coronavirus outbreak

VR cherry blossom parties: 360-degree video series provides beauty, dates for those stuck indoors

If your Japan travel plans fell through due to coronavirus, or you’re here but stuck inside, these gorgeous videos are the next best hanami option.

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Hideo Kojima thinks there’s a better way to spend your coronavirus free time than playing games

Director of Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding recommends putting down the analog sticks in order to do something else as you hunker down at home.

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Ghibli Museum extends coronavirus closure, gives new scheduled reopening date and other good news

Totoro misses you too, but at least he’s letting us know when we can start buying tickets again.

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Best telecommuting option ever? Seven hours in private room at gourmet Tokyo/Kyoto restaurants

Why ride a packed train to the office when you can work in luxurious seclusion while dining on sukiyaki?

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Sakura sake cup proves coronavirus can’t stop indoor hanami cherry blossom parties 【Video】

A magical way to watch the flowers bloom while socially distancing yourself from others indoors.

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Kyoto Animation makes over a dozen anime TV series and movies free to watch online

New titles released every day over 16-day period as much of Japan stays home to prevent spread of coronavirus.

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Japan’s Eel Pie manufacturing sector hit hard by effects of COVID-19

Unagi Pie is one of many Japanese cultural treasures struggling under the pandemic.

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Japanese yokai starts appearing on Twitter to prevent the spread of COVID-19

People in Japan are turning to the mysterious Amabie to help us through the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Japanese pizza in the coronavirus age – Testing Pizza Hut’s anti-infection Oki Pizza delivery

Company starts putting the pizza down to help keep customers and workers safe.

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No Ghibli Museum, Tokyo Disneyland, or Universal Studios Japan as coronavirus closures extend

The country’s top three animation/movie attractions are all closed indefinitely.

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Japanese model cuts up her bra and turns it into a face mask

The fashion accessory of the season.

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Japanese store curses toilet paper supply to protect it from thefts

Stealing toilet paper is an evil that can only be undone by a greater evil.

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Japanese government enacts mask resale ban, sets prison time penalty for violators

Ban replaces opportunity to make a profit with chance to end up behind bars.

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325 cruise participants diagnosed with coronavirus have recovered, were released from hospital

And Japanese citizens wonder why no news stations were reporting the good news

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Gundam as god – Photo shows real-life giant anime robot getting deep respect

Fan’s theory also hold that famous anime robot’s merciful majesty will heal the people like Buddha.

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Two reasons seem to be causing dwindling supplies of self-loving support items.

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6 years of Pokémon anime, 13 years of One Piece manga free-to-watch/read online due to coronavirus

299 episodes of Pocket Monster adventures and 594 chapters of pirate voyages offered for free to keep Japan’s spirits up as people avoid going outside.

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Thanks to the coronavirus over 450 manga volumes are now free to read online

With much of Japan’s population staying at home in order to stay safe, manga publishers want to help them stay happy and entertained too.

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Awesome Japanese company wins Internet’s heart with its special coronavirus bonus for employees

Management finds 30,000 ways to say thank-you.

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No more tumblers — Starbucks Japan institutes new coronavirus countermeasure policies

Changes aim to keep both customers and workers safe.

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