Plenty of people are still anxious about the effectiveness of the vaccine, as well as any side effects it might have.
Kaori Shoji writes about movies and movie-makers for the Film Page, plus takes a turn at the Bilingual Column. Biggest mistake of her career: taking the very dignified Nagisa Oshima to McDonald's for an iced coffee.
For Kaori Shoji's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The second state of emergency that was issued in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures in January has been largely ineffective in reducing the number of commuters each day.
Parents are poised to be excluded from official entrance ceremonies as COVID-19 risk still lingers.
Sales of personal toothpaste products have exceeded those targeting families for the first time.
Modern office supplies can now be neatly docketed and arranged inside collapsible carrying cases for work sessions in shared office spaces or in the comfort of a coffee shop.
Working remotely has put the spotlight on managers overstepping their boundaries with staff.
The coronavirus is making people rethink traditional Valentine's Day customs.
Social media is full of helpful advice on coping with tough times in the cold.
Nearly 240,000 people nationwide are believed to have recovered from the virus as of mid-January.
There wasn't much to raise spirits in the Tokyo area during the new year holiday. With record-breaking daily numbers of new COVID-19 cases and reports that a second state of emergency was likely to be implemented, many people were keen to stay indoors. Some, however, ...