An unsanitized selection of features on the fallout in Japan from the coronavirus pandemic:
- Bright, noisy video game arcades are still a neighborhood fixture in Japan, but they have been disappearing as business is hit by virus-curtailed opening hours, reports AFP-Jiji. And unlike bars and restaurants, these retro gaming oases do not get government compensation for lost income.
- The bicycle has been heralded throughout history as a tool of emancipation; this time around it’s helping us escape a virus, writes Phoebe Amoroso. The pandemic has sent cycle sales soaring around the globe, but will the momentum keep rolling forward in Japan post-corona?
- Hay fever season is back again, slap-bang in the middle of a pandemic. Rubbing itchy eyes and wiping runny noses threaten to boost the risk of viral infection, while opening doors and windows to improve ventilation could add to the amount of pollen coming indoors. Aaargh! So what can you do?
- Quite rightly, a lot of fuss was made about long-term foreign residents of Japan who were kept from families and jobs here due to strict border controls. But spare a thought for Japanese workers in Beijing this Lunar New Year — most of them have been stuck in the Chinese capital for more than a year.
- When the virus first emerged, Japan’s booming sauna industry had a problem: Packed hot rooms seemed to violate all the new rules of social distancing and ventilation. But instead of spelling doom for the business, the challenge has led to a burst of innovation, including an outbreak of wee sauna tents on riverbanks.