COVID-19

Tokyo To Ask Residents Not To Leave the City

Governor Koike Yuriko is asking the government to ask residents not to leave the 23 special wards and the Tama area. The request comes as Tokyo registered more than 500 new COVID-19 cases on April 7, the largest number in months and just weeks after the state of emergency was lifted, increasing fears that Tokyo…

Japan Approves the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

Japan has officially approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, whose first batches arrived at Narita Airport on Friday. Japan’s original plan was to start inoculating health care workers at the end of February, with officials now stating that the first day will be February 17. The plan is that the healthcare workers who receive the vaccine first…

Mask Problem Renders Student’s Exam Invalid

The National Center Test for University Admissions declared that they had invalidated a student’s score since he had ignored the supervisor’s advice and had worn his mask without covering his nose. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 青山学院大学 / Aoyama Gakuin U. (@aoyamagakuinuniversity) According to the center, the student was given six…

Home Remedies and Sudden Deaths in Tokyo and Surrounding Areas

As the shocking title says, the number of people infected with COVID-19 whose symptoms had not been deemed serious enough to require hospitalization but who ended up dying a few days after being diagnosed has been rising rapidly since last month. View this post on Instagram A post shared by RESCUE NAGANO (@rescue_nagano119) A total…

No Entry to Japan! Borders Closed Again

With the increasing number of COVID-19 patients in Japan and the coronavirus mutations found overseas, the government decided to shut down the country’s doors again and prohibit entry to foreigners from all countries until the end of the second emergency. Since November 1st 2020, the government has allowed business entry from these 11 countries and…

Reasons Why Japan’s COVID-19 Cases Exploded

During most of 2020, Japan was able to avoid the worst outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic despite not enforcing a lockdown and very strong measures. One of the reasons Japan did not impose the type of strict rules and measures that saw places like Taiwan and Vietnam keep the virus under control is that the…

Housing Security Benefit: Emergency Funds for Foreigners

In the previous article, we introduced the overview of Temporary Loan Emergency Funds and how to apply for them. In this article, we will provide you with information on the Housing Security Benefit. Housing Security Benefit for Foreigners For those who have difficulties paying rent due to a decrease of income, layoff, or unemployment, the…

Temporary Loan: Emergency Funds for Foreigners

Have you checked them yet? Because of a shortage of workers due to its population decline, Japan has been accepting foreign workers from all over the world. Under the COVID-19 circumstances, however, both Japanese and foreign workers have been suffering from low income or unemployment. To help them during these financial difficulties, the government has…

Merging JAL and ANA Would Be a Big Mistake

Here is an interesting piece of news: Heizo Takenaka, one of the experts of the Growth Strategy Council, has stated that All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) would need capital injection in the future, mentioning that JAL and ANA should work together and integrate. by Martin Danker While this remains the sole opinion…

Why Has Japan Been Spared the Worst of the Pandemic?

According to the world statistics for COVID-19 , as of November 2020, Japan’s Total Cases per one million inhabitants ranked number 152, and the total deaths per one million stood at number 148 among 219 countries and territories in the world. However, Japan never enforced a lockdown or penalties for not wearing a mask outside,…