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Coronavirus: 79 more cases aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship as quarantine ends and passengers leave

The disembarkation of nearly 3,000 people from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship is expected to take at least three days, according to the Japanese government.

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The disembarkation of nearly 3,000 people from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship is expected to take at least three days, according to the Japanese government.

Coronavirus: 79 more cases aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship as quarantine ends and passengers leave
Malaysian government said MH370 was ‘murder-suicide by pilot’, former Australian PM Tony Abbott claims

The flight disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board, including 153 Chinese passengers, prompting a vast search and rescue operation.

18 Feb 2020 - 9:14PM

The flight disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board, including 153 Chinese passengers, prompting a vast search and rescue operation.

Malaysian government said MH370 was ‘murder-suicide by pilot’, former Australian PM Tony Abbott claims
Coronavirus: 40 Americans on Diamond Princess cruise ship infected, will not be evacuated

The US has evacuated some 400 of its citizens before the end of the Diamond Princess’ quarantine period, but those infected will remain in hospital in Japan.

17 Feb 2020 - 9:18AM

The US has evacuated some 400 of its citizens before the end of the Diamond Princess’ quarantine period, but those infected will remain in hospital in Japan.

Coronavirus: 40 Americans on Diamond Princess cruise ship infected, will not be evacuated
Japan and China ‘will continue preparations’ for Xi Jinping’s state visit despite coronavirus

April’s trip was thought to be at risk of being postponed as China battles the coronavirus.

16 Feb 2020 - 11:33AM

April’s trip was thought to be at risk of being postponed as China battles the coronavirus.

Japan and China ‘will continue preparations’ for Xi Jinping’s state visit despite coronavirus
Coronavirus: US passenger from Westerdam cruise ship tests positive twice in Malaysia

The 83-year-old American woman flew to Malaysia with 144 fellow ship passengers after disembarking from the Westerdam in Cambodia.

17 Feb 2020 - 1:24PM

The 83-year-old American woman flew to Malaysia with 144 fellow ship passengers after disembarking from the Westerdam in Cambodia.

Coronavirus: US passenger from Westerdam cruise ship tests positive twice in Malaysia
Coronavirus: 67 new infections on Diamond Princess confirmed

The new cases bring the number of people diagnosed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship to 285.

15 Feb 2020 - 11:33PM

The new cases bring the number of people diagnosed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship to 285.

Coronavirus: 67 new infections on Diamond Princess confirmed
Coronavirus: infected taxi driver had contact with Diamond Princess passengers in Japan

Japan has allowed passengers aged 80 or older who test negative for the coronavirus to leave the Diamond Princess to continue their quarantine on land.

14 Feb 2020 - 10:16PM

Japan has allowed passengers aged 80 or older who test negative for the coronavirus to leave the Diamond Princess to continue their quarantine on land.

Coronavirus: infected taxi driver had contact with Diamond Princess passengers in Japan
Coronavirus: Thailand has 7 new cases, Malaysia 1; Japanese man dies in Wuhan

Four Chinese nationals and three Thais have been hospitalised after testing positive for the coronavirus, the Thai health ministry says.

8 Feb 2020 - 8:17PM

Four Chinese nationals and three Thais have been hospitalised after testing positive for the coronavirus, the Thai health ministry says.

Coronavirus: Thailand has 7 new cases, Malaysia 1; Japanese man dies in Wuhan
Coronavirus: Japan quarantines cruise ship that called at Hong Kong

Several dozen quarantine officers are checking the health of all 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew members, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said.

4 Feb 2020 - 9:49AM

Several dozen quarantine officers are checking the health of all 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew members, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare said.

Coronavirus: Japan quarantines cruise ship that called at Hong Kong
Coronavirus: Indonesia evacuates citizens, stops flights from China

The 238 evacuees – including one foreigner – were airlifted by the military to the remote Natuna Islands, as Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi announced flights to and from mainland China will be temporarily stopped.

2 Feb 2020 - 7:48PM

The 238 evacuees – including one foreigner – were airlifted by the military to the remote Natuna Islands, as Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi announced flights to and from mainland China will be temporarily stopped.

