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 2021-12-07 12:20 

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Hong Kong loses shine amid tough coronavirus restrictions | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

HONG KONG--The bustling, cosmopolitan business hub of Hong Kong may be losing its shine among foreign companies and expatriates with its stringent anti-pandemic rules requiring up to 21 days of quarantine for new arrivals....

 2021-12-07 08:30 

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Omicron v. delta: Battle of coronavirus mutants is critical | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

As the omicron coronavirus variant spreads in southern Africa and pops up in countries all around the world, scientists are anxiously watching a battle play out that could determine the future of the pandemic. Can the latest competitor to the world-domina...

 2021-12-06 14:07 

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Man who stayed in Italy becomes 3rd Omicron case in Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan confirmed its third infection case of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus on Dec. 6, a male arrival in his 30s who had stayed in Italy, but declined to release further details....

 2021-12-06 14:01 

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Entertainment industries shrink by around 10% during pandemic | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The number of leisure facilities, bars and restaurants declined by nearly 10 percent across Japan following government requests to suspend or curtail operations to prevent novel coronavirus infections, according to industry surveys....

 2021-12-06 11:51 

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Myanmar court sentences ousted leader Suu Kyi to 4 years | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--A special court in Myanmar's capital sentenced the country's ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to four years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty of incitement and violating coronavirus restrictions, a legal official said....

 2021-12-05 02:50 

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S. Korea sets daily records for new coronavirus cases, deaths | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea again broke its daily records for coronavirus infections and deaths and confirmed three more cases of the new omicron variant as officials scramble to tighten social distancing and border controls....

 2021-12-04 10:40 

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BOXING/ Golovkin’s world title fight against Murata delayed due to COVID-19 | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Gennady Golovkin's world title fight against Ryota Murata in Japan has been postponed due to the global spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, promoters said on Friday....

 2021-12-04 09:40 

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Japan moves to tighten steps against the Omicron variant | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government is ramping up efforts to guard against a spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant after making an embarrassing policy U-turn on international travel restrictions....

 2021-12-03 10:55 

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WHO says measures against delta work for omicron variant too | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

MANILA--World Health Organization officials in the Western Pacific say border closures adopted by some countries may buy time to deal with the omicron coronavirus variant, but measures put in place and experience gained in dealing with the delta variant s...

 2021-12-02 12:30 

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South Korea breaks daily virus record for 2nd straight day | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea broke its daily record for coronavirus infections for a second straight day on Thursday with more than 5,200 new cases, as pressure mounted on a health care system grappling with rising hospitalizations and deaths....

 2021-12-02 10:45 

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Omicron travel rules, entry ban create mess for sports in Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

From the rink to the ring to the pitch, sports events in Japan face a cloudy future because of tighter border controls imposed over the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus....

 2021-12-02 04:15 

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FIGURESKATING/ Doubts over Grand Prix final after Japan shuts borders | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Figure skating's Grand Prix final was thrown into doubt just nine days ahead of the Osaka event as Japan closed its borders to all non-resident foreigners on Tuesday over concerns about the new coronavirus Omicron variant....

 2021-12-01 13:53 

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Man from Peru becomes Japan’s 2nd Omicron infection case | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan on Dec. 1 announced its second infection case with the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, a man in his 20s who arrived at Narita Airport from Peru late last month....

 2021-12-01 13:53 

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Japan asks airlines to forgo new reservations until end of year | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

To further tighten border measures against the Omicron coronavirus variant, the Japanese government is asking all airlines to stop taking new reservations for all incoming international flights until the end of December....

 2021-12-01 13:31 

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U.S. panel backs first-of-a-kind COVID-19 pill from Merck | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WASHINGTON--A panel of U.S. health advisers on Tuesday narrowly backed a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, setting the stage for a likely authorization of the first drug that Americans could take at home to treat the coronavirus....

 2021-12-01 13:05 

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Japan to deny foreign residents re-entry from 10 African countries | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government will bar foreign residents from re-entering Japan from 10 countries in southern Africa starting on Dec. 2 as a countermeasure against the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus....

