Masks for Musical Instruments
Masks have become an everyday necessity in the coronavirus age, and now there are masks for musical instruments.
Mount Unzen Eruption Site to be Preserved
Locals in southwestern Japan begin digging up areas devastated by the 1991 eruption at Mount Unzen as part of efforts to preserve the disaster remains.
Life-Size Dolls Enliven Girls' Festival Event
Life-size “Hina” dolls are on display at a historic inn in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, for the doll festival on March 3.
Tokyo Stocks Rise to 30-Year High
Tokyo stocks rise on better-than-expected gross domestic product data released in the morning, with the key Nikkei index topping 30,000 for the first time in over 30 years.
Vaccination of 40,000 Medical Workers Underway
Pfizer vaccines arrive in hospitals in Tokyo ahead of inoculation which is set to start on February 17.
Bullet Train Telework Trial with Rental Wi-Fi
East Japan Railway is using the month of February to test out the use of bullet trains on the Tohoku Shinkansen line as virtual office spaces for passengers to telework.
Office Lunch Delivery Trial Begins in Tokyo
Real estate developer giant Mitsui Fudosan is trying out a lunch delivery service that targets Tokyo office workers.
Mori Resigns as Tokyo Games Organizing Chief
Mori Yoshiro resigns as president of the Tokyo Games organizing committee amid growing criticism over his sexist remarks.
Nurse Gearing Up to Fight in Tokyo Olympics
27-year-old Arisa Tsubata is an aspiring Olympian and candidate for the Japanese national team in women’s boxing. When she’s not sparring, she can be found at a medical facility where she works as a nurse at a clinic in Tokyo.
Uber Eats Starts Medication Delivery Trials
Convenience store chain giant Lawson is teaming up with Uber Eats to deliver medication to those who need it.
Sapporo's Snow Festival Going Online This Year
The annual Sapporo Snow Festival kicked off on February 4, but you don't have to leave your warm home to see it this year!
Commemorating 20th Anniversary of Ehime Maru
Survivors and bereaved families of victims of the fatal collision between high school fishing training ship Ehime Maru and a U.S. submarine commemorate the 20th anniversary of the accident.
Tokyo Disney Resort to Shorten Business Hours
Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will push back opening times by one hour under the extended coronavirus state of emergency.
Seasonal Sushi Donated to Frontline Workers
A sushi restaurant in Tokyo’s Tsukiji area donated 100 sushi rolls to frontline workers at a hospital that treats coronavirus patients. The rolls are believed to bring luck when eaten on a special day in early February.
Japan Extends Coronavirus Emergency to March 7
The Japanese government has decided to extend its second state of emergency over the coronavirus by a month through March 7.
Annual Bean-Tossing Events Held Across Japan
In a way to welcome good fortune and drive out the bad, Setsubun festivities were held in various parts of Japan on February 2 with limited participants amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Restoration Update
The press got to see the interior of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial that has been undergoing preservation work since last September. The structure is a symbol of the devastation of the 1945 atomic bombing of the western Japanese city.
COVID Vaccines May Be Available in May
Sources say Japan's government plans to deliver COVID vaccinations to the general population in May.
Closures Over COVID Continue in Japan
An increasing number of businesses across Japan permanently close their doors amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
Train Services to End Earlier in Greater Tokyo
Railway companies serving the greater Tokyo area move up the times of their last train amid the state of emergency over the coronavirus.