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Pooled testing only works in areas with little incidence of COVID-19:...

The Department of Health (DoH) on Friday said pooled testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is only effective in areas where incidence of...

Gargling solution flies off Japan’s shelves after governor touts anti-virus effect

TOKYO — Japanese drugstores were stripped bare of gargling solution by Wednesday, a day after the governor of the western prefecture of Osaka suggested it could help fight coronavirus, triggering panic buying reminiscent of the early days of mask shortages.

Japan’s renowned artists find inspiration from pandemic

TOKYO — Some of Japan’s best-known artists are finding new avenues of expression in areas such as online communication and the environment, as the novel coronavirus outbreak sparks ideas as radical as renaming the country’s “Reiwa” imperial era.

Japan’s Suga sees difficult balance between virus fight, economy

Japan is trying to both contain a resurgence of the coronavirus outbreak and support the economy, especially the tourism sector, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Pandemic forces Japan’s analog businesses to turn to digital solutions

THE CORONAVIRUS pandemic may be a drag on economies across the globe, but in Japan it’s bringing long-overdue change in work habits and tools.

S.Korean statue showing Japan PM Abe bowing to ‘comfort woman’ draws...

SEOUL/TOKYO - The Japanese government reacted angrily on Tuesday to a statue in South Korea that appears to depict Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kneeling and bowing to a "comfort woman," a euphemism for women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels.

Japan approves dexamethasone as coronavirus treatment

TOKYO — Japan’s health ministry has approved dexamethasone, a cheap and widely used steroid, as a second treatment of COVID-19 after a trial in Britain showed the drug reduced death rates in hospitalized patients.

Big majority of Japanese reject gov’t tourism campaign amid new coronavirus...

TOKYO — Most people in Japan are against government plans to kickstart domestic tourism with a subsidized campaign, according to newspaper surveys published on Monday, as fears grow over the number of new coronavirus cases, particularly in Tokyo.

Japan domestic tourism campaign under fire as coronavirus cases spike

TOKYO — A Japan government campaign to kick-start domestic tourism after the coronavirus outbreak has come under fire with officials in Tokyo and the countryside saying it’s too soon to boost travel from the capital, hit by a spike in new cases.

Japan to pay nightlife establishments to shut

JAPAN has begun requesting some nightlife establishments to suspend their businesses in return for monetary compensation, signaling the nation is stepping up its fight against coronavirus outbreaks amid growing public outcry.

Japan could reimpose state of emergency in worst-case scenario

TOKYO — Japan is not in a situation now where it needs to declare another state of emergency over the coronavirus but could do so in a worst-case scenario, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday.

When the virus hit, Japan already had an army of contact...

The virus might have been new, but for Yuko Koizumi the work was still the same.

As Japan, Inc. battles coronavirus, liquidity and bank deposits rise at...

TOKYO — Japan’s money stock, or currency in circulation and bank deposits, rose at the fastest annual pace on record in May as companies hoarded cash to guard against slumping sales from the coronavirus pandemic, central bank data showed on Tuesday.

Amid rising talk of negative rates, Japan, Europe policies get tweaks

TOKYO/FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON — After years of applying plenty of stick to commercial lenders unhappy with negative interest rate policies, central bankers in the euro zone and Japan are experimenting with some carrot, too.

DoH ready to repatriate Pinoys on virus-stricken cruise ship

THE Department of Health (DoH) said on Friday that repatriation measures are ready as they expect at least 460 Filipinos who had been quarantined for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on board cruise ship MV Diamond Princess to come home on Sunday.

Duterte to boost China, Japan ties post-VFA

THE Philippine military will boost defense ties with allies in the region including China, Japan and Australia after President Rodrigo R. Duterte ended a military agreement with the US on the deployment of troops for war games, its new chief said on Wednesday.

Japan offers to help Manila screen coronavirus strain

JAPAN has offered to help the Philippines screen a new strain of coronavirus that has killed more than a hundred in China and sickened thousands more, the Health department said on Wednesday.

Business group seeks faster connectivity between Davao, Japan

DAVAO CITY — Local business leaders are now pushing for triangular flights with Manila or Cebu to establish faster connectivity between Davao and Japan.

Japan wants to go cashless, but elderly still reluctant to make...

TOKYO — Cash is king in Japan, and more so for the country’s fast-ageing population who are still deeply reluctant to give it up.

Japan banks to undergo stress test to prepare for crisis

TOKYO — Japan’s major financial institutions are set to undergo a stress test to prepare for any major shakeout in financial markets in light of worries about a global recession and a protracted Sino-US trade war, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.

Fear of retirement poverty drives Japanese to private pensions

JAPANESE households are rushing to private retirement products after a government report fueled fears that the national pension system won’t be enough to support them during old age.

An army of Japanese salarymen is rocking global currency markets

POPULAR TALES of “Mrs. Watanabe” — the canny Tokyo housewife who dabbles in currency trading in between school runs and shopping — barely begin to tell the story of Japan’s retail traders in the foreign exchange market.

