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Two U.S. bases in Okinawa on lockdown with 61 coronavirus cases confirmed

via The Japan Times    Jul 12, 2020

U.S. forces told the Okinawa government the cases were confirmed between Tuesday and Saturday at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Camp Hansen.

Japan needs to be on high alert as virus cases rise, minister Yasutoshi Nishimura warns

via The Japan Times    Jul 12, 2020

Japan needs to remain on high alert for further coronavirus outbreaks as the number of cases with unclear contagion routes increases, Yasutoshi Nishimura, the country’s ...

Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward to give ¥100,000 to each infected resident

via The Japan Times    Jul 12, 2020

Shinjuku Ward, home to one of the largest nightlife districts in Japan, plans to provide ¥100,000 to each resident infected with the new coronavirus.  | KYODO

Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward will start providing ¥100,000 to each resident infected with the new coronavirus from as early as August in a bid to support ...

Japan urges urbanites to tour country, sparking fear of virus’s spread in countryside

By Sophie Jackman,Marika Katanuma
- via The Japan Times    Jul 12, 2020

People walk in Tokyo's Odaiba district on Saturday. | KYODO

A central government campaign to spur domestic tourism has drawn both enthusiasm and ire, with some social media users telling urbanites to stay away from ...

Yuzuru Hanyu named Most Valuable Skater at first ISU Awards

via The Japan Times    Jul 12, 2020

Yuzuru Hanyu stands on the podium after winning the men's competition at Skate Canada on Oct. 26 in Kelowna, British Colombia. Hanyu was named Most Valuable Skater for the 2019-20 season in the inaugural ISU Skating Awards on Saturday. | USA TODAY / VIA REUTERS

The two-time Olympic champion was recognized for a successful 2019-20 season that included gold-medal finishes at the Four Continents as well as the NHK Trophy.

Union Berlin plans virus tests to bring fans back to stadium

via The Japan Times    Jul 12, 2020

Fortuna players warm up before a game at Stadion An der Alten Forsterei, home of Union Berlin, on June 27 in Berlin. | POOL / VIA REUTERS

German top-flight soccer club Union Berlin is so keen to see its stadium filled with fans once again that it is prepared to pay for ...

LeBron James won’t wear social justice message on Lakers jersey

via The Japan Times    Jul 12, 2020

Lakers star LeBron James says he will not wear one of the NBA's approved social justice messages on his uniform when the league resumes play later this month. | AP

LeBron James says his thoughts on social justice can't be contained on the back of a basketball jersey.The Los Angeles Lakers superstar won't wear one ...

Oilers’ Mike Green joins list of players opting out of NHL return

via The Japan Times    Jul 12, 2020

Oilers defenseman Mike Green fights for the puck against the Golden Knights during an NHL game on Feb. 26 in Las Vegas. | AP

Edmonton's Mike Green and Boston's Steven Kampfer are opting out. Dallas defenseman Roman Polak isn't reporting for now, and Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos isn't ...

Marines overpower Lions

via The Japan Times    Jul 12, 2020

Lotte's Seiya Inoue (right) celebrates with teammate Brandon Laird after hitting a two-run home run on Saturday in Chiba. | KYODO

Tsuyoshi Sugano and Seiya Inoue both hit two-run first-inning home runs and right-hander Atsuki Taneichi allowed three runs over six innings to earn the win ...

Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic

via The Japan Times    Jul 12, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump wears a face mask as he walks down a hallway during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on Saturday. | AP

U.S. President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in ...

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