Japan’s State Guest House silently awaits return of VIPs

Japan’s State Guest House silently awaits return of VIPs

TOKYO — The grounds of Akasaka Palace stand empty here at a time of year usually full of tourists, as the gates remain closed to both high-profile visitors and everyday tourists alike. Although the closure is a precaution amid the coronavirus outbreak, the...
Japanese diplomatic luminary Okamoto dead at 74

Japanese diplomatic luminary Okamoto dead at 74

TOKYO — Yukio Okamoto, a diplomatic expert who advised two Japanese prime ministers on issues ranging from the return of a U.S. military base in Okinawa to Iraq reconstruction, died in late April. He was 74. Okamoto had contracted the coronavirus, a Japanese...
Asia scans the world for best practices to reopen economies

Asia scans the world for best practices to reopen economies

SEOUL/SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON — Economies from Asia to North America have started lifting restrictions on social and business activity as the coronavirus pandemic shows signs of easing, moves health experts warn hold a risk of sparking new infections. South Korea,...
Parasite-killing drug ivermectin heads into coronavirus trials

Parasite-killing drug ivermectin heads into coronavirus trials

TOKYO/OSAKA — A treatment for parasitic infections a Japanese microbiologist has helped develop is gaining attention as a possible treatment for the new coronavirus. Ivermectin was developed based on findings by Kitasato University professor emeritus Satoshi...
Asia scans the world for best practices to reopen economies

Shuttered economies scan world for best practices to reopen

SEOUL/SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON — Economies from Asia to North America have started lifting restrictions on social and business activity as the coronavirus pandemic shows signs of easing, moves health experts warn hold a risk of sparking new infections. South Korea,...