Samurai, Ninja loans boom as Japan’s regional banks hunt for yield

TOKYO — Japanese regional banks are increasingly lending to foreign companies and other borrowers via samurai and ninja loans as they struggle with interest rates stuck at zero and seek to diversify their customer base.

Japan closely watching yen moves ‘with urgency’

TOKYO — Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday he was monitoring currency moves “with a sense of urgency” after a recent spike in the yen, using a phrase suggesting policy makers’ concern about excessive volatility.

Statue of ‘comfort women’ pulled from Japan exhibit finds new home

MADRID — A Spanish businessman has bought a statue symbolizing women forced to work in Japanese military brothels which was removed from an exhibition in Japan after organizers received threats over the piece.

Japan’s love of foreign insurance set to wane

TOKYO — Japan’s craze for overseas insurance products, driven by a need for better yield than the near-zero ones at home, has been a long-standing headwind for the yen as domestic insurers bought foreign bonds.

Japan signals readiness to act against excessive yen rises

TOKYO — Japan’s top currency diplomat on Monday warned investors against significantly pushing up the yen, signaling that Tokyo was ready to intervene in the currency market if excessive yen gains threatened to hurt the export-reliant economy.

The best Japanese wine made from koshu grapes

INSIDE a 19th-century silk merchant’s house in Katsunuma, Japan, about 70 miles west of central Tokyo, the three Aruga brothers are pouring several white wines in their timbered tasting room. All are made at their Katsunuma Jyozo Winery under the Aruga Branca label from the country’s unique grape variety koshu, and all are delicious: One is elegant and sparkling; another fresh, bright, and lemony; a third succulent and tangy; still another savory and smoky; and a fifth barrel-fermented version is round, rich, and smooth.

DoTr, Japan firms ink P12-B contract for train cars

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) signed Tuesday a P12.1-billion contract with a Japanese joint venture to provide 104 train cars for the Japan-funded Malolos-Tutuban segment of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project.

Variety the focus of this year’s Eiga Sai f ilm festival

NOW ON its 22nd year, the Eiga Sai Japanese Film Festival presents a selection of 17 full-length features from a variety of genres to “show not only one side of Japanese culture,” said an organizer.

ECB policy makers catch glimpse of future in Japan

FUKUOKA, Japan — Europe’s top central bankers who met their global peers in Japan this weekend may have caught a glimpse of their own future.

Japan’s kakigori comes to Manila via HK

IN A small discreet shop in Serendra is a small staff of “artists” who turn cubes of ice into a mountain of kakigori — Japanese shaved ice desserts. As summer’s heat stifles the city, Shari Shari Kakigori House opened its doors, serving it cold treats to overheated customers.

Cabinet officials’ Japan trip ‘reward’ for poll results

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte left for Japan on Tuesday afternoon to attend the Nikkei 25th International Conference on The Future of Asia in Tokyo, Malacañang said.

After four decades, Japan’s banks still struggle in international capital markets

TIME AND AGAIN since Japan emerged as a global economic force, its financial leaders have hatched plans to translate their influence into investment-banking clout. Time and again, they’ve failed.

K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill

SEOUL — Yuuka Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone.

Japan pledges 3.2-B yen in loans for Mindanao projects

JAPAN has pledged additional grants for the Philippines following a joint meeting held in Osaka this week, which include funding for train simulators as well as projects for healthcare and peace efforts in Mindanao.

US, Japan commit support for PHL’s fight vs terrorism

THE UNITED STATES has committed over P300 million in “intelligence support” to the Philippines, Malacañang announced on Monday.

Japan Foreign Minister to visit PHL

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday announced that Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono will visit the Philippines from Feb. 9 to 11.

Japan’s ANA invests $95M in PAL

ANA HOLDINGS, Inc. (ANA HD), parent of Japan’s biggest airline All Nippon Airways, on Tuesday said it is acquiring a minority stake in the operator of Philippine Airlines (PAL) for $95 million (around P5 billion).

Japanese boy band Arashi to disband in 2020

ONE OF Japan’s oldest and most popular boy bands will suspend its activities at the end of next year, according to local media reports.

Japan still Philippines’ top ODA partner

JAPAN remains the biggest source of foreign funding for the Philippines, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said on Friday, accounting for nearly half the loan portfolio.

Aging Japan: Manga comics turn gray — but spirited — along...

TOKYO — Japan’s graying population is changing the character of its beloved manga comics, spawning a new genre in which the elderly aren’t pitiable oldsters but protagonists making discoveries, finding friends and sometimes even having hot sex.

Japan upgrading Davao office into consulate general

THE JAPANESE government is upgrading its consular office in the city into a consulate general office, which would have authority to handle wider commercial relations.

Kyushu and Kansai by train

Exploring the cities of the island of Kyushu and the western part of Japan in five days was beyond my imagination—but with the help of a detailed itinerary and Japan’s efficient transportation network, my travel buddies and I were able to tick several places off our bucket list.

PAL moves launch of Sapporo flights to October

Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it will move the launch of its flights to Sapporo from its initial schedule on Monday, Sept. 10, to October,...