COVID-19

Osaka asked not to directly rub goblin god’s feet as things slowly return to normal in the city

We’re not quite at the Billiken-foot-rubbing stage of normalcy yet.

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During trying times, receive comfort and advice from Boss coffee’s poster boy Tommy Lee Jones

No, Elvis is not dead. He just went home to shelter in place.

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New conspiracy theory emerges that Shinzo Abe is legendary yokai Amabie

Alright, now hear me out on this one…

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Japanese rugby legend questions reopening of pro-baseball, confuses everyone

Is the Internet schooling Ayumu Goromaru about students, or is he schooling them?

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Survey shows how Japanese couples feel about spending so much time together sheltering in place

Survey examines how stay-home recommendations are affecting daily family life

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PPAP’s Pikotaro launches new attack against coronavirus with medicated hand-soap line

You have a hand? You need this soap! Uh. Wash wash wash wash wash.

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Harajuku crowded during coronavirus?! TV show slammed for using old footage to incite panic

Poster outside Takeshita Street McDonald’s alerts viewers to fake news on Japanese television.

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Japanese new recruit fired after one month for being partially out of frame during video meetings

Company decided that an inability to fit into the chat window is an inability to fit into the workforce.

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Starbucks Japan reopens with extra measures to prevent coronavirus’ spread

The coffee giant is ready to serve their beloved Frappucinos again, with some precautionary measures.

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Modern legend Tiger Mask returns, donates 55 handmade face masks to rural government workers

Japan’s muscular embodiment of human kindness pays a visit to a small town in Chiba.

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28-year-old sumo wrestler dies after contracting coronavirus

“Like the fighter he was, he tenaciously fought against the illness until the very end.”

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Tokyo Game Show officially canceled, planning potential online content and showcases

Netizens are understandably disappointed, but many are just excited they’ll get to partake in the show virtually.

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What pandemic? People in Japan crowd Ikea store, ignore requests to stay home during Golden Week

Hundreds risk spreading coronavirus for Ikea hot dogs and flatpack furniture.

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Cryptic ad in Japanese newspaper reveals heartwarming message of hope for readers

Can you read the Japanese words hidden in these pictures? 

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Meiji Gakuen University gives all students a 50,000 yen grant to offset the cost of digital classes

For many college students, that’s a big help!

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Garden eels in Japanese aquarium are forgetting humans and need your help!

Help the eels remember us by gawking at them from your own home.

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We spend five days trapped in a hotel room for our ‘Isolation Experiment’

Spoiler – five days with nothing but cup noodles and whiskey makes us oddly thankful.

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Shinto, Buddhist, and Catholic priests come together to pray for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic

The three biggest religions of Japan and some of their sects unite in the spiritual fight against the disease.

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The sad reason this Osaka supermarket couldn’t sell out of two-yen masks

Hard lives are only getting harder.

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City in Aichi reduces water and sewage bills for four months, easing residents’ financial strain

People were grateful for the assistance and expressed appreciation for the government’s role in easing coronavirus stress.

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