More people visiting Japan's urban areas, data shows

National May 31, 2020

More people visiting Japan's urban areas, data shows

More people visited urban areas Saturday in five prefectures including Tokyo than a week before, as the areas entered the first weekend since the nationwide coronavirus emergency was completely lifted, data has suggested. The number of people in Tokyo's posh Ginza district at 3 p.m. ...

Kanagawa city to set ordinance against 'smartphone zombies'

National May 28, 2020

Kanagawa city to set ordinance against 'smartphone zombies'

The city of Yamato in Kanagawa Prefecture plans to set an ordinance intended to prevent smartphone use while walking. Through the ordinance, the city aims to alert people to the danger of using smartphones while walking, which involves the risk of collisions with other pedestrians ...

Defying virus warnings, crowds take to Japan's beaches and mountains

National Apr 23, 2020

Defying virus warnings, crowds take to Japan's beaches and mountains

Some leisure spots near Tokyo have seen crowds of visitors recently despite government instructions to stay home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, prompting local residents and municipalities to voice concerns about further potential spread of the virus. Although it was a weekday, a beach near ...