The Japan News (Japan)

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - In an effort to reduce plastic waste, the economy ministry, among other entities, has launched a feasibility test aimed at reducing plastic bag usage, starting with convenience stores in government buildings. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Even though it is January, bears have continued to appear near residential areas in the normally snowy regions of Tohoku, Hokuriku and elsewhere. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - A former Softbank Corp. employee who was arrested on suspicion of illegally obtaining company secrets at the instigation of Russian trade officials, has told investigators that he received tens of thousands of yen in cash from the officials each time he provided them with material, according to sources close to the investigation. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The government on Tuesday officially announced the outline of a new bill aimed at regulating big technology companies.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Concerns continue to mount over the possibility that the spread of pneumonia caused by a new strain of coronavirus first confirmed in China will put downward pressure on the world economy.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The government decided to designate pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus found in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, as a “designated infectious disease” under the Infectious Diseases Law at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Two more people in Japan have been confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus, Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato told a task force meeting at the ministry on Tuesday.

CHIBA (The Japan News/ANN) - A dress rehearsal was held Sunday of a cultural performance that will be part of the ceremony to transfer the Olympic flame from Greece to Japan for the torch relay of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Chinese government on Monday banned its citizens from group trips abroad, in a bid to prevent the further spread of a new type of coronavirus. 

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The winner of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, No. 17 maegashira Tokushoryu, held a press conference at the Kise sumo stable in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, on Monday, a day after becoming the first lowest-ranked wrestler in the makuuchi division to lift an Emperor’s Cup since the year 2000.