026. But, in …

NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – The U.S. Marine Corps flew helicopters over an elementary school next to a U.S. air base in Okinawa on Thursday, though it promised Japan it would try to avoid such flights after ‘A window from a CH-53E helicopter fell on the school grounds last month. Japan’s Defense Ministry noticed three helicopters …