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

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:56
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)
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SoftBank’s big bet on sharing economy backfires with coronavirus

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:55
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)
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Sources: Tokyo Olympic organizers favor July 2021

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:45
The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee will likely support the idea of delaying the Games to July of next year. (NHK)
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Microplastics found in Japanese rivers, ports

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:44
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)
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Snow falls in wide areas of Kanto, Koshin regions

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:43
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)
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No crowds at cherry blossom-viewing spots in Osaka

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:41
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)
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Flight to Haneda Airport crashes during takeoff

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:38
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)
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Tokyo govt. to intensify sunset stay at home call

newsonjapan.com - Sun, 03/29/2020 - 18:35
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)
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Loss of smell tracked as early clue in coronavirus cases

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 22:48
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)
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Japan’s most beautiful female college student, most handsome male college student crowned

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 22:43
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. (soranews24.com)
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U.S. aircraft carrier hit by virus, forcing lockdown at Yokosuka base

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 22:39
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)
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Coronavirus consultation services for foreigners

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 22:23
Non-Japanese speakers who want advice on the new coronavirus can call hotlines run by the Japan Tourism Agency and some local governments. (NHK)
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If you must go out, keep your distance in a quiet green space

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 22:21
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)
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In dire warning, Abe urges vigilance to avoid COVID-19 spike and vows extraordinary steps to support Japanese economy

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 22:17
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)
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78% OK with Tokyo Olympics delay

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 22:12
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)
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Face masks can foster a false sense of security

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 22:10
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)
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Japan reports 200 cases in a day

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 22:08
Japan has reported 200 coronavirus infection cases in a day for the first time. (NHK)
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Chiba facility has 86 coronavirus cases

newsonjapan.com - Sat, 03/28/2020 - 22:00
A facility for people with disabilities in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, has confirmed a total of 86 coronavirus infections. (NHK)
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JAL to let female crew ditch high heels after #KuToo campaign

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:58
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)
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Japan to give one-year tax grace period for virus-hit companies

newsonjapan.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:47
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)
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