Mar 20
Coronavirus infections linked to four live music venues in Osaka appear to be over as no new cases among visitors have been reported for a week, local authorities said Thursday. (Japan Times)

Mar 19
A man infected with the novel coronavirus who went to a Filipino pub earlier this month saying he wanted to “spread the virus” died Wednesday at a hospital in central Japan, investigative sources said. (Japan Times)

Mar 18
Gunma Prefectural Police on Monday arrested an intoxicated man who is alleged to have falsely claimed to be infected with the novel coronavirus inside a train in Kiryu City, reports TV Asahi (Mar. 16). (

Mar 18
When it comes to trading cards, you might be most familiar with Pokémon cards or Yu-Gi-Oh cards, or perhaps old-school baseball cards. But Japan really has a trading card for everything, so would you be surprised to know they even have fishermen trading cards? (

Mar 17
A Japanese court has sentenced a man to death for fatally stabbing 19 intellectually disabled people at a care home almost four years ago.

Mar 16
One result of the government’s active promotion of social-distancing measures has been the emergence of new types of “remote” socialization, including reports of people shunning bars and enjoying drinks with friends over video chat from the safety of their own homes. (Japan Times)

Mar 15
A 44-year-old man in Shimane Prefecture has been arrested after he pretended to have contracted the novel coronavirus and threatened to spread it at a local train station, NHK reported.
(Japan Times)

Mar 15
Fukuoka Prefectural Police tussled with members of a criminal syndicate during a raid of the residence of the gang’s boss in Kurume City on Friday, reports Fuji News Network (Mar. 13). (

Mar 14
Former Emperor Akihito, who abdicated last year, and his wife, former Empress Michiko, will move from the Imperial Palace in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward to a temporary residence in Minato Ward this month, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.
(Japan Times)

Mar 13
A man was killed and three commuters injured after he apparently leaped in front of a passing train at a station in Kawasaki City on Thursday, police said, reports Nippon News Network (Mar. 12). (