Japan, with a population of 125 million people, lifted its state of emergency ahead of schedule. The coronavirus has, so far, killed fewer than 900 people in Japan. The low mortality rate is considered a great success. But where are the shrinking ratings of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the outcry calling for his resignation?
Coronavirus continues to be a global pandemic. Currently, there are over 6.2 million cases and over 370,000 deaths around the world. At this time, according to the released data by the Russian government over 400,000 people are infected with COVID-19. Russia approved a new drug to treat coronavirus.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today announced the total lifting of the state of emergency that was still in effect in some of the country’s regions, including in Tokyo, the nation’s capital city. “Today we will lift the state of emergency nationwide,” said Abe, during a live press conference broadcast on public broadcaster NHK.
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Information was leaked pertaining to the F-3 sixth-generation fighter jet. Japan is expected to start development of the F-3 in 2021. Currently, Japan needs to protect themselves from China. Japan always had tumultuous relations with China. Conflicts between Beijing and Tokyo go back centuries.
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The Russian autonomous uninhabited underwater vehicle Vityaz installed a historic pennant at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in honor of the 75th anniversary of the “Victory in the Great Patriotic War” (WWII). The information was released by the press service of the Foundation for Advanced Research. The statement claimed this was the first time Vityaz sank to the bottom of the world’s deepest trench. The depth reached was recorded at 10,228 meters.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill to postpone the end of World War II from September 2 to September 3, 1945. This revision has important political and diplomatic implications. The bill was signed on April 24, 2020. According to Kremlin, the bill is aimed at restoring historical truth and strengthening Russia’s national unity.
A new research paper has been published related to Venus. It is collaborative work between US and Japanese scientists. The main focus of the research is to answer a question that has been unanswered until now: Why does the atmosphere of Venus rotate 60 times faster than the surface of the planet? At the Earth’s equator, the speed of Earth’s spin is about 1,000 miles per hour (1,600 km per hour).
For the first time ever, astronomers mapped the entire surface of the moon and classified all the geological structures on its surface. This is big news and the information will be one of the key tools used for further exploration and development as well as for the space mission’s components. The information became available through the 51st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 2020 release.
The world is not going to be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic. The US Government is working on quantifying the damages coronavirus caused to the economy and China’s liability. The projected number is over $10 trillion. Also, there is a discussion of US defaulting on debt to China. Even though many nations are slowly starting to reopen their economies and providing plans in phases to reopen, the virus is still here.
Coronavirus quarantines around the world have intensified the need to work from home and the utilization of online tools to complete tasks. Many unfortunate people got laid off during coronavirus or were unable to continue their job duties, such as in the hospitality and service industries. For millions of professionals the only way to sustain employment and productivity is to work from home. However, there are needed tools to achieve such tasks.
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Officials from the G20 group held an emergency video conference Thursday, promising to work together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and provide greater financial support, particularly for developing economies. The US has taken a particularly hard hit, overtaking China and Italy for the highest number of cases, and reported record unemployment.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday called for a “relaxation or suspension” of international sanctions against Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and other countries facing the coronavirus pandemic. Michelle Bachelet called it a “crucial time,” marked by the COVID-pandemic.
Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced it would postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021. The decision was made after a meeting with the Japanese government. Earlier, many national olympic committees, from Canada to Australia, called for this.
Due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic, Canada and Australia have refused to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. On Monday, the National Olympic Committee of Canada announced that it would not send athletes to the Games in 2020 due to the risk of contracting viral pneumonia COVID-19.
A Japanese man who fatally stabbed 19 residents of a care home for people with disabilities has been sentenced to death by hanging by presiding judge Kiyoshi Aonuma. “The attacks were premeditated, and the defendant was acting consistently to achieve his goal,” Aonuma said, citing the violence of his crime.
Central banks of the major countries of the world took a joint step to compensate for the effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the global economy. The Fed, the US central bank, announced that it would buy at least $700 billion in bonds while reducing interest rates to almost zero on Sunday.
Two Japanese men, a doctor from Hokkaido and an Osaka-based company exec, have been arrested for buying NEM digital currency coins connected to the infamous Coincheck hack. The breach led to an unprecedented loss of about $530 million worth of cryptocurrencies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally signed off on new constitutional amendments which would allow for him to remain in the Kremlin until 2036. The amendments repeal the current term limits that bar a president from running for a third consecutive six-year term. Putin’s second consecutive term, and fourth overall, comes to an end in 2024.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported that the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Turkey. “The infected individual contracted the virus after returning from Europe. He has been completely isolated,” Koca said. “The patient’s general condition is good. All of his family members and those who came into contact with him are under surveillance,” he added.
