Tokyo Olympics Officially Delayed Until 2021
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has publically announced the Tokyo Olympics will be delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monks Are Praying for Coronavirus Eradication
Buddhist monks are praying for the eradication of epidemics, including the novel coronavirus outbreak spreading around the world.
A Reunion 9 Years After Tohoku Earthquake
Nine years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011, and Japan is still on the road to recovery. But one grieving couple found some comfort in the rubble.
Japan Post Starts Testing Drone Delivery
Japan Post conducts a trial delivery of snail mail to residents in a remote area of Tokyo using a drone.
Japan to Scale Down Olympic Torch Relay
Tokyo Games organizers plan to scale down the Olympic torch relay to a lantern tour by car amid the growing novel coronavirus pandemic. The event is scheduled to start March 26.
Yamanote Line Has New Station for Olympics
Tokyo has a new train station as Takanawa Gateway opened on Saturday. People came from all across Japan to be among the first to enter the brand new station and ride the first train.
Japan Banned Resale of Masks at High Prices
Japan's government approves a ban on reselling masks for unreasonable profits.
Japan's $2.6 Billion Coronavirus Package Plan
The Japanese government announces its second emergency package to fight the new coronavirus epidemic.
Government: Japan Has Enough Toilet Paper
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama says Japan has enough toilet paper and urges people to stop hoarding.
Japan Cultural Expo
The Japan Cultural Expo coinciding with the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will showcase the country’s traditional arts starting mid-March.
JNTO Multilingual Coronavirus Hotline
Japan National Tourism Organization has a visitor hotline at 050-3816-2787 that accepts inquiries about coronavirus in English, Chinese and Korean.
Olympic Torch Relay Rehearsal
A rehearsal for the Tokyo Olympic torch relay took place about seven weeks before its planned start in late March.
Japan’s Government Policy Regarding Corona
Japan’s government adopts a basic policy to contain the spread of COVID-19.
A Luxury Train From Tokyo to Izu
JR East unveils the Saphir Odoriko, a luxury train connecting Tokyo with Izu, a popular tourist destination in Shizuoka Prefecture, starting March 14.
Lawson’s First Register-Free Store
Convenience store giant Lawson will open a store this month with no cash registers, and plans to more in the Tokyo area by summer 2020.
Japan Tourism Increase for Sacred Anime Sites
More foreign tourists are coming to Japan than ever before, with about 32 million visiting in 2019. And many of them are coming just to see the sights represented in their favorite anime series.
Diamond Dust Glitters in Fukushima
The shimmering, icy crystals known as "diamond dust" made a village in Fukushima Prefecture look like a fairytale come to life!
Mask Shortage Amid Fears of Coronavirus
Stores in Japan cannot keep face masks in stock as people around the country stock up to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Frozen Pants Stand on Their Own!
Hokkaido has 79 cm of snow on the ground and -30°C temperatures, cold enough to freeze clothing into stand-alone sculptures.
New Japanese Passports Feature Famous Artworks
In February, Japan began issuing new passports featuring the well-known works of ukiyo-e master Katsushika Hokusai.