 2021-12-01 12:51 

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Medical workers get first COVID-19 booster shots in Japan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Booster shots against the new coronavirus kicked off in Japan on Dec. 1, with the first in line being medical personnel who were vaccinated in February or later....

 2021-12-01 06:45 

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South Korea’s daily virus jump exceeds 5,000 for first time | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea's daily jump in coronavirus infections exceeded 5,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic, as a delta-driven surge also pushed hospitalizations and deaths to record highs....

 2021-11-30 13:46 

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Criticism of Suga being too slow drove swift entry ban of foreigners | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan moved quickly to suspend entries of foreign nationals compared to its past border control decisions in response to the new Omicron coronavirus variant spreading in many countries....

 2021-11-30 11:52 

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Myanmar court readies verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BANGKOK--A court in Myanmar prepared to deliver its verdict Tuesday in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi on charges of spreading information that could disturb public order and violating coronavirus restrictions....

 2021-11-30 09:04 

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EDITORIAL: Japan must respond quickly to threat posed by Omicron | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A new variant of the novel coronavirus has been discovered and cases of infection with this variant have been reported across the world....

 2021-11-30 06:20 

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WHO warns that new virus variant poses ‘very high’ risk | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

GENEVA--The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is "very high" based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with "severe consequences."...

 2021-11-30 04:20 

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WHO flags Omicron risk, travel curbs tighten, Biden urges vaccination | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

GENEVA/JOHANNESBURG--The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday the Omicron coronavirus variant carried a very high risk of infection surges, while border closures by more countries cast a shadow over an economic recovery from the two-year pandemi...

 2021-11-29 13:05 

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Asian stocks fall further after new virus variant spreads | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING-- Asian stock markets fell further Monday after the omicron variant of the coronavirus was found in more countries and governments imposed travel controls....

 2021-11-29 12:30 

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Japan to ban global travelers amid fears about Omicron variant | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Only three weeks after easing some travel restrictions, Japan will again bar the entry of foreign visitors from Nov. 30 as a precautionary measure to ward off the Omicron variant of the coronavirus....

 2021-11-29 09:35 

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Omicron variant reaches most worrisome level in Japan, too | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) has placed the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus into the category of "greatest alarm," prompting the health ministry to issue warnings and instructions to municipalities....

 2021-11-29 06:55 

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Australia’s reopening plans in doubt after Omicron cases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SYDNEY--Australia will review its plans to reopen borders to skilled migrants and students from Dec. 1, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, after the country reported its first cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant....

 2021-11-29 03:30 

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More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

THE HAGUE, Netherlands--Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant...

 2021-11-28 12:35 

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Israel tightens travel restrictions over new COVID variant | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

JERUSALEM--Israel on Sunday approved barring entry to foreign nationals and the use of controversial technology for contact tracing as part of its efforts to clamp down on a new coronavirus variant....

 2021-11-28 08:05 

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COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

LONDON--The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread....

 2021-11-27 13:45 

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Japan tightening border controls on three more African countries — Foreign Ministry | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan will tighten border controls for the southern African nations of Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, requiring a 10-day quarantine for any entrants, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, after a new coronavirus variant was detected in South Africa....

 2021-11-27 12:40 

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New COVID variant threat causes worldwide scramble | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BRUSSELS--Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is racing to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent....

 2021-11-27 11:05 

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Record stimulus deal to push bond balance over 1 quadrillion yen | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Nov. 26 approved a record 36 trillion yen ($314 billion) supplementary budget for fiscal 2021 to get the economy moving again and provide cash payments to deal with the novel coronavirus pandemic....

 2021-11-27 08:40 

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Virus variant leads to tighter entry from 6 African nations | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan moved quickly to emulate steps by other nations against those arriving from six nations in southern Africa, where a much stronger variant of the novel coronavirus is stoking international alarm....

 2021-11-27 08:20 

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WTO delays key meeting amid COVID variant concerns | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

GENEVA--The World Trade Organization is postponing its conference of government ministers set to open Tuesday after Switzerland initiated new travel restrictions following the emergence of a worrying new coronavirus variant, officials said....

