COVID-19

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

Guests are presumably required to wear masks.

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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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Japanese Komeito party suggests 20,000 yen (US$189) grant for graduating high school students

They argue that high school graduates and deferred students deserve a boost considering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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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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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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What pandemic? Onsen towns, hiking trails and theme parks packed with crowds on four-day weekend

Startling photos have everyone concerned about a possible new spike in coronavirus cases.

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Is the end nigh for tapioca? Tokyo tapioca shops suffer closures in the midst of COVID-19

Will this be the nail in the coffin, the last boba straw through the lid?

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Over 500 karaoke boxes close due to Covid-19, dealing historic blow to the industry

Safety fears and an urge to social distance has rung a death knell for one of Japan’s most famous pastimes.

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The number of suicides among Japanese citizens jumped in August, worrying officials

Many are concerned that the stress of the pandemic could be causing more people to experience depression.

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Japanese study shows that persimmon tannin juice may render the coronavirus harmless

But wait – don’t run to the supermarket just yet! It’s a little complicated.

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