Life goes on amid the coronavirus pandemic, but with a new-normal tweak. Here are five examples:
- Guam is offering COVID-19 jabs to American expats in Japan and other Asian countries, where vaccine rollouts are lagging behind the U.S. But if they are expecting a relaxing vacation with their vaccination, they may be disappointed, Magdalena Osumi reports.
- Over a year into the pandemic, the new normal is not so new anymore in Sendai schools, with measures such transparent desk partitions, physical distancing and silent lunchtimes now par for the course for students, the Kahoku Shimpo reports.
- This year during Ramadan, iftar meals were again a homebound affair for many Muslims in Japan, and what used to be grand, communal gatherings changed into much cozier celebrations, writes Kirsty Bouwers.
- Give us this day our daily bread, incense and crockery? Once limited to products such as newspapers and digital streaming, unconventional subscription services are being developed to allow for luxurious living at home as Japan waits out the pandemic.
- With COVID-19 having dashed many Japanese students’ hopes of experiencing other cultures, attending overseas universities virtually has allowed them to continue with their studies — although the time difference can be a killer.