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  • Tokyo Olympics: Japan’s entry ban will not affect Indian athletes, assures IOA chief Narinder Batra May 14, 2021 07:55 PM IST

    Tokyo Olympics: Japan’s entry ban will not affect Indian athletes, assures IOA chief Narinder Batra

    Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra has made it clear that all protocols will be met and there will be no restriction to the entry of Indian athletes in the country for the Games.

  • In Pics | Two Tokyo Olympics: Inside and outside the National Stadium May 10, 2021 01:46 PM IST

    In Pics | Two Tokyo Olympics: Inside and outside the National Stadium

    Despite public opposition, all signs point to the Olympics opening on July 23. Japan has officially spent $15.4 billion on the Olympics — some estimates suggest twice that — and the International Olympic Committee relies on billions in television broadcast income that has been stalled by the pandemic.

  • Philip Morris to phase out cigarettes in Japan within decade May 09, 2021 09:46 PM IST

    Philip Morris to phase out cigarettes in Japan within decade

    Japan, considered by some a smoker's paradise, has long been an outlier in the developed world for cigarette use.

  • Asia off to slow start ahead of US data deluge May 03, 2021 07:32 AM IST

    Asia off to slow start ahead of US data deluge

    MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was all but flat after taking a bit of a spill on Friday. Japan's Nikkei was shut for a holiday, but Nikkei futures edged up 0.2%.

  • Magnitude-6.6 earthquake strikes off coast of Japan, no tsunami warning issued May 01, 2021 08:41 AM IST

    Magnitude-6.6 earthquake strikes off coast of Japan, no tsunami warning issued

    The earthquake struck close to the coast of Miyagi Prefecture north of Tokyo and not far from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

  • Japan prepared to provide 300 respirators to India Apr 30, 2021 08:07 AM IST

    Japan prepared to provide 300 respirators to India

    Kato did not specify when the respirators and concentrators would be delivered, saying that he hoped they would be provided "swiftly" once discussions with India were finalised.

  • COVID-19 outbreak: Daily life in Japan amid state emergency Apr 29, 2021 08:38 PM IST

    COVID-19 outbreak: Daily life in Japan amid state emergency

    Japan declared a state of emergency starting from April 25 to curb a rapid coronavirus resurgence, the third since the pandemic began. The measures in parts of Japan, including Tokyo, have so far failed to curb infections caused by a more contagious new variant of the virus.

  • Fighting COVID-19 together features in talks between PM Modi, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga Apr 26, 2021 02:45 PM IST

    Fighting COVID-19 together features in talks between PM Modi, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga

    In a telephonic conversation, the two leaders reviewed the progress in various ongoing bilateral initiatives.

  • Japan PM Yoshihide Suga to postpone visit to India, Philippines: Report Apr 21, 2021 09:10 AM IST

    Japan PM Yoshihide Suga to postpone visit to India, Philippines: Report

    Suga will instead focus on handling a recent surge in coronavirus cases, broadcaster FNN and other media said.

  • Olympic president Bach to visit Japan in May, meet PM Suga Apr 17, 2021 11:03 AM IST

    Olympic president Bach to visit Japan in May, meet PM Suga

    Bach will attend a torch relay ceremony in the western city of Hiroshima on May 17 and meet with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga the next day.

  • Are the Olympics cancelled? Japan official's comments sow doubts Apr 15, 2021 03:40 PM IST

    Are the Olympics cancelled? Japan official's comments sow doubts

    With Japan in the midst of a fourth wave of coronavirus infections, doubts over whether Tokyo would be able to host the Summer Games - already an unpopular idea with the public - have resurfaced in recent weeks.

  • China slams Japan’s plan to release water from nuclear plant into the sea Apr 13, 2021 09:47 AM IST

    China slams Japan’s plan to release water from nuclear plant into the sea

    The Japanese government insists the release from the stricken plant which has stored the large volume of water for years is safe because it has been processed to remove almost all radioactive elements and will be diluted.

  • Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water into sea Apr 13, 2021 08:24 AM IST

    Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water into sea

    The move, more than a decade after the nuclear disaster, will deal another blow to the fishing industry in Fukushima, which has opposed such a step for years.

  • Tokyo Olympic organisers to secure 300 hotel rooms for athletes with COVID-19 Apr 11, 2021 10:34 AM IST

    Tokyo Olympic organisers to secure 300 hotel rooms for athletes with COVID-19

    The Tokyo organising committee plans to reserve an entire hotel located a few kilometres away from the athletes' village in the Harumi waterfront district, which will likely cost several million dollars, Kyodo said, citing several unnamed sources.

  • In a first, COVID-19 patient in Japan receives lung transplant from living donors Apr 09, 2021 03:41 PM IST

    In a first, COVID-19 patient in Japan receives lung transplant from living donors

    The surgery was conducted at Kyoto University Hospital by a 30-member team headed by Dr Date.

  • FDI equity inflow rose 28% to $54.1 Bn in Apr-Dec of FY21 Apr 05, 2021 04:17 PM IST

    FDI equity inflow rose 28% to $54.1 Bn in Apr-Dec of FY21

    Computer software & hardware sectors remained the top sector drawing in the most FDI. More than 45 percent of total FDI flowed into the sector in the first 10-months of FY21, followed by construction and services.

  • Japan's central bank kicks off experiments on issuing digital currency Apr 05, 2021 01:49 PM IST

    Japan's central bank kicks off experiments on issuing digital currency

    Global central banks are looking at developing digital currencies to modernise their financial systems, ward off the threat from cryptocurrencies and speed up domestic and international payments.

  • Sky-high: Japan airline offers $540 meals on parked planes Apr 02, 2021 10:57 PM IST

    Sky-high: Japan airline offers $540 meals on parked planes

    Demand appears strong, despite the prices -- 59,800 yen for first-class meals and 29,800 yen for a business class offering.

  • Japan's famous cherry blossoms bloom early as climate warms Apr 01, 2021 04:13 PM IST

    Japan's famous cherry blossoms bloom early as climate warms

    Sakura, as cherry blossoms are known, have deeply influenced Japanese culture for centuries and regularly been used in poetry and literature with their fragility seen as a symbol of life, death and rebirth.

  • Foreign Affairs | Quad, China, and India’s multi-polarity Mar 29, 2021 10:32 AM IST

    Foreign Affairs | Quad, China, and India’s multi-polarity

    It is bewildering that in India it is taken for granted in all the public discourse about the first Quad summit that it is all about China when Modi made it plain that the Quad’s role under the present global circumstances is about everything else.

  • Japan vaccine czar Kono says inoculation pace to accelerate in May Mar 29, 2021 10:03 AM IST

    Japan vaccine czar Kono says inoculation pace to accelerate in May

    "Starting in May, there will be no bottleneck in supply," Kono told Reuters in an interview. Officially the minister in charge of administrative reform, Kono was tapped in January to lead Japan's COVID-19 vaccination push.

  • Is it time to consign the Olympic Games to history Mar 28, 2021 09:16 AM IST

    Is it time to consign the Olympic Games to history

    The lack of transparency in the ballooning budgets for the Olympic Games, as well as the misallocation of this money to an extravaganza that ruins cities for local communities, is, unfortunately, a part of the legacy of what was once supposed to be an event to celebrate excellence and bring people together

  • Japan to issue digital vaccine passport Mar 28, 2021 08:13 AM IST

    Japan to issue digital vaccine passport

    In line with international standards, the certificate can be managed on a mobile app, allowing the carrier to present the proof of vaccination when boarding a plane or checking in to a hotel, the report said.

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