China locks down city near North Korean border due to infections

China locks down city near North Korean border due to infections

BEIJING (Reuters) — Chinese authorities reported on Sunday what could be the beginning of a new wave of coronavirus cases in northeast China, with one city in Jilin province being reclassified as high-risk, the top of a three-tier zoning system. Jilin officials...
Japan looks to lift emergency declaration in most regions

Japan looks to lift emergency declaration in most regions

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The government is considering lifting the state of emergency declaration in most Japanese prefectures this month over the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday, although it will keep urging caution in Tokyo and some other areas. Out of the...
Japan destroyer takes antivirus steps before Middle East mission

Japan destroyer takes antivirus steps before Middle East mission

NAGASAKI, Japan (Kyodo) — A Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer left its base Sunday to replace another vessel in a Japanese mission to help secure the safety of a key Middle East sea lane, with precautions taken to avoid onboard infections with the...
Sony to develop avatar robot with ANA startup

Sony to develop avatar robot with ANA startup

TOKYO — Sony looks to enhance next-generation robots from avatarin, a startup launched by Japanese carrier ANA Holdings, as interest grows in remote-control machines that can take the place of humans amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Tokyo-based avatarin lets...
Japan’s foreign students struggle to stay and study amid pandemic

Japan’s foreign students struggle to stay and study amid pandemic

TOKYO — A day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency on April 7, Maya was furloughed by her employer. Maya, a fourth-year university student from Nepal who did not want to give her real name, had been counting on her part-time...