02 Feb 2021

Japan set to extend state of emergency for another month

Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga is expected to announce that the state of emergency enacted in Tokyo and other regions with high Covid-19 cases will extend until March on Tuesday. Mr. Suga is seeking to maintain the upper hand over another Covid-19 outbreak even as daily case numbers continue

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04 Jan 2021

Japan poised for state of emergency as Covid-19 cases soar

Japan is currently facing the risk of entering a state of emergency as coronavirus cases soar, due in part to a new variant of the virus that is more infectious. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday stated that an emergency declaration was being considered. This type of lockdown would apply

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30 Dec 2020

Japanese Aerospace Firm Kawasaki Warns of Data Breach

On Monday, Japanese aerospace company Kawasaki Heavy Industries disclosed a security incident that may have lead to unauthorized overseas access to customer data. The company first discovered the breach in June when its IT teams detected unauthorized parties accessing a server in Japan. The party was traced to an overseas

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11 Nov 2020

Ransomware Criminals Demand $11 Million From Video Game Giant Capcom

Japanese gaming giant Capcom has been hit with a ransomware attack, and the operators are requesting an $11 million payment. The company has been raking in millions, roughly $90 million in revenue in 2019, making it an appealing target. The company announced that the attack had resulted in some of

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14 Sep 2020

Yoshihide Suga picked by Japan’s governing party to succeed Shinzo Abe

Last month, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation due to reasons of poor health. Japan’s governing party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has elected Yoshihide Suga as its nominee for a new leader to succeed Abe, which means that he is almost certain to hold the position. Suga

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08 Sep 2020

France, Japan, New Zealand warn of sudden spike in Emotet attacks

Over the past week, agencies in France, Japan, and New Zealand have produced independent security alerts due to a dramatic spike in Emotet malware attacks. The publications warn citizens that the attacks are targeting companies and government agencies through email spam campaigns. When the target receives the email and opens

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01 Sep 2020

Shinzo Abe’s Departure Throws Wrench Into U.S.-Japan Ties

Shinzo Abe, current Prime Minister of Japan who will soon step down due to health concerns, had formed close ties with US President Trump and former President Obama throughout his time in office, working to improve US-Japan relations. The loss of Abe in the international relations sphere could mean new

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17 Aug 2020

Japan’s Economy in Deep Hole After Second-Quarter Plunge

In Japan, Gross domestic product fell 7.8% in the second quarter of 2020 when compared to Q1, representing a deep recession that could prove difficult to recover from. The contraction was much sharper than the country’s previous financial crisis, which saw a 4.8% drop in 2009. Economists have claimed that

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31 Jul 2020

Japan Edges Toward Military Pre-emptive Strike Option

In Japan, ruling-party lawmakers are fighting for Japan’s military to have the ability to strike foreign missile launch sites in order to mitigate the threat posed by potential attacks from North Korea and China. The proposal was released on Friday on behalf of the Liberal Democratic Party’s defense policy committee.

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07 Jul 2020

Death toll from flooding in Japan rises to 50, dozen missing

 After a weekend of deadly rains beginning on Friday that expanded across several Japenese towns on Tuesday, at least 50 people have died and over a dozen remain missing. Japan’s southern region of Kyushu has experienced severe flooding as more rain is predicted to fall on the region in the

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