Tokyo residents react after Japan slams borders shut over Omicron fears
Japan announced plans Monday to bar all new foreign travellers over the Omicron variant of Covid-19, joining a growing list of countries trying to erect virtual fortresses against the heavily mutated new strain. "I feel relieved now that Prime Minister (Fumio) Kishida announced very strict border measures," says one businessman. Another resident says:"For sure it’s better not to allow people who might be infected to enter Japan, because the situation in Japan is pretty stable now." IMAGES AND VOXPOPSN°9TL37Nnews.yahoo.com
Travel curbs aimed at COVID variant tighten across the world
Australian officials are racing to conduct further tests on passengers arriving from southern Africa who tested positive for COVID-19 to determine if they are carrying the omicron variant as nations around the world tighten controls against the worrying new strainwashingtonpost.com
Relatives of virus dead question Japan's stay-at-home policy
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. In many countries, those with the virus stay home to isolate and recover, but critics say that in Japan, a country with one of the most affordable and accessible health care systems, people have been denied hospital care, and the policy amounted to “jitaku hochi,” or “abandonment at home.”news.yahoo.com
COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in several states, signaling winter surge
Coronavirus hospitalizations are on the rise in at least 20 states, once again pushing hospitals to the brink. Meanwhile, a federal appeals court put a hold on the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate requiring employees at big companies to be vaccinated or tested weekly. Lilia Luciano has more.news.yahoo.com
Japan's princess Mako marries years after 'pain' of rumours
Japan's princess Mako married her university sweetheart on Tuesday, but the couple voiced sadness over the controversy that haunted their engagement as they read out their statements to the media. Since announcing their engagement in 2017, the couple has faced tabloid scandals and vicious online sniping over allegations that Komuro's family had run into financial difficulties.news.yahoo.com
Melnikova wins all-around final at gymnastics worlds
Angelina Melnikova of Russia won the women’s all-around final on Thursday to claim the first gold medal of the gymnastics world championships. Melnikova, the 2020 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, built up a solid lead with high scores on the vault and uneven bars and finished with 56.632 points. With defending champion Simone Biles and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Sunisa Lee of the United States not taking part, the stage was set for a new generation of gymnasts to emerge.news.yahoo.com
Progressive activists demand Rahm Emanuel nomination removal
Progressive activists in Chicago — led by Democratic congressional candidate Kina Collins — are planning two days of demonstrations in the city around Rahm Emanuel's hearing to be U.S. ambassador to Japan.Why it matters: The protests are the latest example of the tension between the Democratic Party's progressive and centrist wings. While Collins and others want the White House to retract Emanuel's nomination, there's no indication he won't be confirmed.Stay on top of the latest market trends annews.yahoo.com
Vaccines, masks? Japan puzzling over sudden virus success
Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low. Japan, unlike other places in Europe and Asia, has never had anything close to a lockdown, just a series of relatively toothless states of emergency.news.yahoo.com
Japanese figure skaters win Olympic test event in Beijing
Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama and Mai Mihara have won the men's and women's singles titles at the Asia Open figure skating event. The 18-year-old world silver medalist Kagiyama scored 179.98 in the free skate for a 277.78 total in the 2022 Beijing Olympics test event. Kagiyama maintained his overnight lead, while Mihara overtook compatriot Kaori Sakamoto in the women’s on Friday.news.yahoo.com
5 things that happened this summer that you probably already forgot about
Somehow, summer 2021 has come to a close (hello, sad girl fall!), so we’re going to take a look back at all the major things that happened this summer that you probably already forgot about, because this summer went by way too fast.
Brittney Griner dominates, U.S. women run golden hoops streak to seven
Brittney Griner played very much like one of the best players on the planet Sunday, leading the U.S's women's basketball team to its seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal with a blowout victory over host Japan at Saitama Super Arena.
Dine like you are in Japan at this new revolving sushi bar in Troy
You really do feel like you’ve been transported to Japan when you first walk into Kura Revolving Sushi Bar and see the revolving sushi bar winding its way through the restaurant. It’s the first of its kind in Michigan and the concept comes straight from Japan.