COVID-19

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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What it’s like to get the Moderna vaccine at the large-scale vaccination centre in Tokyo

A helpful guide to the reservation process, precautions, and possible side effects you can expect when getting the jab in Japan.

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Statue of comedian Ken Shimura erected a year after death from COVID-19

A tribute to his contributions to Japanese comedy and culture.

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Search is on for COVID-19 patient who escaped out a sixth-floor window of Osaka hotel

Patient possibly infected with the “Spidey” variant of COVID-19.

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Restaurant worker putting pubes on curry heralds return of baito-terror

More than likely, they’re just getting warmed up too.

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We visited Akihabara’s PCR Test Center and here’s what you should expect

The low-down on directions, instructions, and more.

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U.S. government lowers Japan travel warning level

Japan was placed at highest warning level in May.

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COVID-19 turnabout—pandemic in Japan unexpectedly revives, instead of exterminates, a dying art

Amidst the number of closed businesses and beleaguered industries, one has made a surprise comeback.

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