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5 April 2020
Far fewer people were on the streets of shopping areas in Tokyo and other cities in Japan on Saturday, after authorities issued stay-at-home requests in the wake of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus. (Japan Today)
There has been much talk in Japan recently about the imminent danger posed by an “overshoot,” a word used with no Japanese translation, little context and an apparent disregard for the English language, baffling English and Japanese speakers alike. (Japan Times)
A cluster of 7 infections of the novel coronavirus has been traced to persons who were present at a hostess club in Gifu City last month, the city government has revealed, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Apr. 3). (tokyoreporter.com)
The Japanese government will support a drive to boost production of the flu drug Avigan as a treatment for the novel coronavirus, with the aim of increasing stockpiles to triple the current amount, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and the main governing Liberal Democratic Party have agreed to give roughly 2,800 dollars to households whose income has fallen to a certain level due to the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)




Apr 05
Winter is over, and in any normal year that would be cause for celebration. But in this COVID-19 spring, nothing is normal: Tokyo’s streets are empty, especially in the evening — and so are restaurants across the city. (Japan Times)
Apr 05
A cluster of 7 infections of the novel coronavirus has been traced to persons who were present at a hostess club in Gifu City last month, the city government has revealed, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Apr. 3). (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 04
The gathering point for anime and game fans from around the globe looks eerily different these days. (soranews24.com)
Apr 04
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 43-year-old man who has admitted to carrying out the theft of a bag in Edogawa Ward so he can play pachinko, reports TV Asahi (Apr. 3). (tokyoreporter.com)
Apr 04
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a male university student over the alleged assault of a man in Toshima Ward last year, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Apr. 3). (tokyoreporter.com)

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Apr 05
With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government stuck on the brink of declaring a state of emergency that might lead to a lockdown, Japan’s restaurant, bar and chain stores are taking matters into their own hands by voluntarily shuttering hundreds of stores to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Japan Times)
Apr 04
The volume of internet data used in Japan jumped 40% in roughly a month, industry figures show, prompting concerns about overwhelming the network. (Nikkei)
Apr 03
The German government will purchase large amounts of the anti-influenza drug Avigan, developed by a unit of Fujifilm Holdings, to treat the new coronavirus, local media reported Thursday. (Nikkei)
Apr 03
Japan Airlines Co. executives will voluntarily take a 10 percent cut in monthly remuneration from April to June as a cost-cutting measure after the global coronavirus pandemic forced it to sharply reduce flights, a source close to the matter said Thursday. (Japan Times)
Apr 02
T-Mobile US said on Wednesday it officially completed the merger with Sprint Corp, solidifying its position as the No.3 wireless providers in the U.S. (Nikkei)

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Apr 05
There has been much talk in Japan recently about the imminent danger posed by an “overshoot,” a word used with no Japanese translation, little context and an apparent disregard for the English language, baffling English and Japanese speakers alike. (Japan Times)
Apr 05
Tokyo residents will be asked to refrain from leaving home but essential services will continue operating should Japan declare a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus, Gov. Yuriko Koike said. (Japan Times)
Apr 05
The Japanese government will support a drive to boost production of the flu drug Avigan as a treatment for the novel coronavirus, with the aim of increasing stockpiles to triple the current amount, Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)
Apr 04
Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and the main governing Liberal Democratic Party have agreed to give roughly 2,800 dollars to households whose income has fallen to a certain level due to the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
Apr 04
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to start moving coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms out of hospitals and into hotel rooms as early as next week. It aims at vacating hospital beds for a possible surge of more serious cases. (NHK)

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Apr 05
Double-income families raising children in Tokyo are under growing pressure to cope now that Japan's school closure request is expected to be extended due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak. (Nikkei)
Apr 05
As governments introduce social distancing rules of varying strictness to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the question of how long these measures should remain in place will likely spark vigorous debate. (Japan Times)
Apr 04
A proof by Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki of an over 30-year-old problem in number theory has obtained validation, Kyoto University said Friday following controversy over his theory often labeled as too novel and complicated to understand. (Kyodo)
Apr 02
Education authorities in Tokyo have decided to keep metropolitan senior high schools closed through early May due to the spread of the new coronavirus. (NHK)
Apr 01
Over a career in Japan spanning 21 years, Osaka-based English language teacher Steven Thompson has taken 10 days of paid sick leave across two occasions when he caught the flu. (Japan Times)

