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An early spring in Japan is drawing cherry blossom fans to Tokyo's parks but the government has urged people to limit traditional festivities to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 infections. The flowers known as sakura were in full bloom on Tuesday, almost two weeks earlier than usual.

The tradition of… Read. The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 420 new cases of the coronavirus, up 83 from Tuesday. The number 211 men and 209 women is the result of 1,898 tests conducted on March 21. By age group, people in their 20s 89 cases and 30s 62 cases accounted for the… Read. Japan's nuclear regulatory body decided Wednesday to effectively ban Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc from restarting a nuclear plant on the Sea of Japan coast after the complex was found to have serious safety flaws.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority decided at its meeting to ban TEPCO from transporting nuclear… Read. Keiko Ikeda, a city councilwoman for Tama City, one of the western districts of Tokyo, was startled by a recent survey showing that 20 percent of respondents are struggling with the cost of feminine hygiene products during the pandemic-caused economic downturn.

Together with the eight other female members of the council, last week Ikeda… Read. Japan on Tuesday asked the International Atomic Energy Agency for support carrying out the future release of massive amounts of treated but still-radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, most likely into the sea.

Japan wants international atomic experts to help evaluate the methods, handling and facilities ahead… Read. The Mie prefectural assembly approved an ordinance Tuesday banning anyone from revealing an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity without consent or good reason, a first in any of the nation's 47 prefectures.

The ordinance aimed at "realizing a society where people recognize sexual diversity" to eliminate discrimination against lesbian,… Read.

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 337 new cases of the coronavirus, up 150 from Monday. The number 201 men and 136 women is the result of 2,444 tests conducted on March 20.

By age group, people in their 20s 86 cases and 30s 46 cases accounted for the… Read. A Tokyo-based restaurant chain operator filed a damages suit on Monday against the Tokyo metropolitan government for ordering that business hours be reduced as a public safety measure during the coronavirus pandemic.

Global Dining Inc claims the order "is illegal and unconstitutional as it infringes the right to freedom of… Read. Jenny and Narumi wept for happiness last week when a Japanese court ruled that barring same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, a decision that allowed them to move a step closer to a legal marriage and starting a family. The ruling by the Sapporo district court, the first in Japan on the… Read. As Japan prepares for its COVID-19 vaccine rollout for seniors next month, a program under way since December in Britain has impressed many elderly Japanese residents there with its emphasis on a speedy deployment.

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