Coronavirus: Indonesia evacuates citizens, stops flights from China
Japan almost a ‘sixth eye’ as Five Eyes keep closer watch on Chinese military, North Korea

Tokyo is one of three new non-member partners to the Five Eyes group which collects intelligence on North Korean ballistic missile launches.

29 Jan 2020 - 9:51PM

Tokyo is one of three new non-member partners to the Five Eyes group which collects intelligence on North Korean ballistic missile launches.

Japan almost a ‘sixth eye’ as Five Eyes keep closer watch on Chinese military, North Korea
Japanese bus driver who had not visited China contracts coronavirus

The bus driver drove two groups of Chinese tourists from Wuhan earlier in January.

28 Jan 2020 - 11:41PM

The bus driver drove two groups of Chinese tourists from Wuhan earlier in January.

Japanese bus driver who had not visited China contracts coronavirus
Japan vows to tackle ‘outstanding issues’ with China before Xi Jinping’s trip

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says the two countries ‘share a great responsibility to ensure the peace and prosperity of Asia and the world’.

17 Feb 2020 - 2:54PM

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi says the two countries ‘share a great responsibility to ensure the peace and prosperity of Asia and the world’.

Japan vows to tackle ‘outstanding issues’ with China before Xi Jinping’s trip
China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters in South China Sea, vows to resolve things in ‘friendly manner’

Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian says he’s confident Beijing and Jakarta can resolve things in a ‘friendly manner’.

17 Jan 2020 - 2:39AM

Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian says he’s confident Beijing and Jakarta can resolve things in a ‘friendly manner’.

China admits fishing in Indonesian-claimed waters in South China Sea, vows to resolve things in ‘friendly manner’
Japanese fishing boat seized in waters off Russian-held, Japan-claimed islands

A fishery cooperative in Hokkaido said the boat was operating within 200 nautical miles of the disputed islands to catch codfish when it was seized.

15 Jan 2020 - 9:16PM

A fishery cooperative in Hokkaido said the boat was operating within 200 nautical miles of the disputed islands to catch codfish when it was seized.

Japanese fishing boat seized in waters off Russian-held, Japan-claimed islands
Japanese defence chief Taro Kono warns China over disputed islands: respect international norms or ‘pay the cost’

Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit, Taro Kono expresses concern about Beijing’s expanding military activities in region.

17 Feb 2020 - 4:08PM

Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit, Taro Kono expresses concern about Beijing’s expanding military activities in region.

Japanese defence chief Taro Kono warns China over disputed islands: respect international norms or ‘pay the cost’
Japan’s Shinzo Abe heads to Middle East to help ease US-Iran tensions

Abe will visit Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman, countries which Japan sees as important players in stabilising the situation in the Middle East.

11 Jan 2020 - 9:38PM

Abe will visit Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman, countries which Japan sees as important players in stabilising the situation in the Middle East.

Japan’s Shinzo Abe heads to Middle East to help ease US-Iran tensions
Doctors in Japan turn entrepreneur to design AI devices that can diagnose things such as the flu, and benefit from their access to medical data

Entrepreneurial doctors in Japan are splitting their time between medical duties and working for start-ups that design AI tools to help them and their colleagues make diagnoses.

8 Jan 2020 - 8:26PM

Entrepreneurial doctors in Japan are splitting their time between medical duties and working for start-ups that design AI tools to help them and their colleagues make diagnoses.

Doctors in Japan turn entrepreneur to design AI devices that can diagnose things such as the flu, and benefit from their access to medical data
Japanese lawmaker admits receiving US$9,000 in Chinese casino bribery scandal

Mikio Shimoji said an employee at his office accepted an envelope with 1 million yen in October 2017 from an adviser to a Chinese gambling company.

7 Jan 2020 - 1:13PM

Mikio Shimoji said an employee at his office accepted an envelope with 1 million yen in October 2017 from an adviser to a Chinese gambling company.

Japanese lawmaker admits receiving US$9,000 in Chinese casino bribery scandal
Japanese Unesco-listed castle razed by fire to be rebuilt as 3D digital model using photos and video footage

Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa burned down in October, devastating islanders. Its last rebuild took 30 years, so a 3D digital reconstruction of the Unesco World Heritage Site from photos and footage collected online is planned.

31 Dec 2019 - 8:12PM

Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa burned down in October, devastating islanders. Its last rebuild took 30 years, so a 3D digital reconstruction of the Unesco World Heritage Site from photos and footage collected online is planned.

