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Eimi Yamamitsu

Japanese women bear brunt of recession as pandemic unravels Abe's 'Womenomics'

12 Jun 2020

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has long made creating jobs for women central to his economic policy, but now women are suffering a bigger share of the pain as the country heads for its worst economic slump since World War Two.

Rare online outrage in Japan forces Abe to delay controversial bill

21 May 2020

TOKYO Outbursts of political anger are rare in Japan. Street protests tend to be tame and some are led by the elderly. Government supporters have swamped online debate at times, and the Shinzo Abe administration has rarely listened to voices of dissent.

On Japan's stretched frontline, doctors and nurses DIY a coronavirus response

28 Apr 2020

TOKYO At any given time, seven out of eight beds in the intensive care unit of St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo are taken up by critically ill coronavirus patients.

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.

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