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Tokyo’s Population Falls for First Time in over a Quarter Century

Tokyo’s population decreased in 2021 for the first time in 26 years due, in part, to increased remote work availability during the Chinese coronavirus pandemic that encouraged people to leave the crowded metropolis, Bloomberg reported Monday. Tokyo’s estimated population fell to 13,988,129 on January 1, 2022, marking a contraction of 48,592 from the previous year,…

Tokyo: 525 People Hospitalized for ‘Falling on Ice’ in Record Snowfall

More than 500 pedestrians and bicyclists were admitted to hospitals across Tokyo between Thursday and Friday for injuries caused by “slipping and falling due to ice and snow on the streets” after the Japanese national capital region experienced its heaviest snowfall in four years, Kyodo News reported on Saturday. “A total of 525 people, aged…

Suspect Identified After Fire Kills 24 People At A Mental Health Clinic

December 19, 2021 1:38 PM ET Japanese police identified a suspect Sunday who may be responsible for an arson attack that killed 24 people.The suspect, who was identified as 61-year-old Morio Tonimoto, is believed to have set fire to a mental health clinic where he was a patient, Associated Press reported. (RELATED: Father And Son…

Japan Logs First Omicron Coronavirus Case, Closes Borders

Japan recorded its first case of the coronavirus variant Omicron Tuesday in a man who arrived in Tokyo from Namibia on Sunday, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu (pictured below) told reporters at a press conference. Japan’s government confirmed the new infection on the same day it imposed a month-long ban on all foreign entries…

Omicron: Japan Bars All Foreign Entries for One Month

Japan’s government on Monday announced a month-long ban on all foreign travelers entering the country beginning Tuesday in an effort to prevent a new strain of coronavirus known as Omicron from invading Japan. “This is a preventative, emergency measure to avoid a worst-case scenario,” Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio told reporters at a press conference…

China Attacks Oscar Winner Chloe Zhao for Lamenting Hiroshima Bombing in Marvel Film

Chinese state media attacked Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao on Thursday because one of the characters in her Marvel superhero film Eternals expressed sadness over the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, by U.S. forces in World War II without running through a litany of Japan’s wartime atrocities against China. The communists briefly celebrated Zhao as an…

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missiles at Japan

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, violating U.N. Security Council resolutions and drawing sharp condemnation from the Japanese government. The provocative launch suggested tensions are rising on the Korean peninsula again after a relatively peaceful interlude during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. North Korea launched its missiles from its eastern coast, sending them…

Japan Orders 4th Tokyo State Of Emergency Likely Barring Spectators From Olympics

With the Summer Olympics in Tokyo set to begin later this month, the Japanese government has acquiesced to growing public pressure to declare another state of emergency in Tokyo as the number of new COVID cases has continued to climb over the past month, even as vaccinations have accelerated.The order is Tokyo's fourth emergency decree…

Japan Mulls Extension Of Tokyo Emergency Measures As Leg Of Olympic Torch Relay Canceled

With most foreign spectators barred, the Tokyo Games are already likely to lack much of the spectacle that makes the Olympics such a larger-than-life event. But as Japan's vaccine rollout plods on, the Japanese government is reportedly weighing the possibility of extending the state of emergency measures already in place in Tokyo and 8 other…

Location Of War Criminal Hideki Tojo’s Remains Discovered By University Professor

The location of wartime Japanese Prime Minister and war criminal Hideki Tojo’s remains has been revealed by a university professor via research into declassified U.S. military documents. Nihon University Professor Hiroaki Takazawa publicly released now-declassified U.S. documents on Monday first pulled from the National Archives in 2018 following a three-year research project to verify the…
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