The invite-only drop-in conversation app, currently only on iPhones, topped the country’s download charts with more than 440,000 new installs last week.
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Students and young professionals say government communication has failed to be empathetic to their situation and is unconvincing.
The numbers hint at what may be going on around the world as countries grapple with the fallout from mass unemployment and social isolation.
A central government campaign to spur domestic tourism has drawn both enthusiasm and ire, with some social media users telling urbanites to stay away from rural areas.
Deaths across the nation fell 0.7 percent in the first three months of 2020 compared with an average of the period over the past five years.
The Education Ministry earlier this month urged schools to battle such prejudice, saying it could weaken the health care system.
In the fantasy world conjured up by Japan’s hostess clubs, the coronavirus pandemic has delivered an unwelcome dose of reality.
Preliminary findings in the 2010 census released Feb. 25 by the internal affairs ministry underline the overall trend of a shrinking and graying population as well as a demographic imbalance characterized by a population rise in a few prefectures and a population drop in ...
Israel declared a unilateral ceasefire Sunday in the 22-day offensive against the Gaza Strip controlled by the Islamist group Hamas. Hours later, Hamas declared a separate ceasefire. Since both parties refused to talk and weigh each other's demands, the calm is tentative. Israel, Hamas ...