TOKYO, Nov 30: Japan has confirmed its first case of Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Kyodo News reported citing a government source. A man in his 30s was found to be infected with the heavily mutated strain after arriving from Namibia at Narita airport near Tokyo on Sunday, according to the source.

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: The governments of Japan and Australia have opened their borders for international students wanting to pursue higher education, according to the Education Consultancy Association of Nepal (ECAN).

WASHINGTON, Nov 18: The Biden administration has asked some of the world's largest oil consuming nations - including China, India and Japan - to consider releasing crude stockpiles in a coordinated effort to lower global energy prices, according to several people familiar with the matter.

Guinness World Records has certified two Japanese sisters as the world’s oldest living identical twins at 107, in an announcement Monday coinciding with Respect for the Aged Day, a national holiday in Japan.

KATHMANDU, Sept 15: The building of Namuna Machhindra Secondary School that was severely damaged by the 2015 earthquake has been reconstructed with the financial assistance from Japan.

KATHMANDU, September 2:  The Government of Japan has provided grant assistance of US$ 701,273 (approximately Rs 83.21 million) for a project on improving water access and agricultural income in Sindhupalchowk district.

TOKYO, Sept 1: Japan's Kanagawa prefecture said it has found another vial of Moderna Inc's (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine suspected of containing a foreign substance and has put the rest of the lot on hold.

TOKYO, August 31: Japan's health minister said on Tuesday it was highly likely that foreign matter found in Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccines in the southern prefecture of Okinawa were caused when needles were stuck into the vials.

August 26: Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) said on Wednesday it has withheld supply of about 1.63 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Japan after a report of contamination of vials with particulate matter, which it suspects involves a production line in Spain.

KATHMANDU, August 23: An additional 559,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by Japan arrived in Nepal on Monday.

KATHMANDU, August 19: The remaining doses of AstraZeneca vaccine Japan pledged for Nepal through COVAX Facility are expected to arrive in Kathmandu on August 21 and 23, according to the Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu.

TOKYO, August 8: Japan will douse its more than year-old Olympic flame on Sunday, closing out a Tokyo Games that were upended by the pandemic and transformed by the drama of politics, dazzling sport and deeply personal turmoil.

KATHMANDU, August 4: The COVID-19 vaccines being donated by Japan is  expected to arrive in Nepal on Saturday.

KATHMANDU, July 19: Japanese Ambassador to Nepal Kikuta Yutaka has extended his sincere congratulations to the newly-appointed PM of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba.

KATHMANDU, July 13: Japan has announced to donate about 1.6 million doses of the Japanese-made AstraZeneca vaccine to Nepal under grants through the COVAX facility.

TOKYO, July 8: Japan is set to declare a state of emergency for Tokyo through August 22 to contain a new wave of coronavirus infections, a key minister said on Thursday, as the organisers consider banning all spectators from the Olympics starting in about two weeks.

TOKYO, June 23: A dispute over financial irregularities has surfaced in the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA), Japan.

Workers scaled a giant statue of a Buddhist goddess in Japan on Tuesday to place a custom-made mask on her face, an act meant to be a prayer for the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

On June 2nd, 2021, Japan co-hosted the COVAX AMC Summit with Gavi to procure funds to provide vaccines for developing countries. Taking this opportunity, let me sum up Japan’s assistance for the world and Nepal in the fight against this formidable infectious disease. I think it is useful for the readers to be presented with Japan’s efforts in a rather comprehensive manner. Japan has been taking a multifaceted approach to this effect, i.e., international fora; bilateral context; vaccines; cold chain; medical equipment; enhancing health sector (water, nutrition, etc.), and technical assistance for capacity building.

KATHMANDU,  June 3: Japan has provided 160 oxygen generators to Nepal in order to help tackle COVID-19. This essential medical equipment will be delivered to 58 hospitals around the country, according to the Embassy of Japan in Nepal.

TOKYO, May 25: The Japanese government Tuesday was quick to deny a U.S. warning for Americans to avoid traveling to Japan would have an impact on Olympians wanting to compete in the postponed Tokyo Games.

TOKYO, April 14: Tokyo pitched itself as “a safe pair of hands” when it was awarded the Olympics 7 1/2 years ago.

TOKYO, April 13: Japan plans to release into the sea more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear station, the government said on Tuesday, a decision that is likely to anger neighbours such as South Korea.

TOKYO, April 12: Japan began COVID-19 vaccinations for its sizable elderly population on Monday, with imported doses still in short supply and the pace unlikely to stop a fourth wave of infection.

KATHMANDU, April 2: Japan has said that it is pleased to see the successful completion of the Melamchi Water Supply Project that plans to distribute safe drinking water to the residents of the Kathmandu Valley.

