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27 May 2020
The Japanese government has lifted the state of emergency in the last five of the country's 47 prefectures. (NHK)
The government will carry out support measures to shore up demand in the travel and restaurant industries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, starting late July, sources said Monday. (Japan Times)
One of Japan’s major airlines plans to make the wearing of face masks compulsory as the industry shifts toward operating in a new coronavirus pandemic normal. (Japan Times)
Japanese consumers are spending more on masks, cleaning products and personal sanitizers while sales of makeup and motion sickness medicine take a major hit. (Nikkei)
A pair of melons grown in the Hokkaido city of Yubari sold for ¥120,000 ($1,100) in the season's first auction on Monday, 2.4 percent of the price at last year's auction. (Japan Times)

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May 26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested a man after allegedly trespassed onto the grounds of the Imperial Palace on Monday, reports Jiji Press (May 25). (tokyoreporter.com)
May 26
A retired racehorse has escaped from a racetrack in Tokyo and was hit by a vehicle while running through a nearby intersection. (NHK)
May 26
An apparent suicide note written by Hana Kimura, the 22-year-old professional wrestler and cast member of the internationally popular Netflix reality show “Terrace House,” was found at her Tokyo home in the wake of her death, investigative sources said Monday. (Japan Times)
May 26
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 25-year-old male company employee for allegedly trespassing onto the premises of a female neighbor in Machida City, reports TV Asahi (May 25). (tokyoreporter.com)
May 25
Police in Kumamoto City have arrested three youths — two aged 19 and one aged 18 — on suspicion of attempted murder after they threw concrete blocks from a bridge at trucks on an expressway below. (Japan Today)

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May 26
An association comprised of hostess clubs has issued guidelines for how clubs will operate once they reopen due to the lifting of the state of emergency caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. (tokyoreporter.com)
May 26
Japanese consumers are spending more on masks, cleaning products and personal sanitizers while sales of makeup and motion sickness medicine take a major hit. (Nikkei)
May 26
A pair of melons grown in the Hokkaido city of Yubari sold for ¥120,000 ($1,100) in the season's first auction on Monday, 2.4 percent of the price at last year's auction. (Japan Times)
May 26
COVID-19 has decimated many nations around the globe, and we've seen industries crumble under the impact of this deadly virus. (newsonjapan.com)
May 25
Among the types of businesses that were requested to shut their doors due to the high risk of cluster infections of the coronavirus were pachinko parlors. At a press conference on May 13, however, the Tokyo Medical Association backtracked on its earlier opinions, posting a retraction and apology. (Japan Today)

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May 22
Many Japanese local municipalities are struggling to distribute the universal ¥100,000 coronavirus cash relief due to a heavy workload resulting from handling online applications. (Japan Times)
May 22
The head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutor's Office, who has been the focus of intense scrutiny over his close relationship with the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, submitted his resignation Thursday following a report that he had participated in a game of mahjong while gambling with newspaper employees. (Japan Times)
May 22
The Japanese government's coronavirus advisory panel has expressed support for the administration's plan to lift the state of emergency in three prefectures in western Japan. (NHK)
May 20
Japan on Tuesday urged the World Health Organization to allow Taiwan to join its plenary sessions as an observer to discuss the global response to the new coronavirus pandemic. (Japan Today)
May 19
The government and ruling coalition parties agreed Monday to shelve a plan to enact a law to extend the retirement age of prosecutors during the current Diet session, amid heated criticism from the Japanese public led by celebrities who have taken to Twitter to express their opposition. (Japan Today)

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May 25
The threat of sexual harassment is an all-too-real concern for Japan's student job hunters, and it is sometimes university alumni who use promises of patronage to abuse their position of trust. (Japan Today)
May 24
The health ministry plans to raise subsidies for governments that bolster staff at child consultation centers to help them deal with the surge in child-support demand caused by the coronavirus, informed sources say. (Japan Times)
May 23
The government has set an additional criterion for foreign students hoping to receiving cash handouts of up to Y200,000 ($1,900) for students struggling financially amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, making only those in the top 30 percent of grades eligible. (Japan Times)
May 20
The Cabinet approved Tuesday a program to provide up to ¥200,000 ($1,900) in a cash handout to each of around 430,000 university and other students in the nation struggling financially to pay for tuition or living costs amid the spread of the new coronavirus. (Japan Times)
May 20
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted authorities worldwide to introduce entry restrictions on border traffic. But regulations in Japan have sparked a particularly strong reaction from its international community, as it is the only Group of Seven member denying entry to long-term and permanent residents and has set no clear criteria for their return. (Japan Times)

