Five longish reads on how Japan and its residents are coping with the new normal brought about by the novel coronavirus:
- In response to the spread of the virus variant first detected in India, Japan has once again tightened conditions for arrivals. Magdalena Osumi presents what you need to know about the latest changes to entry restrictions and quarantine measures.
- Indian communities overseas have been sending oxygen concentrators — the need of the hour — to hard-hit India through various channels. But when Indians in Japan tried to do the same, they hit a series of brick walls, Priyanka Borpujari reports.
- No school, graduation, Coming of Age, summer break. A large part of the childhood of Japan’s youth has been ripped away by the virus. Yet a generation left mentally scarred by the pandemic is also being scapegoated for its spread, writes Ryusei Takahashi.
- The coronavirus has changed the way we all shop, but which habits are likely to stay with us when the pandemic subsides? Alex K.T. Martin takes a deep dive into how COVID-19 has altered consumer behavior in Japan.
- Remember bakugai, or “explosive buying,” when hordes of Chinese tourists would arrive on buses and cruise ships and madly shop for duty-free, made-in-Japan goods? Well, it still happens, kind of, except the whole shebang’s moved online, Martin reports.