coronavirus

Buto Manju: The holiest doughnut in Japan

A centuries-old sweet so sacred it’s still used as an offering at one of the country’s holiest shrines.

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We visited Akihabara’s PCR Test Center and here’s what you should expect

The low-down on directions, instructions, and more.

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U.S. government lowers Japan travel warning level

Japan was placed at highest warning level in May.

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Japan creates world’s first edible face mask…from melon bread

Protect yourself from the virus while breathing in the sweet aroma of Japanese melon pan.

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COVID-19 turnabout—pandemic in Japan unexpectedly revives, instead of exterminates, a dying art

Amidst the number of closed businesses and beleaguered industries, one has made a surprise comeback.

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Everything you need to know about quarantining in Japan

Take it from someone who actually had to quarantine — the rules are harder to follow than you may think.

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“Do not travel to Japan” U.S. government tells citizens

Don’t go to Japan, and if you’re already traveling there, come home ASAP, says State Department.

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Ibaraki Prefecture health center warns to “not eat with foreigners” to prevent spreading COVID

Yikes.

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High school students rapidly losing interest in sumo teams because too “painful,” “scary,” and “naked”

Those three words sound like a good time to me, but I guess I’m the weird one…

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Iconic Kyoto Tower bathhouse closes due to coronavirus

Public bath loved by travellers and locals is Japan’s latest COVID-19 business casualty.

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Osaka’s new remote-learning policy leaves teachers strained and forces students to go to school

Logistical mishaps and contradicting guidelines hinder what could be one of the best ways to lower COVID-19 community transmission.

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City in Osaka stops in-person registration for vaccines as flood of seniors clamors to sign up

Large crowds and poor crowd-managing policies caused uproar at the appointment desk, which ultimately led to it getting shutting down. 

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Has Shinjuku’s Robot Restaurant closed permanently?

Photos show iconic exterior being torn down, putting a giant question mark over the future of the popular tourist site.

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Up to 300 people a day breaking Japanese quarantine rules, according to reports

At the moment, the only penalty is having your name made public.

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Tokyo Olympics committee announces safety plans for the Games, including priority hospital beds

Athletes will be in Japan, but they won’t get to see much of it.

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Is ramune another COVID-19 casualty? Iconic Japanese soda faces plummeting sales and bleak summer

Not the ramune!

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Japan’s PM says plenty of nurses available to work Olympics since “many are taking time off now”

Not the best time to be moving much-needed healthcare workers.

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Tokyo goes dark as Governor asks for lights out in the city to help fight pandemic 【Pics, Videos】

Japan’s capital struggles to contain its fourth wave of infections, but are people heeding warnings to avoid street drinking after dark?

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Coronavirus vaccinations for general public in Japan to start in mid-July at the earliest

Trained dentists granted special permission to administer shots.

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Japanese businesses to reopen automatic hand dryers in public restrooms

New study fears shutting them down might do more harm than good.

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