COVID-19

Biannual running of the otaku fails to take place for second time in a row

Some fear the tradition may never return, but most just hope so.

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Japanese soccer team fined 20 million yen because fans’ cheering violated COVID-19 guidelines

Fine was the highest in the football league’s history.

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Kyoto University finds alpacas may hold the key to preventing all COVID-19 variants

I can feel my immunity rise just looking at these little guys.

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Japanese town recovers 43 million yen in COVID money mistakenly sent to one man who gambled it away

Probably the most unexpected turnaround in an already long string of unexpected turnarounds.

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Man who gambled entire Japanese town’s COVID relief money arrested

The latest in a long line of slip-ups.

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Man who got entire town’s COVID relief money believed to have lost it all at online casinos

The Generals were due!

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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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