pandemic

Did this ’90s Japanese horror manga predict the coronavirus pandemic?

Manga artist draws amazing parallels between fiction and reality.

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Tokyo’s Ikebukuro is looking very different, and also pretty sad, these days【Photos】

Our resident otaku reporter’s Ikebukuro homecoming is bittersweet.

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Half of 7-Elevens in Japan to start selling 100-yen Daiso products this month

Now buying cheap everyday goods is even more convenient than before!

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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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Pandemic hits sweet potatoes in Japan, prices rise and social potato distancing advised

Of all the potatoes, it had to be the sweet ones…

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Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade returns after nearly two years

The long-awaited parade is finally back, along with extended park hours!

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Living with coronavirus in a Japanese share house

Firsthand account reveals there are pros and cons to catching the virus in a communal living environment.

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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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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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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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Return of Comiket doujinshi manga convention announced for 2021 in Tokyo

After missing multiple iterations due to the coronavirus, organizers feel confident about holding otaku gathering once again.

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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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Why did this stand-and-eat soba noodle shop in Tokyo open in the middle of the pandemic?

At a time when many small restaurants are going out of business, we speak to the manager of one that took the exact opposite approach.

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Is ramune another COVID-19 casualty? Iconic Japanese soda faces plummeting sales and bleak summer

Not the ramune!

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Man who refused to wear a mask on a plane got arrested again, this time for punching a policeman

After a disturbance he caused by–you guessed it–not wearing a mask.

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This new Onsen Mask is here to help you soak in the steam, not the germs

A specially constructed mask designed for use in all kinds of public bathing facilities.

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Why is the Japanese wig industry flourishing in the pandemic when other businesses struggle?

Sales not of party wigs or cosplay wigs, but everyday wigs–especially for men–are booming right now!

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Kyoto slammed for manga telling people not to talk at restaurants

Four-panel manga fires up the Internet. 

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Coronavirus vaccinations finally begin in Japan【Video】

Eight inoculation centers begin administering shots as first vaccine shipment arrives in the country.

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Japan to begin administering coronavirus vaccine next week

Syringe problem likely to keep process from being as fast as it could be, though.

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