Japanese shoppers stock up on supplies over coronavirus fears | AFP

A supermarket in Tokyo is packed with shoppers Friday morning and many shelves are emptied as Tokyo’s governor urges people to stay home this weekend, warning of a possible “explosion” of the coronavirus after scores of new cases were discovered this week.

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Coronavirus: Images of IOC HQ as officials decide fate of Tokyo 2020 | AFP

Images from outside the IOC HQ as Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe and IOC chief Thomas Bach discuss the fate of Tokyo 2020 amid calls for postponement due to the global coronavirus outbreak. IMAGES

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Japanese mark ninth anniversary of devastating tsunami amid coronavirus outbreak | AFP

People gather at a park in Tokyo to hold a minute’s silence, lay flowers and pay tributes, as they mark the ninth anniversary of a towering tsunami which triggered the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Public commemorations were scaled back this year due to coronavirus fears.

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Kimono: From Kyoto to the catwalk

A new exhibition at London’s V&A Musueum celebrates the heritage and craftsmanship of vintage Japanese Kimono and traces its influence into haute couture, movies and music. (Feb. 27)

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Japanese children mark six months to Tokyo 2020 Paralympics | AFP

Third-graders from a Tokyo primary school experience what it is like to be a blind athlete in an event marking six months to the Tokyo Paralympics. They put on eye masks and pair up with classmates to learn how blind athletes compete in the games.

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Ariane 5 lifts off with Japanese and South Korean satellites aboard | AFP

An Ariane 5 rocket lifts off to launch two Japanese and South Korean telecommunications satellites from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana. IMAGES

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Japanese react to planned disembarkation of passengers from quarantined ship | AFP

Local Japanese residents in Yokohama react to disembarkation of passengers from Diamond Princess scheduled for Wednesday, after all of its passengers and crew members have been tested for the new coronavirus.

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Fear, boredom prevail aboard quarantined ship

Daily life on a cruise ship quarantined off a Japanese port can include fear, excitement and soul-crushing boredom (Feb. 13)

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Cool creations at Hokkaido ice sculpture festival | AFP

Every year, tens of thousands of tourists flock to a snow festival in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, drawn by around 200 large and intricate ice sculptures. But this year, there’s a problem: a lack of snow to make them with.

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AP Top Stories February 7 A

Here’s the latest for Friday February 7th: Democratic chair wants Iowa caucus recanvass; More coronavirus cases on Japanese cruise ship; El Paso shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes; Severe storms in southeast.

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China sees deadliest day yet as global virus fears mounts | AFP

China reported its biggest single-day jump in novel coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as confirmation that three Japanese evacuated from the outbreak’s epicentre were infected deepened fears about a global contagion. The World Health Organization, which initially downplayed the severity of a disease that has now killed 170 nationwide, warned all governments to be “on alert” as it weighed whether to declare a global health emergency.

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Japanese evacuated from Wuhan describe fear in virus epicentre | AFP

Japanese citizens evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak, described an atmosphere of confusion and fear in the Chinese city and expressed relief as they arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday. Takeo Aoyama, an employee at Nippon Steel says he is relieved to back in Japan.

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Plane carrying Japanese evacuees from Wuhan lands in Tokyo | AFP

The first Japanese nationals evacuated from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of a deadly virus outbreak, arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday aboard a plane. of planeN°1OH7YW

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Japanese react to minister taking paternity leave | AFP

Japan’s environment minister caused a stir earlier this week when he announced that he would take two weeks of paternity leave – the first time a cabinet minister has publicly committed to such a move in the country. His decision is met with approval from ordinary citizens on the streets of Tokyo.

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On This Day: 16 January 1980

Paul McCartney was arrested in Tokyo, as Japanese authorities said he had more than seven ounces of marijuana in his luggage. (Jan. 16)

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FILE : Wanted: Girlfriend to fly to the Moon with Japanese billionaire | AFP

A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket. Yusaku Maezawa, who recently announced his break-up with a Japanese actress, is accepting applications from “single women aged 20 or over” who want to enjoy life to the fullest.

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Get away from it all…in space | AFP Animé

Videographic showing how holidays in space may soon become the latest craze. A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Japanese youths take part in ceremony ahead of Coming of Age Day | AFP

Students from Kokugakuin University in Tokyo take part in a ceremony on Saturday involving traditional costumes and performances, ahead of Japan’s Coming of Age Day which falls on January 13 this year.

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Tiny electric firetruck designed for tight spaces

A tiny electric fire truck designed for small places is on show at the CES technology show in Las Vegas. It’s the product of a partnership between Japanese company Panasonic and the Silicon Valley-based startup Tropos Motors. (Jan. 9)

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Carlos Ghosn: Tokyo residents react to Beirut press conference | AFP

Residents of Tokyo’s Ginza district react to Carlos Ghosn’s press conference in Beirut, in which the former Renault-Nissan chief slammed Japanese justice and said he had been forced to flee the country because he would not get a fair trial.

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Carlos Ghosn: the rise and fall of the automotive tycoon | AFP

Former auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn, once-revered boss of three huge car companies, has masterminded an exit from Japan as stunning as his arrest that shocked the world more than a year ago.

The 65-year-old’s journey from one of the world’s best-known CEOs to a Japanese detention cell on financial misconduct charges was one of the most precipitous downfalls in corporate history.

Carlos Ghosn’s flight from Japan | AFP Animé

Fugitive auto tycoon Carlos Ghosn on Wednesday accused Nissan and Japanese prosecutors of plotting against him, vowing to prove his innocence at his first public appearance since fleeing the country. Videographic showing his flight from Japan to Beirut.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Carlos Ghosn says won’t accuse Japan officials ‘not to hurt Lebanon’ | AFP

Carlos Ghosn says won’t accuse Japanese officials ‘not to hurt Lebanon’ as he faces the world’s media on Wednesday during a press conference in Beirut, for the first time since his Houdini-like escape from Japan. SOUNDBITE

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Director takes ‘The Grudge’ back to its roots

Director Nicolas Pesce discusses his love for Japanese horror, and explains why his version of “The Grudge” is rated R. (Jan. 2)

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