Japanese Unesco-listed castle razed by fire to be rebuilt as 3D digital model using photos and video footage
Japan ‘kept lid on information’ about two 1970s abductees living in North Korea

Pyongyang said in 2014 that the men had started families there; PM Abe reportedly signed off on decision not to release information over fear of negative public reaction.

27 Dec 2019 - 8:00AM

Pyongyang said in 2014 that the men had started families there; PM Abe reportedly signed off on decision not to release information over fear of negative public reaction.

Japan ‘kept lid on information’ about two 1970s abductees living in North Korea
Japanese MP Tsukasa Akimoto arrested for allegedly taking bribes from Chinese casino operator

Akimoto was in charge of overseeing the government’s policy on introducing casinos. He stands accused of receiving US$33,800 in bribes.

25 Dec 2019 - 11:55AM

Akimoto was in charge of overseeing the government’s policy on introducing casinos. He stands accused of receiving US$33,800 in bribes.

Japanese MP Tsukasa Akimoto arrested for allegedly taking bribes from Chinese casino operator
US policy on North Korea ‘failing’ amid growing tension, says John Bolton

White House should admit ‘they got it wrong’ if Pyongyang follows through on ‘Christmas gift’ threat, ex-national security adviser says.

24 Dec 2019 - 7:52AM

White House should admit ‘they got it wrong’ if Pyongyang follows through on ‘Christmas gift’ threat, ex-national security adviser says.

US policy on North Korea ‘failing’ amid growing tension, says John Bolton
US eyes meeting with Japan and South Korea amid heightened tensions with North Korea

Diplomatic sources said on Sunday that the foreign ministers from the respective countries could meet in January.

23 Dec 2019 - 10:24PM

Diplomatic sources said on Sunday that the foreign ministers from the respective countries could meet in January.

US eyes meeting with Japan and South Korea  amid heightened tensions with North Korea
US and China vow to keep communicating on North Korea nuclear issue

US envoy Stephen Biegun is seeking Beijing’s cooperation to prod its close ally to return to negotiating table.

20 Dec 2019 - 5:13AM

US envoy Stephen Biegun is seeking Beijing’s cooperation to prod its close ally to return to negotiating table.

US and China vow to keep communicating on North Korea nuclear issue
Chinese and Japanese defence ministers agree to strengthen trust

But Japanese concerns linger over Chinese presence near Senkaku Islands.

18 Dec 2019 - 10:22PM

But Japanese concerns linger over Chinese presence near Senkaku Islands.

Chinese and Japanese defence ministers agree to strengthen trust
Japan doubles Wagyu beef target amid US trade deal, demand from Hong Kong and China

In 2018, Japan’s agricultural exports reached a record US$8.4 billion, with Hong Kong the largest buyer of Japanese produce, followed by China and US.

10 Dec 2019 - 10:39PM

In 2018, Japan’s agricultural exports reached a record US$8.4 billion, with Hong Kong the largest buyer of Japanese produce, followed by China and US.

Japan doubles Wagyu beef target amid US trade deal, demand from Hong Kong and China
Seoul slams Japan’s ‘flag of hatred’, as it calls for ban of Rising Sun flag at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The South Korean government says its use at the Olympics goes against the event’s spirit of ‘peace and harmony’.

10 Dec 2019 - 7:43AM

The South Korean government says its use at the Olympics goes against the event’s spirit of ‘peace and harmony’.

Seoul slams Japan’s ‘flag of hatred’, as it calls for ban of Rising Sun flag at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
At least 43 killed as fire rips through Delhi factory while workers slept

Most of the dead were workers who were sleeping on various floors of the six-storey building.

10 Dec 2019 - 2:12PM

Most of the dead were workers who were sleeping on various floors of the six-storey building.

At least 43 killed as fire rips through Delhi factory while workers slept
Philippine officials’ ‘crimes against humanity’ case against China rejected by international court

China’s purported crimes happened outside Philippine territory, the International Criminal Court found, meaning it does not have jurisdiction.

6 Dec 2019 - 10:36PM

China’s purported crimes happened outside Philippine territory, the International Criminal Court found, meaning it does not have jurisdiction.

Philippine officials’ ‘crimes against humanity’ case against China rejected by international court