 2021-11-26 12:20 

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Asian stock markets sink as traders watch Europe virus cases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

BEIJING--Asian stock markets sank Friday after some European countries tightened curbs on travel and business following a surge in coronavirus infections and South Africa reported a new variant....

 2021-11-26 12:10 

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Britain says new COVID-19 variant is the most significant yet found | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

LONDON--Britain said on Friday that a newly identified coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa was considered by scientists to be the most significant one yet found and so it needed to ascertain whether or not it made vaccines ineffective....

 2021-11-26 07:50 

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South African scientists detect new virus variant amid spike | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

JOHANNESBURG--A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province, Health Minister Jo...

 2021-11-24 09:50 

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South Korea sets pandemic high with 4,000 new virus cases | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--New coronavirus infections in South Korea exceeded 4,000 in a day for the first time since the start of the pandemic as a delta-driven spread continues to rattle the country after it eased social distancing in recent weeks to improve its economy....

 2021-11-21 11:20 

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Relatives of virus dead question Japan’s stay-at-home policy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Yoshihiko Takeuchi, who ran a small restaurant on the island of Okinawa, told only a few friends he had the coronavirus. When he didn't answer phone calls from public health workers for three days, police went to his home and found him dead in his bed...

 2021-11-19 16:35 

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Japan Cabinet OKs record stimulus package to fix economy | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan's Cabinet approved on Friday a record 56 trillion yen ($490 billion) stimulus package, including cash handouts and aid to ailing businesses, to help the economy out of the doldrums worsened by the coronavirus pandemic....

 2021-11-19 08:40 

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EDITORIAL: Strict COVID-19 measures needed to restart Go To Travel program | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

There is a growing chorus calling for an early resumption of the government's Go To Travel campaign within the tourism industry, which has been devastated by the prolonged novel coronavirus pandemic....

 2021-11-18 11:30 

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South Korea sees record virus jump as thousands take college exam | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

SEOUL--South Korea reported its biggest daily jump in coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic as hundreds of thousands of masked students flocked to schools on Thursday for the country's highly competitive college entrance exam amid gro...

 2021-11-17 13:46 

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COVID-19 panel OKs plan to ease anti-virus curbs even amid surge | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government's proposed program to ease anti-virus restrictions for people who are fully inoculated against the novel coronavirus or have tested negative for the virus was approved by its expert panel on the COVID-19 pandemic on Nov. 16....

 2021-11-16 11:00 

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EDITORIAL: Government needs strong commitment to COVID-19 plan | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government recently unveiled the entirety of its new plan to respond to a possible next wave of infections with the new coronavirus....

 2021-11-15 07:47 

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EDITORIAL: Flexibility the key to opening Japan’s gate for foreign students | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

Japan last week loosened border controls that had been tightened to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and resumed allowing new entry to foreign nationals of certain categories....

 2021-11-13 12:45 

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COVID-19 cases in Tokyo likely 4 times the official count | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

A bombshell study based on COVID-19 antibody estimates found that the number of Tokyo residents infected with the novel coronavirus may be close to four times as high as the official figure given out by the metropolitan government....

 2021-11-13 08:10 

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Pacific leaders agree on vaccines but not on U.S. hosting APEC | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

WELLINGTON--Pacific Rim leaders agreed to do all they can to improve access to coronavirus vaccines and reduce carbon emissions, but failed to reach agreement on whether the U.S. should host talks in two years' time....

 2021-11-12 14:00 

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Toyosu tuna auction to reopen prime viewing deck in December | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

After a one-year hiatus due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the tuna auction observation deck at the Toyasu Market in Tokyo's Koto Ward will reopen on Dec. 2....

 2021-11-12 12:50 

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Japan finalizes plan to counter ‘worst-case’ virus scenario | The Asahi Shimbun: Breaking News, Japan News and Analysis...

The government finalized its countermeasures against a possibly more contagious novel coronavirus strain on Nov. 12, including securing hospital beds for an additional 10,000 COVID-19 patients and starting booster shots in December....

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