Tokyo Olympics announces new start date following coronavirus postponement

Tokyo’s governor hopes having firm start date will allow athletes and organizers to better focus on preparing for the delayed Games.

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Ueno Park looks eerily deserted in the midst of the coronavirus 【Photos】

The cherry blossom trees are in full bloom, but there’s no one around to enjoy them. 

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All aboard Tokyo’s newest English-playable real escape game! We try Escape from the Runaway Train

Nine rooms of puzzles and a countdown to disaster to get your team’s minds working and pulses racing.

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Japan to ban entry to foreign travelers from the U.S., China, most of Europe

Roughly one third of the planet expected to be unable to travel to Japan as part of expanded coronavirus countermeasures.

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Snow falls on sakura cherry blossoms in full bloom around Tokyo 【Photos & Videos】

Surprise snowfall in Japan transformed springtime hanami into a winter wonderland on the weekend.

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Japanese comedian dies after coronavirus infection

The country is in mourning following news that the beloved icon was lost to COVID-19.

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Convenience store shopper panicked to find bread section empty, until finding out why

Timing is everything.

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Protagonist of “Crocodile Who Dies in 100 Days” passes away, gets revived through dedicated cafe

After death, there is no heaven, limbo, or hell — only capitalism!

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How is Japan coping with telecommuting? Survey asks for the good and bad of working from home

The coronavirus outbreak is shaking up how Japan works, but is the shaking too hard?

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With foreign visitor numbers to Nara Park plummeting, are the city’s deer in danger of starving?

Pretty much everyone who visits Nara stops by the park to feed crackers to the deer, so are the smaller crowds leaving them hungry?

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Japanese man accidentally creates ‘educational art’ with speakers and mahjong tiles

Something so simple turned into something so beautiful and yet educational!

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20-year-old anime cakes sell online for an eye-popping price

These Azumanga Daioh sweets are older than many anime fans, and they’re not the only uneaten collectors’ food otaku have hung on to.

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Japanese 7-11 puts up congratulation decoration for employee who graduated amid self-quarantine

Part-time worker, full-time friendship.

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Man orders nothing but a free smile from McDonald’s Japan using Uber Eats

Delivery charges applied, of course.

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Japan’s most beautiful female college student, most handsome male college student crowned【Photos】

Two Tokyoites take top titles in annual contest.

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Japanese driver in traffic jam gets the worst possible vehicle stuck behind him【Video】

How long could you listen to the same lines in a song over and over again before you completely lose it?

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Japanese mayor asks sister city in China to return donated masks as COVID-19 cases surge

“No takebacks,” says literally everyone else but the mayor himself, but luckily for him, this story ends well.

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Comiket cancelled as coronavirus knocks off Tokyo’s biggest otaku celebration

Continuing outbreak causes organizers to call off dojinshi event for the first time in its 45-year-history.

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Osaka club offers up great heavy metal hand washing song selections

Help seek and destroy germs with these 20-second segments of metal classics.

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