Japan will close all schools to curb the spread of the coronavirus until the end of March. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that the measure will take effect on Monday, and will cover all elementary, middle and high schools. The government has also called for major events to be canceled or postponed within the next two weeks.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said in major speech on Monday that the Bank of Japan will take the necessary measures to support markets shaken by the coronavirus outbreak. This has led to speculation about coordinated global policy action against the epidemic.
The total number of deaths due to the new coronavirus now exceeds 3000 worldwide. The vast majority of them have occurred in China. The latest deaths in China have all occurred in the Hubei Province, the virus epicenter, Chinese health authorities said Monday morning local time.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a compelling television speech on Saturday, strengthening crisis management in the coronavirus epidemic. After announcing a plan to close all schools on Thursday, he also called on the public to help “fight against the invisible and unknown virus.”
The Japanese government is in talks with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ensure that the Tokyo Summer Olympics will be held as planned under any circumstances, despite the threat of a new coronavirus spreading. The news came during a budget hearing on Friday, February 28, 2020 of the Commission of the lower house of Parliament by Seiko Hashimoto, the Minister responsible for the Olympic and Paralympic games and budget allocation.
This week there was a discussion in Russia about the possible countermeasures the US is planning against China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. Interestingly, due to the coronavirus and China, the stock markets are experiencing a turmoil.
The reason for the discussions is to develop additional strategies between Russia and China pertaining to the One Belt, One Road initiative, despite the virus outbreak. US Secretary Mike Pompeo also announced that US President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders for a meeting in Las Vegas next month. The summit is supposed to take place March 12, 2020.
In merely four days, the number of people infected with the new coronavirus on board the Diamond Princess ship has more than doubled. The number of people infected by the outbreak has skyrocketed from 64 to 174. For over a week now, 3,600 people have been quarantined on board the ship, a measure enacted by the Japanese government to prevent further infections in the country. The Diamond Princess ship is docked in Yokohama, and the quarantine period is scheduled to end on February 19th.
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The new coronavirus has killed 908 people in mainland China, where the number of infections has risen to 40,000, officials said Monday, confirming that the epidemic’s progression has stabilized. The 2019-nCoV virus, which appeared in December in a market in Wuhan (central China), killed 97 more people in the country, 91 in Hubei province, the most affected by the outbreak, bringing the total fatalities to 908 all over the country.
The government of Hong Kong will impose a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all people arriving from mainland China, starting Saturday, due to the new coronavirus epidemic. The announcement was made on Wednesday, by the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam. “The measure is harsh. But I believe after we say all arrivals have to be quarantined for 14 days from Feb 8, the number of arrivals will reduce,” Lam said.
Hong Kong reported the first death due to the new coronavirus in its territory Tuesday. The victim is a 39-year-old man who had visited the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the disease, in January. This is the second death from the virus outside mainland China. The first was a 44-year-old man in the Philippines.
British Airways announced on Wednesday it had suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China. The move came shortly after the United Kingdom advised against any non-essential travel to the Asian country following the outbreak of the deadly new coronavirus. “We apologize to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority,” a statement to that effect released by British Airways read in part.
Russia announced a Japanese national was caught in the act of espionage trying to obtain classified information regarding the Russian military. The announcement came via the Russian Foreign Ministry. The incident took place on December 25, 2019 in the Russian Eastern town of Vladivostok, a major Pacific port city in Russia overlooking Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea. It’s known as a terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which links the city to Moscow in a 7-day journey. In the city center is Central Square, where a towering memorial pays tribute to local soldiers who fought Japanese forces in the early 20th century.
World gold prices continued to rise in light of worry about the Wuhan pneumonia epidemic spreading worldwide. In the session on January 28, the world gold price increased by 0.6%, to $1,580 an ounce. This is the highest level in the past three weeks. Investors often look to gold as a safe haven during uncertain times. Thus, the current outbreak of coronavirus has been widely thought of as the reason for the gold price increase.
The French Ministry of Health confirmed three cases of people infected by the Coronavirus Friday that generated an outbreak of a mysterious respiratory disease in China’s Hubei province. France’s Health Minister, Agnes Buzyn, warned that, in addition to these two cases— the first ones to be recorded in Europe— new infections were still likely to arise in the country.
The outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus is spreading to more Chinese cities, with 139 new cases confirmed this weekend. The virus, which causes pneumonia, has infected more than 200, health officials said on Monday. Authorities in Wuhan, China’s central metropolis where the disease was first identified in December, confirmed the new cases, including a third death.
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