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Japanese Bathhouses Awash With Post-Lockdown Customers

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JAPAN TODAY
 
YOKOHAMA - Masazumi Kato sighed deeply as he lowered himself into a tub at a public bathhouse in Yokohama, enjoying a return to a Japanese tradition largely off-limits during the city's coronavirus lockdown.
With the lifting of a nationwide state of emergency over the virus, Japan's...

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Tokyo Moves To Step 2 In Virus Recovery Plan

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NHK WORLD
 
The Tokyo metropolitan government has further eased restrictions on businesses as the daily number of new coronavirus cases has fallen from its peak.
Tokyo initiated step 2 in its coronavirus recovery road map on Monday. That allows cram schools, theaters, gyms and retail shops -- inc...

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74 New Coronavirus Cases, 6 More Deaths Recorded In Japan On May 29

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THE MAINICHI
 
TOKYO -- A total of 74 new cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Japan on May 29, bringing the total number in the country to 17,504 including some 700 cruise ship passengers and crew members who were infected.
The number of deaths from the virus increased by six on the ...

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80% Of Japan Mayors Oppose, Wary Of Shift To Sept. Start Of School Yr

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KYODO NEWS
 
Around 80 percent of mayors across Japan disagree with or are wary of a proposed shift in the start of the academic year to September from April, according to a recent survey conducted amid the closure of schools due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The heads of municipalities nati...

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As Japan Reopens, Coronavirus Testing Slowed By Bureaucracy And Staff Shortages

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JAPAN TODAY
 
TOKYO - At the beginning of April, a young Japanese sumo wrestler known as Shobushi came down with a fever. His coaches tried calling a local public health centre to get him a coronavirus test, but the phone lines were busy.
For four days, he was turned away by clinics in Tokyo over...

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Kyoto Animation Arson Suspect Arrested

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ARAMA JAPAN
 
Last July, there was an arson attack on Kyoto Animation’s studio, which resulted in the death of 36 people, with another 33 injured. Today, the suspect in the case was arrested.
Aoba Shinji, 42, of Saitama City, was arrested after being judged to have sufficiently recovered from lif...

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Japan Approves Second Stimulus Package Amid COVID-19

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AA.COM
 
 Japanese government approves additional budget of $296 billion to fund pandemic falloutJapan's government on Wednesday approved a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year of around $296 billion, local media reported.
The record supplementary budget was approved by the Cab...

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Lawyers Say Japanese Video Game Ban For Kids Violates Constitution, Call For Abolition

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SORA NEWS
 
Game over for Kagawa Prefecture’s anti-video game ordinance?
On April 1, in what sounded like a third-rate April Fools’ Day joke but was actually an official act of government, Japan’s Kagawa Prefecture passed an ordinance officially limiting the amount of time children are legally al...

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Japan Ends Its State Of Emergency

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SCIENCE MAGAZINE
 
Japan yesterday declared at least a temporary victory in its battle with COVID-19, and it triumphed by following its own playbook. It drove down the number of daily new cases to near target levels of 0.5 per 100,000 people with voluntary and not very restrictive social distanci...

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Japan To Reopen Social, Economic Life In Phases

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NHK WORLD
 
Japan plans to reopen social and economic activities in phases following the lifting of a state of emergency across the nation.
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo on Monday declared the lifting of the emergency in the last five of the country's 47 prefectures. The final five were Tokyo and thr...

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