Five more stories about how some Japanese people are choosing to deal with the coronavirus pandemic:
- While drinking with pals on the street has long been popular in Tokyo’s youth meccas, the practice has spread recently as the weather has warmed and pubs remain closed. And there’s not much authorities can do about the trend, reports Eriko Yamakuma.
- As the pandemic and climate change highlight and magnify economic inequalities, Karl Marx, who pointed to the contradictions and limitations of capitalism, is gaining new admirers in Japan, particularly among the young.
- Internet traffic in Japan is up 60% on pre-COVID-19 times, as the pandemic led to an increase in at-home videoconferencing, distance learning and video streaming. And it’s up nearly 80-fold on the level recorded in 2004.
- Believing that a camera can cut through to a more authentic reality than that seen by the naked eye at the time, Takeshi Yamagishi has created a pictorial record of the pandemic’s impact on Tokyo, much as he did with Tohoku after 3/11.
- A coastal town in Ishikawa Prefecture has drawn ire on social media for using ¥30 million in coronavirus relief funds it was given by the government to build a nine-meter-long statue of a giant squid. Hey, why not?