Princess Aiko graduates from high school
NHK -- Mar 23
Princess Aiko, the daughter of Japan's Emperor and Empress, has attended her graduation ceremony at Gakushuin Girls' Senior High School in Tokyo.

The princess was wearing a facemask as she appeared at the school on Sunday for a scaled-down ceremony amid the spread of the new coronavirus.

She posed for photos at the school gate and spoke to reporters with a smile. She said she had had many experiences and had enjoyed a good school life.

She smiled and waved to people on the street who had come out to celebrate her graduation.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako did not take part in the ceremony. They said in a statement they were thinking about the difficulties people are facing because of the coronavirus.

Many schools in Japan held ceremonies without parents this year due to concerns about the spread of the virus.

天皇皇后両陛下の長女・愛子さまは22日、学習院女子高等科を卒業されました。  愛子さま:「たくさんの経験ができ、とても楽しく、充実した学校生活が送ることができたと思います。お世話になった先生方やお友達、すべての関わって下さった皆さまに心から感謝しております」  高校3年生の愛子さまはマスク姿で登校し、卒業式に臨まれました。両陛下は新型コロナウイルスの感染拡大の状況から出席を控えましたが、「貴重な経験を重ねながら様々なことを学び、楽しく実り多い日々を送ることができたと思います」と国民への感謝の気持ちを寄せられています。愛子さまは4月から学習院大学文学部の日本語日本文学科に進学されます。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
Apr 05
Double-income families raising children in Tokyo are under growing pressure to cope now that Japan's school closure request is expected to be extended due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak. (Nikkei)
Apr 05
As governments introduce social distancing rules of varying strictness to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the question of how long these measures should remain in place will likely spark vigorous debate. (Japan Times)
Apr 04
A proof by Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki of an over 30-year-old problem in number theory has obtained validation, Kyoto University said Friday following controversy over his theory often labeled as too novel and complicated to understand. (Kyodo)
Apr 02
Education authorities in Tokyo have decided to keep metropolitan senior high schools closed through early May due to the spread of the new coronavirus. (NHK)
Apr 01
Over a career in Japan spanning 21 years, Osaka-based English language teacher Steven Thompson has taken 10 days of paid sick leave across two occasions when he caught the flu. (Japan Times)
Mar 31
Two persons from Sendai City have been confirmed with the novel coronavirus after meeting with two Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) who also tested positive, reports Kahoku Shimpo (Mar. 30). (
Mar 31
Japan’s approach to halting the coronavirus pandemic might seem to other nations around the world like it is very social, and not so distant. (Japan Times)
Mar 29
What’s happening in Japan is written all over our faces — our blank, expressionless, masked faces. Never before, it seems safe to say, have so many people gone about masked. (Japan Times)
Mar 29
Non-Japanese speakers who want advice on the new coronavirus can call hotlines run by the Japan Tourism Agency and some local governments. (NHK)
Mar 29
In Japan, college is seen as not only of higher education, but also high fashion. That’s because your four years at university are pretty much your only respite from the uniforms and haircut regulations of middle/high school and the conservative dress codes of most (though not all) Japanese offices. (