coronavirus

Japanese government freezes inbound air reservations for foreign residents and Japanese citizens

New restrictions come just one day after latest coronavirus-related border tightening.

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Japan completely closes borders to new foreign arrivals

Relaxed coronavirus regulations unable to last even one month as sources say first omicron case has been discovered.

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Surveys suggest over 80% of Japanese people likely to continue with masks after COVID-19 subsides

It really isn’t all about health either.

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Over half of Japanese newlyweds haven’t been bothering with a wedding ceremony

Billy Idol might say it’s not a nice day for a white wedding.

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Japanese convenience store chain running out of fried chicken, takes precautions to save Christmas

We might not be seeing Family Mart’s Famichiki for a while.

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Comiket will require proof of coronavirus vaccination or PCR test results for admission

If you want to get your doujinshi, you’ll probably want to get your jabs too.

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COVID-19 cases plummeting in Japan, doctors puzzled why

Some perplexingly good news for once.

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You want fries with that? Too bad – KFC Japan running out of potatoes, suspending French fry sales

Bad news for anyone who’s craving some Kentucky-fried potatoes.

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This cute cat is all of us after receiving the coronavirus vaccine

Feline’s sore-arm pose melts our hearts.

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Living with coronavirus in a Japanese share house

Firsthand account reveals there are pros and cons to catching the virus in a communal living environment.

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Japanese university developing coronavirus vaccine in form of a nasal spray

Would you rather get a vaccine in your arm or in your nose?

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Pocari Sweat offers free self-care packages for those battling COVID-19 at home

They will deliver 12 bottles of Pocari Sweat plus 36 sachets of frozen drinks.

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Stop selling oxygen, Japanese flea market app Mercari tells users, as stocks run out

Panic buying takes hold of Japan once more, only this time it’s for oxygen.

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74-year-old Japanese politician starts Instagram account for open dialog about COVID-19

We shouldn’t rule out a milk crate challenge at this point.

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Vaccine side effects: How the first and second dose of Pfizer and Moderna affected our reporters

Firsthand accounts reveal a wide range of different reactions to each dose.

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Japanese mayor who bit athlete’s gold medal tests positive for coronavirus

Nagoya politician’s troubles continue.

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New COVID-19 delta variant discovered in Japan, believed to be domestically mutated

But what this means for the pandemic is yet to be determined.

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Pokémon Center megastores across Japan shutting down indefinitely because of coronavirus

Humanity’s elemental weakness to the coronavirus leads to near-immediate temporary closures of almost every Pokémon Center and Store in the country.

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Osaka pachinko parlor volunteers to become public vaccination center

The machines will be turned off at the time, so no need for earplugs.

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Young people in Tokyo to be offered points and discounts if they get vaccinated

It pays to be vaccinated… literally!

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