Covid-19

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Dealing with Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for Foreign Residents Returning to Japan

Anxious about your stretch in quarantine when coming back to Japan? Here’s what to expect and one writer's reflection on the self-isolation experience.

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Culture

The Coronavirus Situation in Japan

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Japan so far.

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Culture

Japan’s COVID-19 State of Emergency: What You Need to Know

What does Japan's state of emergency mean?

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Live

Is Hanami Actually Fun?

With the sakura season underway, we have to ask: Is hanami all that enjoyable?

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Persevering through COVID-19: What we Can Learn from Japan’s Cherry Blossoms

Like the temporary nature of the cherry blossom season, this too shall pass.

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Culture

Couples Stuck in Quarantine Found it Helped Them Grow Closer According to Survey

Turns out being cooped up was a good thing for our readers in relationships. As for the singles, is your finger tired of swiping on Tinder yet?

By 6 min read

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Japan’s Attempt to Ease Strict Entry Bans for Foreign Residents Too Little, Too Late

Foreign residents of Japan have been left stranded overseas for months as the country closed its borders over COVID-19.

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Explore

Reflections of Tokyo During the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Photo Essay

Have you ever seen Asakusa this empty?

By 1 min read

Culture

Meet the Japanese Yokai That Will Save us From the Coronavirus

Here’s why Twitter is so into Amabie.

By 3 min read

Live

How to Fill in Japan’s COVID-19 Stimulus Application

A step-by-step breakdown with English translations and tips for applying online.

By 10 min read

Learn

Japanese Vocabulary for Talking about the Coronavirus

From how to understand the news in Japanese to words for seeing a doctor.

By 3 min read