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Vietnam to reopen air routes to South Korea, Japan on Sept 15

HANOI: The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has built a plan to resume international air routes, firstly the ones linking with South Korea and Japan on Sept 15, reports Vietnam News Agency (VNA).  CAAV Director Dinh Viet Thang told VNA on

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Japan’s coronavirus lockdown strips exotic dancer of her savings

TOKYO: Exotic dancer Aya Yumiko has been living off her savings since March waiting for the bars and clubs in Tokyo where she performs in burlesque shows to reopen. But a decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week to

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Many of Japan’s pachinko parlours stay open despite state of emergency

TOKYO: As stores have closed across Japan during a state of emergency, some pachinko parlours remain defiantly open, sparking concern the noisy gambling halls could undermine the government’s fight against the novel coronavirus. The halls, where players sit back-to-back at

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Japan’s Nagasaki confirms 33 coronavirus cases on cruise ship docked for repairs

TOKYO: Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture said on Wednesday it had confirmed 33 cases of coronavirus infection on an Italian cruise ship docked for repairs and would carry out further testing on other crew members. Those who test positive but are asymptomatic

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Tokyo, Japan central government reach agreement over coronavirus shutdowns

TOKYO: Tokyo and Japan’s central government have resolved a high-profile feud over what businesses should shut down during a month-long emergency to fight the new coronavirus, the city’s governor said, clearing the way for an announcement on Friday. The rift

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Japan set to announce coronavirus emergency, finalise near $1 trillion stimulus

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce a state of emergency on Tuesday for the capital Tokyo and six other prefectures to stem a worrying rise in coronavirus infections in major population centres. The government is also

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6,749 Malaysians’ stranded in 51 countries returned home

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 6,749 Malaysians who were stranded in 51 countries, have returned home as at 6pm today, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar said. He said the costs incurred in bringing the Malaysians home were either borne

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With Japan on brink of coronavirus emergency, Tokyo could keep schools closed until May

TOKYO: Japan remains on the brink of a state of emergency as the rate of new coronavirus cases accelerates across the country, its top government spokesman said on Wednesday, amid reports the capital may order public schools to stay closed

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Japan’s quick action on Tun Mahathir’s request for joint oil spill response

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 — Japan has taken quick action on a request by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe for joint collaboration between the two countries in oil spill response, especially in the

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Japanese minister Koizumi’s first child born, paternity leave looms

Japanese environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi, who has said he will take paternity leave here in a rare move for a Japanese man, announced today the birth of his first child: a boy. Koizumi, son of charismatic former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi and

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