Tokyo reported record high 12,813 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, as the central government prepared to put 18 more prefectures on virus quasi-emergency measures amid the rapid spread of the omicron variant. (Japan Times)
A record 327 day-care centers have temporarily shut down in Japan as the coronavirus resurgence grips the country, the health ministry said Monday, causing a headache for working parents. (Kyodo)
Japan will likely expand a quasi-state of emergency to over 30 of the country's 47 prefectures to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus infections after 18 prefectures asked to be included under the measure, senior government officials said Monday. (Nikkei)
Japan is considering evacuating its nationals in Ukraine amid fears of an imminent Russian invasion, Japanese government sources said Monday, following such an order by the United States to family members of its embassy staff. (Kyodo)
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Jan 24

It's not just about personal preference, though.

There are a lot of reasons to love Japanese vending machines, but one of our very favorites is that they sell hot drinks. On a cold winter's day, there's nothing better than being able to enjoy...

Jan 24

Well, there you go.

With all the things going on in the big city, probably most Tokyo residents are unaware that four groundwater pumps offering free water around the clock have been set up since last summer.

Next to four trains stations alo...

Jan 24

Have you ever wondered what is popular among young people in Japan and what Japanese influencers people tend to watch? Are you curious about the current trending YouTube channels in Japan?

YouTube is a growing platform, and becoming a YouTuber or ...

Jan 24

One of the most popular ways to relax in Japan is a trip to a bathhouse. It's popular among Japanese people and foreigners alike, with family, friends, and even colleagues entering in droves. However, for foreigners who have never been to a bathho...

Jan 23

Age ain't nothing but the number of people you can fight at once.

I'm still far from 70, but it's already hard to fight the urge to just get under a wool shawl and whittle something by the fire from time to time. So it's amazing to see the el...