Five more doses of new-normal Japan in the age of the coronavirus:
- More than 1,300 students have dropped out of higher education in Japan since April last year due to the impact of the pandemic, according to the education ministry. Some students said they couldn’t pay tuition while others became lonely, as they couldn’t make friends through online classes.
- Harassment doesn’t necessarily end in the office; it can also follow you home, as many workers toiling remotely during the pandemic are finding out the hard way. But what is “remote work harassment”? It can take a variety of forms, explains Kaori Shoji, from online drinking parties to creepy surveillance software.
- Smart home assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa are flying off shelves worldwide, but in Japan, customers like their assistants a bit more cute and cuddly as they seek company during coronavirus isolation. That’s where a new generation of robots, like Lovot and Robohon, comes in.
- Twitter has felt more on edge than usual in the past couple of months, with some trivial issues sparking heated rows. Is this a symptom of how the pandemic has set us on edge, or perhaps a positive sign that we are moving beyond obsessing about the pandemic? Patrick St. Michel investigates.
- When the going gets tough, the tough go golfing. Increasing numbers of people in Japan — particularly younger types and couples — are taking up golf amid the pandemic. After all, it’s a sport that can be enjoyed outdoors while avoiding dangerous “three Cs” settings.