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Did people in Tokyo stay home this weekend? The numbers say, yes, mostly

On March 26th, Tokyo Governor Koike requested the capital’s 14 million residents to avoid nonessential outings in the wake of a spike in the number of new coronavirus infections. Following her request, the governors of three neighboring prefectures, as well... More

Japan to expand entry ban to include United States, Most of Europe, China

Japan will refuse entry to people traveling from the United States, China, South Korea, and most of Europe, in the face of a rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. This is according to a report in the Asahi... More

Supermarkets Open, Many Department Stores, Malls, Starbucks, Parks Closed in Tokyo This Weekend: List

Following Tokyo Gov Koike’s call for Tokyo residents to refrain from nonessential outings this weekend (March 28th to 29th), many department stores, shopping malls, large retailers, and theaters will be closed or operating on shortened hours. Major brand name establishments... More

“Are you staying in this weekend?” — 4 Questions for Tokyo Residents, After the Govt Requests People to Stay Home

As reported by JapanToday, until two days ago, Japanese authorities had not imposed strict social distancing measures in Tokyo, home to nearly 14 million people. Only on Wednesday did Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike request that citizens stay indoors this weekend,... More

What people in Tokyo are Stockpiling After Gov Koike’s Request to Avoid Nonessential Outings

As reported by JapanToday, many people stocked up on daily necessities Thursday after Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike requested the capital’s residents to avoid nonessential outings in the wake of a spike in the number of new coronavirus infections. What were... More

Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba Prefectures Tell Residents to Avoid Unnecessary Travel To Tokyo: Coronavirus Countermeasure

The governments of Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba prefectures, which surround Tokyo, have called on residents to avoid non-essential travel to the city, in response to the surge in the number of coronavirus cases reported overnight. As reported by JapanToday, Tokyo... More

Japanese Gov’t to Provide ¥200,000 to ¥300,000 Cash Payments to Some Households: Coronavirus Countermeasure

The Japanese government is considering making direct cash payments to some households of between ¥200,000 and ¥300,000 (between $1,800 and $2,700), as part of the emergency fiscal stimulus package that will start rolling out in May. This is according to... More