Heavy Snow Forecast for Some Areas of Kanto and Koshin this Weekend

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is forecasting heavy snow for the Kanto and Koshin regions of Japan starting from around the evening of January 23rd to the evening of the 24th. The JMA is cautioning people to be aware of... More

Moving to Japan

Returning to Japan? Follow COVID protocols or the gov’t may make your name and employer public

On January 14th, Japan started implementing a new set of protocols for Japanese returning to Japan and foreigners re-entering Japan with a status-of-residence. Japan has virtually suspended all new entry of foreigners to the country as of January 13th, so... More

JR East to Move Up Last Trains in Response to State of Emergency

JR East plans to move up scheduled last trains on its lines starting as early as next week, in response to a request from the governors of Tokyo and the three surrounding prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa. The company... More

Living in Japan

My Experience Going to the Dentist in Japan: 4 Things I Learned

Despite the eternal COVID-19 purgatory that we have all been living in, I wanted to keep my spirits up during this holiday season. What says “holidays” more than, “being forced to go to the dentist for the first time in... More

State-of-emergency to start on Jan 7th in Tokyo and 3 Prefectures: Suga makes official declaration

At the Liberal Democratic Party’s executive committee meeting this morning, Prime Minister Suga announced that the government would declare a state-of-emergency for Tokyo and the prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa to start on January 7th. The state-of-emergency will be... More

Japan to Stop New Entry of All Foreigners, Including Travellers from Countries with Special Agreement

The Asahi newspaper reports that the Japanese government is considering suspending the new entry of business people, international students, and technical trainees from 11 countries, including China and South Korea, regardless of whether or not the highly contagious mutant of... More

Japanese govt to decide within the week whether to declare coronavirus state-of-emergency

At a news conference at 11AM (JST) today, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that his government will “start considering a state-of-emergency” declaration to cover Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, and Kanagawa in order to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.... More