coronavirus outbreak

Japanese mouthwash effective against coronavirus, according to Osaka Governor

Press conference sparks immediate panic buying across the country.

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British Olympic team sends heartfelt message to Tokyo one year before the opening ceremony

Tear-jerking video draws striking parallels between the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 2020 Games now scheduled for 2021.

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Poor social crotch distancing, closed schools raise teen pregnancy risks in Japan, hospital says

Hospital’s pregnancy consultation division receives its most queries from junior high and high school students ever.

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What pandemic? People in Japan crowd Ikea store, ignore requests to stay home during Golden Week

Hundreds risk spreading coronavirus for Ikea hot dogs and flatpack furniture.

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Sensoji temple at Asakusa gets a new giant lantern

While we were all social distancing, Tokyo’s most famous temple got a facelift.

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As Japan’s largest holiday approaches, one island in Okinawa bans guests from local restaurants

Sadly for certain tourist hotspots, stricter measures must be enacted to protect their residents.

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What state of emergency? People in Tokyo defy requests to stay home during coronavirus outbreak

No social distancing at parks, shops and tourist sites on a Sunny Sunday. 

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Shoppers annihilate face mask delivery at Costco Japan【Video】

Japanese politeness firmly thrown out the window when face masks are in sight.

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Japanese students skip school to protest their re-opening amid growing number of COVID-19 cases

To protect themselves and their families, these students didn’t hesitate at all to take action

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Old man with smartphone in Japan creates new problem with his high-risk way to shop for masks

Drug stores want seniors to stop lining up before opening hours in hope of buying face masks, but that’s led to another problem at this shop.

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Why the sashimi we eat will probably become more delicious during the coronavirus pandemic

It’s not the fish that’s changing, but who gets to eat it.

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Japanese artists in New York sing Sukiyaki together in heartwarming video

With lyrics like “Tonight I’m all alone” and “I keep my head up high“, this is a touching, perfectly fitting song for our times

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Japanese Prime Minister appears with Gen Hoshino in awkward “stay home” video

Abe joins a viral trend, makes people cringe around the country. 

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Cheers! Tokyo company will pay for telecommuting workers’ online drinking parties

Working from home and drinking from home are both part of coronavirus countermeasures.

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One Piece Straw Hat Pirates respond to coronavirus pandemic with public service message【Video】

Maybe the real pirate treasure was the curve-flattening we did along the way.

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100 mild and no-symptom coronavirus patients in Tokyo set to be relocated to hotel for quarantine

Tokyo officials hope the move will help open up more hospital beds for those needing serious medical attention. 

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Nationwide pub chain in Japan adapting to the times by turning into a bento boxed lunch shop

We ask how the Kushikatsu Tanaka izakaya chain is faring in the midst of a pandemic.

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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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