The prefectural government said an elderly person from Hakodate had died Tuesday and was later confirmed to have been infected with the new virus. The government did not disclose the sex of the person. Separately, a man in his 80s also died in Tokyo on Wednesday from coronavirus, the health ministry said, bringing the number of fatalities in the country to seven, including that of four people who were on the cruise ship Diamond Princess. A total 31 new infections were reported so far on Wednesday, including five cases in Nagoya, four in Hokkaido, including the elderly person who died, three each in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture and one each in Kanagawa and Nagano prefectures. The health ministry also reported 14 new infections on the cruise ship, including five passengers and nine crew members.
Share via Email Bus drivers working for the Ryobi bus company in Okayama refused to take fares from passengers during a dispute with the company over job security. Photograph: Alamy Instead of forming a picket line, protesting bus drivers in the Japanese city of Okayama have been completing their routes — but not taking fares from passengers. The dispute between workers and the Ryobi bus company reportedly began after a rival bus service launched in April, offering cheaper fares. Worried drivers called for more job security, according to Japanese media. Brisbane bus drivers tried a similar tactic last July, leading fare-free days as part of action calling for increased wages, improved safety on buses and better rosters. RTBUQld have service strikes planned for tomorrow. Starting in in the city of Salvador, when thousands of Brazilian students and workers closed roads to protest against rising transport fares, the movement climaxed in nationwide protests in