Sea lion draws mythical Japanese monster believed to ward off plagues | AFP

In hopes to dispel the coronavirus pandemic, a sea lion at an aquarium park in Yokohama draws ‘Amabie’, a long-haired, beak-nosed mythical monster that is believed to repel plagues.

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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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Americans leave quarantined Japan ship as virus cases hit 355 | AFP

Images show the Diamond Princess vessel at port in Yokohama as American tourists prepare to leave the quarantined cruise ship to board chartered flights home as the number of new coronavirus cases diagnosed on the vessel jumped to 355. The Diamond Princess was placed in a 14-day quarantine in early February after a former passenger tested positive for the virus. Americans on board were given the option to leave the ship and fly home, where they will face another 14-day isolation period. IMAGES

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Rugby World Cup: Will Japan-Scotland match go ahead? | AFP

England and France are already qualified from Pool C, with England top of the group, but Pool A hangs in the balance ahead of Japan’s final game against Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday.If that game were to be abandoned it would be a disaster for the Scots, who would be eliminated, while Japan would go through to the quarter-finals as shock winners of Pool A with Ireland runners-up.

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Smart slippers: Nissan extends its self-parking technology

A new ‘smart’ hotel in the Japanese city of Yokohama offers its guests self-parking slippers, revealed in footage captured on Thursday. The slippers are equipped with two tiny wheels, a motor and sensors.

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