coronavirus

Man who refused to wear mask on airplane in Japan gets arrested four months later

Airline apparently did not forgive or forget.

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Japanese restaurant from the Edo Period forced to close due to coronavirus pandemic

Serving diners since the days of the samurai and once loved by famous writers like Natsume Soseki, this long-standing business will soon be no more.

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Man kicked out of Japan’s national college entrance exam for improper mask-wearing technique

If you can’t handle wearing a mask properly, you’re probably not ready for higher education.

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AKB48’s Indonesian spin-off group JKT48 forced to downsize due to pandemic

JKT48 + COVID-19 = -26

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Fukuoka town erects 7-meter gorilla scarecrow as symbol of strength against COVID-19

You had your chance, Amabie. It’s the gorilla’s turn now.

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Eight things people realized were pointless about Japanese work culture during 2020

The coronavirus has disrupted everyone’s lifestyle, but it’s disrupted some of the bad parts too.

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Super-flashy kimono shop Miyabi tells us about the Coming of Age Day situation this year

Will COVID-19 dampen Japan’s most flamboyant celebration?

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Coming of Age Ceremonies in Tokyo changing form due to COVID-19 State of Emergency

As with everything in the age of coronavirus, things are a little different this year.

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Sumo wrestler quits over COVID-19 fears, breaks no-social-media rule doing so

They can’t fire him. He quit.

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Huge crowds go to Japanese temples on New Year to “pray for things to return to normal”

The only thing thicker than the crowds is the irony.

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Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward enlists the help of internet cat characters to remind us to wear masks

This new Working Cats x Shinjuku Ward campaign clip draws from cuteness for coronavirus preventive measures.
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Japan once again closes borders to foreign travelers with new entry restrictions

Business travel relaxation undone in less than two months.

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Dumb Japanese school dress codes — Coronavirus winter edition

In a year like no other, school insists on enforcing same old dress code even while temperature in classrooms is anything but normal.

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A terrifying new way to view Mt Fuji: From a deck at the top of a giant rollercoaster!

Fujiyama Tower promises a viewing like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.

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COVID-19 appears to be suppressing the flu in Japan, number of cases down and decreasing

COVID-19 might have even canceled flu season.

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Should the 2020 (now 2021) Tokyo Olympics be cancelled? Japanese citizens are divided

What should be done about the Tokyo Olympics?

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All aboard the “Merry Christmask” train in Mie Prefecture

Look up “bittersweet” in the dictionary and you might just see the Merry Christmask train.

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Japan announces Kanji of the Year for 2020

The top ten kanji characters reveal a lot about what life was like in Japan this year.

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Mask vending machines pop up at train stations around Taiwan to help commuters avoid fines

Because you’ll be slapped with a hefty fine for not wearing a mask on the subway.

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Sapporo Snow Festival moves to effectively cancel event for first time in history

Next year’s exhibition venues look set to be empty for the first time in 71 years.

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