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  • Japan says coronavirus adds to security threat by China Jul 14, 2020 11:15 AM IST

    Japan says coronavirus adds to security threat by China

    The report highlighting the government's defense priorities was adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet on Tuesday, less than a day after the Trump administration rejected outright nearly all of Beijing's significant maritime claims in the South China Sea in a statement likely to deepen the US-China rift.

  • Japan will resume fiscal reform once economy out of deflation: PM Shinzo Abe Jun 15, 2020 10:10 AM IST

    Japan will resume fiscal reform once economy out of deflation: PM Shinzo Abe

    "Japan's economy is battling a crisis, so the priority now is to use all available means to put it on a recovery path," Abe told parliament.

  • Japan lifts Tokyo's state of emergency, eyes fresh stimulus May 25, 2020 04:07 PM IST

    Japan lifts Tokyo's state of emergency, eyes fresh stimulus

    PM Abe also told a news conference that the total amount of stimulus from two economic packages would exceed 200 trillion yen but it would still take considerable time to get back to normal life while controlling infection risks.

  • In blow to Japan's PM Shinzo Abe, media say Tokyo top prosecutor set to resign May 21, 2020 12:05 PM IST

    In blow to Japan's PM Shinzo Abe, media say Tokyo top prosecutor set to resign

    Tokyo's top prosecutor was set to resign after a report that he gambled illegally during Japan's coronavirus state of emergency

  • Japan's Abe wants to build ventilators that hospitals probably don't need May 21, 2020 11:07 AM IST

    Japan's Abe wants to build ventilators that hospitals probably don't need

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to build 2,000 new ventilators for coronavirus patients that even the government says hospitals are unlikely to need.

  • Coronavirus could last years, says Japanese economist urging more tests, support May 15, 2020 04:00 PM IST

    Coronavirus could last years, says Japanese economist urging more tests, support

    The government can fund huge spending on the coronavirus by issuing more bonds, which the central bank can buy to avoid causing a rise in long-term interest rates, said Keiichiro Kobayashi, who was appointed on Tuesday to join a committee advising the government on measures to combat the pandemic.

  • Japan PM says ready to take more stimulus steps to combat pandemic May 11, 2020 07:46 AM IST

    Japan PM says ready to take more stimulus steps to combat pandemic

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday the government was ready to take further steps to ease the economic pain from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump agree to cooperate on steps to fight coronavirus May 08, 2020 08:42 AM IST

    Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump agree to cooperate on steps to fight coronavirus

    Abe and Trump held talks by phone for about 45 minutes from around 10:00 a.m. (0100 GMT), Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

  • Japan's Abe extends state of emergency to May 31 May 04, 2020 08:50 PM IST

    Japan's Abe extends state of emergency to May 31

    In a nod to the risk those restrictions pose to the world's third-largest economy, however, Abe promised to end restrictions earlier if experts advised him he could do so at a coronavirus task force due to meet on May 14.

  • Japan preparing to extend coronavirus state of emergency for about a month: Sources Apr 30, 2020 02:15 PM IST

    Japan preparing to extend coronavirus state of emergency for about a month: Sources

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament that he would consult infectious disease experts on whether to extend the emergency, which he declared on April 7 for seven prefectures including Tokyo.

  • Japan's PM Shinzo Abe says impossible to hold Olympics unless pandemic contained Apr 29, 2020 02:50 PM IST

    Japan's PM Shinzo Abe says impossible to hold Olympics unless pandemic contained

    The International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government postponed the Games last month until July 2021 because of the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

  • To push telework, Japan taking another look at ancient 'seal' custom Apr 27, 2020 07:17 PM IST

    To push telework, Japan taking another look at ancient 'seal' custom

    In particular, many workers have been forced to commute to their offices because of a reliance on hard-copy paperwork for key contracts and proposals, and the need for much of this to be stamped with a traditional "hanko" or seal.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Japan adds 14 more countries to entry ban list Apr 27, 2020 10:55 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Japan adds 14 more countries to entry ban list

    Japan has already banned entry from more than 70 other countries, banning foreigners with records of visiting those countries in the past two weeks, while invalidating visas for the rest of the world.

