Pneumonic Plague kills 7 in Madagascar

Pneumonic Plague kills 7 in Madagascar Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The deadly pneumonic plague is known to have killed 7 people, including a child, in Madagascar. At the same time, another 22 patients are being treated for the pneumonic plague. Therefore, with several of the deaths not being known until postmortems…

Suzuki Takayuki wins first Paralympic gold for in Tokyo for Japan: Northern England connection

Suzuki Takayuki wins first Paralympic gold for in Tokyo for Japan: Northern England connection Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times Japan failed to win a single gold medal in 2016 at the Paralympics in Rio. Hence, major disappointment occurred in Brazil despite winning other medals. Therefore, the swimmer Takayuki Suzuki must be grinning like…

Indonesia is the new epicentre of Covid-19 infections in Asia

Indonesia is the new epicentre of Covid-19 infections in Asia Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times Indonesia is reeling from the ongoing international coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. Indeed, in Asia, Indonesia is now blighted by a higher number of daily infections than India. Thus, Indonesia is the current epicenter of the coronavirus in Asia.…

Israel Supreme Court approves LGBTQ surrogacy rights for same-sex couples

Israel Supreme Court approves LGBTQ surrogacy rights for same-sex couples Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Israel is multi-ethnic and multi-religious. Judaism is the largest faith in Israel followed by Islam, Christianity, and the Druze. However, other smaller religious communities that suffer persecution in Muslim-dominated nations throughout the Middle East also…

Hunger stalks vast numbers in Madagascar

Hunger stalks vast numbers in Madagascar Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Madagascar continues to face an enormous humanitarian crisis where hunger blights untold numbers. According to the World Food Program, over one million people in southern areas are “marching toward” the horrendous result of starvation. This includes hundreds of thousands of…

Japan bypasses Emergency: Parts of Hyogo, Osaka, and Miyagi under new measures

Japan bypasses Emergency: Parts of Hyogo, Osaka, and Miyagi under new measures Sawako Uchida and Sawako Utsumi Modern Tokyo Times Daily infections of coronavirus (Covid-19) are increasing in parts of Japan once more. However, unlike past declarations of a State of Emergency, new measures have been announced outside this declaration. Therefore, fresh confusion abounds concerning…

Japan in recent Covid-19 upturn again

Japan in recent Covid-19 upturn again Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The ebb and flow of coronavirus (Covid-19) in Japan is showing another upturn after coming down from highs earlier in the year. At the moment, apart from Sendai, the figures aren’t alarming to the sense of the previous few months. However,…

Japan is mulling Covid-19 vaccination travel passports

Japan is mulling Covid-19 vaccination travel passports Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese government is mulling the issuing of coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination passports for international travel. Similarly, the European Union (EU) is touting a similar policy and other nations outside of this trade bloc. However, with vaccinations obviously in their infancy…

Iran fears the fourth wave of Covid-19 deaths

Iran fears the fourth wave of Covid-19 deaths Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Iran fears a fourth coronavirus (Covid-19) wave is on its way after several people died from the highly infectious strain emanating from the United Kingdom. Currently, just below 60,000 people have perished officially from coronavirus…

United Kingdom Covid-19 daily infections hit over 60,000

United Kingdom Covid-19 daily infections hit over 60,000 Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis in the United Kingdom is at a perilous stage, despite vaccinations being done every day. Thus in the last 24 hours, another 60,000 people were infected. Therefore, the endless strain on the health care system…

Japan and India support a free and open Indo-Pacific region: China isn’t boosting allies

Japan and India support a free and open Indo-Pacific region: China isn’t boosting allies Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of China isn’t creating further divisions in Northeast Asia or the Asia Pacific region. However, Japan is constantly upping the ante by endless bi-lateral – and multi-lateral – power plays…

Covid-19 clusters up by 26 percent in Japan

Covid-19 clusters up by 26 percent in Japan Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times Coronavirus (Covid-19) clusters in Japan increased by 26 percent in the week ending November 9. Hence, with new daily records of coronavirus being reported last week, the trend is pointing in a negative direction. In total, 130 clusters or…

Fast-tracking of Avigan is on the books in Japan

Fast-tracking of Avigan is on the books in Japan Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The fast-tracking of Avigan (favipiravir) in Japan for Coronavirus (Covid-19) appears to be on the books. This relates to the Japanese government seeking to approve Avigan for treatment in November. Avigan is used for influenza but the speed…

Over 900,000 Covid-19 deaths and little sign of decreasing

Over 900,000 Covid-19 deaths and little sign of decreasing Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times The international coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis is continuing unabated in terms of deaths and infections per day. Hence, over 900,000 deaths from coronavirus internationally. Therefore, the international situation remains bleak. Indeed, in parts of Europe, infections are increasing once…

Typhoon Haishen to hit Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki

Typhoon Haishen to hit Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki Kanako Mita and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times Typhoon Haishen is expected to generate huge waves around the coastal areas of Kyushu in Japan. Thus Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki are bracing for extreme winds, torrential downpours, mudslides, and other negative factors later on Sunday and early Monday.…

Record heatstroke deaths last month in Tokyo

Record heatstroke deaths last month in Tokyo Sawako Utsumi and Sawako Uchida Modern Tokyo Times August in Tokyo culminated with 187 deaths from heatstroke. This is a record number since figures began to be collated in 2007. Therefore, adding to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, the deadly heatstroke also took many lives. In Japan, the rainy…