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Japan sees 2nd largest daily tally of infections:

March 29th, 2020

Japan confirmed 169 additional coronavirus infections on Sunday, the second largest single-day count following the 200 recorded on the previous day. (NHK)

Tokyo govt. to intensify sunset stay at home call:

March 29th, 2020

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to intensify its call for people to stay at home after sunset as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. (NHK)

Chiba facility has 86 coronavirus cases:

March 28th, 2020

A facility for people with disabilities in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, has confirmed a total of 86 coronavirus infections. (NHK)

Snow falls in wide areas of Kanto, Koshin regions:

March 29th, 2020

A low pressure system and a cold air mass brought snow to wide areas of the Kanto and Koshin regions in Japan on Sunday. (NHK)

No crowds at cherry blossom-viewing spots in Osaka:

March 29th, 2020

People mostly avoided cherry blossom-viewing spots in Osaka, western Japan, on Sunday. The Osaka governor has urged people in the prefecture to stay at home this weekend to stop the spread of the coronavirus. (NHK)

Flight to Haneda Airport crashes during takeoff:

March 29th, 2020

A chartered flight from Manila bound for Haneda Airport in Japan exploded during takeoff on Sunday night. All 8 passengers and crew were killed. (NHK)

With foreign visitor numbers to Nara Park plummeting, are the city’s deer in danger of starving?:

March 29th, 2020

Pretty much everyone who visits Nara stops by the park to feed crackers to the deer, so are the smaller crowds leaving them hungry? (

Microplastics found in Japanese rivers, ports:

March 29th, 2020

A survey by an environmental group has found microplastics in 98 out of 100 locations in Japanese rivers and ports. Small pieces of plastic are a potential threat to ecosystems. (NHK)

To weather Japan's coronavirus crisis, restaurants embrace takeout services and seek regulars' support:

March 29th, 2020

Restaurants in Japan are navigating rough waters amid the COVID-19 pandemic, inspiring new ideas as they try to come up with ways to remain afloat. (Japan Times)

SoftBank’s big bet on sharing economy backfires with coronavirus:

March 29th, 2020

Masayoshi Son has been among the most fervent believers in the sharing economy, investing billions in startups that help people split the use of cars, rooms and offices. (Japan Times)

Sources: Tokyo Olympic organizers favor July 2021:

March 29th, 2020

The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee will likely support the idea of delaying the Games to July of next year. (NHK)

Japan reports 200 cases in a day:

March 28th, 2020

Japan has reported 200 coronavirus infection cases in a day for the first time. (NHK)

Loss of smell tracked as early clue in coronavirus cases:

March 28th, 2020

Loss of the ability to smell and taste can be an early sign of coronavirus infection, according to a growing number of reports from around the world. (Nikkei)

In dire warning, Abe urges vigilance to avoid COVID-19 spike and vows extraordinary steps to support Japanese economy:

March 28th, 2020

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave the nation a dire warning Saturday that it could see its hospitals overwhelmed and the death toll skyrocket if the coronavirus gets out of control, but pledged to draw up an economic relief package even bigger than the one used to sustain the economy during the 2008 global financial crisis. (Japan Times)

Face masks can foster a false sense of security:

March 28th, 2020

What’s happening in Japan is written all over our faces — our blank, expressionless, masked faces. Never before, it seems safe to say, have so many people gone about masked. (Japan Times)

Coronavirus consultation services for foreigners:

March 28th, 2020

Non-Japanese speakers who want advice on the new coronavirus can call hotlines run by the Japan Tourism Agency and some local governments. (NHK)

If you must go out, keep your distance in a quiet green space:

March 28th, 2020

With the current upheaval caused by COVID-19, Tokyoites have been advised from going outside to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But Tokyo apartments are cramped and constricting, and a solo sojourn in nature can do wonders to alleviate the anxiety the virus is causing. The capital has plenty up its sleeve that means you can bypass popular spots like Ueno Park for a moment of quiet all to yourself. (Japan Times)

Japan’s most beautiful female college student, most handsome male college student crowned:

March 28th, 2020

In Japan, college is seen as not only of higher education, but also high fashion. That’s because your four years at university are pretty much your only respite from the uniforms and haircut regulations of middle/high school and the conservative dress codes of most (though not all) Japanese offices. (

U.S. aircraft carrier hit by virus, forcing lockdown at Yokosuka base:

March 28th, 2020

A U.S. naval base outside Tokyo has been locked down through the weekend after an aircraft carrier using the base as its home port reported coronavirus infection cases on board, Fox News said Friday, citing U.S. officials. (Japan Today)

78% OK with Tokyo Olympics delay:

March 28th, 2020

About 79 percent of the public approves of Tuesday’s decision to postpone the 2020 Olympics by about a year in light of the coronavirus pandemic, a survey found Saturday. (Japan Times)

Governor: Tokyo on the brink of explosive outbreak:

March 27th, 2020

The governor of Tokyo has again urged people to refrain from non-essential outings, warning that the capital is at a critical juncture in preventing an explosive spread of the coronavirus. (NHK)

JAL to let female crew ditch high heels after #KuToo campaign:

March 27th, 2020

Female flight attendants working for Japan Airlines will be allowed to wear pants and abandon high heels next month, the company said on Thursday, after a feminist campaign took off. (Japan Today)

Japan to give one-year tax grace period for virus-hit companies:

March 27th, 2020

The Japanese government will create a special system to provide a one-year grace period for companies to pay tax and social insurance premiums due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Nikkei has learned. (Nikkei)

Tokyo food stores to open over weekend as theme parks and cinemas close:

March 27th, 2020

Supermarkets and convenience stores decided Thursday to stay open as usual in the coming days, after a request by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s for residents in the capital not to leave home over the weekend. (Japan Times)

Abe says wife's behavior not inappropriate:

March 27th, 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dismissed criticism of his wife attending a gathering to view cherry blossoms at a time when such a meeting is not recommended because of the threat of the coronavirus. (NHK)

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