coronavirus

Face-mask-themed park “Tokyo Mask Land” coming to Yokohama

Guests are presumably required to wear masks.

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This work pod built for two could be the new way to have face-to-face meetings in Japan【Photos】

For when you need to talk in-person, but don’t want to breathe each other’s breath.

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Tokyo Government considers fining people who knowingly go out when infected with COVID-19

Good news for people who say, “there ought to be a law.”

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Special warm face masks for winter go on sale in Japan, and we test them out

Yeah, the pandemic stinks, but at least you don’t have to be cold during it.

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Japanese musician violently attacked in New York for being “Chinese”

Vicious racist attack prompts an outpouring of love and support for the victim.

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Capsule toy machines in Japan have taken to selling face masks too

Not just any old masks either: “Fashion Masks!

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First-ever foot-operated vending machine appears in Japan during pandemic

Revolutionary new system aims to keep your hands clean but people aren’t entirely sold on the idea. 

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Lower income earners at higher risk of depression, Japan’s least shocking research finds

Less money, mo’ problems.

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Japan to reopen to international tourists with new entry requirements

Government sets a date for opening the country’s borders to the world again.

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What happens when you wear a smile mask on a Japanese train?

The face mask that’s meant to show people how happy you are looks rather odd when used in real life.

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Yoshikitty returns to protect you from coronavirus on stylish new goods

New line of Yoshiki x Hello Kitty collaborative goods is here to rock your pandemic style with a very special message included. 

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Coronavirus vaccine to be free for all people in Japan as government foots bill, insiders say

Initiative comes with a massive price tag for Japanese government.

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Japanese vending machines now sell pandemic goods

Welcome to the new normal.

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Hiking restrictions result in huge drop in climbing accidents, with zero on Mt. Fuji

Closing popular hiking trails has led to an unexpected extra benefit.

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Neco Republic’s latest venture: Cat fur-patterned “finger masks” with touchscreen capabilities

This cat cafe brand wants you to use the tender, firm touch of a cat’s paw to avoid germs.

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No-charge karaoke rooms now available across Japan to keep country singing during the pandemic

Karaokekan shifts to a new strategy.

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Nara deer “addicted” to rice crackers, lose weight with no tourists to feed them

The coronavirus is affecting the health of Japan’s deer population at Nara Park. 

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Company uses empty buses to create giant maze after tours drop due to COVID-19【Video】

A very different kind of bus tour for tourists.

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Japan to reopen borders to travelers from all countries worldwide starting in October

Sightseeing still off the table, though.

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Aichi man gets 10 months in prison for saying “I got corona” in electronics store, loses appeal

The “I was talking about the beer” defense failed.

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