COVID-19

Man who accidentally received entire town’s COVID-19 relief money vanishes

Recipient said “I will not run” and then ran.

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Town in Yamaguchi accidentally sends everyone’s COVID-19 relief money to one person

Bank error in their favor. Collect 46.3 million yen.

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Japanese comedian points out good way to spot ghosts during pandemic

The times they are a-changing, but ghosts never do.

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Japan considering relaxing guest number caps for large events, provided guests don’t shout

Government considering ending previous limitations on guests for large events like concerts.

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Japanese PM’s call to drink more milk successful, mass disposal averted

We did it!

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Number of pachinko parlors in Japan decreasing rapidly, down 12 percent in two years

Where have all the parlors gone?

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Japan’s beloved Zima discontinued after sales hurt by COVID-19

Zomething zad.

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Government announces it will throw away useless “Abenomasks,” triggers surge in demand

One person’s trash mask is another’s treasure mask.

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Prime Minister calls on Japan to drink more milk

Ask not what your country can drink for you, but what you can drink for your country.

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Leading maid cafe chain to open largest location in history in Akihabara

Maid cafes are coming back in a big way.

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Counting down Japan’s top five New Word of the Year rankings for 2021

The top entry is a big surprise considering how large COVID-19’s influence looms in the list.

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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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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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