As of 10 p.m., Sunday, April 18
- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Sunday she might ask the central government to issue a fresh coronavirus state of emergency for the capital to deal with a recent spike in cases.
- A total of about 15,000 elderly people in Japan have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, more than double the number released by the health ministry, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.
- Osaka Prefecture on Sunday reported 1,220 new coronavirus infections, the highest level on record.
- Japan's vaccine minister said Sunday that Pfizer Inc. will increase supply of its coronavirus vaccine, allowing the country to procure enough doses by the end of September to inoculate all eligible residents.
- Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. has launched policies to cover people who take so-called "workations," permitting companies to allow their staff to combine work and pleasure while ensuring they are protected against various mishaps.
As of 11 p.m., Saturday, April 17
- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga asked U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. on Saturday to provide additional supplies of COVID-19 vaccine to Japan, Japanese officials said.
- The global death toll from the novel coronavirus has topped 3 million, with the pace of increase accelerating from mid-March, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Saturday.
- Tokyo reported 759 daily coronavirus cases Saturday, the highest number since late January, as the country grapples with a resurgence of infections that medical experts describe as a "fourth wave" of the pandemic.
- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga suggested Friday he will prioritize the government's coronavirus response as he weighs when to dissolve Japan's lower house for an election, due by this fall.
- The White House on Friday remained mum on whether President Joe Biden has plans to attend the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, as Japan continues to make preparations to hold the events amid the coronavirus pandemic.