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JAPAN
Jan 19, 2023
Japan's lawmakers get OK to ditch masks during plenary session speeches
Ruling and opposition lawmakers agreed to install a plexiglass shield at the speaker’s podium aimed at preventing COVID-19 infection via aerosol transmission.
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JAPAN
Jan 15, 2023
Japan considers lifting indoor-masking guidelines
The policy change, which would recommend that only people with symptoms wear masks indoors, has been floated as the government discusses downgrading COVID-19's classification.
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CULTURE / Books
Jan 13, 2023
Pico Iyer's search for peace in a world of uncertainty
The author reflects on his extensive travels over the past 48 years while examining conceptions of paradise in his new collection of essays, 'The Half Known Life.'
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CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Jan 12, 2023
Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House’ is light and dusted with sugar
The Palme d'Or-winning filmmaker acts as showrunner and co-writer on this Netflix series that peacefully drifts through a year in a shared residence for apprentice geisha in Kyoto.
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JAPAN
Jan 11, 2023
Health ministry suggests restricting bulk drug purchases amid hoarding fears
The message follows reports of Chinese people in the country buying medicine in bulk and mailing it to friends and families back home.
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WORLD
Jan 11, 2023
WHO urges travelers to wear masks as new COVID variant spreads
XBB.1.5 — the most transmissible omicron subvariant detected so far — accounted for 27.6% of COVID-19 cases in the United States for the week that ended Jan. 7.
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 10, 2023
Testing times ahead for Beijing
Will China's ideological doubling down on the state over the market continue to impede its overall economic growth performance?
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 9, 2023
Bracing for the silver tsunami
Low fertility rates — in the absence of increased immigration — will reduce the working-age population, in turn lowering household consumption and economic growth.
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 9, 2023
Navigating perfect economic storms
Throughout the pandemic, Indonesia has managed to be one of the few countries in the world that sustained its economic performance even through a global aggregate demand shock.
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LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 8, 2023
Japan's hottest new food trend is frozen solid
For several thousand yen, you, too, can buy your favorite gourmet meals to reheat at home.
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 7, 2023
Is today’s China yesterday’s Soviet Union?
When Soviet-style totalitarianism ultimately collapsed under the weight of its economic failures, China decided to stay the course. But can China's totalitarian experiment last?
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JAPAN
Jan 6, 2023
Japan eases restrictions for funerals of COVID-19 patients
The revised guidelines will allow wakes and funerals for infected people to be held normally, albeit with some precautions taken.
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 6, 2023
Is economic failure an economics failure?
It is clear that an ever-growing number of people hold democratic capitalism in disrepute, and economists along with it. But how much responsibility do economists bear for our ills?
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 6, 2023
Will central banks do what it takes?
Restoring positive real interest rates — thereby stabilizing inflation — may require monetary policy to be kept tighter for longer than many policymakers seem to expect.
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 5, 2023
The global struggle for tech mastery
The past year offered some old lessons about great-power competition. But it also introduced some new ones about how technology is changing the strategic terrain.
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 5, 2023
A pandemic of debt
With soaring inflation, rising interest rates and the strengthening U.S. dollar compounding their debt-service burdens, a crisis is now unfolding in the developing world.
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 4, 2023
United for humanity
Germany's foreign minister argues that there is no other option than to face the next year with a firm sense of confidence that we can drive change to improve people's lives.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 3, 2023
Cashless 'saisen' religious offerings spread amid COVID pandemic
Many believe that cashless saisen offerings could help reduce the spread of COVID-19 as people can avoid crowds forming around offering boxes at temples and shrines.
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COMMENTARY / World / The Year Ahead
Jan 3, 2023
The return of the end of history
Without political checks and balances, free media and an independent civil society, autocrats do not receive the feedback needed to make wise and competent decisions.
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COMMENTARY / Japan / The Year Ahead
Jan 2, 2023
The Ukraine war and Asian security
The real question facing leaders across the Indo-Pacific is whether the region can build a structure of peace to prevent national ambitions and hostilities from escalating to open warfare.

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