Izumi Nakagawa

With apps and remote medicine, Japan offers glimpse of doctor visits in post-corona era

09 Jul 2020

TOKYO The coronavirus crisis has prompted Japan to ease regulations on remote medical treatment, creating an opening for tech companies and offering a glimpse of the future of healthcare in the world's most rapidly ageing society.

Japan expected to compile next econ stimulus in fall, says PM Abe's ally

23 Jun 2020

TOKYO Japan is expected to compile a stimulus package to boost the economy in the autumn, as its previous two packages were aimed at preventing firms and households from bankruptcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, a close ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Japan's small clinics driven to brink as virus-wary patients stay home

25 May 2020

TOKYO As Japan eases coronavirus curbs following its first wave of cases, many small medical clinics are scrambling to stay afloat and the doctors who run them are calling for government support as patients keep away for fear of infection.

Running out of beds and gear, Tokyo medical staff say Japan's 'state of emergency' already here

06 Apr 2020

TOKYO As Japan faces a fresh wave of coronavirus infections and the government prepares for a state of emergency, medical staff say a shortage of beds and a rise in cases linked to hospitals are pushing Tokyo's medical system to the brink of collapse.

Japan plans huge stimulus package to cushion blow from coronavirus

27 Mar 2020

TOKYO Japan's government will soon kick off work on a stimulus package that could be worth 10% of the country's economic output, joining global efforts to combat the hit to their economies from the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan govt to slash view on economy on coronavirus impact - sources

12 Mar 2020

TOKYO, March 12 Japan's government is expected to cut its assessment of the economy in a monthly report due later this month, two sources familiar with its thinking said, highlighting the widening economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.

Japan's efforts to raise wages wane as firms embrace merit-based pay

12 Feb 2020

TOKYO More Japanese companies are shifting to merit-based pay as competition for workers heats up, but the change risks holding back the sort of blanket wage hikes the prime minister says are needed to inflate the economy.

Japan firms take few steps to brace for increasing floods: Reuters poll

17 Jan 2020

TOKYO Japanese companies have contingency plans for the floods that increasingly drench this island nation, but most have done little to fortify facilities, relying instead on insurance and securing alternative supply sources, a Reuters poll found.

Japan's aging, labor-starved construction industry gives economy a capex boost

05 Nov 2019

TOKYO As Japan's construction firms are squeezed by the tightest labor market since the 1970s and a rapidly ageing population, they are pouring investment into technology - and providing unexpected support to an economy reeling from the bitter U.S.-China trade war.

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