coronavirus outbreak

7-Eleven in Japan sells masks for ridiculously high price, gets slammed by customers

Japanese konbini criticised for being just as bad as notorious online resellers. 

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Reselling masks in Japan could get you five years in prison under new government ban

Government enacts 47-year-old law to cope with panic buying and speculative hoarding.

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Japanese company tells worker he probably doesn’t have coronavirus, to come to work with a fever

Missing the point this badly is enough to get any worker hot under the collar.

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No Tokyo cherry blossom parties? Government asks citizens to refrain from outdoor hanami parties

One of the best things about spring in Japan might be non-existent this year because of the coronavirus.

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Meet cute? No, meet poop! Toilet paper shortage leads to romantic meeting in Japan

Apparently the red string of fate can also take the form of the white roll of two-ply.

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Japanese government may encourage people to reuse masks as coronavirus-caused shortage continues

If people can’t buy new masks, is using old ones more than once the next best option?

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Akihabara maid cafe finds novel way to stay on brand during coronavirus crisis【Video】

Masters and mistresses can only enter after receiving “moe ointment” at the door. 

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J-rock legend Yoshiki refuses to do no-audience coronavirus concert, but for a very kind reason

Musician who always has love for his fans shows his heart is big enough to love other people too.

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People in Japan are now stealing toilet paper in midst of coronavirus crisis

Theft of products from restrooms is dragging a famously considerate and honest society down the drain.

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Angry confrontation breaks out after man coughs on Yamanote Line train in Tokyo 【Video】

Disturbing video shows coronavirus fears have Japanese commuters on edge.

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People in Japan panic-buy toilet paper as coronavirus fears rise despite shortage being fake news

In a country full of bidets, why is everyone crazy for toilet tissue? 

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Could Coronavirus be helping prevent the spread of influenza? Japanese Twitter speculates

Maybe the measures people are taking to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are helping protect against the flu, too!

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Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea will close for two weeks because of coronavirus fear

Shut-down goes into effect almost immediately, follows previous request for people with cold-like symptoms to refrain from visiting the parks.

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Oldest ryokan at Japanese onsen resort goes bankrupt due to coronavirus

COVID-19 claims its first major business casualty in Japan.

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Japanese PM asks schools around Japan to close as coronavirus cases rise

Surprise announcement comes as children are now testing positive for COVID-19.

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Anime Japan, Tokyo’s biggest anime industry convention, cancelled due to coronavirus fears

Four-day event completely scrubbed for 2020.

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IOC member says decisions on Tokyo Olympics must be made by late May due to coronavirus fears

Postponing Games due to coronavirus is not an easy option, official says.

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Japanese woman’s heartwarming train encounter reminds us all not to judge too quickly

Japanese woman’s uncomfortable experience on train actually turns out to be something much more positive.

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Idol group will fine fans who come to event without masks, but many don’t buy coronavirus excuse

There’s a hole in the logic of the plan that’s supposedly meant to block germs.

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Street fight breaks out in Japan’s second-largest city between shoppers wanting to buy masks【Vid】

Coronavirus-sparked shortage leads to early-morning violence.

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