The Mainichi: Tokyoites asked to refrain from cherry blossom parties even after quasi-emergency lifted

The Mainichi: Tokyoites asked to refrain from cherry blossom parties even after quasi-emergency lifted. “The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will call for people in the capital to continue implementing basic coronavirus infection prevention measures thoroughly and refrain from gathering to see cherry blossoms as part of responses to be taken after the quasi-state of emergency ends across Japan on March 21.”

The Mainichi: 10,221 new COVID cases recorded in Tokyo on March 16

The Mainichi: 10,221 new COVID cases recorded in Tokyo on March 16. “Japan’s capital reported 10,221 new COVID-19 cases on March 16, after recording 7,836 positive cases the day before, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced. Of the 10,221 newly infected people, 4,553 had received two COVID vaccine shots, 96 one shot, and 3,112 were unvaccinated. The vaccination status of 2,460 was unknown.”

SwimSwam: Research Shows No Covid-19 Spread Between Tokyo Athletes, Local Residents

SwimSwam: Research Shows No Covid-19 Spread Between Tokyo Athletes, Local Residents. “The Japanese Government released a study that confirmed there was no spread of COVID-19 between Tokyo athletes and the local population. Genomic sequencing research confirms that positive cases among athletes and Japanese residents were unrelated. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) cited this data to highlight the success of the coronavirus countermeasures that were implemented.”

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.”

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.”

NBC News: Tokyo’s daily Covid-19 cases hit record high during Olympics

NBC News: Tokyo’s daily Covid-19 cases hit record high during Olympics. “A record number of new Covid-19 infections was reported by Tokyo’s metropolitan government Saturday, as health workers warned they were reaching ‘crisis levels.’ For the first time since the start of the pandemic, more than 4,000 cases were recorded in the Olympics host city, with 4,058 cases in 24 hours.”

CBS News: Tokyo reports record number of new COVID-19 cases as Olympics continue

CBS News: Tokyo reports record number of new COVID-19 cases as Olympics continue. “Tokyo reported its highest-ever daily number of new coronavirus cases on Tuesday as the Olympic Games continued in the city, under strict protection protocols. The Japanese capital, which is under its fourth state of emergency, reported 2,848 new cases of COVID-19, breaking a previous record set in January and bringing the country’s case total to more than 200,000 since the pandemic began.”

Collection of French Globes to Be Digitized by Tokyo Company

A Tokyo company is going to digitize a collection of historic globes from France and put them online. “Dai Nippon Printing Co. will digitally copy 55 of the historic terrestrial and celestial globes in the National Library of France’s collection so that people can view them on screen. The globes were handcrafted in Europe and the Middle East from the 11th to the 19th centuries, are extremely valuable, and include a 15th-century copy of the world’s oldest terrestrial globe.”