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German health minister Jens Spahn says the 12-week gap between first and second doses of AstraZeneca vaccinations could be shortened. Photograph: Ahmad Yusni/EPA

British officials said on Friday people under 40 should be offered an alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine where possible due to a sma(...)

The Tokyo Olympics were rescheduled from 2020 to 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event is set to start on July 23rd. File photograph: EPA

Japan has declared a third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western prefectures amid scepticism it will be enough to curb a rapid coronavirus re(...)

People walk past a banner with the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games hanging from the wall of the Tokyo Metropolitan City Hall. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan is poised to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and two other regions amid a surge in coronavirus cases just three months before the start of(...)

A  woman gets a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in New Delhi, India. Some 11 million have received two doses in India as the country tries to build immunity to protect its population of nearly 1.4 billion people. File photograph: EPA

India has recorded its highest-ever number of daily Covid-19 cases as its fight to curtail a renewed wave of infections is beset by vaccine shortages (...)

A man prays  at the site where 17 schoolgirls and two adults were stabbed last week in in Kawasaki, Japan. A schoolgirl and an adult were killed, and the attacker took his own life. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

After the stabbing of 17 schoolgirls and two adults at a bus stop near Tokyo last week, a shocked public has been grasping for answers as to what cou(...)

Police check a collapsed road following an earthquake in Takatsuki, north of Osaka prefecture on Monday. Photograph: Jiji Press/STR/Getty Images

A child crushed by a collapsing wall was among the victims of a powerful earthquake that struck around Osaka, Japan’s second-largest metropolis, on Mo(...)

A bunch of 30 Ruby Roman grapes was sold for 1.1 million yen which works out at about €327 per ping-pong sized grape. Photograph: Getty Images

A bunch of grapes has been sold for a record price of 1.1million yen or €9,810 at an auction in a wholesale market in Japan. The bunch of 30 Ruby Ro(...)

A stint teaching in Japan: Pupils and teachers at the school where Catherine Lovett taught

I moved to Japan in 2011, initially for one year, to teach English as an assistant language teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (Jet) progra(...)

Ryutaro Nonomura, 47, was filmed bursting into tears, uttering nonsensical phrases and banging on the desk when questioned about his expenses at a press conference.

A Japanese politician has burst into tears during a press conference over questions about his spending on trips to a hot springs — and a video of it h(...)