COVID-19

The Olympics No One Wants

The Asahi Shimbun is one of the most prestigious and widely circulated newspapers in Japan. The Asahi Shimbun is also an official partner of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and it decided to join the many voices that are critical of the Olympics. Now, the Asahi Shimbun is calling for the games to be cancelled. The…

Olympic Athletes Will Get Vaccinated

After months of proposals and assessments to try to determine whether hosting the Olympics could be safe, the International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) has announced that it has reached deals with Pfizer and BioNTech that will allow them to have the necessary doses to vaccinate all athletes and officials before the Tokyo Olympics in July. This…

No Vaccine, No Travel Discounts: A Famous Hotelier’s Proposal

During an online session for the press, Yoshiharu Hoshino, the representative of Japan’s popular Hoshino Resorts, stated that, upon its resumption, the Go To Travel campaign should target only those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The comments about the vaccine were some among various suggestions Hoshino deemed reasonable, including lowering the benefits of the…

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…