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Japan detects first monkeypox case

Tokyo: On July 25, Japan detected its first case of the monkeypox virus in Tokyo, the capital's governor said on Monday. The infected person is a man in his 30s who returned from Europe and is currently in a hospital, Yuriko Koike told reporters. "He has a rash, fever, headache and fatigue. But at the moment, he is in a stable condition," a Health Ministry official told a separate media briefing.

Queen Elizabeth ‘deeply saddened’ by death of Japan’s Abe

London: On July 8, Britain's Queen Elizabeth said that she was “deeply saddened” by the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday. "My family and I were deeply saddened to hear the news of the sudden and tragic death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe," said the 96-year-old monarch."I wish to convey my deepest sympathy and condolences to his family and to the people of Japan at this difficult time."

Japan to provide necessary aid for Afghanistan after Earthquake

A government official announced on Thursday that the Japanese government intends to help Afghanistan after an earthquake there claimed at least 1,000 lives. Seiji Kihara, the deputy chief cabinet secretary, stated during a routine news conference that the government was planning actions to "promptly give required support" in addition to evaluating the situation to understand local requirements. At least 1,000 people were killed and 1,500 more were injured when a powerful earthquake struck a remote border region of Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan overnight, according to officials. The death toll is expected to rise as desperate rescuers search through the collapsed homes.  

Biden visits Japan, South Korea carrying warning to China

On May 19, It emerged that Joe Biden would visit Japan and South Korea on his first Asian trip as U.S. president. Reportedly, he would be carrying a clear message to China not to try what Russia did in Ukraine anywhere in Asia, and especially not in Taiwan. Biden departed for the five-day trip on Thursday, after spending several months organizing allies to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "special operation."

World’s oldest person dies in Japan aged 119

Tokyo: On April 25, it was reported that a Japanese woman Kane Tanaka who was believed to be the world's oldest person has died aged 119. Tanaka was confirmed by Guinness World Records in 2019 as the oldest living person as she was born on Jan. 2, 1903. She died of old age at a hospital in Fukuoka city, western Japan, on April 19.

Japan offers aid to Cambodia

Phnom Penh: On March 20, Japan vowed to offer Cambodia about $428 million in aid and 1.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the 'COVAX global vaccine-sharing program'. The pledges were part of several pacts signed by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen during Kishida's visit to Phnom Penh. Kishida also affirmed support for Cambodia's democratic process "such as holding elections in a way that reflects diverse voices from Cambodian people through projects such as the promotion of dialogue", a joint statement said.

Pakistan abstains from voting against Russia

It was reported that the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution that "demanded" Russia's "immediate" withdrawal from Ukraine. However, Pakistan abstained from taking part in voting against the resolution. Japan and New Zealand led condemnation from Asia, but China, India, and Pakistan refrained. During the debate, Beijing had emphasized the world had "nothing to gain" from a new Cold War.

U.S., Japan, S. Korea to discuss N. Korea’s recent missile launches

Washington: On Feb 6, the U.S. State Department said that the U.S. special representative for North Korea would meet with Japanese and South Korean counterparts later this week. The sudden meeting was slated following a series of ballistic missile tests Pyongyang launched last month. U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim will visit Honolulu from Feb. 10-15 to host a trilateral meeting "to discuss a broad range of issues, including the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," the department said in a statement.

Russia deploys missile defense system in Kuril island

Moscow: The Ministry of Defence's Zvezda TV channel reported on Thursday, Russia deployed its Bastion seaside missile defense system to a remote part of the Kuril island chain in the Pacific near Japan. Japan still lays claim to the Russian-held southern Kuril islands confiscated by the Soviet troops during World War II.

Japan’s former Princess, Mako arrives in New York with husband

After leaving the royal family, Japan's former princess Mako Komuro and her husband landed in the United States on Sunday, swapping ancient imperial rites for the bright lights of New York. After years of tabloid rumours and online sniping about their relationship, which Komuro said caused her "sadness and pain," the couple married quietly in Tokyo this month. The couple was flanked by security officers as they made their way through the airport and into a waiting vehicle, according to footage broadcast by Japanese television channels. The two 30-year-olds boarded a commercial flight from Tokyo to New York on Sunday, where Kei Komuro studied law and currently works.  

Man with knife injures passengers on tokyo commuter train

On a Tokyo commuter train on Sunday, a man dressed as Batman's Joker and brandishing a knife stabbed many passengers before sparking a fire, sending people running to escape and jumping from windows, as per police and witnesses. According to the Tokyo Fire Department, 17 passengers were hurt, three of whom were badly injured. According to the agency, not all of them were stabbed, and the majority of the other injuries were minor. The attacker, a 24-year-old guy, was arrested on the spot and was being probed for attempted murder, according to NHK. His motive was unknown to the public.  

Fumio Kishida, Japan’s new PM struggling to find his footing

Tokyo: On Tuesday, Fumio Kishida, Japan's new Prime Minister, is trying hard to strengthen his position with voters. Various local media outlets launched polls just two days after he took the top job. The daily Asahi put Kishida's acceptance rating at 45% and Mainichi at 49%. "There is quite a gap depending on the company that conducted the survey," said Kishida.

Princess Mako of Japan sacrifices throne for love

Despite royal family objections, Japanese Princess Mako will marry a common person this month. Their wedding is scheduled for October 26. According to international media, Princess Mako, a member of the Japanese royal family and the daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito, 29, has given up the crown to marry Japanese citizen Komoro. According to media sources, the princess would also forego the royal wedding custom for her marriage. If she foregoes both royal ceremonies and money, she will be the first woman in Japan's royal family to do so.

Japanese Royal, Princess Mako to marry a commoner boyfriend

After years of controversy, Japan's Princess Mako will marry a commoner, a former classmate, this month, giving up her royal position. According to the Imperial Household Agency, the date has been fixed for October 26. The pair had planned to marry in 2018, however, this was postponed due to reports that Mr. Komuro's family was experiencing financial troubles. After marriage, they want to relocate to the United States, where Mr. Komuro works as a lawyer.

Japanese Vaccine Producers Under Cyber Attacks: Reports

ANKARA, Oct 19 (AA/APP): Japanese vaccine producers have been facing cyber attacks since early April, local media reported Monday. However, no apparent information leaks has been made, Kyodo News Agency reported. According to US information security firm CrowdStrike, the attacks were the first cases of their kind in the country. It added that the attackers appear to be Chinese.

Japan’s Virus Cases Surpass 90,000

ANKARA, Oct 12 (AA/APP): The total number of coronavirus cases crossed 90,000 in Japan, as infections continued to rise in capital Tokyo the worst-hit city in the country. The capital Tokyo, which has the largest number of cases in the country’s 47 provinces, reported 78 new infections on Monday when the last reports came in taking the total to 27,793.