The International Olympic Committee announced Thursday it will provide athletes attending this summer's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics with doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, free of charge. (Kyodo)
The Japanese government has decided to extend a coronavirus state of emergency in four prefectures, including Osaka and Tokyo, until the end of the month, and expand its area. (NHK)
East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, said Thursday that it has decided to cancel coronavirus-linked train service reductions planned on some lines in the Tokyo metropolitan area during the morning commuting hours Friday, as the measure is now expected to create crowds. (Japan Times)
The Bank of Japan expects the national COVID-19 vaccination programme to spur an economic boost from households venturing out, armed with $183 billion in “forced savings” accumulated last year during pandemic-busting, stay-at-home policies. (Reuters)
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May 4

Kyoto's mandate seems to be one of the most burdensome on families in light of national directives for equipping students with electronic devices.

Beginning with the 2022 academic year, the Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education will require st...

May 3

Tropical fruit from Japan's frosty north.

Bananas aren't rare in Japan, in the sense that you can find them in any supermarket and also just about any home, as they're one of the most commonly eaten fruits in the country. However, bananas in ...

May 3

We all know that Golden Week is filled with holidays, some more grandiose than others. Japan's Kenpō Kinebi or Constitution Day is one of those that often get overshadowed by the rest even though it signifies an important date in history.

May 3

Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク) is Japan's longest and much-needed string of national holidays starting from April 29 through early May. Although there are only four holidays, most people use their allotted paid vacation days to take the...

May 2

Martial artist happy to be able to put skills to use.

In a Japanese city, you're never very far from a vending machine or convenience store. Those who are both thirsty and savvy, though, will skip them and instead head for a supermarket, where t...