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Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 28, 2023
Japan's next flu season may begin two months earlier than usual
People's immunity to influenza declined during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the relaxation of infection prevention measures, such as wearing masks, has allowed the virus to spread.
Japan Times
Film / Reviews
Jun 23, 2023
‘River’: A creatively contained time-loop flick
Flooded with ingenuity, the team behind “Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes” renews a winning trope for a captivating, addictive watch.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 16, 2023
Remote work revolution becomes tug-of-war between bosses and fed-up staff
While workers don’t want to give up flexibility, leaders want teams back to boost collaboration and avoid a productivity slump.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jun 8, 2023
‘Firing the Lighter Gun’: A gripping addition to the post-Fukushima canon
Kohei Sanada’s sophomore feature doesn’t always hit the mark, but it’s a grimly compelling portrait of the aftermath of a nuclear accident.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 5, 2023
13% of students in Japan prone to depression due to pandemic, study shows
Behavioral restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are believed to have been among the factors affecting children's mental well-being.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 1, 2023
COVID lockdowns really did mess with our memories
Researchers have found that some who had lived under pandemic-era lockdowns exhibited distorted time perception similar to that seen in prisoners.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
May 28, 2023
The curious case of Fuminori Nakamura's genre misalignment
Little do English-language readers know, the author of 'The Rope Artist' and other critically acclaimed books writes on much more than crime.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Okinawa
May 22, 2023
More restaurants in Okinawa join program offering free meals for children
As of the end of April, a total of 161 stores, including restaurants and a major local supermarket chain, were taking part in the program.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / Reviews
May 18, 2023
Tears of the Kingdom soars thanks to its journey, not its destination
The latest Zelda release emulates 2017’s Breath of the Wild in many ways, but that doesn’t mean it lives entirely in its shadow.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 12, 2023
Japan's imperial couple host first garden party in over four years
It was the first garden party to be held since the emperor ascended the throne in 2019.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 11, 2023
Lower Tokyo office vacancy rate gives relief to market after COVID-19
Historically, the city has recorded vacancy rates in the low single digits, but the market may be settling into a new normal of higher levels considering the change in work trends.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 11, 2023
‘Alone Together’ docudrama revisits loneliness and anxieties of the pandemic's early days
Yukiko Mishima’s film depicts the profound impact that living in isolation in fear of an invisible enemy had on everyday life in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 8, 2023
COVID-19 downgrade tipped to boost Japan economy by ¥4.2 trillion
According to Hideo Kumano, executive chief economist at the Dai-ichi Life Research Institute, around ¥2.6 trillion will come from a revival of inbound tourism.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
May 8, 2023
Japan's spin on 'workations' proves a hit
The market for the new work initiative that grew in popularity during the pandemic is predicted to be worth in excess of ¥100 billion in fiscal 2023.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 8, 2023
Japanese companies split over post-pandemic remote working
Some major companies have been shifting back to working at the office in principle. Others are cautious about fully returning to an office-based work style.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Longform
May 1, 2023
A new journey: Reviving Japan’s hospitality industry
In the wake of the pandemic, businesses are looking for ways to engage workers once more and welcome new waves of travelers.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Apr 30, 2023
Super Mario creator says new movie humanizes popular game character
'The Super Mario Bros. Movie' is expected to become the first film this year to gross $1 billion at the global box office, according to U.S. media.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 27, 2023
Japan to drop COVID border measures from Saturday
All incoming passengers are currently required to present proof of at least three COVID-19 vaccinations or have tested negative for the virus before departure.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Apr 27, 2023
‘Okiku and the World’: Rare romance plot refreshing for period drama
Junji Sakamoto’s tender drama aptly balances lowbrow comedy with sumptuous visuals to portray a romance between urban commoners that defies conventions.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 27, 2023
Japan plans to end COVID-19 border controls on Saturday
The rules set to end include a requirement that passengers give certification of at least three COVID-19 vaccination doses or a negative test taken within 72 hours of departure.

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Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores