Governors in the capital region on Saturday urged the central government to declare another state of emergency following a record surge in COVID-19 cases. Economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters that the government needs to hear from experts before making a decision.
The Japanese space agency said on Sunday that the capsule from its Hayabusa-2 space probe successfully landed in Australia. The capsule contains samples from the Ryugu asteroid that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.
The organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics estimated that the one-year delay of the events will cost about 200 billion yen, several sources said on Sunday. The committee, the Japanese government and the host city Tokyo are planning to decide in December how to share the burden.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday that the government will suspend its tourism promotion program in areas where infections are spreading rapidly. Japan’s COVID-19 cases have reached record levels since the campaign started.