A member of the House of Representatives has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital, the Lower House’s secretariat said Friday, the first confirmed infection of a Japanese lawmaker.
Shuichi Takatori, who belongs to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, developed a fever of more than 37 degrees Friday morning, which has since subsided, and the results of an antigen test came back positive, according to his office.
The 59-year-old had attended the Lower House plenary session Wednesday, where Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was elected, and afterward greeted former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with LDP Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai.
A member of the House of Representatives has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital, the Lower House’s secretariat said Friday, the first confirmed infection of a Japanese lawmaker. (Japan Times)
An international research team including a Japanese scientist on Thursday won the Ig Nobel Acoustics prize after showing that an alligator’s pitch rises after it inhales helium-enriched air. (Japan Times)
The former chairman of Japan Life Co, a now-bankrupt company, was arrested Friday along with 13 others on suspicion of running a “rental owner” investment scam involving clothing, jewelry and other goods it claimed had health benefits, police said. (Japan Today)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has confirmed 220 new coronavirus cases on Friday. (NHK)
The Japanese government has decided to set up a system to exempt athletes competing at next year’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games from entry restrictions currently placed on 159 countries and regions due to the novel coronavirus that forced the games’ postponement, sources familiar with the matter said Friday. (Kyodo)
Japan’s new prime minister will pursue economic structural reforms through a mixed bag of policies that target specific industries, rather than a grand strategy to reshape society and boost long-term growth. (Japan Today)
Tourism businesses in Japan are starting to sell travel packages to and from Tokyo under the government’s “Go To Travel” campaign to stimulate domestic tourism. (NHK)
Tokyo Disneyland’s new area with attractions featuring characters and sets from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ will welcome the public starting Sept. 28, operator Oriental Land Co. said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Japan’s government is easing entry restrictions for travelers from Singapore on Friday to allow short-term visits by businesspeople between the two countries. (NHK)
Japan’s new prime minister says he will prioritize measures against the coronavirus and its economic fallout. Suga Yoshihide is taking over from Abe Shinzo, a close ally who was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. (NHK)
More than half of Suga Yoshihide’s cabinet ministers were part of an Abe government — a reflection of the new leader’s intentions to continue his predecessor’s policies. (NHK)
A government survey shows that the number of centenarians in Japan has exceeded 80,000 for the first time ever. (NHK)
Japan’s Hayabusa2 space explorer will aim to probe the asteroid “1998KY26” located between the orbits of Earth and Mars in 2031 after completing its current mission of collecting samples from another asteroid, the country’s science minister said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Fraudulent e-money withdrawals in Japan have expanded to five other service operators in addition to NTT Docomo Inc, internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi said Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Japan’s main ruling party has elected Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide its new leader. (NHK)
Japanese tennis star Osaka Naomi has won the women’s singles title at the US Open. (NHK)
Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi has won the Silver Lion for best director at the 77th Venice Film Festival. (NHK)
Japan and Britain have reached a broad agreement on a new economic partnership. (NHK)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says it confirmed 226 new cases of the coronavirus in the capital on Saturday. (NHK)
Gunma Prefectural Police launched a murder case after the female manager of a love hotel in Maebashi City was fatally stabbed on Thursday, reports Jiji Press (Sept. 10). (tokyoreporter.com)