Toilet paper panic spreads to Tokyo as pharmacy shelves emptied
08 March 2020 | 2:00 pm
Residents in Tokyo say they cannot buy toilet papers as panic-buying empty shelves in pharmacies amid the coronavirus outbreak. Japan has called for nationwide school closures as the virus has infected at least 230 people across Japan and been linked to six deaths.
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A day after his royal title was quietly stripped from the royal family’s website, Prince Harry has joked he would “happily live” in Tokyo.
As Japan marks 78 years since its World War II surrender, the country is forced to reconcile the history of wartime atrocities with remembering fallen soldiers. A memorial at the Yasukuni Shrine often draws controversy.
Tokyo has signed agreements with a number of African countries as competition with China for key raw materials and minerals heats up.
The water was collected from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, which was heavily damaged in a devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The decision has sparked outrage from environmental groups.
Japan has begun to pump more than a million metric tons of treated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The process is expected to take decades to complete.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government is facing a wave of criticism at home and abroad after allowing the release of treated radioactive water from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean.
For decades, the United States and Soviet Russia were the only countries that had landed on the moon. Then came China and India. Now, Japan is trying for the second time in 2023.
Tokyo has summoned the Chinese ambassador over hundreds of crank calls believed to originate from China. Japan has begun to release treated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which Beijing says is not safe.
People in northeastern Japan, especially fishermen, fear that the controversial decision to release treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant will inflict new hardships on them.
Toyota said it was suspending operations at 14 manufacturing plants in Japan due to a system malfunction. The company was investigating the issue, and did not suspect cyberattack.
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