Washington Post: Japan and South Korea never did full lockdowns. It left lessons on how to coexist with the virus

Washington Post: Japan and South Korea never did full lockdowns. It left lessons on how to coexist with the virus . “Like many countries, both are navigating a way to safely coexist with the coronavirus in the face of increasing economic pressures and a potential new wave of infections in the winter. But unlike many other countries, neither Japan nor South Korea imposed a full lockdown and have been trying to coexist with the virus all along. They pursued a middle ground — consider it lockdown lite — that relied on the cooperation of citizens already accustomed to mask-wearing and social distancing in response to previous respiratory epidemics. Businesses, more or less, voluntarily closed early to help keep the virus at bay.”

JFTC starts another antitrust probe against Apple and Google on smart devices: Report (ZDNet)

ZDNet: JFTC starts another antitrust probe against Apple and Google on smart devices: Report. “According to Nikkei, the Japanese competition watchdog will conduct interviews and surveys with OS operators, app developers, and smartphone users to assess whether Apple and Google have created anti-competitive market conditions in the smartphones, smartwatches, and other wearables sectors.”

Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo’s vintage bookstores look for pandemic lifeline online

Asahi Shimbun: Tokyo’s vintage bookstores look for pandemic lifeline online. “Hunting for that perfect find amid a trove of old, leather-bound antique books is one of the earthly pleasures the novel coronavirus crisis robbed from bookworms and collectors. But while becoming immersed in the ambience of the historic bookstores in Tokyo’s famous Jimbocho Book Town in person is still impossible for many, store owners have teamed up to make that experience possible online. The effort is aimed at promoting Tokyo’s Kanda-Jimbocho district, an area well known for its many specialty secondhand bookstores, in the hopes that book lovers will still enjoy touring through used bookshops, even if only done virtually, during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Online archive of Eiko Ishioka: Blood, Sweat, and Tears—A Life of Design (e-flux)

e-flux: Online archive of Eiko Ishioka: Blood, Sweat, and Tears—A Life of Design . “The archive of the exhibition Eiko Ishioka: Blood, Sweat, and Tears—A Life of Design is available to view online for a limited period until March 31, 2022. The retrospective exhibition of acclaimed art director Eiko Ishioka was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from November 2020 to February 2021, and caused a major sensation across generations. On this occasion, the entire exhibition with its comprehensive showcasing of work is once again brought to life through high quality 360°VR and exhibition highlights.”

Associated Press: Japan to lift all coronavirus emergency steps nationwide

Associated Press: Japan to lift all coronavirus emergency steps nationwide. “Japan’s government announced Tuesday that the coronavirus state of emergency will end this week to help rejuvenate the economy as infections slow. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the emergency will end Thursday and virus restrictions will be eased gradually “in order to resume daily lives despite the presence of the virus.” He said the government will create more temporary COVID-19 treatment facilities and continue vaccinations to prepare for any future resurgence.”

Japan News: Google launches News Showcase service in Japan, will pay fees to 40 publishers

Japan Times: Google launches News Showcase service in Japan, will pay fees to 40 publishers. “Google LLC expanded its News Showcase service to Japan on Thursday, enabling users to view headlines from more than 40 Japanese newspapers and news agencies that each collect a licensing fee from the tech giant. Unlike news content that appears through Google searches, the service allows news organizations to curate and package their coverage on the News Showcase page or app.”

Associated Press: Japan extends virus emergency until end of September

Associated Press: Japan extends virus emergency until end of September. ” Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday announced an extension of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and 18 other areas until the end of September, saying healthcare systems remain under severe strain, and that the continuing challenges of fighting the virus had led to his decision not to seek another term.”

Sora News 24: 74-year-old Japanese politician starts Instagram account for open dialog about COVID-19

Sora News 24: 74-year-old Japanese politician starts Instagram account for open dialog about COVID-19. “Shigeru Omi is the current head of the Japan Community Health Care Organization, which is the government department that manages the social health care system. Prior to that he also served as a director for the WHO and tackled past pandemics such as polio and SARS. Omi has also been heavily involved in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan since February, 2020. However, despite advances in vaccines and treatments, infection rates have been soaring to their highest levels ever. Fearing that the causes for this are becoming more social than medical, the 74-year-old virologist is taking the fight against COVID-19 to an arena way outside his comfort zone: the Internet.”

National Film Archive of Japan: “Films of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923″ is now available.

National Film Archive of Japan: “Films of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923″ is now available.. “With the aim of sharing knowledge about the historic disaster and its impact on society via moving images, this website offers a selection of films of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 which have survived over the century and now part of the collection of the National Film Archive of Japan.” The site is in Japanese, but Google Translate handled it.

BBC: Japan finds black particles in Moderna vaccine

BBC: Japan finds black particles in Moderna vaccine. “Japan has put a batch of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on hold after a foreign substance was found in a vial. A pharmacist saw several black particles in one vial of the vaccine in Kanagawa Prefecture, according to authorities. Some 3,790 people had already received shots from the batch. The rest of the batch has now been put on hold.”

Japan News: Japanese firms help falsify Google reviews to boost medical clinic ratings

Japan News: Japanese firms help falsify Google reviews to boost medical clinic ratings . “When you look for a store or facility on Google’s search engine, a review section is displayed along with a map. Reviews on the internet not only influence people’s choice of products, but also where they go. The existence of several specialized companies that erase all the low ratings posted and replace them with high ratings has been uncovered by The Yomiuri Shimbun. These companies are said to target local medical clinics, where such ratings can make a big difference, to use their services.”

Stars and Stripes: US military base in Tokyo strictly curtails movements, activities for unvaccinated troops

Stars and Stripes: US military base in Tokyo strictly curtails movements, activities for unvaccinated troops. “Unvaccinated service members won’t be allowed off this U.S. installation in western Tokyo until Sept. 9, according to an order from the base commander that took effect Friday. The new policy also curtails activities by unvaccinated individuals on base, such as attendance at group events and use of the gym.”

AP: Japan further expands virus emergency areas as cases surge

AP: Japan further expands virus emergency areas as cases surge. “The government last week extended the state of emergency until Sept. 12 and expanded the areas covered to 13 prefectures from six including Tokyo. With four new prefectures added to a separate ‘quasi-emergency’ status, 33 of Japan’s 47 prefectures are now under some type of emergency measures.”