To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. Japan will receive its second shipment of Pfizer Inc. Taro Kono said at a news conference the shipment of up to , doses is set to arrive after the European Union gave approval under its new vaccine export controls. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said people had been inoculated across 16 medical facilities as of 5 p. Thursday, with no reports of severe allergic reactions, also known as anaphylaxis, or deaths after shots were administered. Hospitals in Hokkaido and Miyagi, Akita, Niigata and Osaka prefectures began vaccinations on Friday, with the rollout expected to expand to hospitals by next week.
Second Sino-Japanese War , —45 , conflict that broke out when China began a full-scale resistance to the expansion of Japanese influence in its territory which had begun in For much of the early 20th century, Japan had exercised effective control of Manchuria , initially through the terms of the Twenty-one Demands and later through its support of Chinese warlord Zhang Zuolin. However, a serious conflict was developing, and the Chinese in Manchuria were especially restive under the privileges held by the Japanese. Chinese citizens formed the vast majority of the population, and the legal title of the region was held by China. Yet Japan controlled much of south Manchuria through its railways and its leasehold on the Liaodong Peninsula and in other ways that compromised Chinese sovereignty. In an attempt to assert their independence, the Chinese began building a series of railroads that would in part encircle the Japanese lines and terminate at Huludao , a port which the Chinese were developing.
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Most historians mark the start of the war with the Marco Polo Bridge Incident in in which a dispute between Japanese and Chinese troops escalated into a battle. However, sources in the modern People's Republic of China date the beginning of the war to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in , though military conflict between the two was more intermittent until As the fighting from to was basically continuous, an emerging school of historiography considers July 7, the "actual" start date of World War II. It accounted for the majority of civilian and military casualties in the Pacific War, with between 10 and 25 million Chinese civilians and over 4 million Chinese and Japanese military personnel dying from war-related violence, famine, and other causes.
To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. Inoculations of older people against the coronavirus will start in April as planned but at a slower pace, the minister in charge of the vaccine rollout said Sunday as the country received its second shipment of Pfizer Inc. Japan last Wednesday began inoculating an initial group of health workers in the first phase of its vaccination rollout.