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Help Local Businesses & Give Back in Japan

Five easy ways to help the local businesses, give back to those in need, and pick up some good deals along the way!

Government to Give Cash to Needy Students

The Japanese government will offer cash handouts of up to 200,000 yen per person to students in need due to the novel coronavirus pandemic to help them continue their studies.

Japan to Conduct 10,000 Antibody Tests in June

Antibody tests for the novel coronavirus will be given to nearly 10,000 people in Tokyo, Osaka and Miyagi Prefectures starting early June to get a better idea of the spread of the virus.

Cover Your Face With a Creative Origami Mask

Simply called the Origami Mask, the idea first came to everyone’s attention thanks to an instructional video from a Polish Art school, which quickly went viral online. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s incredibly simple to make.

Tokyo Game Show 2020 Officially Canceled

On May 8, a news announcement was made on the official Twitter of the Tokyo Game Show, a yearly event where new video games, consoles, and industry ideas are unveiled to the public—this year there would be no physical Tokyo Game Show.

Tokyo Tower Reopens to Public

Tokyo Tower will reopen its two observatories to the public on Thursday, May 28. But visitors will be urged to avoid the elevators and climb the stairs.

Mixed Reactions Over End of State of Emergency

People in Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto in western Japan where the coronavirus state of emergency was lifted show mixed reactions over the move.

Virtual Shopping Via Robot

The Tsutaya Electrics store in Tokyo’s Futakotamagawa area tests having customers shop virtually using a remotely controlled robot as many business establishments are closed due to the novel coronavirus.

Kanagawa Beaches Reopen to Visitors

Beaches in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, replace "no entry" signs with ones urging social distancing as they reopen to visitors.

ANA to Ask All Passengers to Wear Masks

All Nippon Airways will ask all passengers to wear a mask from June to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Health Care Workers Face Stigma Over COVID-19

Health care workers in Japan are putting their lives on the line to help the country battle the novel coronavirus epidemic, but their proximity to those infected with the virus has prompted discriminatory actions toward them.

Aomori’s Hirosaki Park Reopens

Aomori’s landmark park famous for cherry blossoms reopens after closing for 38 days to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Learn How to Draw Totoro from Ghibli Producer

With a background in editing and artistic talent so great he’s been given his own exhibitions, Toshio Suzuki is now sharing the secret to sketching one character he loves to draw: Totoro from Ghibli’s 1988 animated feature film "My Neighbor Totoro."

Tokyo Begins to Reopen on May 26

Tokyo is set to slowly reopen on Tuesday, May 26, with museums, libraries, pools and other facilities seeing restrictions eased.

Cancelled Flowers Encourage Medical Workers

While orders for flowers are being canceled as events like wedding ceremonies are called off due to the novel coronavirus, a flower shop in Tokyo decides to send them to hospitals to encourage health care workers.

6th Grader Makes & Donates Face Shields

A sixth-grade student is making face shields and donating them to medical institutions amid a shortage of personal protective equipment in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Takeout Options for Regional Cuisine in Tokyo

Traveling is off the cards right now, but for those of us in Tokyo, there is still a way to explore Japan through our taste buds with these takeout options!

Stay Comfy, Look Professional with WFH Pajamas

Business up top, casual down below, these pajamas will look to your colleagues like you're office ready.

Cute Cat-Themed Do-It-Yourself Doughnut Kit!

There aren’t a lot of universal truths in this world, but one we can all agree on is that doughnuts make any situation better. That includes sheltering in place. if you have doughnuts at home, what possible reason could you have for leaving the house?

State of Emergency Lifted for All Prefectures

On May 25, the Japanese government finally lifted the State of Emergency alert for the five remaining prefectures, including Tokyo.

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