  • Nissan to close global HQ, other Japan sites through May 10 due to coronavirus Apr 21, 2020 11:45 AM IST

    Nissan to close global HQ, other Japan sites through May 10 due to coronavirus

    Nissan is the latest Japanese company to shutter its global headquarters to reduce the number of staff commuting, as the COVID-19 infections in the country increased to around 11,000 this week.

  • Japan to boost stimulus to $1.1 trillion as coronavirus threatens deeper recession Apr 20, 2020 06:50 PM IST

    Japan to boost stimulus to $1.1 trillion as coronavirus threatens deeper recession

    Abe has caved into pressure from within his own ruling bloc to boost the help with a payment of 100,000 yen for every citizen, instead of 300,000 yen for a limited number of households, analysts say, casting doubt about his leadership amid falling support.

  • Japan's PM Shinzo Abe expands state of emergency nationwide to halt COVID-19 spread Apr 16, 2020 06:55 PM IST

    Japan's PM Shinzo Abe expands state of emergency nationwide to halt COVID-19 spread

    Abe said the emergency would be in place until May 6 and was aimed at reducing traffic during the Golden Week holiday season around the start of May.

  • Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe considers expanding the country's state of emergency Apr 16, 2020 03:24 PM IST

    Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe considers expanding the country's state of emergency

    In his opening remarks at the experts meeting, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said the ongoing partial state of emergency cannot effectively slow the infections because people move in and out of the designated areas.

  • Japan's $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus to lift GDP by 3.8%: Shinzo Abe Apr 15, 2020 04:55 PM IST

    Japan's $1 trillion coronavirus stimulus to lift GDP by 3.8%: Shinzo Abe

    The government last week approved an emergency economic stimulus package worth 108.2 trillion yen ($1.01 trillion), with fiscal spending of 39.5 trillion yen, aimed at battling the fallout from the coronavirus.

  • India-Japan partnership can help develop new techs for post-COVID world: PM Modi Apr 10, 2020 05:35 PM IST

    India-Japan partnership can help develop new techs for post-COVID world: PM Modi

    The prime minister made these remarks on Twitter after speaking with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on the situation arising out of coronavirus outbreak.

  • Coronavirus pandemic set to tip Japan into deep recession this year, BoJ seen easing again Apr 08, 2020 11:26 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic set to tip Japan into deep recession this year, BoJ seen easing again

    Japan is expected to slip into a deep recession this year with the economy set to contract for a third straight quarter in April-June, a Reuters poll showed

  • Japan's Abe unveils 'massive' coronavirus stimulus worth 20% of GDP Apr 06, 2020 04:31 PM IST

    Japan's Abe unveils 'massive' coronavirus stimulus worth 20% of GDP

    Abe stopped short of providing further details, but the amount may include earlier economic measures valued at 26 trillion yen, which were adopted at the end of last year to cope with risks from the Sino-US trade war.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Japan PM Abe to declare state of emergency as early as April 7: Yomiuri Apr 06, 2020 07:52 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Japan PM Abe to declare state of emergency as early as April 7: Yomiuri

    Pressure had been mounting on the government to make the move as the pace of infections - while slow compared with harder-hit countries around the world - continues to accelerate.

  • Japan says no need now for state of emergency Mar 27, 2020 07:30 AM IST

    Japan says no need now for state of emergency

    Japan at this stage is not in a situation where it needs to issue an emergency declaration, top spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference.

  • Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump to hold phone meeting on Olympics: Report Mar 24, 2020 03:17 PM IST

    Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump to hold phone meeting on Olympics: Report

    The two leaders are likely to exchange views on the fate of the Tokyo Olympic Games, Kyodo said, citing several Japanese government officials.

  • Japan to spend over $137 billion as virus hits economy, Bank of Japan eyes more stimulus Mar 23, 2020 04:10 PM IST

    Japan to spend over $137 billion as virus hits economy, Bank of Japan eyes more stimulus

    "We need to come up with big, powerful economic and fiscal measures that meets the enormous magnitude of the hit from the coronavirus outbreak," Shinzo Abe told parliament on March 23.

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