COVID-19

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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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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Piko Taro helping kids in Zambia stay safe by Uh! Wash! Wash! Wash!【Video】

He has a pen. He has a heart.

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Disgraced YouTuber Hezumaryu to run in next Japanese national election

First, take a moment to consider what it must take to become a “disgraced YouTuber.”

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Preserve a piece of Japanese culture during Corona with your own mini shrine hand-washing ladle

Take your own hishaku ladle with you to purify yourself before entering a Shinto shrine. 

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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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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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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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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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What to expect when traveling abroad from Japan in a global pandemic

Our Japanese-language reporter writes on the peculiarities of traveling from a high-risk country during a pandemic.

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Starbucks COVID-19 safety video features a synchronized performance by gymnastic Sato Triplets

Three special stars from Japan’s TikTok scene show up to guide us through Starbucks’ COVID-19 preventative measures.

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What it’s like to apply for and receive a vaccine passport in Japan for travel abroad

Our reporter shares some important things to know if you’ll be applying for a vaccine passport within Japan.

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Fuji Rock Festival to send free COVID-19 test kits to all ticket holders

Anyone who tests positive and stays home will get a full refund.

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A visit to statue of Tokyo comedian and COVID casualty Ken Shimura still brings smiles to hometown

Ken Shimura put Higashimurayama on the map, and now Higashimurayama has put up a statue of him.

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Japan to begin process of distributing vaccine passports, Chief Cabinet Secretary says

The passports are meant to be used strictly for travel purposes.

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Hokkaido senior secretly gets four doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The refreshing taste of the COVID-19 vaccine kept him coming back for more.

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