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Apr 05
When reports of a mysterious pneumonialike illness first cropped up in China at the end of last year, Yutaka Tokue, head of the infectious disease and prevention division at Japan's Gunma University, knew the disease would eventually arrive in his home country. (Nikkei)
Apr 03
The Japanese business practice of signing off on documents with a personal seal poses an obstacle in efforts to adopt telecommuting amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Nikkei)
Apr 01
A Japanese government panel says Tokyo would become unable to function as the country's capital in about three hours if a large-scale eruption of Mount Fuji were to occur. (NHK)
Mar 30
A survey by an environmental group has found microplastics in 98 out of 100 locations in Japanese rivers and ports. Small pieces of plastic are a potential threat to ecosystems. (NHK)
Mar 29
Loss of the ability to smell and taste can be an early sign of coronavirus infection, according to a growing number of reports from around the world. (Nikkei)

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Apr 03
Now that the schedule of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is decided, local organizers have finally started rearranging their preparations at full speed following the games' postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)
Mar 31
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced the new dates for the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Games were postponed until next year due to the global coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
Mar 30
The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee will likely support the idea of delaying the Games to July of next year. (NHK)
Mar 24
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach agreed Tuesday to postpone this summer's Tokyo Olympics for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Japanese leader said. (NHK)
Mar 24
The International Olympic Committee is initiating talks with organizers as well as the governments of Tokyo and Japan on how to handle the Tokyo Games, including a possible postponement. (NHK)

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Apr 04
The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo issued a warning to American citizens Friday that said those with plans to return should do so now or risk being stuck here for an “indefinite period.” (Japan Times)
Apr 03
Japan further tightened its border entry restrictions on Friday in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
Apr 03
NHK has learned that a major theme park in southwestern Japan has laid off dozens of temporary staff amid the coronavirus outbreak. Officials at Huis Ten Bosch reportedly made the decision about two weeks ago. (NHK)
Apr 02
Japan's government has decided to ask all travelers entering the country to self-quarantine for two weeks, due to the coronavirus pandemic. (NHK)
Apr 01
Japan is planning to place an entry ban on foreign nationals from an additional 49 countries and territories as the coronavirus pandemic expands. (NHK)

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Apr 4
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with G7 leaders during a teleconference while under self-isolation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 16 March 2020 (Photo: Prime Minister's Office via Reuters).

Authors: Alan S Alexandroff, University of Toronto, Colin Bradford, Brookings and Yves Tiberghien, UBC

The COVID-19 pandemic is the latest and most dramatic manifestation of globalisation impacting people around the world. While the pandemic call...

Apr 4

Cases of coronavirus have reached new records in Tokyo following last week's announcement that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games would be postponed. This prompted authorities to hold several urgent press conferences to tell journalists what everyone al...

Apr 4
A woman wearing a protective mask is sprayed with disinfectants before entering a residential area, to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Malang, East Java Province, Indonesia, 1 April 2020 (Photo: Antara Foto/Ari Bowo Sucipto/ via REUTERS).

Author: John Harley Breen, Dublin

The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across the globe. Governments were warned by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, the World Economic Forum and the Global Health Security Index that they were unprepared fo...

Apr 1
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R), accompanied by Defense Minister Taro Kono (L), reviews honor guards at Defense Ministry in Tokyo on Tuesday, 17 September 2019. (Photo by Yoshio Tsunoda/AFLO via Reuters).

Author: Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi, Pusan National University

In April 2020, Japan will establish the Space Domain Mission Unit (SDMU) within the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, with the unit dedicated to protecting satellites vital to national security....

Apr 1

With government-enforced lockdowns around the world due to COVID-19, now is as good a time as ever to binge watch some anime. Post-apocalyptic anime, in particular, mirror the times we're living in with themes centered around the nature of humanit...

Mar 31

I'm not a spiritual person. As someone who grew up in America's “Bible Belt”, I've always been put off by the idea of touring religion. Still, I was genuinely excited to explore the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes and sacred Koyasan (Mount Koya)...

Mar 31
Saving In Japan: How To Get Smart With Your Yen

Picture this: You're living in Japan—maybe even far away from your family and friends back home. You have a wonderful life now, a stable partner, a job with the right income, security, and fulfillment. Not to forget: access to every seasonal Sta...

Mar 31

The flame for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games arrived in Japan from Greece just in time to be extinguished.

Let's face it, the COVID-19 pandemic is here and it'll take months to get back to our normal lives. The World Health Organization (WHO) knows...

Mar 31
All images © Kushino Terrace Years before the era of Instagram and food bloggers, the self-taught artist Itsuo Kobayashi was memorializing every meal he ate. Using a combination of illustration, collage and text descriptions, Kobayashi has been c...
Mar 30
7 Japanese Superfoods To Boost Your Immune System Matcha

Many of Japan's traditional foods are fortunately both healthy and delicious. Keep your immune system flourishing by adding these Japanese superfoods to your next grocery store haul!


1.Matcha


Matcha was consumed in Japan long before it was a t...

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