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Harajuku looks eerily quiet during the coronavirus outbreak 【Photos】

Does this mean young people are heeding the government’s advice to stay at home? 

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Anime memes appear on Twitter as PM says two masks will be sent to all Japanese households

Really, Prime Minister? Only two?

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Ueno Park looks eerily deserted in the midst of the coronavirus 【Photos】

The cherry blossom trees are in full bloom, but there’s no one around to enjoy them. 

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Snow falls on sakura cherry blossoms in full bloom around Tokyo 【Photos & Videos】

Surprise snowfall in Japan transformed springtime hanami into a winter wonderland on the weekend.

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Japanese comedian dies after coronavirus infection

The country is in mourning following news that the beloved icon was lost to COVID-19.

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Tokyo Governor holds press conference on coronavirus, sparks immediate panic-buying

People now fear a lockdown is on the horizon in Tokyo.

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Hanami cherry blossom viewing season begins in Japan as cities around the world shut down

Questions about complacency are being raised as people gather at popular sakura spots in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Nara deer leave park, head to station for food as tourist numbers tumble due to coronavirus

Videos show herds of deer galloping down streets and stopping traffic as they search for food. 

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“Smooth Hair” poster sparks controversy in Japan

Company pulls haircare ad after receiving complaints from the public. 

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People in Japan are now stealing toilet paper in midst of coronavirus crisis

Theft of products from restrooms is dragging a famously considerate and honest society down the drain.

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People in Japan panic-buy toilet paper as coronavirus fears rise despite shortage being fake news

In a country full of bidets, why is everyone crazy for toilet tissue? 

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Oldest ryokan at Japanese onsen resort goes bankrupt due to coronavirus

COVID-19 claims its first major business casualty in Japan.

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Japanese PM asks schools around Japan to close as coronavirus cases rise

Surprise announcement comes as children are now testing positive for COVID-19.

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Studio Ghibli Museum closes due to coronavirus fears

Sudden temporary closure has taken everyone by surprise.

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Mount Fuji plans to start charging compulsory fee to climbers

Soon you’ll have to pay to climb Japan’s highest mountain. 

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How to safely apprehend a chikan pervert and protect women from being groped on a Japanese train

Helpful guide from a Japanese man who’s stepped in to stop groping on more than one occasion

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Nara City apologises after employee jumps from platform to platform across railway tracks【Video】

Dangerous stunt by Japanese civil servant gets slammed online.

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Japanese newspaper issues correction over hilarious Harry and Meghan photo

When you can’t tell the difference between fiction and real life.

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Taxi driver argues with man, runs him over then drives into wall 【Video】

Some people in Japan are siding with the driver over the incident.

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Yamato delivery man kicked and yelled at by older colleague in Japan【Video】

Japan is known for its amazing delivery services, but behind the scenes there’s a lot of stress in keeping up the high standard. 

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