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Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 27, 2023
Supply chains have healed, yet their mark on inflation will endure
Short-term prices for containers from Europe to the U.S. East Coast are still more than double what they were in late 2019, according to data from Freightos.
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ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 23, 2023
Hong Kong extends mask mandate despite reopening campaigns
The city extended the regulation by two weeks to March 8, according to a government gazette published late Wednesday, meaning the rule will have been place for almost 1,000 days.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 22, 2023
Airlines turn profitable amid travel surge after COVID cutbacks
'Aviation is investible again,” said a portfolio manager in Sydney. 'Asian airlines are going to go through the roof.”
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Feb 13, 2023
As Japan considers easing virus guidance, Okinawan children fear unmasked life
Even among adults, opinions are divided on how society should handle the coronavirus, including on the issue of whether or not to remove masks — which only adds to unease for children.
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CULTURE / Art / Longform
Feb 13, 2023
Museums in Japan adjust to life after COVID-19
The country’s cultural spaces are looking to rethink their role in society as they face an uncertain future due to increased competition and an aging population.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Books
Feb 11, 2023
'The Tatami Galaxy' is an imaginative romp through parallel worlds
Tomihiko Morimi’s rollicking novel about a disillusioned college student searching for his ideal life infuses looping narratives with lightly philosophical insights into choice and destiny.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 10, 2023
Japanese government to drastically ease mask guidelines next month
The policy shift, made in line with the government's decision to downgrade COVID-19's classification on May 8, will also no longer require students to don masks during school activities.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Feb 10, 2023
Shin-Okubo's Bacon serves up DJs and design
As the owner, interior designer and event organizer of the new music venue, Jae Won Koo brings a taste of Seoul and his family business to Tokyo's nightclub scene.
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JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 9, 2023
Panel says Japan's schools can choose mask rules for graduations
The experts still urged school officials to set specific rules beforehand, especially regarding social distancing, venue ventilation and not attending when feeling sick.
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Feb 9, 2023
‘The Last of Us’ shows it pays to take gaming seriously
The TV series' critical and commercial success signals the potential rise of video game adaptations.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 7, 2023
Japanese airline association to make onboard mask-wearing optional
The plan to make passenger mask-wearing a “personal choice” in May has been made in line with the government’s planned revision of mask guidelines.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Feb 6, 2023
Cheering set to return to NPB stadiums as government relax COVID-19 rules
With Japan effectively abolishing event attendance restrictions meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, sports fans may soon be screaming at the top of their lungs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Longform
Feb 6, 2023
Japan’s staff cafeterias becoming more than just places to eat amid office return
Companies are re-imagining the canteen as a space where employees can work, eat healthier food and deepen in-house communication.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 3, 2023
Three cheers for hybrid work
The remote revolution in work is one consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic that the world should welcome.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 3, 2023
Government considering mask-free school graduation ceremonies
A decision will likely be made early this month based on an assessment by experts.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 2, 2023
Asia is loosening rules on masks. Here’s why people still wear them.
Many other countries dropped pandemic mask requirements months ago. But in places like South Korea, which got rid of its rule this week, masks remain common.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 27, 2023
As Japan moves to downgrade COVID, focus shifts to messaging on risks
People will be encouraged to make their own judgments on the risk from the coronavirus, but experts say scientifically sound advice will remain important.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jan 26, 2023
‘The Legend & Butterfly’: A political romance gets a fresh spin
Haruka Ayase dominates the screen as the wife of Oda Nobunaga in a heavily fictionalized telling of the couple's relationship amid the warlord's quest to unify Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 22, 2023
Clubs rebuilding workplace camaraderie lost during pandemic isolation
Some companies have started subsidizing club expenses after finding worker activities beneficial for their business.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 20, 2023
Mask mandate lifted everywhere but on public transport in South Korea
Authorities have determined the current COVID-19 wave has peaked, based on the country’s death rate and the number of critical patients.

Longform

The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan