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I cannot return the tax refund money as I have already spent it repaying debts and compensating for losses incurred in stock trading.

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A man in his 60s who lives in Settsu, Osaka Prefecture. The municipal government mistakenly handed out some 15 million yen in excess as a tax refund to him a year ago. It is demanding that he return the money and intends to take legal action, but the man claims… Read

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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of influenza cases was quite low. That may have lead to the low excess mortality. But we can’t say there was no excess mortality until we see the data for April, May and June.

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Mitsuyoshi Urashima, a professor in molecular epidemiology at the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo. He was commenting on data showing that the number of deaths fell across Japan in the first three months of 2020 was fewer than for the same quarter in 2019, despite the coronavirus. Read

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Japanese hanko (seals) are also traditional crafts and are also an important piece of culture.

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A representative of the prefectural government of Yamanashi which is a major producer of hanko, expressing concerning that the coronavirus is jeopardizing the status and future of the seals, a familiar aspect of daily life and corporate culture in Japan. Read

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Online drinking had become normal to me, but it’s really fun to have meals together and talk face to face.

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A 25-year-old company employee, who came to a bar in Tokyo's Shinjuku district on Tuesday night with a friend for the first time in two months. Read

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We resolutely oppose the politicization and stigmatization of the origins of the virus.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, countering Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's claim that the new coronavirus originated from China, saying the issue should be studied "based on science and facts." Read

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People think making bread and sweets at home helps family members interact with each other and make themselves feel like they are at cafes.

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A spokesperson for recipe website kurashiru. The number of searches on the site for sweets has surged as more people in Japan have started baking to enjoy their time at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Read

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As hygiene control is extremely important for takeout services, as it usually takes a while until people eat the food after it is cooked, both eateries and consumers need to pay close attention to hygiene conditions.

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A health ministry spokesperson. With more and more restaurants in Japan offering takeout services during the pandemic, health organizations and experts have warned of food poisoning risks. Read

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Japan should consider penalties for those who target individuals for severe online harassment.

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Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, posting on Twitter about the sudden death of Hana Kimura, a 22-year-old professional wrestler and a cast member in the popular Netflix reality show "Terrace House." Since-deleted social media posts from Kimura mentioned how she was affected by a torrent of negative opinions from strangers… Read

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We have not been able to share our product information as much as we would like to since the state of emergency was declared, as stores have temporarily shut down and our beauty advisers at those stores are working from home.

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A PR spokesperson for cosmetics giant Kao Corp's public relations department in Tokyo. Lipstick sales are taking a huge plunge in Japan amid the coronavirus outbreak, as people cover their faces with masks to prevent the spread of infections. Read

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I feel so sorry for senior high school students all over the country that I cannot find the words. Now that it has come to this, I want them to shift emotional gears and think, ‘Hey, life is long and unexpected things can happen.'

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Hitoshi Takashima, the renowned former head coach of Chiben Wakayama High School’s baseball club, who has won 68 games in the spring and summer Koshien tournaments, the most of any high school baseball coach, referring to the disappointment students must have felt after the cancellation of the summer National High School… Read

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