As of 11 p.m., Tuesday, April 27
- A health ministry panel may decide as early as May 20 whether to approve Moderna Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine for use in Japan, government sources said Tuesday, possibly paving the way for a second type of shot to be available in the country after the one developed by Pfizer Inc.
- Japan will provide 4.2 billion yen ($39 million) in grant aid through an international organization to 31 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to help them build a cold-chain distribution network for COVID-19 vaccines, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
- Japan's largest mask maker Unicharm Corp. launched on Tuesday see-through face masks created particularly to enable better communication with deaf people during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The inflow of people into Tokyo exceeded the outflow by only 7,537 in fiscal 2020, compared with 83,455 in the previous year, amid the coronavirus pandemic, government data showed Tuesday.
- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Tuesday instructed Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi to set up a large-scale vaccination center in Tokyo to deliver COVID-19 shots to the elderly faster.
- The Bank of Japan on Tuesday kept its monetary policy unchanged amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the country despite giving a slightly more upbeat economic growth outlook.
- Japan will remain a destination to which U.S. citizens should "reconsider travel," the U.S. State Department said Monday based on its latest travel advisory assessment amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- The United States will share with other countries its stock of up to 60 million doses of AstraZeneca Plc's coronavirus vaccine as they become available over the next few months, the White House said Monday.
As of 11 p.m., Monday, April 26
- The organizing body of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics said Monday it is trying to secure 500 nurses to provide medical care during this summer's global sporting event.
- The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Japan topped 10,000 on Monday, as the country battles a fourth wave of infections driven by more contagious variants, a Kyodo News tally showed.
- Crowds of commuters were seen Monday morning in areas under the third coronavirus state of emergency despite the government's calls on companies to implement remote working to curb the spread of the virus.
- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday dealing with COVID-19 is his "top priority," taking precedence over dissolving the House of Representatives for a general election.
- Japan Airlines Co. is planning to make a unit of Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines Co. a subsidiary to meet an expected recovery in tourism demand after the coronavirus pandemic subsides, sources familiar with the matter said Sunday.