Hula dancers wearing face masks welcome visitors at Spa Resort Hawaiians in Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, as the Hawaii-themed hot spring leisure complex reopens on July 1, 2020, after closing for about three month due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
As of 1 p.m., Thursday, July 2 (Japan time)
As of 11 p.m., Wednesday, July 1 (Japan time)
- Japan Airlines Co. is planning to fully restart its domestic flights as early as October, officials said Wednesday, amid signs of a recovery in travel demand, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Japan could begin talks with Taiwan and Brunei as early as this month on easing travel restrictions meant to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading, diplomatic sources said Wednesday.
- The number of applications for welfare payments in Japan in April jumped by 24.8 percent compared with the same period of last year due to worsening labor market conditions amid the spread of the novel coronavirus, government data showed Wednesday.
- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 67 new coronavirus infections, the highest number of daily cases since a state of emergency for the capital was lifted more than a month ago, according to an official.
- The European Union on Wednesday lifted travel restrictions for visitors from 14 countries outside the bloc, including Japan and South Korea, after introducing the step in March in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea reopened Wednesday with social-distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus after closing for some four months over the pandemic.
- Business sentiment among large Japanese manufacturers in June plunged to the lowest level since June 2009 due to the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Bank of Japan’s Tankan survey showed Wednesday.