Pandemic

BREAKING: Abe Declares State Of Emergency: What Does That Mean? (Updated)

Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has declared a state of emergency, which he announced on Tuesday, April 7. The prefectures affected are Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama, Osaka, Hyogo, and Fukuoka. The state of emergency, which takes effect immediately and continues until May 6, allows prefectural governors to set rules and strong guidelines to fight the pandemic.…

Useful Info About COVID-19 in Japan: Hospitalization, Work Protection and more

The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 is raging around the planet, affecting everyone’s lives. With the virus still being researched as it spreads, information and measures are quickly changing, depending on the data. Here are some official resources: The World Health Organization JNTO Advisory regarding COVID-19 – useful and constantly updated information on visa policy changes,…

Japan Vs. Teleworking During the Covid-19 Pandemic

by Zoria Petkoska The Novel Coronavirus pandemic is disrupting every facet of life around the globe, and humanity is scrambling to react and adapt our fragile systems. Japan is behind countries like its neighbours China and South Korea, as well as countries in Europe, both in covid-19 cases but also in taking measures to contain…

Is Tokyo Heading for a Lockdown?: 21 Days if Abe Declares a State of Emergency

Is Tokyo heading a heading for a lockdown? That’s the question that many Tokyoites are struggling with this week. However, for many weeks, Tokyoites had been living their lives as if the coronavirs pandemic were not affecting many countries and overwhelming their health care systems; and while cases skyrocketed in countries like South Korea, Iran,…

Coronavirus Caution 2020: Tokyo Tourist Attractions Closures (updated)

Information as of March 24th 2020. Updates will be added to this article. UPDATED March 24th 2020 by Zoria Petkoska The coronavirus or COVID-19, as it is known in the science community, has led to an unprecedented lockdown of many Chinese cities, followed by safety measures undertaken in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea…

(Updated): 70% of People Don’t Think the Olympics Will be Held

A recent telephone poll conducted by Kyodo News found out that 69.9% of those surveyed did not believe that the Tokyo Olympics would be held as scheduled. That number reflect the general mood in Japan surrounding the games amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, and despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stating that the Group of Seven…

Fake News: How People Foolishly Rushed to Buy Toilet Paper

Interesting developments have been taking place ever since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools across Japan were going to close from a long period of time starting Monday, March 2, as a way to try to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country. by Martin Danker View…

BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus Cases in Japan Reach 1,000

As Japan tries to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the number of confirmed cases has topped 1,000, which includes the 706 cases from the Diamond Princess. Of these numbers, Hokkaido reports the largest of cases at 79, which prompted the prefectural government to declare a state of emergency. by Martin Danker View this post on Instagram…

BREAKING NEWS: Japan Closes Schools for One Month

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has requested all elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools to close from March 2 to the end of the spring vacation. Meaning that schools will remain closed for the entirety of March and reopen in April unless plans change. by Martin Danker The decision comes as Japan faces multiple problems…