coronavirus outbreak

Japan’s prime minster to declare state of emergency for Tokyo over coronavirus infections

Increasing rate of infections expected to prompt other major Japanese cities also being part of designated emergency areas.

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Anime voice actors need loans, face “dangerous levels of poverty” during pandemic, union says

Survey of live-action and vocal performers shows startling number who’ve already used up their savings.

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How to kill your temptation to go outside this weekend with one piece of paper and some tape

Japanese comedian creates a 30-second countermeasure that can help you, and your community, stay safe from the coronavirus.

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Empty Akihabara – Tokyo’s otaku district hit hard by coronavirus outbreak【Photos】

The gathering point for anime and game fans from around the globe looks eerily different these days.

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Home invasion robber makes Japanese granny feed him, gives her 10 masks in return

Super-hospitable senior citizen even gives him a second helping.

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Corona Beam of Death Godzilla Magic card to be altered due to coronavirus pandemic

26 years later, an obscure bit of Godzilla lore doesn’t sound quite so fun.

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Anime memes appear on Twitter as PM says two masks will be sent to all Japanese households

Really, Prime Minister? Only two?

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Pachinko parlor has weird way of combating COVID-19 that does nothing about swarms of customers

A popular pachinko place claims to be “following suggestions by city mayors“, but is what they’re doing helpful?

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Tokyo rickshaw puller tells us why he isn’t staying home from work during coronavirus outbreak

He’s ready to run customers around the empty streets of Asakusa, even though he knows it’s not the safest choice.

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Hideo Kojima’s company closes office after employee confirmed infected with coronavirus

Video game studio is told it doesn’t have to close, but decides to make worker safety its priority.

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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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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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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 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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Free wagyu beef is Japanese politicians’ latest coronavirus response plan

A helping hand to Japan’s hurting ranchers that would also be great reason to social distance at home.

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