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                                A yakiniku restaurant in Mito set up acrylic barriers at tables last week as part of its safety measures for reopening.
New routine balances health, economy

Businesses in much of Japan resumed operations Friday, one day after the government lifted the state of emergency imposed after the coronavirus spread in 39 prefectures. Read more

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                                <strong>VIRTUAL PRAYERS:</strong> Ryoki Ono, head priest at Onoterusaki Shrine in downtown Tokyo, performed a livestream prayer in early May during a 10-day trial of an “online shrine” visiting program that allowed the public to join rituals from their homes. The shrine accepted prayer messages from worshippers, which were each printed on a virtual wooden tablet and offered to Shinto gods as a way to fend off evil spirits as well as the coronavirus.
Photo: Virtual Prayers

Ryoki Ono, head priest at Onoterusaki Shrine in downtown Tokyo, performed a livestream prayer in early May during a 10-day trial of an “online shrine” visiting program that allowed the public to join rituals from their homes. Read more

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                                Boxes containing 50 masks each are displayed for discount sale at Korean Town in Tokyo today. Demand for face masks is still strong in Japan under a state of emergency to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Tokyo will stay under state of emergency even as Japan eases

Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who heads the country’s response to the virus, said he asked the government’s advisory panel to consider the plan at a meeting Thursday. Abe is expected to formalize the decision later in the day to remove most of the country from the emergency status that was previously set to end May 31. He is scheduled to hold a news conference at 6 p.m. Read more

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                                <strong>MASKED MASSES</strong>: A Tokyo train station is crowded with commuters wearing face masks for protection from the coronavirus. Under Japan’s state of emergency, people have been asked to stay home. Many are not. Some still are required to commute to their jobs despite risks of infection, while others are dining out, picnicking in parks and crowding into grocery stores with little regard for social distancing.
Photo: Masked Masses

A Tokyo train station is crowded with commuters wearing face masks for protection from the coronavirus. Read more

Criminals making most of COVID-19 outbreak

Burglars breaking into homes where kids have been left alone due to school closures, suspects luring children with the promises of coronavirus cures: These are some of the crimes police are warning the public about as criminals take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

EVER VIGILANT: The statue of Hachiko, a Japanese dog famous for his devotion to his master, was outfi tted with a face mask recently as Japan grappled with the spread of the coronavirus and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a national state of emergency. The statue, erected near Shibuya Station in Tokyo, captures the devotion of Hachiko, who waited for his owner, the late University of Tokyo Prof. Eizaburo Ueno, at the same place by the station every afternoon for nearly 11 years, even after Ueno’s death at work.
Photo: Ever Vigilant

The statue of Hachiko, a Japanese dog famous for his devotion to his master, was outfi tted with a face mask recently as Japan grappled with the spread of the coronavirus and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a national state of emergency. Read more

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