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May 26
One of Japan’s major annual electronics shows will be held online in October due to safety concerns arising from the novel coronavirus, organizers said Monday. (Japan Times)
May 25
Japanese medical institutions are seeing a lightening in their coronavirus caseload, health minister Katsunobu Kato said Sunday, in yet another indication the government is set to imminently lift a state of emergency over the Tokyo metro area and Hokkaido. (Japan Today)
May 25
The Japanese capital suffered more than 200 excess fatalities from pneumonia and other coronavirus symptoms early in the outbreak, dwarfing the period's officially recorded 16 from the new disease. (Nikkei)
May 25
The local government in the city of Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, has announced that a person who traveled from the Philippines had developed rabies — the first case in Japan in 14 years. (Japan Times)
May 25
Over 40 percent of the coronavirus-linked deaths in Osaka involve hospital infections, sources in the prefectural government told Jiji Press on Saturday. (Japan Times)

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May 26
Japan's professional baseball teams will start the 2020 season on June 19 after a three-month delay due to the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
May 24
The sumo world is grappling with its latest crisis as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed the life of a 28-year-old wrestler and forced the cancellation of the sport's showpiece May tournament. (Japan Today)
May 24
Japanese tennis player Osaka Naomi earned more than 37 million dollars in the past year, becoming the highest-earning female athlete ever. (NHK)
May 23
When you open the main page of AlfCasino, you enter the fantastic world where under the open sky live incredible creatures, including aliens, warriors, princesses, etc. They welcome you to sign up and start playing. (newsonjapan.com)
May 22
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has suggested that the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games will have to be cancelled if they cannot be held next summer. (NHK)

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May 26
The government will carry out support measures to shore up demand in the travel and restaurant industries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, starting late July, sources said Monday. (Japan Times)
May 26
One of Japan’s major airlines plans to make the wearing of face masks compulsory as the industry shifts toward operating in a new coronavirus pandemic normal. (Japan Times)
May 26
The number of foreign tourists staying at hotels in the normally thronging tourist destination of Kyoto plunged 89.5 percent in March from a year earlier amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey. (Japan Times)
May 24
Some souvenir shops and restaurants have reopened in the popular tourist district of Arashiyama in Kyoto, following the lifting of restrictions on business activity in the prefecture. (NHK)
May 23
A Japanese business daily apologized Friday after it erroneously reported that this year's Fuji Rock Festival, one of the largest outdoor music events in Japan, has been canceled. (Kyodo)

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May 25
Kimono Fashion With A Twist

The national dress of Japan, kimono in varying forms have existed since the Kofun period (about the year 300!). In the modern era, kimono are typically reserved for special occasions, but a small number of fashion conscious people are bringing the...

May 24
shibuya crossing

If you only have 4 days in Tokyo, this 4 day Tokyo itinerary will allow you to plan your trip with ease and navigate the city like a local. Don't waste time on unnecessary train rides and overpriced tourist traps. This 4 days in Tokyo itinerary is...

May 23

For many of us, the coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we work. After Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency, employers were asked to embrace flexibility and let their employees work from home. Between March and Apr...

May 21

People have different ways of dealing stress and fear, especially during a protracted battle with a worldwide pandemic. Some Japanese are claiming that superstition saved us (as opposed to the two cloth masks per person promised by Prime Minister ...

May 21
Last panel of Demon Slayer Chapter 205

When I first heard rumors about Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba ending a few months ago, I was shocked to hear about the manga ending so soon. I thought there were some other mysteries to be unraveled after this. Then while reading through the fina...

May 20
Illustration of a mobile app to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, 13 May 2020 (Photo: Reuters/Idriss Bigou-Gilles).

Authors: Pradeep Kumar Ray and Soong-Chul Ro, University of Michigan –Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, and Junhua Li, Sydney

A pandemic overwhelms health and medical capabilities, potentially causing hundreds of thousands of deaths...

May 20

One Japanese yokai (goblin) character has a long history of helping the nation deal with plagues, and the outbreak of COVID-19 has made it into something of a social media star.

Amabie (アマビエ), a half-human, half-fish yokai from the late Ed...

May 19
GaijinPot Leisure Study

Halfway through the middle of my course at Japanese language school, my teacher asked if anyone had gone to the movies since moving to Japan. No one raised their hand. She asked why, and most if not all of my classmates said they felt intimidated ...

May 18
A Label For Everyone: The Many Types Of Women In Japan

If you've lived in Japan for a while now you may have overheard people saying things like: “She's sure an age-man, her husband got promoted right after they got married,” or “That girl is so nikushoku-joshi, she doesn't care if the guy she h...

May 15
A small collection of manga

With a lot of manga available out there in print and online, you can say that there's something for everyone. Yet with the wide variety of manga comes the chance that any new manga reader can get overwhelmed with the choices they have at their dis...

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