Japan is considering extending a coronavirus spurred state of emergency in the capital, Tokyo, and other major urban areas, sources said on Wednesday, a move that could cast doubt on the planned Summer Olympics.
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck northeast Japan on Saturday, shaking buildings in the capital of Tokyo and raising the possibility of landsides, although no tsunami alert was issued.
Japan decided to start releasing radioactive water accumulated at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea after treatment, despite local opposition and concerns from neighbouring countries, dpa reported. PM Yoshihide Suga’s cabinet made the decision on Tuesday morning, which comes a decade after the nation’s worst atomic disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
Japan has initiated a major change in its legislation that will affect major transactions in areas linked to national security. The state will have a tighter grip on deals in border regions and areas associated to military objects as Chinese buyers are mulling large real estate deals, Reuters reported.
Japan on Monday ended the coronavirus state of emergency that was in place in Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures despite growing concerns about a resurgence of new infections and increasing cases of new strains of the virus, dpa reported.
Japan is paying tribute on 11 March to the victims of the 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the north-east of the country, which also triggered the world's worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl crisis.
Japan has decided to stage this summer’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics without overseas spectators due to concern among the Japanese public about COVID-19, Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday, citing officials with knowledge of the matter.
The US investment fund BlackRock announced in official filing to the Tokyo Stock Exchange that it had control over 5.21% of total shares in Japan's electronics giant Toshiba, Reuters reported. The stock volume makes BlackRock Toshiba's third largest shareholder after hedge funds Effissimo Capital Management and Farallon Capital Management, a source familiar with the matter told the agency.
Toyota Motor Corp said on Tuesday it will temporarily suspend vehicle production on 14 lines at nine group factories in Japan due to an earthquake that hit Japan’s northeast last week, Reuters reported.