TOKYO, March 17: Japanese households’ financial assets hit a fresh record near 2 quadrillion yen last year, half of which was in cash and bank deposits, in a sign the coronavirus pandemic encouraged them to save rather than spend.

NEW DELHI, Mar 13: Leaders of the United States, India, Australia and Japan agreed to pool financing, manufacturing and distribution capacity to send 1 billion coronavirus vaccines across Asia by the end of 2022, India’s foreign secretary said on Friday.

WASHINGTON, March 10: U.S. President Joe Biden will hold an online meeting on Friday with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia, the White House said on Tuesday, the first leader-level meeting of a four-country group seen as part of efforts to balance China’s growing military and economic power.

JICA Alumni Association of Nepal (JAAN) marked its 47th annual function and annual general meeting on Saturday in Kathmandu.

TOKYO, Mar 2: A Japanese a woman in her 60s died from a brain haemorrhage three days after receiving a Pfizer coronavirus vaccination, the health ministry said on Tuesday, adding that there may not be a link between the two.

TOKYO, Feb 17: Months after other major economies, Japan began giving the first coronavirus vaccines to front-line health workers Wednesday. Many are wondering if the campaign will reach enough people, and in time, to save a Summer Olympics already delayed a year by the worst pandemic in a century.

IWAKI, Feb 14: More than 100 people were injured and trains halted over a wide swathe of northeastern Japan on Sunday after the region was jolted by a major earthquake in the same area as the 2001 Fukushima quake that set off a tsunami nearly 10 years ago.

TOKYO, Feb 12: Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori is expected to resign on Friday over his sexist comments, with the mayor of the Olympic village Saburo Kawabuchi saying Mori had asked him to take over.

TOKYO, Feb 10: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday that the country would begin COVID-19 vaccinations from the middle of next week.

TOKYO, Feb 5: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Friday the Olympic Games were facing a “major issue” after the head of the organising committee made sexist remarks and as criticism of his comments showed no sign of abating.

An iconic cafe and show venue that symbolises Japan’s “kawaii” pop culture, and is beloved by tourists and celebrities, has shut its doors in Tokyo, the capital, after business dried up following the COVID-19 pandemic.

TOKYO, Jan 22: Japan and the IOC stood firm on Friday on their commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this year and denied a report of a possible cancellation but the pledge looks unlikely to ease public concern about holding the event during a pandemic.

TOKYO, Jan 22: Japan doubled down on its commitment to host the Tokyo Olympics this year and flatly denied reports on Friday of a possible cancellation, in a move that is unlikely to temper public fears of holding the event during a global pandemic.

TOKYO, Jan 22: There is no truth to a report about the possible cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics, Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai, a government spokesman, told reporters on Friday, denying a newspaper report that the event would be called off.

TOKYO, Jan 20: The number of foreign visitors to Japan plunged 87% in 2020 to a 22-year low as the country mostly closed its borders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan National Tourism Organization data showed on Wednesday.

TOKYO, Jan 7: Japan declared a limited state of emergency in the capital, Tokyo, and three neighbouring prefectures on Thursday to stem the spread of the coronavirus, hoping that less-stringent curbs than imposed earlier will this time stamp out infections.

TOKYO, Jan 2: The Japanese capital, Tokyo, and three nearby prefectures have asked the national government to declare a state of emergency to curtail the surging spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

TOKYO, Dec 25: Japan aims to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles in the next 15 years, the government said on Friday in a plan to reach net zero carbon emissions and generate nearly $2 trillion a year in green growth by 2050.

TOKYO, Nov 8: Japan formally proclaimed Crown Prince Akishino the first in line as heir to the throne on Sunday, the last of a series of ceremonies after his elder brother, Emperor Naruhito, became monarch last year following their father’s abdication.

KATHMANDU, Nov 3:  Former Foreign Minister Ramesh Nath Pandey has been named as one of the foreign recipients of the 2020 Autumn Imperial Decorations.

Bay of Bengal is now a critical theater for economic and strategic competition. It has always been a connector between South and Southeast Asia but now it is the focal point for competing connectivity initiatives.

The American strategy of isolating China and thus making it weaker cannot ensure greater good.

TOKYO, Sept 16: Japan’s Yoshihide Suga was voted prime minister by parliament’s lower house on Wednesday, becoming the country’s first new leader in nearly eight years, as he readied a “continuity cabinet” expected to keep about half of predecessor Shinzo Abe’s lineup.

TOKYO, Sept 8: The official campaigning to head Japan’s ruling party began Tuesday with the longtime right-hand man of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe now seen as a top candidate and his likely successor to lead the government.

TOKYO, Sept 7: Typhoon Haishen battered Japan’s southern mainland with powerful winds and drenching rain, cutting power to tens of thousands of homes and prompting authorities to call for some 1.8 million people to evacuate.