coronavirus outbreak

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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Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya 109 building closes temporarily to prevent spread of coronavirus

First signs of central Tokyo shutting down with the unprecedented closure of a youth hotspot. 

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All of Tokyo’s neighbors are telling people to stay out of the city this weekend

Japan’s second largest city also tells people to stay in their homes during the period.

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Tokyo Governor holds press conference on coronavirus, sparks immediate panic-buying

People now fear a lockdown is on the horizon in Tokyo.

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Japanese government places entire world on “Please don’t travel to” list for citizens

Ministry of Foreign Affairs raises all countries’ travel danger levels in historic first.

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Couple’s wedding cancelled due to coronavirus, so they hold it in Animal Crossing instead

That’s definitely one way to save on the honeymoon costs!

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Shakey’s Japan releases Mojo Potato recipe to keep home cooks happy during coronavirus outbreak

A delicious social distancing strategy.

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IOC President is “in 100-percent agreement” with Japan’s proposal to postpone Tokyo Olympics

Also agrees with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s proposal to have the Games by next summer at the latest.

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Domino’s offers sakura videos, free second pizzas to get Japan to do cherry blossom parties at home

A subdued sakura season is a sad turn of events for Japan, but free pizza always puts a smile on people’s faces.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposes postponing Tokyo Olympics for up to one year

Reported conference call asks IOC to change Tokyo 2020 to Tokyo 2021.

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Japanese Twitter user offers explanation for why Japan’s coronavirus outbreak has been so small

Despite not being on lockdown, why has Japan been able to keep coronavirus infection and fatality numbers so low?

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Tokyo could be put on coronavirus lockdown, governor says

Life has stayed remarkably normal in Japan’s capital during the coronavirus outbreak, but that could be changing soon.

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Tokyo Olympics loses first participant as Canada withdraws from Games over coronavirus concerns

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams won’t be heading to Japan this summer, and one other nation is already following suit.

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Hanami cherry blossom viewing season begins in Japan as cities around the world shut down

Questions about complacency are being raised as people gather at popular sakura spots in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Coronavirus changes how Tokyo shrine handles centuries’ old purification process for visitors

Priests fear traditional custom could lead to infection, provide modern alternative.

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Japanese drugstore prohibits transforming into other people during coronavirus panic

Also asks that mask buyers refrain from suddenly developing a need for eyeglasses.

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Hundreds of Jump anime episodes now free to watch online in coronavirus countermeasure campaign

The heroes of One Piece, Dragon Ball, Naruto, and more are all here to keep you company as you keep yourself safe from the coronavirus.

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Rock star Yoshiki donates to Meals on Wheels, asks why coronavirus cases in Japan are so low

X Japan frontman appears to fight back tears as he talks with a Nobel Laureate about the pandemic.

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